John W. Harvey
National Solar Observatory
JOHN W. (JACK) HARVEY is an astronomer at the National Solar Observatory, where he studies solar magnetic and velocity fields and helioseismology. His major efforts have been on design and development of instrumentation for community use in these research areas. His more recent research has focused on unambiguous observations of permanent magnetic field changes associated with solar flares, discovery that the quiet solar photosphere has a ubiquitous, rapidly-changing, mainly horizontal magnetic field, and solar chromospheric magnetic field structure associated with coronal holes and prominences. Dr. Harvey is a member of the NSO Scientific Personnel Committee, Instrument Scientist for the GONG project, and Project Scientist for the SOLIS project. In the outside community, he serves on NASA and NSF review panels and is a past co-Editor of the journal Solar Physics. He chaired recent reviews of solar programs in Japan and Switzerland. Dr. Harvey has served on the Committee on Solar and Space Physics, as well as other NRC panels and projects.
Russell A. Howard
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
RUSSELL A. HOWARD is an astrophysicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory(NRL). Dr. Howard’s research has centered on understanding the physics of the solar corona and the coronal mass ejection phenomenon - its initiation, propagation, and eventual interplanetary effects. He is currently the principal investigator for the operating experiments SOHO/ LASCO and STEREO/SECCHI and two experiments under development - the Solar Orbiter/SoloHI and the Solar Probe Plus WISPR. He developed the CCDs and CCD cameras for LASCO and EIT for which he received an NRL Royalty Award and is currently developing the APS/CMOS sensor for SoloHI and WISPR. He was the project scientist for the development of the Solwind and LASCO coronagraphs, led the development of the LASCO/EIT flight software and ground system. He has been a co-investigator on numerous NASA projects, including an XUV CCD detector development program. He received the E.O. Hulburt Science Award, which is the highest award that NRL gives to a scientist, and the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award. He has over 200 papers in the refereed literature. Dr. Howard received a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Mathematics and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Chemical Physics.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
JUSTIN KASPER is an astrophysicist in the in the Solar and Stellar X-Ray Group in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University. He is also a visiting scholar at the Boston University Center for Space Physics. He has worked on the development, construction, and analysis of instrumentation for the in-situ and remote measurement of particles and fields, including space-based plasma probes and particle telescopes such as the Faraday Cups on Wind, and ground based radio telescopes including the Mileura Wide-Field Array Low Frequency Demonstrator (MWA-LFD). Currently, he is leading the design and operation of the Faraday Rotation Subsystem for MWA-LFD and participating in the radio transients, sky survey, and ionospheric calibration efforts. Dr. Kasper studies the flow of energy in astrophysical plasmas, including the solar corona, the solar wind, and planetary magnetospheres. His research focuses on the role of non-thermal velocity distribution functions, plasma micro-instabilities, magnetic reconnection, turbulence, and dissipation in the physical processes of heating, bulk acceleration, collisionless shocks, energetic particle acceleration, and radio emission. He was a member of the US organizing and instrumentation committees for the 2007 International Heliophysical Year and the project scientist for the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER), on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Dr. Kasper received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert P. Lin
University of California, Berkeley
ROBERT P. LIN (NAS) is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Lin is a world-renowned experimentalist in space science. Through numerous, innovative instruments that have flown on NASA missions, he has revealed the behavior of electrons and ions accelerated by the Sun, and detected the accompanying x-ray and gamma-ray emissions. As an astrophysicist, his primary interest is in how particles are accelerated to high energies in nature. To study these processes, he has developed instruments to directly measure the plasma, fields, and energetic particles, and flown them on spacecraft into regions where acceleration is occurring. He is particularly interested in the Sun as the most powerful accelerator in our solar system, accelerating particles to the highest energies. He conducts imaging and spectroscopy of the x-rays and gamma-rays emitted by energetic particles at the Sun, as well as directly detect the accelerated particles that escape to the interplanetary medium. He studies the acceleration that occurs in transient events that involve the phenomena of magnetic reconnection or collisionless shock waves. He is the principal investigator on the Gamma Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares (GRIPS) experiment, which will utilize high altitude balloons but is not funded by the NASA suborbital program but by the Supporting Research and Technology (SRT) program.
Glenn M. Mason
Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics
GLENN M. MASON is senior professional staff at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is currently an investigator for the Remote Analysis Site for the Ultra Low Energy Isotope Spectrometer particle instrument in the Advanced Composition Explorer mission. Dr. Mason was a professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has worked on the development of novel instrumentation that allows determination of the mass composition of solar and interplanetary particles in previously unexplored energy ranges. His research work has included galactic cosmic rays, solar energetic particles, and the acceleration and transport of particles both in the solar atmosphere and in the interplanetary medium. He is principal investigator on the NASA Solar, Anomalous, and Magnetospheric Explorer (SAMPEX) spacecraft mission and is co-investigator on energetic particle instruments for the NASA Wind spacecraft and the NASA Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft. He was former chair of the NASA Sun-Earth Connections Advisory Subcommittee (SECAS), the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee (SScAC), and the Steering Committee of the Space Science Working Group of the Association of American Universities. He received his A.B. in physics from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago.
