Topic:Space weather: A challenge for 21st Century Science

Speaker: Dr. R. E. Lopez (University of Texas at El Paso)

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 26, 2001, 11:00 A.M.

Place: Room 140 VMC



As we begin a new century, globalization is a central theme in economics, culture, and politics. A key aspect of the global infrastructure is the utilization of space. However the space environment is higly variable and can produce conditions that can damage not only space-based technological systems, but also ground-based systems such as electrical power transmission grids. In this talk I will discuss this enviromental variability (or Space Weather), its origins, and effects on human systems. I will also discuss current and future research efforts aimed at producing operational tools to predict the behavior of the space environment.



Professor Ramon E. Lopez recived his B.S. in physics in 1980 from the University of Illinois, and his M.S. and Ph. D. in Space Physics in 1984 and 1986 respectively, from Rice university. He is currently the C. Sharp Cook Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a member of the board of Director of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native American Science (SACNAS). His current research quantitative comparisons betwwen the results of the 3-D MHD and the obseravation during actual events. Dr. Lopez is active in science education reform at national level. For five years he was Director of Education and Outreach at the APS, where he was responsible for all of the education programs of the society.

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 A.M.

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