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Lecture will examine NASA's Van Allen Probes

April  23, 2013

On Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Craig Kletzing of the University of Iowa will present this year’s Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy at Augustana College. Entitled “Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes,” the talk will be held in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.). Admission is free, and the talk is open to the public.

Dr. Kletzing will discuss the recent launch of NASA’s Van Allen Probes, a twin satellite mission established to investigate the dynamic environment of the Earth’s radiation belts—a key discovery by University of Iowa professor James Van Allen in 1958. He will show some examples of the kinds of scientific measurements that are being made with the probes and also describe how the University of Iowa physics and astronomy department continues to expand on Van Allen’s research.

Dr. Craig Kletzing earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1989. His research interests involve the plasma environment of the Earth’s magnetosphere and Van Allen Radiation Belts. He currently is F. Wendell Miller Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa.

The Nelson Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Harry Nelson, 1935 graduate of Augustana College, long-time professor of mathematics at Augustana, and first director of the John Deere Planetarium. This lecture series continues Dr. Nelson’s legacy of sharing the wonders of the heavens with the Quad-Cities community.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu