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Nani Pybus honored for historical research and journal article


Dr. Nani Pybus has been honored by the Oklahoma Historical Society for her writing published in the journal Chronicles of Oklahoma (Spring 2016 Vol. 94, #1). Pybus, manager of the Center for Strategic Proposal Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research, received the Muriel Wright Award for her article “‘Cyclone’ Jones: Dr. Herbert L. Jones and the Origins of Tornado Research in Oklahoma”. She wrote about the early days of severe weather research in Oklahoma and the pioneering work of Jones, a professor at Oklahoma A&M (later OSU) who was one of the first well-known storm chasers and an advocate for severe weather early warning systems. His early research included assembling a team of graduate students who manned a concrete bunker at the Stillwater airport filled with the latest technology to track storms and tornados. Jones became a nationally recognized expert on tornado behavior, conducting research from the 1940s until his retirement in 1970.


Dr. Nani Pybus accepts the Muriel Wright Award from Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn.


Dr. Herbert “Cyclone” Jones (left) and graduate students tracked severe weather from a concrete bunker at the Stillwater airport.