Jennifer Henderson

Blacksburg Campus


Jen Henderson's work follows those who follow the tornado. Specifically, her research focuses on the tornado warning process as it unfolds within a National Weather Service forecast office, as well as the construction, dissemination, and interpretation of weather warnings among multiple constituents. Her dissertation will map these processes through ethnographic and historical methods and relate findings to policies relevant to local, state, and national governance. Other interests include the following: the ways that ethical considerations come into play at each stage of the forecast process and how forecasters frame ethical decisions; how National Weather Service policies, such as the Weather Ready Nation Initiative, get communicated to and rely on different publics; issues of expertise and uncertainty; public understanding of science; and history of technology, especially meteorological technologies such as Doppler radar, earth observations satellites, and the EF-Scale.

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