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e Digital Weather Display is the result of a collaboration among the Department of Geography – with Dr. Rob Hellström and his student, Jason Covert, leading the charge – and IT sta with input from Cuong Vu, Dave DeLutis, Steve Zuromski and Eric Feibel. Brenda Flint, administrative assistant in the Department of Geography, managed the nancials. e project was a long time coming, but once it got its momentum, nothing could stop it. One of two large screen monitors displays real-time weather maps and features information from a direct feed from the weather station on the roof of the science and mathematics center. e other displays national weather charts indicating where the storms are across the United States. ere's also a close-up weather map of New England. " is was a wonderful collaboration," said Dr. Hellström. "Vice President Ray Lefebvre, pushed the project forward. Cuong Vu did a fantastic job of getting everyone on board. Eric Feibel coordinated the vendor, ADTECH. Dr. Hellström's student, Jason Covert, worked closely with IT on the technical end of things. "My primary role was in preparing/ nding content and designing the templates for the display," said Jason. "I've spent a lot of time learning the so ware and experimenting with new ways to engage passersby with weather-related information." e technical end required connecting all the computer equipment and feeds as well as setting up a dedicated new server on campus. It involved creating a website to tailor information to share with the outside world and so ware to control the monitors. Dozens of students, faculty and sta view the display on a daily basis. " e most rewarding aspect of the project," said Jason, "is seeing people enjoying the displays. When I get the chance, I enjoy educating viewers about the maps and charts and seeing their interest." Dr. Hellström sums it up: " e e orts on everyone's behalf were well worth it." v What's Happening Weather-Wise? 13 Digital Weather Display Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center If you haven't already, stroll by the elevators on the second fl oor of the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center and check out the Digital Weather Display. Opportunities. Collaborations. Results.

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