Sun-Earth Days 2014

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

Sun-Earth Days 2014

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Interview with Dr. Thomas Bogdan

Interview with Dr. Thomas Bogdan

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Thomas J. Bogdan is the sixth president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). As a researcher, administrator, educator, and science advocate and entrepreneur, Dr. Bogdan has led UCAR in its mission of providing science in service to society through innovative partnerships with UCAR's 78 member universities and 26 academic affiliates.

Interview with Dr. Robert Benson

Interview with Dr. Robert Benson

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Robert Benson's main research interests are in linear and nonlinear plasma wave phenomena, ionospheric and magnetospheric physics, and planetary radio emissions. His approach has been to use the terrestrial ionosphere and magnetosphere as a space plasma laboratory.

Interview with Dr. Ron Turner

Interview with Dr. Ron Turner

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Ron Turner is an internationally recognized expert in radiation risk management strategies for astronauts and is the Senior Science Advisor to the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. He has nearly thirty years of experience in advanced space systems analysis. As an ANSER Fellow, he studies the national response to extreme events.

Interview with Dr. John Phillips

Interview with Dr. John Phillips

Space Weather Living History: Dr. John Phillips is a former US astronaut at NASA with positions including systems engineering and CAPCOM for the International Space Station (ISS) and as a robotics specialist, supporting operations on missions. Dr. Phillips has logged more than 203 days in space during three flights and has flown as Flight Engineer on three different spacecraft types: Space Shuttle, Soyuz and ISS. He was selected by NASA and began astronaut candidate training in 1996.

Interview with Dr. Daniel Baker

Interview with Dr. Daniel Baker

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Daniel Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Physics. His primary research interest is the study of plasma physical and energetic particle phenomena in planetary magnetospheres and in the Earth's vicinity.

Interview with John Kappenman

Interview with John Kappenman

Space Weather Living History: John Kappenman, owner of Storm Analysis Consultants, is one of the principal investigators under contract with the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP Commission). Mr. Kappenman has presented testimony before the US House Science Committee in October 2003 on the importance of geomagnetic storm forecasting for the electric power industry.

Interview with Mauricio Peredo

Interview with Dr. Mauricio Peredo

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Mauricio Peredo is a Deputy Program Manager at Science, Systems, and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) for a nearly 400-person contract supporting science, engineering, and IT requirements for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). In 2012, assumed the Chief Operating Officer post, with responsibility for overseeing SSAI contracts to assure program performance, schedule, and resource and cost control.

Interview with Joan Feynman

Interview with Dr. Joan Feynman

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Joan Feynman has made important contributions to the study of solar wind particles and fields; sun-Earth relations; and magnetospheric physics. In particular, Feynman is known for developing an understanding of the origin of auroras. She is also known for creating a model that predicts the number of high-energy particles likely to hit a spacecraft over its lifetime, and for uncovering a method for predicting sun spot cycles.

Interview with Ernie Hildner

Interview with Dr. Ernie Hildner

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Hildner was Director of NOAA's Space Environment Center from 1986 until he retired in 2005. The Center (now renamed Space Weather Prediction Center) is the nation's 24-hour-a-day center for alerts, warnings and watches related to space weather; it also accumulates for archive much data relating to space weather.

Interview with Art Poland

Interview with Dr. Art Poland

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Art Poland graduated with Honors in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts in 1964. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from Indiana University in 1969, he joined the staff at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado.

Interview with Don Fairfield

Interview with Dr. Donald H. Fairfield

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Donald H. Fairfield is an Emeritus researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he has participated in spacecraft experiments for more than 30 years. He has been a co-investigator on more than 8 magnetic field and plasma experiments and has conducted pioneering research in many areas of magnetospheric physics including the foreshock, the bow shock, the magnetosheath and the magnetotail.

Interview with Karel Schrijver

Interview with Dr. Karel Schrijver

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Karel Schrijver received his doctorate at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, on the topic of solar and stellar magnetic activity. After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Colorado and the European Space Agency, and a fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, he now is senior fellow at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center.

Interview with Lennard A. Fisk

Interview with Dr. Lennard A. Fisk

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Lennard A. Fisk is the Thomas M. Donahue Distinguished University Professor of Space Science at the University of Michigan, where from 1993-2003 he was Chair of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. He currently serves as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board.

Interview with Christopher T. Russell

Interview with Dr. Christopher T. Russell

Space Weather Living History: Professor C. T. Russell is a member of the faculties of both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Interview with Dr. Michael Hesse

Interview with Dr. Michael Hesse

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Michael Hesse, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In this role he is responsible for a staff of about 300 civil servants, university scientists, and contractors engaged in solar and space research, instrumentation and mission development, and space environment modeling for NASA and partners.

Interview with Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta

Interview with Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta

Space Weather Living History: Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta (also known as Lika) has had the opportunity to work as a scientist, mission designer, instrument builder, directing and managing science programs and teacher and spokesperson for NASA's mission and vision in the Heliophysics Division. Occasionally, she performs all of these roles in a single day.

Interview with Dr. Jim Green

Interview with Dr. Jim Green

Space Weather Living History: Dr. James L. Green received his Ph.D. in Space Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979 and began working in the Magnetospheric Physics Branch at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1980. At Marshall, Dr. Green developed and managed the Space Physics Analysis Network that provided scientists all over the world with rapid access to data, to other scientists, and to specific NASA computer and information resources.

IHY Interviews

IHY Interviews

"Space Weather Living History" interview at IHY with Dr. Joe Davila, Dr. Nat Gopalswami and Dr. Barbara Thompson.

Interview with Dr. Dick Fisher

Interview with Dr. Dick Fisher

Space Weather Living History: Dr. 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.

Interview with Dr. David Hathaway

Interview with Dr. David Hathaway

This is the first of our new "Space Weather Living History" Podcast series. We kick this new series off with an interview of Dr. David Hathaway, a solar astronomer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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