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 Expert  728970

Expert in Space Physics, Space Weather, Database Design, Data Management


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Alaska (AK)
USA
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Expert completed her PhD in Space Physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004. Her study used a database and applied statistical methods to field aligned incoherent scatter radar data (100-600 km altitude) in order to determine basic characteristics of the high latitude ionosphere. In addition, the momentum equation and multivariate analysis are applied to determine which mechanisms are likely to be initiating the flow of ions from the ionosphere to the magnetosphere. Her degree entailed study of ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions, which include both the aurora and near earth space. She followed this up with a Mendenhall Post doc with the USGS, where she applied statistics to the Kp index to determine that geomagnetic storms are random, and determined their average occurrence rate. The paper from this research was chosen as an Editors Choice in the journal Space Weather in 2006.
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atmospheric aurora

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space environment

Expert has worked with data sets ranging from Incoherent Scatter Radar data to data from second grade math tests. She is familiar with databases and has set up and used databases using MySQL, Oracle and Access. She knows statistical analysis methods and correct data handling techniques.
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analysis

Expert has designed, built, populated, tested and used databases for a number of organizations and projects. She has managed data transfers, cleaned and organized data, and done data analysis. Most recently, 10 years worth of data from the K-12 Outreach Statewide Mentor program was taken from unorganized spreadsheets to a database and internet interface that allows the data to go directly from the supplier, into the database without being stored on a third person's computer or needing to be re-entered. This simplified the workload on the projects Mentors and improved data reliability and completeness. Her primary work has been in MySQL, but she has worked with Oracle and Access as well.
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data management


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2004   PhD   Space Physics   University of Alaska Fairbanks  
1998   MS   Physics   University of Alaska Fairbanks  
1989   BS   Physics   University of Wisconsin Milwaukee  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2013 to 2015

 

University of Alaska Statewide

 

Academic Affairs - K-12 Outreach

 

Research Professional 1

 

Designed and populated databases and co-developed an online data acquisition system to populate database with future data for the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project using software engineering principles. Conducted a data inventory for the departments numerous projects. Designed forms and workflows to simplify mentor paperwork, Assisted at workshops. Trained mentors on new system and provided customer support. Developed and populated resource archive and discussion forum for mentors.

2011 to 2013

 

University of Alaska Fairbanks - International Arctic Research Center

 

Computer Services

 

Data Archivist

 

Worked as the ‘public face' for the archive – recruiting and guiding users in entering data as well as representing the university and archive on the national level. Participated in EarthCube charrette. Designed new database schema to enhance ease of metadata entry, data searching and professional networking capabilities. Wrote a proposal, two white papers and published a peer reviewed paper.

2010 to 2011

 

Fairbanks North Star Borough

 

Air Quality

 

Data Collection Technician 2

 

Assist in air quality data collection. Organize and complete wood stove verifications for wood stove exchange program. Disseminate program information on the program to general public and assist in a public educational campaign regarding burning of dry wood. Assisted in measuring emissions of cold started vehicles. Assist in data analysis and creation of figures for presentation at scientific workshops. Assisted in measuring emissions of cold started vehicles.

2009 to 2010

 

Math in a Cultural Context

 


 

Post-doc Researcher

 

Assisted in writing curriculum for teaching math at a 6th grade level using Yup'ik cultural approaches and aligned with state and national standards. Assisted with data analysis of pre and post tests.

2008 to 2009

 

U.S Geological Survey

 


 

Assistant Observer and Scientific and Outreach Contractor

 

Took scientific readings of the geomagnetic field twice a week, entered data and posted forms to website. Created temperature plots, filed data cards, and dumped data from observatory computer to files. Created looping power point display for the magnetic Hazards group to show in USGS headquarters detailing importance of magnetic monitoring. Worked on Observatory Fact Sheets for distribution to public. Maintained running averages for magnetic baselines. Created maps to assist with Barrow observatory rebuild. Misc other as needed.


2007 to 2008

 

Geophysical Institute

 


 

Coordinator for Pioneer Park and Auroral Information Cabin

 

Created and presented Power Point presentations to the general public and modified shows to respond to public demand. Answered any questions about the aurora that people visiting Pioneer Park had. Collected data on number of people attending shows. Designed, handed out and collected surveys to determine public interest in the aurora. Determined from survey responses how best to present information.

