News Archive - 2009
Dr Robert Leamon
Dick Smith (12/07/09)
Welcome back Piet!
Dick Smith (12/07/09)
We are excited to have Sherry on board - Welcome, Sherry!
Dick Smith (12/01/09)
NASA has awarded a three year, half million dollar grant to Associate Professor Neil Cornish to develop analysis techniques for the future Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
(LISA). The LISA mission will open up a new field of astronomy by observing low frequency
gravitational waves from the collision of massive black holes and other violent astrophysical
events. Cornish has been a member of the LISA science team since 2005, and his group
is at the forefront of research in the field of gravitational wave astronomy. Congratulations,
Dick Smith (10/23/09)
Communicating science to the public: Greg Gabrielsen, a graduate student from Chicago,
Silvina Guidoni, a graduate student from Argentina, and Jayson Nissen, a junior from
Havre, were among the 20 students accepted into "Communicating Science to the Public,"
an eight-week seminar series sponsored by the Montana Space Grant Consortium and MSU
Extended University. Over the eight-week span of the project, students will learn
about various strategies for communicating science, including: public presentations,
new technologies, writing, working with the media, etc. The students will also be
creating digital multimedia exhibits about their research, which will remain permanently
available to the public in BTC Studio 1080. We look forward to the public presentations which the students will give later this
semester. For more information see: Http://eu.montana.edu/CommSci
Dick Smith (10/19/09)
SSEL's two MISSE-6 active experiments have begun their journey home after approximately
18-months in space on the "back porch" of the Columbus module on International Space
Station. In a few short weeks we will finally begin to realize an outcome of this
investigation that started 5-years ago.
Measurements of the stochastic gravitational wave background offer the possibility
of probing alternative models of early Universe cosmology. Professor Neil Cornish
and members of the LIGO and VIRGO collaborations discuss the possibilities in a recent
Members of the Space Science and Engineering Lab (SSEL) recently traveled to the Black
Rock Desert, north of Reno, NV, to test magnetometer components for the SpaceBuoy
satellite project currently underway at MSU under AFOSR and MSGC support.
Dick Smith (08/24/09)
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph(IRIS)
Congratulations to Charles Kankelborg, Dave Klumpar, and the entire SSEL team at MSU for their parts in attracting NASA support for the IRIS project. Understanding the interface between photosphere and corona remains a fundamental challenge in solar and heliospheric science. IRIS fills a large gap in our knowledge of the solar atmosphere by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through the chromosphere and transition region into the corona using spectrometry and imaging in three ultraviolet windows. The unprecedented combination of high angular resolution, short temporal cadence, good spectral resolution, and high-speed data transmission will provide information critical to understanding the lower boundary of the heliosphere as well as fundamental astro- and plasma-physical processes. IRIS is a NASA small explorer mission ($105M) that completed a phase A concept study in December 2008 and was recently selected by NASA to continue into the hardware phase. The IRIS Program is led by Lockheed Martin with Alan Title as PI. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) will provide the telescope and participate in science and education/public outreach (EPO). Montana State University (MSU) will participate in the uv spectrometer design, will specify, procure, and test the spectrometer optics, will participate in the integration and test of the spectrometer at Lockheed Martin in Palo Alto, will participate in the science and EPO. MSU will also provide the Gegenschein Imager (GI) instrument, as a student collaboration if funding is available.
Read MSU News Service story here...
Dick Smith (07/24/09)
News from the 40th meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the AAS in Boulder, CO:
MSU students attended in force. Several of them (Andres Munoz, Anna Malanushenko, and Lewis Fox, as well as former student Trae Winter) presented plenary talks to wide-spread acclaim. There was a judging of 27 student posters from all over the world resulting in:
- Honorable mention for Maria Kazachenko, and 1st prize (best student poster) award to Silvina Guidoni.
Congratulations to all.
Dana Longcope (06/19/09)
Angela Des Jardins, formerly the Deputy Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, has been appointed
as MSGC's Interim Director, following the passing of Bill Hiscock, Professor of Physics
and former Director of MSGC. Glenda Winslow will continue to assist with MSGC management
as Program Coordinator. A formal search to appoint a permanent director for MSGC will
take place later this year. The MSGC staff were excited to receive the news that MSGC
was the only Space Grant Consortium (of 52) to be ranked in the top tier in each of
the three evaluation categories as a result of the recent Space Grant 20 year review.
