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MSU alumnus receives solar physics prize

January 29, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A third solar physicist affiliated with Montana State University has received the Karen Harvey Prize from the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society.

Brian Welsch, who received his master's and doctoral degrees in physics from MSU, received the 2010 prize for his role in developing correlation techniques to measure velocities on the surface of the sun. While at MSU, Welsch worked in the research group of physics professor Dana Longcope. Welsch received his doctorate in 2002 and now works in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley.

Longcope received the first Karen Harvey Prize awarded. His came in 2003. Jiong Qiu, assistant professor of physics at MSU, received the prize in 2007.

The Karen Harvey Prize was established in May 2002 to honor the late Karen Harvey. She was a solar physicist, president of the Solar Physics Research Corporation, and treasurer of the Solar Physics Division before dying of cancer at age 59. The Karen Harvey Prize recognizes significant contributions to the study of the sun early in a person's professional career.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu