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February 1997 Frontiers cover

Tracking Tornadoes:
Nature's Most Powerful Winds

February 1997


Tracking Tornadoes, Nature's Most Powerful Winds
Cover Story: Pioneering tornado hunters and their new mobile radars are cutting through the thick veil of clouds that has masked the origins of tornadoes.

On the Lookout for Debris

Sidebar: The Tornado Debris Project is a three-year, NSF-funded program involving collection of items picked up by tornadoes. Researchers map where the debris falls to the ground and trace it to its origin.

Mentoring in Montana: Teachers Get Early Career Help
NSF is providing funding for teacher preparation projects aimed at a comprehensive reform of math and science education curricula in Montana state and tribal colleges.

Nobel Laureates Used NSF Funds for Winning Research
Five of the six Americans who won Nobel prizes in science in 1996 were funded by NSF while conducting their award-winning research.

U.S. Math and Science Curricula Too Broad
American students and teachers are expected to cover too many topics preventing in-depth coverage of individual topics, according to an international curriculum study.


Gypsy Moths Stopped by Fungus
Combination of wet weather and a fungus disease caused plummeting populations of leaf-devouring caterpillars.

HoloGlobe Exhibit Projects the Big Picture
Visualizing how the world works is now clearer thanks to the Smithsonian's new 3-D exhibit that was initially funded by NSF. HoloGlobe allows viewers to see the connections between atmospheric, oceanic, geologic and biological processes.

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