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Record-Breaking Voyager Spacecraft Begin to Power Down

The work of the late Professor Donald Gurnett is highlighted in this Scientific American article about the Voyager spacecraft, which are still running after nearly 45 years in space but will soon lose some of their instruments. Gurnett was one of the original scientists on the Voyager team, designing and building plasma wave instruments on both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Reno Wins NASA Funding for Simulation Package

Mary Hall Reno, a professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received an award from NASA as part of a simulation package that will aid in the design of new instruments aboard balloons and satellites.

Gazette: NASA report finds vast diversity leadership gap, suggests solutions

Assistant Professor Allison Jaynes was on a 14-member National Academies committee that wrote a new report titled “Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Leadership of Competed Space Missions.”
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Iowa Now: Girazian's Research Explains How a Type of Aurora on Mars is Formed

Researchers led by Zachary Girazian, an associate research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, have learned how discrete aurora on Mars is formed. In a new study, the physicists report that the upstream solar wind properties interacting with the crustal magnetic fields found in Mars’ southern hemisphere strongly affect the formation and properties of the Martian discrete aurora.
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Silich Named NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Physics and Astronomy alumna Emily Silich was among nine University of Iowa students and recent graduates who were named recipients of the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Hospodarsky Speaks at Norway Intermediate School

Research Scientist/Engineer​​​​​​​ George Hospodarsky gave a presentation to 102 fifth graders and five teachers at Norway Intermediate School, Benton Community Schools in Norway, Iowa on May 13.
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Research Ambitions Yield Big Rewards

Joshua Doucette found his academic and career paths through research, joining faculty-led teams in space physics and particle physics during his undergraduate years at Iowa. These rewarding experiences have launched his next phase: the pursuit of a doctorate in physics.
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Congratulations May Graduates!

Several students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy were candidates for degrees at the University of Iowa Spring Commencement Ceremonies on May 13 and 14. 
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Jaynes Awarded $543,000 To Build Auroral Particle Detector

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.
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NASA awards UI $250,000 for space weather research

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.