VT SuperDARN student Muhammad Rafiq passes PhD Qualifying Exam

By: miker  on: Wed., Nov. 08, 2017 01:19 PM EST  (229 Reads)
Muhammad Rafiq successfully sat his PhD Preliminary Exam on Wednesday, November 1 before a committee of six professors. Muhammad has authored and co-authored several papers on the drivers of ionospheric plasma convection at high latitudes and is currently leading on research into the nature of convection at subauroral latitudes using data from the mid-latitude SuperDARN radars. He is advised by Drs. Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi. Muhammad now passes into PhD candidate status.

Congratulations, Muhammad!

Photo shows Muhammad pointing to a poster that describes some of his findings at subauroral latitudes (credit: Shibaji Chakraborty)
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Fort Hays Reflector Rebuild Trip Part 2, Aug. 2017

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Oct. 04, 2017 11:16 AM EDT  (839 Reads)
Following the May 2017 trip, the west main reflector array still needed to be rebuilt with a little over half of the wires still needing to be strung up. This trip would also serve as the last tune up of the radar prior to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Fort Hays Reflector Rebuild Trip, May 2017

By: ksterne  on: Tue., Oct. 03, 2017 04:06 PM EDT  (672 Reads)
Following an ice storm in January 2017 and an assessment trip in Feb. 2017 a major trip was made to make repairs to the West main antenna array reflector so that the west radar was fully functional well prior to the August 2017 solar eclipse.

SuperDARN scientist Suzie Imber wins UK Astronaut contest

By: miker  on: Mon., Oct. 02, 2017 12:39 PM EDT  (673 Reads)
Prof. Mark Lester has passed on the exciting news that Dr. Suzie Imber from Leicester University has won a BBC-sponsored contest entitled 'Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?' to receive a reference from NASA Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield to be accepted into the ESA astronaut training program. Suzie is a graduate of Leicester University where she was advised by Prof. Steve Milan. She has worked as a Research Scientist at NASA GSFC and is currently Associate Professor at Leicester. Mark has passed on the following notes:

"Suzie Imber, who has made several contributions to the SuperDARN group, was selected as one of 12 contestants from an original pool of applicants of well in the thousands and reached the last 3 of the competition. In the final episode of the series it was announced that Suzie had won the competition. Many congratulations to Suzie!" Also see

http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2017-archive/september/leicester-space-scientist-proves-she-has-what-it-takes-to-become-an-astronaut(external link)
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Web page for ERG (ARASE) mission now available

By: miker  on: Sun., July 30, 2017 05:14 PM EDT  (2487 Reads)
Yoshi Miyoshi (Arase/ERG Project Scientist) announced on July 31, 2017 that a web page for Arase quick-look data is now available. Click on *Read More* for details.
The ERG (Arase) satellite has now been in full operation since March 24.

The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite mission was launched on December 20, 2016 with an Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The aim of the mission is to study Earth's radiation belts. Coordinated operations are planned with the SuperDARN radars. Shortly after launch the satellite was officially nicknamed "Arase", which is a Japanese word for a river raging with rough water and also the name of a river close to the Uchinoura Space Center.

Photo credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Great American Eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast on August 21, 2017

By: miker  on: Sun., June 25, 2017 07:31 PM EDT  (2821 Reads)
A total solar eclipse will take place in 2017 on Monday, August 21. The path of totality will cross the continental U.S. from west to east as indicated in the map in about 90 minutes. All of the continental U.S. will experience at least a partial eclipse. Totality will last a maximum of 2 min 40 sec at any one place. The effects in the ionosphere will be observed by the SuperDARN radars located at Christmas Valley (Oregon) and Hays (Kansas) running special modes. This effort is part of a comprehensive project funded by the NSF CEDAR program to study the eclipse that is being lead by Prof. Greg Earle (Virginia Tech).
A set of maps showing the path of totality state-by-state can be found at
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/maps.htm(external link)

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