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Media Day in Wind Tunnel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 11, 2014

CONTACT:

Jennifer Rooks
301 405 1458
jfrooks@umd.edu

          

NOTE: POSTPONED TO JULY 24 AND 25 DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES

WHAT: With the arrival of Arthur, hurricane season is officially here. The University of Maryland is offering reporters the chance to experience first hand what hurricane winds really feel like at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel Media Day on the mornings of Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 on the College Park campus. Members of the media will have the opportunity to stand in the wind tunnel and face category three winds—up to 115 mph! The university provides members of the media access to the wind tunnel just once a year.

University of Maryland faculty and scientists will be on hand to answer media questions about disaster resilience, weather, wind and the wind tunnel.

Media must book an appointment (up to an hour's time) by calling or emailing Jennifer Figgins Rooks at 301-405-1458 or jfrooks@umd.edu, or Lee Tune at 301-405-4679 or ltune@umd.edu. This may be your only chance to get into the wind tunnel before another Atlantic hurricane season.

The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, a part of the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, is one of the busiest wind tunnels in the country and is booked months in advance for research activity.

WHO: Disaster resilience, weather, wind and wind tunnel experts, as well as scientists who can talk about tornadoes and hurricanes will be on hand to answer media questions.

WHEN: Thursday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon, and Friday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. by appointment only.

HOW: To book a time slot, contact Jennifer Figgins Rooks at 301-405-1458 or jfrooks@umd.edu, or Lee Tune at 301-405-4679 or ltune@umd.edu or the main office number, 301-405-4621.

FOR ATTENDEES: Due to the potential wind velocities experienced in the tunnel, visitors are advised to wear durable, rubber soled shoes and snug, securely fastened clothing.

WHERE:
The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
Paint Branch Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

The Wind Tunnel building is located on Paint Branch Drive near the intersection of Campus Drive and Paint Branch Drive. Bldg. #081 on the University of Maryland campus map, http://www.parking.umd.edu/themap/. Media should park in lot XX1 in the metered parking section.