Mountains and Minds - Read about the history of the solar physics group and the people who made it what is is today

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The MSU Solar Physics group was featured in the fall 2010 issue of Mountains & Minds, Montana State University's magazine. Read about the history of the solar physics group and the people who made it what is is today. 

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Meet MSU Solar Physics

Solar Physics Faculty

Sean Brannon

Sean Brannon,Ph.D.

Post.Doc. Research Associates

Office: Barnard Hall 242

Phone: (406) 994–6319

[email protected]

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Angela Desjardins

Angela Des Jardins, Ph.D.

Director of Montana Space Grant Consortium

Office: 413 Cobleigh Hall
 (406) 994-6172
[email protected]

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Charles Kankelborg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office:Barnard Hall 260C 
(406) 994-7853 
[email protected]

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David M. Klumpar, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Director of Space, Science & Engineering Lab

Office: Cobleigh 419
(406) 994-6169

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Dana Longcope, Ph.D.

Office: Barnard Hall Room 260D

Phone: (406) 994-7851 
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Eric Priest, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor

Office: St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland
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  • Hale Prize for lifetime achievement in solar physics, 2002
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
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Jiong Qiu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Barnard Hall Room 221
Phone: (406) 994-7253
[email protected]

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John Sample

John Sample,  Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Office: Barnard Hall Room 222
Phone: (406) 994-1693
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Larry Springer

Senior Research Engineer

Office: Cobleigh 418
Phone: (406)-994-6012

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Aki Takeda, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Office: Barnard Hall Room 256
Phone: (406) 994-7848
[email protected]

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Keiji Yoshimura, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Office: Barnard Hall Room 260B
Phone: (406) 994-7848
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Chunming Zhu

Chunming Zhu, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Office: Barnard Hall 260A

[email protected]

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Solar Physics Graduate Students

  • Will Ashfield
  • Shane Atwood
  • Catharine Bunn
  • Eric Engel
  • Arlo Johnson
  • Reyann Larkey (Joiner)
  • Marika McCarthy
  • Suman Panda
  • Jake Parker
  • Michael Prazak
  • Willow Reed
  • Roy Smart
  • Wyatt Wetzel

Solar Physics Alumni

Dr. Loren Acton 2019 Retired
Dr. Sean Brannon 2016  
Dr. Richard Canfield 2009 Retired
Dr. Jonathan Cirtain*
  PECASE Award, 2011
2005 Project Scientist, NASA MSFC
Dr. Hans Courrier 2020 Resonon in Bozeman, MT
Dr. Angela Des Jardins 2007 Director, Montana Space Grant Consortium
Dr. Ricky Egeland 2017  
Dr. J. Lewis Fox 2011 Post Doc, National Solar Observatory
Dr. Michael Freed 2015  
Dr. Silvina Guidoni 2011 Post Doc, NASA GSFC
Dr. Brian Handy 1999  
Dr. Maria Kazachenko 2010 SHINE Post Doc, UC Berkeley
Dr. Adam Kobelski 2014 Post Doc, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Dr. Brian Larsen 2007 Technical Staff Member, 
Los Alamos National Lab
Dr. Wenjuan Liu 2014 Post Doc, Czech Republic
Dr. Chris Lowder 2015  
Dr. Anna Malanushenko 2010 Post Doc, Lockheed Martin
Dr. Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo 2010 Post Doc, Harvard CfA
Dr. Tom Rust 2017  
Dr. Sabrina Savage 2010 Deputy Project Scientist, NASA MSFC
Dr. Jason Scott 2012  
Dr. Roger Scott 2016  
Dr. Mike Shumko 2019  
Dr. Lucas Tarr 2013 Post Doc, High Altitude Observatory
Dr. John Unverferth 2020  
Dr. Mark Weber 1999 Astrophysicist, Harvard CfA
Dr. Brian Welsch*
  Karen Harvey Award
2002 Research Scientist, UC Berkeley
Dr. Meredith Wills-Davey 2003  
Dr. Henry (Trae) Winter 2009 Astrophysicist, Harvard CfA


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