Minh Phan & Castle Williams
Minh Phan is currently a second-year Master’s student in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University. Minh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a Certificate in Atmospheric Science from the University of Georgia. Minh’s interests include the atmospheric sciences and the nexus between meteorology, communication, and social sciences. Other interests include risk and hazard communication, vulnerability of minority and disadvantaged populations to extreme weather. Minh’s master’s thesis focuses on mobile weather applications on smartphone devices and understanding how people interpret, perceive, and utilize this information on a daily basis. Minh has engaged in a variety of research endeavors, with topics in biometeorology, social media utilization and tornado debris, and perception of probability of precipitation. Minh currently works with the National Weather Service through a virtual internship to develop infographics and visuals for NWS social media accounts and enhance communication strategies. He also serves on the National Weather Association Board on Societal Impacts.
Castle Williams is currently a first year Ph.D. Student in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Geography (with an emphasis and certificate in the Atmospheric Sciences), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. His overall research interests include examining how we communicate weather terminology and hazards to the public, as well as increasing the amount of interdisciplinary projects within the atmospheric sciences. Further, his research interests span into weather-related decision making and the societal impacts of weather. Castle's research has examined the communication and understanding of various weather-related hazards, with a focus on heat and wind-related events. In his spare time, Castle enjoys planning tennis, listening to podcasts, and watching television. His favorite television shows include anything that starts with "Real Housewives of...", shows by Shonda Rhimes (#TGIT), and a new passion toward political-driven dramas (Scandal, Madam Secretary, and House of Cards). Lastly, any Top 40 song is my jam! Have a television show/music suggestion, or just want to chat about the latest episode of your favorite show? Send me a tweet @WxCastle or visit my website www.castlewilliams.com.