[Cosmic-Explorations] Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series at LPI - September 12, 2013

Shaner, Andrew Shaner at lpi.usra.edu
Mon Aug 12 12:15:16 CDT 2013

The Lunar and Planetary Institutes invites all inquisitive adults to
attend Solar Storm:  Space Weather's Impacts on Society and the Economy,
a presentation by Dr. Daniel Baker from the University of Colorado on
September 12, 2013 at 7:30pm. 


Modern technologies are vulnerable to solar storms. Strong solar
activity can disrupt and damage our electric power grids and contribute
to oil and gas pipeline corrosion. Solar events also interfere with
radio communications and the Global Positioning System network.
Energetic solar events pose a threat to spacecraft as well. Dr. Daniel
Baker of the University of Colorado begins the 2013-2014 speaker series
- The Universe is Out to Get Us and What We Can (or Can't) Do About It -
with a discussion of the socioeconomic impact of severe space weather.


Dr. Daniel Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space
Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado-Boulder and is a Professor
of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and a Professor of Physics. His
primary research interest is the study of plasma physics and energetic
particle phenomena in planetary magnetospheres and in the Earth's
vicinity. He conducts research in space instrument design, space physics
data analysis, and magnetospheric modeling.


LPI's Cosmic Explorations presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be
followed by a light reception. No reservation is necessary. LPI is
located in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard in the Clear
Lake region of Houston; the entrance is located on Middlebrook Drive.
For further information about the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series,
please contact Andrew Shaner at 281-486-2163 (shaner at lpi.usra.edu) or
visit www.lpi.usra.edu/education/lectures. 


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