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NASA - THEMIS/AIM Science Writer's Workshop - Biographies
May 19, 2006

Mr. Joseph Dezio

Photo of Joe DezioMr. Dezio is currently the Explorers Deputy Program Manager . In that role since November 2001 he supported numerous Explorer mission's and PI's and also was the acting Swift Project Manager. Swift has been operating successfully on-orbit since November 2004 and has detected over 100 Gamma ray bursts thus far.

Mr. Dezio received a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Oakland University, Rochester, MI in 1967 and came to NASA Goddard from the Physics Department of that institution in 1969 to begin work on the IMP-I project. Since then he has contributed to numerous other successful NASA projects such as AEM/HCMM and Landsat 4 as their mechanical system lead, ERBS as the observatory manager, Space Station Platforms now AURA and AQUA as their development project manager, GOES recovery 1989-93 as the deputy project manager, GGS WIND and POLAR missions as deputy and project manager respectively, and on ICESAT as project manager.

Over the course of his 36 years at Goddard Mr. Dezio has received numerous performance and group awards and the NASA medal for exceptional service in 1997.

Dr. Vassilis Angelopoulos

Photo of Vassilis AngelopoulosDr. Vassilis Angelopoulos is a scientist with 15 years of experience in space physics with emphasis in magnetospheric processes. He's authored and co-authored 65 publications in refereed journals on data analysis, plasma theory and space plasma phenomenology, space technology, space instrumentation and mission analysis and design. His research interests include plasma sheet transport, electromagnetic instabilities in the plasma sheet and its boundary, beam-induced ionospheric low frequency waves, substorm physics, turbulence and self-organized criticality. Dr. Angelopoulos' current position is as Research Physicist in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the prinicpal investigator for THEMIS. In his free time he enjoys playing classical violin and chess.

Awards and Honors:

January 2001: Macelwane Medal, conferred by the American Geophysical Union in recognition of significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by young scientists.
July 2000: Zeldovich Medal, conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR on young sci-entists for excellence and achievement.
June 1994: Fred Scarf Award, conferred by AGU's Space Physics and Aeronomy Section to the best Ph.D. thesis in that section.
1986-1992: Fulbright fellowship for the duration of Ph.D. program.

Dr. James M. Russell III

Photo of Dr. Jim RussellDr. James M. Russell III received his Ph.D. in aeronomy from the University of Michigan, the MSEE degree from the University of Virginia and the BSEE degree from Virginia Tech. His research specialties are in the areas of atmospheric science, remote sensing and satellite data analysis. He began his career with the NASA Langley Research Center where he worked on development of instruments for assessing Apollo lunar landing sites, rocket reentry studies, planetary entry atmospheric studies and remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere. Currently, Dr. Russell is a Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University. While at NASA, he served as Head of the Chemistry and Dynamics Branch and the Theoretical Studies Branch in the NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Division. He has served or now serves as Principal Investigator on a number of satellite experiments including LIMS on Nimbus 7, HALOE on UARS, SABER on TIMED and the AIM mission now under development for a fall 2006 launch. He also has served as Co-Investigator on the JPL ATMOS Spacelab 3 solar occultation remote sensing instrument to conduct high spectral resolution studies of Earth's atmosphere and on the Oxford University ISAMS experiment flown on the UARS platform to study the stratosphere and mesosphere. His research has significantly advanced our knowledge of the effects of odd nitrogen and chlorine on the stratospheric ozone layer and has provided important data for studying the dynamics and chemistry of the atmosphere in general.

Dr. Russell was the recipient of the NASA medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1982, the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal in1986, the University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Alumni Merit Award in 1997, he holds two United States patents and he is included in numerous biographical listings recognizing achievement in science. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees and he has led a number of international committee studies including Co-chapter lead on the SPARC atmospheric ozone trends panel and Co-lead on the SPARC atmospheric water vapor report, the latter being the first to focus on this subject. He is coauthor of over 380 professional journal articles in the field of engineering and atmospheric science. He was the fourteenth most cited author worldwide in geosciences for the period 1991 – 2001 and author of the most cited paper during this period.

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