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NASA Science Update: Scientists Closer to Forecasting Periods of Calm Space Weather
Dr. Marc DeRosa

Image of Dr. DeRosaDr. Marc DeRosa received his B.A. (with honors) from the Johns Hopkins University in 1994, followed by M.S. (in 1997) and Ph.D. (in 2001) degrees from the University of Colorado. He has been a research physicist with the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center's Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory since 2001. Dr. DeRosa's research interests include investigating the dynamics of turbulent magnetoconvection within the upper layers of the solar convection zone and the resulting effects on the solar atmosphere, using the complementary approaches of constructing numerical simulations of rotating turbulent fluids and making use of high-cadence imagery provided by recent space-based instruments such as SOHO/MDI and TRACE.

Dr. Richard Fisher

Image of Dr. FisherDr. Richard Fisher graduated with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in Mathematics from Grinnell College in 1961. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado in 1965, he became a staff member of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. Following that, he became a staff astrophysicist at the USAF Sacramento Peak Observatory, and later was a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Colo. He was a Co-Investigator on both the HCO SO-55 (SkyLab), and Coronagraph/Polarimeter (SMM) experiments. While at HAO he was the Project Manager and Principal Investigator for the Mk III project at the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, Mauna Loa, Hawaii. He joined the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. in 1991 as the Head of the Solar Physics Branch. Principal Investigator for the SPARTAN 201 White Light Coronagraph investigation, he has served recently as the Payload Scientist for five Space Shuttle Missions (STS - 56, -64, -69, -87, and -95). He was the NASA Ultraviolet Coronagraph-Spectrometer (UVCS) Telescope Scientist for the SOHO Mission, the TRACE-SMEX Mission Scientist, and the Payload Scientist for the STS-87 Space Shuttle flight. Prior to leaving the GSFC, Dr. Fisher was the Senior Project Scientist for NASA's Living with A Star Project, and Chief of the Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics. Recent successful launches for projects within the Laboratory include the Microwave Anisotropy Mission (MAP) and the Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager Mission (RHESSI). Dr. Fisher is a life member of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the International Astronomical Union and the American Astronomical Society. He is the recipient of both the NASA Exceptional Achievement and Exceptional Service Medals. Research interests include research on topics of solar magnetic evolution and the solar corona; especially as they relate to the physical characteristics and physical processes of the outer layers of the Sun and the impact on humanity and technology. He has been the Director of the Sun-Earth Connection Division since March 2002.

Joseph Kunches

Image of Mr. KunchesJoseph Kunches is the Chief of the Forecast and Analysis Branch at NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., a national and international center for space weather services. He also serves as the Secretary of the International Space Environment Service (ISES), a consortium of eleven nations plus the European Space Agency (ESA), chartered to share data and products worldwide among the member nations and organizations. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the quarterly journal GPS Solutions. He is also a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Institute of Navigation, and the International Loran Association. Academic work includes a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1970) and a Masters of Basic Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985).

Dr. Karel Schrijver

Image of Dr. SchrijverDr. Karel Schrijver received his doctorate from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1986. After research fellowships in both the USA and the Netherlands, he joined the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif. in 1995, where he is currently a senior staff physicist. His research interests include solar and heliospheric magnetic activity, as well as the activity of stars other than the Sun. In recent years, his work has focused on space-weather phenomena, in particular on the coupling of the Sun's magnetic field to interplanetary space. He also coordinates science operations of the TRACE satellite and is the science lead for the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on the future Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

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