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LASP scientist receives prestigious solar research medal

January 7, 2013

Dr. Jack Gosling of LASP has received the 2013 National Academy of Sciences Arctowski Medal for his contributions to solar physics. (Courtesy LASP)

LASP physicist Dr. John “Jack” Gosling has received the U.S. National Academy of Sciences 2013 Arctowski Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of solar physics. Gosling has received the award for his extensive research on energetic solar events and their effects on Earth. He will be formally honored at a ceremony on Sunday, April 28, during the Academy’s 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Gosling is recognized for distinguishing solar flares, releases of magnetic energy in the solar atmosphere, and Coronal Mass Ejections, or violent eruptions of solar material that can reach Earth and cause geomagnetic storms. He has provided valuable insight into how these processes affect both Earth and the magnetic bubble surrounding our Solar System known as the heliosphere, and has found magnetic reconnection in the solar wind, which causes space weather. Gosling is a LASP senior research associate and retired laboratory fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Established in 1969 through the Henryk Arctowski Fund, the National Academy Arctowski Medal is awarded every two years in recognition of exceptional studies in solar physics and Sun-Earth relationships. It includes a $20,000 award for the winner and an additional $60,000 to support future research in the field. Gosling is one of 18 researchers honored by the Academy today for their outstanding scientific achievements.

For more information on solar influences and space plasma science at LASP, please visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home//science/solar-influences/ and http://lasp.colorado.edu/home//science/space-physics/space-plasma/.

This composite image demonstrates an intense Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). LASP studies how such violent processes affect Earth. (Courtesy SOHO/EIT/LASCO)

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