University of New Hampshire
EBERHARD MOEBIUS is a professor of physics at the University of New Hampshire. He worked as a research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (MPE) in Garching, Germany, and has been on the Physics faculty at UNH. His research interests include the acceleration of ions in the Earth's magnetosphere, in interplanetary space, and in solar flares; interaction of interstellar gas with the solar wind and the study of the local interstellar medium. His group is finishing the PLASTIC instrument to measure the solar wind and suprathermal ion composition for NASA's STEREO mission and is involved in several studies for future missions to Earth's magnetosphere and the heliosphere. Dr. Möbius earned his degrees at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, Germany, in the field of laboratory plasma physics: Physics Diploma and Dr. rer. nat. habil.
George Mason University
MERAV OPHER is an assistant professor of astronomy at Boston University. Her research interests are in the plasma effects in space physics and astrophysics. Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Opher was a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she conducted research on the interaction between the solar and interstellar winds found at the edge of the solar system. As a postdoctoral associate with the Plasma Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, she investigated the effect of electromagnetic fluctuations on nuclear reaction rates and how these plasma effects can influence stellar evolution and early universe calculations. She received a Ph.D. in plasma astrophysics from the Astronomy Department of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
JESPER SCHOU is currently a senior research scientist at Stanford University. Dr. Schou is the instrument scientist and co-investigator for the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). His research interests include solar variability, solar magnetic activity, and helioseismology. He has written over 70 refereed papers in journals including Nature, Science, ApJ, ApJ Letters, A&A, MNRAS and Solar Physics. Dr. Schou has been chairman of the GONG Data Management and Analysis Center Users Committee, a member of the NASA Solar and Heliospheric Management Operations Working Group, and a member of the Scientific Organizing Committees for SOHO14/GONG 2004, SDO 2008, and SOHO 24. Dr. Schou holds a BSc. (equivalent) in mathematics and physics from the University of Aarhus, a M.S. (equivalent) in astronomy from the University of Aarhus, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Aarhus.
Nathan A. Schwadron
University of New Hampshire
NATHAN A. SCHWADRON is an associate professor of Astronomy at Boston University (BU) and the Science Operations Lead for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer Mission. Dr. Schwadron’s previous experience includes positions as a senior research scientist, a principal scientist and a staff scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan, a senior research scientist at the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland, and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Michigan’s Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Department. Dr. Schwadron’s research interests include heliospheric phenomena related to the solar wind, the heliospheric magnetic field, pickup ions, cometary X-rays, energetic particles, and cosmic rays. Professor Schwadron received a B. A. with honors in physics from Oberlin College and a PhD in physics from the University of Michigan.
Alabama A&M University
AMY R. WINEBARGER is an assistant professor at Alabama A&M University. She previously worked as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory and at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory as an astrophysicist. Her research interests include solar coronal heating, solar flare heating, energy growth and release in coronal mass ejections, comparison between simulation results and observables, analysis of spectroscopic and filter data, development and testing of filter response functions, and hydrodynamic code validation and verification. She is the recipient of a NSF CAREER Grant. Dr. Winebarger received a Ph.D. in physics from King College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
DANIEL WINTERHALTER is a principal scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His research interests include the spatial evolution of the solar wind into the outer reaches of the heliosphere, as well as its interaction with, and influence on, planetary environments. He has published articles in refereed journals and edited two books on this subject. Most recently he has been interested in the low frequency radio emissions from the (presumed) magnetospheres of extrasolar planets, for which his team has carried out observations with the world's largest radio telescopes. As a member of several flight teams over the years, Dr. Winterhalter is and has been intimately involved with the planning, launching, and operating of complex spacecraft and space science missions. He has received the Achievement Awards for his participation on the Voyagers 1 & 2, Pioneer 11, and Mars Observer, Mars Global Surveyor, and Cassini interplanetary probes. He has received a NASA Special Recognition Certificate for his work on Mars Observer. Dr. Winterhalter is the experiment representative for the Mars Global Surveyor magnetometer team, and until recently was the investigation scientist for the Cassini Radio Science Experiment. He was the study scientist for the space science Mercury Orbiter effort in 1996, and is now the pre-project scientist for the new Mars Science and Telecom Orbiter (MSTO), which is planned for a 2011 or 2013 launch. Dr. Winterhalter received a M.S. and a Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Also, he received a M.A. in physics from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in physics from the California State University, Fullerton.
Thomas N. Woods
University of Colorado at Boulder
THOMAS N. WOODS is the associate director for Technical Divisions at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has previously held research scientist positions at LASP and the High Altitude Observatory. His research is focused primarily on solar ultraviolet irradiance and its effects on Earth’s atmosphere. Dr. Woods is the principal investigator for numerous experiments, including the EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) on the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO); X-Ray Sensor (XRS) and EUV Sensor (EUVS) on NOAA GOES-R; Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) as mission for NASA Earth Observing System; and Solar EUV Experiment (SEE) on the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission. Dr. Woods received a B.S. in physics from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), an M.A. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University.