2006 to 2008

 

University of Alaska Fairbanks

 


 

Adjunct Instructor

 

Taught the Math 107 Pre-Calculus and Math 108 Trigonometry classes. Chose book, planned out classes for semester and wrote up syllabus. Determined grading scheme. Conducted 4 lectures a week (precalc) or 2 lectures a week (trig) assigned homework and created tests, Collected and graded homework and tests. Did student evaluations. Practiced and taught laboratory experiments for undergraduate physics class. Collected and graded lab reports and homework. Provided feedback to update and correct lab design.

2006 to 2007

 

International Foundation for Science Health and the Environment

 


 

Research Scientist

 

Repaired and maintained HIPAS BaDCAT database (Background Data Collection and Analysis Task). Was responsible for collection of ELF data, generated during HIPAS Heater runs, using 2 permanently placed detectors and one mobile unit. Analyzed resulting data and compared resulting time series to background conditions. Wrote and a funded mini-task proposal for the Department of Defense. Assisted writing and editing 2 NSF proposals

2004 to 2006

 

United States Geological Survey, Geomagnetism group

 


 

Research Geophysicist

 

Did statistical analysis of over 70 years worth of Kp Index data to determine whether magnetic storms were random, with the publication of findings in professional journal.

1996 to 2004

 

Geophysical Institute – University of Alaska Fairbanks

 


 

Research Assistant

 

Operated a Bomem michaelson interferometer and analyzed resulting infrared aurora spectrum, publishing the results. Assembled a database of field aligned incoherent scatter radar data and used statistical analysis to characterize the ionosphere. Applied momentum equation and multivariate analysis to determine most likely means of upward ion acceleration.


Career Accomplishments:
Awards/Recognition

Paper chosen as an Editor's Choice: Space Weather.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is primary author of 3 papers; she is second author of another paper. She coauthored a 6th-grade curriculum module.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Detselig Enterprises LTD.  
 - Space Weather  
 - Geophysical Research Letters  
 - Journal of Geophysical Research  
 - Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2008 to 2009   USGS   Observer   Took scientific readings of the geomagnetic field twice a week, entered data and posted forms to website. Created temperature plots, filed data cards, and dumped data from observatory computer to files. Created looping power point display for the magnetic Hazards group to show in USGS headquarters detailing importance of magnetic monitoring. Worked on Observatory Fact Sheets for distribution to public. Maintained running averages for magnetic baselines. Created maps to assist with Barrow observatory rebuild. Misc other as needed.
2004 to 2006   USGS   Post-doctoral studies   Did statistical analysis of over 70 years worth of Kp Index data to determine whether magnetic storms were random, with the publication of findings in professional journal.
2013 to   USGS   Observer   Took scientific readings of the geomagnetic field once a week, entered data and posted forms onto FTP server. Tested out new methods of data taking.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • She designed and wrote labs for the Science 115 class offered through Tanana Valley Campus in conjunction with the UAF Physics department. Rewrote or created labs as needed. For created labs, the important theory was determined, the materials available were considered and the method to be followed was determined. All labs were tested to ensure student success.
  • She created and presented Power Point presentations to the general public and modified shows to respond to public demand. Answered any questions about the aurora that people visiting Pioneer Park had. Collected data on number of people attending shows. Designed, handed out and collected surveys to determine public interest in the aurora. Determined from survey responses how best to present information.
  • She produced looping power point presentation to inform passers by of the role played by the USGS geomagnetism group in safeguarding our nation by monitoring geomagnetic activity.
  • She tutored math and physics at high school through college levels for 5+ years.
  • She contracted with the USGS to take data once a week at the College station using an experimental method and made trips to take data at other stations on demand.
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Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert has taught classes in developmental math, taught Physics Labs and wrote curriculum material for laboratory manual, wrote 6th grade curriculum, and produced layman-level, educational shows on the aurora for the education of tourists, produced a presentation for the USGS geomagnetism group to show at the Reston headquarters lobby display, and taught workshops on software use.

Other Skills and Services

In addition to physics, Expert is skilled at data analysis, database work, presentation creation, teaching and public speaking.


 

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