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NASA Sounding Rocket Launches into Aurora

The LAMP mission, short for Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations, launched on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2022, on a Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket. 

Piker to Receive CLAS Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award

Chris Piker, senior database administrator, has been selected as a recipient of the 2022 College of LIberal Arts and Sciences  Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Award. This award recognizes staff members in CLAS who have performed exceptional service to their department or the College.
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Kletzing Speaks at 39th Annual Presidential Lecture

Professor Craig Kletzing was one of three distinguished University of Iowa faculty members who gave presentations at the 39th Presidential Lecture on Feb. 27.

Onel and Nachtman earn award for DUNE project

Professor Yasar Onel and Professor Jane Nachtman have been awarded $14,553 from Fermi Research Alliance for a project entitled “Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE FD-2) CRP engineering support at FNAL and BNL Sites.”
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UI scientists hope NASA rocket will answer aurora questions in Alaska

Holed up in a cabin in the small northern Alaskan village of Venetie — which, according to the 2020 census, had a population of just 125 — University of Iowa doctoral candidate Riley Troyer is on a NASA-funded mission to sky gaze.

His duties, actually, are much more specific and scientific, as he’s among a trio of University of Iowa investigators who over the weekend flew to Alaska on a three-week mission to better understand a rarely viewed type of aurora — also known as Northern Lights — that flashes or “pulsates.”

Aurora Mission Draws Troyer Home

In this radio interview from KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. University of Iowa PhD candidate Riley Troyer discussed the LAMP rocket mission which will probe pulsating aurora.
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UI team heads to Alaska to launch rocket into the Northern Lights

Scientists from the University of Iowa will travel to Alaska in February to launch the LAMP sounding rocket mission, designed to explore the energy of a pulsating aurora, one of the many forms of Northern Lights.
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Physics Magazine Publishes Howes' Viewpoint Article

Physics, the online magazine from the American Physical Society, published a viewpoint article by Associate Professor Greg Howes, "Illuminating Black Holes through Turbulent Heating." Predictions indicate that it should be possible to directly identify how turbulence heats a given black hole’s plasma from the spectrum of that plasma’s radiation.
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Art and Physics Combine in UI First-Year Seminar

In a featured article in the American Journal of Physics, Professor Yannick Meurice describes how he spurred interest in physics and computer science among artistically inclined students.
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Halekas Selected as Instrument Scientist for New NASA Mission

Associate Professor Jasper Halekas has been selected as instrument scientist for NASA's HelioSwarm, a $250 million Medium Class Explorer mission.