Pizza Lunch is Back

After so much lethal destruction this summer in North Carolina, in the Midwest—even in western Massachusetts—you may be more curious than ever about tornadoes. At our first Pizza Lunch talk of the 2011–2012 season, come here N.C. State University atmospheric scientist Matt Parker describe just what happens “Inside the VORTEX” at noon, Tuesday Sept. 27, at Sigma Xi in Research Triangle Park. Parker is part of the largest ever tornado research project: VORTEX2, or Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment. Along with 100 other scientists, he spent the 2010-2011 tornado season chasing funnel clouds to better understand the violent windstorms.

Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center, American Scientist Pizza Lunch is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes. Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might want to attend. RSVPs are required (for the slice count) to

Directions to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society in RTP, are here:

Please remember: The Durham Freeway (Route 147) no longer reaches all the way into Research Triangle Park. If you used to take it here, you’ll need to try another route. Good news: It’s still an easy drive.