OU Political Science and Geography Students Awarded at 2019 AMS Conference

OU Political Science and Geography Students Awarded at 2019 AMS Conference

Two first time presenters, Victoria Johnson and Wesley Wehde, represented OU’s Geography and Political Science departments at this year’s American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Phoenix.

Johnson received an honorable mention as a student presenter for Place Attachment, Climatology, and Tornado Risk Perception in Central Oklahoma. Wehde won 2nd place in the Best Student Poster Presentation category with, How Can You Trust What You Don’t Use?: Measuring Patterns of Individual’s Weather Information Source Reliance and Trust.

Johnson tells us how she became a part of this research:

“In the summer of 2017 I was brought on to work alongside Dr. Randy Peppler and Dr. Kim Klockow-McClain on their Tornado Risk Perception project for central Oklahoma. It was through Dr. Angela Person’s mentorship that introduced me to this opportunity, as I was looking for ways to get involved and explore my research interests. This project has been the perfect avenue for me and has transitioned into other projects during my graduate studies! I had been planning to attend AMS since early August (2018) and had been preparing my talk since then. “

Wehde has been researching weather communication as part of his dissertation and spent six months preparing to present at AMS:

“I am in the political science department at OU but am working with Dr. Ripberger and a group of meteorology and psychology students at the intersection of meteorology and social sciences. My research topic is based off my dissertation project looking at patterns of routine weather information usage as opposed to during severe weather.”

Both students enjoyed their unique experiences at AMS.

“It’s hard to decide, but I think my favorite part about AMS is getting to connect with like-minded people – those who are open to learning more on the same subject on which I’m looking for more. No matter how experienced someone may be, everyone can learn from each other and I think that is the most enriching part of attending a conference like AMS.”

Victoria Johnson

“I really liked getting to meet scholars from a wider variety of disciplines. Not just meteorologists but geographers, sociologists, etc.”

Wesley Wehde

The School of Meteorology is delighted to congratulate Victoria and Wesley as well as the Geography and Political Science departments for their success at this year’s annual meeting.