Dr. Dave Arnold, assistant professor of geography at Frostburg State University, is taking the media world by storm with a special summer course that invites students to learn more about the physical world by chasing tornadoes. The FSU professor and his class will be featured during the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” at 8 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, on WJLA-TV’s ABC Channel 7. Check your local listings.
"I think it's important the general public begins to understand the concept of inquiry-based science education, which is what this course is all about, and that Frostburg State University is one of those higher education institutions that is leading the way in this area," Arnold said. "I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to communicate these messages through the national media, and am very happy that 'Good Morning America' chose to broadcast a feature on this course."
Arnold, a longtime storm chaser who created the class while teaching at Indiana’s Ball State University, invited FSU students to take a tour of “Tornado Alley U.S.A.” for the first time this summer. From May 29 to June 22, the group pursued hailstorms and twisters in states like Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming, witnessing the terrifying grandeur of nature at its most fierce—and its most beautiful and awe-inspiring. In addition to chasing storms, the group also enjoyed sight-seeing tours at places like Big Bend National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Carlsbad Caverns and spent time talking to residents of various communities they visited.
“You can watch students become more connected to the environment just by seeing how they experience the beauty,” Arnold said.
A “Good Morning America” television crew visited FSU this spring to interview Arnold and one of his students.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.