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Jaynes Awarded $543,000 To Build Auroral Particle Detector

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Associate Professor Allison Jaynes has been awarded $543,000 from the University of Colorado, Boulder to build and deliver an energetic particle instrument for a rocket mission, COUSIN: A Study of Small-Scale Auroral Region Energy Deposition.

NASA awards UI $250,000 for space weather research

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
NASA selected the University of Iowa as one of three recipients of a $250,000 award for a study to help improve space weather forecasting. Over the next four months, a team led by Assistant Professor David Miles at UI will develop and perfect plans for an instrument called a magnetometer. This instrument will better help understand how storms from the sun can affect vulnerable infrastructure on earth like the electrical grid.

Termini To Receive NASA NSTGRO Award

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Graduate Research Assistant Jared Termini is a recipient of a 2022 NASA Graduate Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO) award. 

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