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A Performance Assessment of NASA’s Heliophysics Program
on several NASA proposal evaluation committees as well as the Missions Operations Working Group and is currently the chair of the NSF Advanced Technology Solar Telescope Science Working Group.
JACK R. JOKIPII (NAS) is the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Jokipii’s research is in the areas of theoretical astrophysics and space physics. His research covers the transport and acceleration of cosmic rays and energetic particles in the solar wind and in the galaxy, with major emphasis on the Ulysses and ACE space missions. Dr. Jokipii and his research group conduct theoretical research to determine the transport coefficients of energetic particles in irregular plasmas and magnetic fields. Dr. Jokipii was a member of the NRC Panel on Theory, Computation, and Data Exploration of the Committee on Solar and Space Physics: A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future. He currently chairs the NRC Panel on Physical Sciences of the Associateship and Fellowship Programs Advisory Committee and serves on the NRC Committee on Solar and Space Physics.
KRISHAN KHURANA is a professor of space physics in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Khurana has worked on many theoretical and empirical investigations relating to the magnetospheres of Venus, Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn and is currently a co-investigator on the MAG investigation onboard Galileo. His recent research has covered theoretical models for flux ropes, a semi-theoretical model for the structure of the Venusian bow shock, ULF waves in outer magnetospheres, the structure and composition of the Jovian plasma sheet, and the maintenance of corotation in the Jovian magnetosphere. Dr. Khurana was a member of the NRC Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration. He currently serves on the NRC Committee on Solar and Space Physics.
DANA WARFIELD LONGCOPE is an associate professor of physics at Montana State University-Bozeman. Dr. Longcope conducts theoretical research on the basic physics of magnetic fields in ionized plasmas and the application of these concepts to magnetic fields on the Sun. He has studied the storage and release of magnetic energy in the Sun’s corona through a process known as reconnection. Dr. Longcope’s honors and awards include a 1997 Faculty Early Career Development grant from the National Science Foundation, the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, the 2003 Karen Harvey Prize from the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, and the 2003 Charles and Nora L. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research from Montana State University. He is a member of the NRC Committee on Solar and Space Physics and previously served on the NRC Panel on Solar Astronomy of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee.
GANG LU is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory. Dr. Lu specializes in space physics, with an emphasis on high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics and the coupling of the solar wind with the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, she analyzes and interprets space- and ground-based observations of ionospheric and magnetospheric electrodynamic quantities, and models and interprets disturbances in the ionosphere and thermosphere. One of her most significant accomplishments was to obtain the first quantitative assessment of interhemispheric asymmetry of high-latitude ionospheric convection configuration, which she achieved by combining and analyzing a large set of multi-instrument data. This collaborative study formed the backbone of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Global Environment Modeling Boundary Layer Campaigns. Dr. Lu is currently Secretary General of the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics, which is an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science, and is a former member of the NRC Committee on Solar and Space Physics.
KRISTINA A. LYNCH is associate professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. Her research interests cover auroral space plasma physics; ionospheric and mesospheric sounding rocket experiments, instrumentation, and data analysis; and wave-particle interactions in the auroral ionosphere. Dr. Lynch leads the Rocket Laboratory where studies are conducted on the structure and dynamics of auroral acceleration, specifically on sounding rocket missions such as Cascades; and on the use of multiple-payload probes to look at spatial and temporal variations in auroral precipitation. Other studies at the Rocket Laboratory include the FAST auroral satellite data set, which