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  • Eos,Vol. 81, No. 37, September 12,2000


    Editor: Robert Strangeway, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California. Los Angeles, CA 90024 USAJel. +1-310-206-6247;Fax: +1-310-206-3051; Section President, John T. Gosling; Section Secretaries, Thomas E. Cravens, William C. Feldman, Terrance G Onsager

    Outstanding Student Paper Awards

    The Space Physics & Aeronomy Section presented twelve outstanding student paper awards at the 2000 Spring Meeting in Washington, D. C, last June.

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    Mark L Adrian presented a paper titled "The Density-Potential Relation in the Prenoon Ionosphere." Mark received both his B.Sc. (1989) and M.Sc. (1993) degrees in physics from the University of Iowa. He completed his doctorate of philosophy in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville last May Currently, he is a National Research Council associate in the Space Plasma Physics Group at NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center. Mark's research interests include instrument development for space-borne applications, spacecraft-plasma interactions, auroral and cleft electron/ ion energization processes, and ionospheric/ magnetospheric coupling.

    Johnathan K. Burchill presented a poster titled "Calibrations and Results from GEODESIC Suprathermal Ion Imager." Johnathan received his B.Sc. (physics honors) from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 1995, and his M.Sc. in physics from UNB in 1997. He is presently a Ph.D. candidate in space physics at the University of Calgary working with D.J. Knudsen. Johnathan's research interests include wave-particle interactions in the high-latitude, high-altitude ionosphere. He is analyzing ion data from the recently flown GEODESIC sounding rocket.

    Troy Carter presented a poster titled "Fluctuation Measurements in the Magnetic Recon-nection Experiment." Troy graduated from

    North Carolina State University in 1995 with B.S. degrees in both physics and nuclear engineering. He is currently a graduate student at Princeton University in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences Program in Plasma Physics.Troys dissertation research is an experimental and theoretical study of fluctuations in reconnecting current sheets, focused on the role of turbulence in collisionless dissipation in magnetic reconnection.

    Lars Dyrud presented a poster titled "Simulations and Analysis of Meteor Trail Plasma Dynamics in the E-Region Ionosphere." Lars received a B.A. from Augsburg College in 1997, with majors in physics and the Norwegian language. While at Augsburg, he also studied magnetic pulsations under Mark Engebretson. After graduation, Lars spent a year at the University of Oslo, Norway on a Fulbright Scholarship, under the supervision of Per Evan Sandholt. He began graduate studies at Boston University in 1998, working with computer simulations of space plasmas under Meers Oppenheim.

    Janet Green presented a paper titled "Statistical Comparison of ULF Wave Power to Relativistic Electron Phase Space Densities as a Function of L Shell." Janet received her B.S. from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research investigates various theories for accelerating relativistic electrons trapped in the Earth's magnetosphere.

    Matthew R. Klatt presented a poster titled "Under What Conditions Do Solar Wind Compressions Stimulate Pcl-2 Pulsations in the Outer Dayside Magnetosphere?" Matthew is currently an undergraduate studying physics and mathematics at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He will be attending graduate school for electrical engineering and will be working toward a Ph.D. with interests in nan-otechnology and micro-optics.

    Haje Korth presented a paper titled "Tomography of the Inner Magnetosphere." Haje received his diploma in physics from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1998, under the direction of Guenter Musmann. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in space physics under the guidance of Michelle Thomsen at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Karl-Heinz Glassmeier at the Technical University of Braunschweig. His research interests include particle motion in the magnetosphere, tomographic inversion techniques, and magnetometers.

    Lukas Mandrake presented a poster titled "Bipolar Electron Beam Structures in the

    Auroral Region." After entering college at age 13, Lukas explored math and computer science before completing a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Arizona in 1994. A master's degree in experimental plasma physics was earned at the LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1996, whereupon he decided to focus more on his computer interests. He is now working toward a Ph.D. in computational plasma physics with the department chair Ferdinand Coroniti and Philip Pritchett at UCLA. Luke's current research entails a detailed study of various plasma simulation methods, and outstanding problems in the auroral region such as solitary waves and discrete aurora.

    Kenneth Mankoff presented a poster titled "Comparisons of SNOE, POLAR, and SAMPEX Observations of the Magnetosphere - Thermosphere Interaction During the 1998 Geomagnetic Storms." Ken is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His school and research interests range from space physics and solar-terrestrial processes to fuzzy logic and robotics.

    Thomas Paul O'Brien presented a poster titled "Reconstruction and Analysis of Hourly Energetic Electron Fluxes at Noon Geosynchronous." Paul received his B.A. from Rice University in 1997. He is now working toward a Ph.D. in space physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work focuses on geomagnetic storms with a specific interest in the ring current and energetic electron enhancements. Paul frequently utilizes statistical and neural network methods to describe geophysical phenomena.

    Sherri Godlin Stephan presented a poster titled "Interplanetary H Lyman a Observations with SCARI." Sherri received her B.A. in astronomy and physics from Vassar College in 1993, and recently completed her Ph.D. in astronomy at Boston University Her dissertation research, under the direction of Supriya Chakrabarti,used far-ultraviolet interferomet-ric measure-ments of neutral interplanetary hydrogen to study the interface region between the solar system and interstellar space. Sherri began work this month as the American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow.

    Timothy J. Stubbs presented a paper titled "Dawn/Dusk Asymmetry in Particles of Solar Wind Origin Within the Magnetosphere."Tim received his M.Sc. in physics from Imperial College, London, in 1998. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. at Imperial College with a CASE studentship from the Rutherford Apple-ton Laboratory under the supervision of Peter Cargill and Mike Lockwood.Tim's research focuses on processes associated with magne-topause reconnection, particularly in the cusps.