Public Lecture
"Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS* on the Van Allen Probes"

Dr. Craig Kletzing
F. Wendell Miller
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Hanson Science Hall 102
 Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois


Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:30 pm
Admission is free

Presenting this year's Harry Nelson Lecture, Dr. Craig Kletzing will discuss the recent launch of NASA's Van Allen Probes, a twin satellite mission established to investigate the dynamic environment of the Earth's radiation belts - a key discovery by University of Iowa professor James Van Allen in 1958. He will show some examples of the kinds of scientific measurements that are being made with the probes and also describe how the University of Iowa physics and astronomy department continues to expand on Van Allen's research.

Dr. Craig Kletzing earned his PhD in Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1989. His research interests involve the plasma environment of the Earth's magnetosphere and Van Allen Radiation Belts.

The Nelson Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Harry Nelson, 1935 graduate of Augustana College, long-time Professor of Mathematics at Augustana, and first director of the John Deere Planetarium. This lecture series continues Dr. Nelson's legacy of sharing the wonders of the heavens with the Quad City community.

*EMFISIS - Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science
 

Radiation Belt Storm Probes

Craig Kletzing and Lee Carkner

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