Angela and Glenda will use this feedback in carrying out the MSGC programs that have
been so successful in the past. Please join me in congratulating Angela in her new
Dick Smith (06/4/09)
Congratulations and welcome back to MSU-Bozeman to newly named Professor Emeritus of Physics: Dr. Gerald F. Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler retired in September, 2008, from the National Science Teachers Association after serving as Executive Director for 13 years, and returned to Bozeman. Gerry joined the faculty at Montana State University as Assoc. Prof. of Physics in 1981, and continued as Prof. of Physics from 1988 until 1995 when he became Executive Director at NSTA. During his years at MSU-Bozeman Dr. Wheeler also served as Director of the Science/Math Resource Center and continued his role as consultant for Children's TV Workshop, and a variety of national advisory committees for improving science education and science outreach to the public.
Congratulations to the following winners of fellowships and scholarships from NASA
EPSCoR and the Montana Space Grant Consortium for the 2009-10 academic year:-
Steven Price - Graduate Research Fellowship from NASA EPSCoR.
Joseph Plowman - Graduate Fellowship from Montana Space Grant Consortium.
Timothy Brox - Undergraduate Physics Scholarship from Montana Space Grant Consortium.
These honors reflect the students' past achievements as well as present and future commitment to the aerospace sciences and engineering. They join an elite group of approximately 1900 Space Grant Scholars and Fellows nationwide.
Dick Smith (05/21/09)
Please join me in congratulating David McKenzie on his promotion to the rank of Associate Research Professor, effective July 1, 2009.
In his promotion reviews, David is noted for the cutting-edge nature and international caliber of his research, as well as a significant publication record and outstanding grant activity. Thank you, David, for your contributions in carrying forward the solar "torch" for the department.
Dick Smith (05/19/09)
Congratulations to all of our graduating students
- Ph.D (5). Jack Dostal (Jeff Adams, adv); Tyson Littenberg (Neil Cornish, adv), Trae Winter (Piet Martens, adv), Sytil Murphy (John Carlsten, adv), Ijaz Zafarullah (Randy Babbitt, adv)
- M.S. (10) Nick Childs, Eric Curtis, Muhammedin Deliorman, Greg Gabrielson, Adam Kobelski, Michael Lerch, Jacob Plovanic, Lucas Tarr, Scott Wagemann (Randy Babbitt, adv), Jeremy Wolf (Jeff Adams, adv)
- B.S. (19) Aaron Browning, Patrick Burr, Eric Gustafson, Daniel Herber, Kasey Lund, Justin Moore, Megan Stoebe, Ian Vrable
Graduating with Honors (3.25 GPA or higher) Eric Barth, Orion Bellorado, Ryan
Callahan, David Coll-Segarra, Nathan Haydon, Conrad Martin
Graduating with Highest Honors (3.75 GPA or higher) Set Chart, Pat Kujawa, Nathan Martin, Bryan Ostdiek, Geoffrey Wicks
- Pat Kujawa
- Bryan Ostdiek
Dick Smith (05/08/09)
For details see http://spacegrant.org/hiscock.
Please also refer to the MSU News Service webpage for more information.
Link to David McKenzie's slide show memorial to Bill
Dick Smith (04/23/09)
Dr. David McKenzie
Dick Smith (04/13/09)
Thank you, Margaret!
Dick Smith (04/09/09)
William "Bo" Glaspey
Dick Smith (03/12/09)
Congratulations to Dana Longcope on being awarded a sabbatical leave for Spring semester, 2010. He will split his
time next Spring, working first with the research group of Prof. James Drake, at the
University of Maryland, and then moving to the group of Prof. Eric Priest, at St.
Andrews University in Scotland. Dana will be developing collaborative projects that
will add new technology to an existing research model of magnetic reconnection in
the solar corona. Congratulations, Dana. We hope you enjoy the "far" east.
Dick Smith (03/12/09)
Congratulations to Nathan Martin for his 2009 Alumni Association/Chamber of commerce Award for Excellence. The Award for Excellence signifies exceptional achievement - both academically and in community leadership - over a student's entire MSU career. The selection for this award recognizes Nathan as one of MSU's most outstanding seniors. Congratulations, Nathan!
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