Upcoming Webinars

January 8, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Title: Coming From Far Away Lands: How different backgrounds Shape their Careers 

Speaker: Stamatios Krimigis 

Dr. Stamatios Krimigis is Emeritus Head of the Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), has built instruments that have flown to all 9 classical planets beginning with Mariner 4 to Mars in 1965, and is Principal Investigator on NASAs Voyager 1, 2. Among his most recent awards are the National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement (2015), the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (2016), and the Theodore von Karman Award (2017) of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has published more than 630 papers in peerreviewed journals and books and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Physical Society (APS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


Speaker: Parisa Mostafavi

Parisa Mostafavi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory interested in investigating the structure and properties of the solar wind plasma both in the heliosphere and the interstellar medium. Parisa is from Iran and she graduated from Science and research university in Tehran with a BS in Engineering Physics (minor in plasma). Parisa got an MS in Plasma Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. Then she immigrated to the USA in 2014 to follow her dreams in a space science major. She got an MS in Space Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). She was awarded her Ph.D. in Space Science, supported by the NASA Earth and Space Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship, at UAH under the advisement of Prof. GaryZank.Parisa received numerous awards and recognitions during the past years. She was recognized by the Dean of graduate studies at UAH for the Academic Excellence Award every year from 2015 to 2019. She also received the UAH College of Science Graduate Research Award in 2019. Recently, Parisa received the prestigious Fred L. Scarf Award which is given annually to one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solarplanetary science. She is an honorary member of PhiKappaPhi. She spent the last year of her Ph.D. working with Prof. Dave McComas at Princeton University where she was awarded the Visiting Student Research Collaborator position. She continued her collaboration with the Space Physics group at Princeton as a Visiting Research Collaborator. Her work focused on shock waves mediated by energetic particles. She developed a theoretical model and a numerical code to investigate the structure of the shock waves in the presence of the energetic particles in the heliosphere and the very local interstellar medium. Parisa Mostafavi has started working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2019. She is currently working on many interesting projects such as modeling the inner heliosphere, analyzing the Parker Solar Probe data, and working on the future Interstellar Probe mission.


Location: https://bostonu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOGspjIvGdUSJErVO4pQGtMxlCgOm7Od


Past Webinars

November 20, 2020 – 1:30pm EST

Title: The Rewards of a Career in Space Physics: Opportunities and Choices

Speaker: Margaret Kivelson, UCLA and University of Michigan

Margaret Galland Kivelson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Space Physics at UCLA and a Research Professor at the University of Michigan. She received multiple degrees (A.B., M.A., and Ph.D.) from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, where her dissertation in Quantum Electrodynamics was supervised by Julian Schwinger. After a decade as a Consultant to the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, she redirected her interests to Space Physics, joining an active group at UCLA. She has contributed to the field as a theorist, as author of a widely used text book, and as an instrument Principal Investigator, most recently having joined the Europa Clipper mission as Team Leader for the Magnetometer investigation. Her honors include being an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, recipient of the Alfvén and the Cassini medals of the European Geophysical Union, the Fleming medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Kuiper medal of the American Astronomical Society, and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Speaker: Nicola Fox, NASA Headquarters

Nicola Fox is the Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Heliophysics is not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining  star, but the study of key space phenomena and processes supports  situational awareness to better protect astronauts, satellites, and robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond. Until August 2018, Fox worked at the Applied Physics Lab at the Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, where she was the chief scientist for Heliophysics and the project scientist for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe –humanity’s first mission to a star. Fox is a proven leader with extensive project, program and supervisory experience, having served as the deputy project scientist for the Van Allen Probes, and the operations scientist for the International Solar Terrestrial Physics program. She has authored numerous scientific articles and papers in addition to delivering science presentations worldwide. In addition to her research, she is also keenly involved with science education and outreach activities. Fox was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in England. She graduated from The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London with a BS in Physics. She received an MS in Telematics and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey. She then returned to Imperial College to complete a PhD in Space and Atmospheric Physics. She has also previously worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, receiving a number of agency awards for outstanding performance.

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October 16, 2020 – 2pm EST, 1pm Central

Title: A Path to Improving Writing Skills: Things I Didn’t Learn In School

Speaker: Heather Elliott, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio TX, and University of Texas-San Antonio, helliott@swri.edu 

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • psychology that hinders writing skills, and ways to overcome it
  • how to identify problematic aspects of your writing
  • how to write concisely for paged limited writing such as proposals
  • ways to organize your material while reducing repetition and having coherence, precision, and cohesion
  • key references for low-cost books that focus on improving writing and editing

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