Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 9, 2011

AOSS in Washington, D.C., to help showcase NSF research

Faculty and students from the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science (AOSS) were in Washington, D.C., this week to help showcase research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) focusing on hazards to Earth, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. The exhibition featured 30 different NSF grants from around the nation. Above, Susan Lepri, associate research scientist for AOSS, discusses the U-M exhibit with Tim Killeen, former U-M faculty member and currently the director of geophysics at NSF. The U-M exhibit highlighted research on how to protect Earth and its technologies from solar weather. U-M is a leading center for space weather research, particularly in developing modeling to predict the impact of solar flares, solar wind and other atmospheric interference. Solar weather can have a huge impact on telecommunications, power grids, military satellites and other key technologies that America and other countries rely on. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)