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Associate Research Scientist
University of Maryland
College Park MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-2851
FAX: 301-405-2929
Email: lopez@astro.umd.edu
URL: http://substorm.astro.umd.edu/~lopez/home.html

B.S. University of Illinois, C-U 1980
M.S. Rice University 1983
Ph.D. Rice University 1986

Picture of Ramon Lopez
Ramon Lopez

Description of Research
My current research focuses on magnetospheric struture and dynamics. In particular, my colleagues and I are making detailed quantitative comparisons between the results of 3-D MHD and observations during actual events. A major focus has been to better understand energy coupling between the solar wind and the magnetosphere, and the storage and release of that energy during geomagnetic events known as storms and substorms. I am also active in science education reform both locally and nationally, working with schools districts and other organizations.
Recent Papers or Publications
Lopez, R. E., C. C. Goodrich, M. Wiltberger, and J. G. Lyon, Simulation of the March 9, 1995 Substorm and Initial Comparison to Data, in Global Observations and Models in the ISTP Era, AGU Monograph, edited by J. L. Horowitz, D. L. Gallagher, and W. K. Peterson, in press, 1998.

Lopez, R. E., An interdisciplinary undergraduate space physics course, Journal of College Science Teaching, 263-269, Feb, 1996.

Lopez, R. E., C. C. Goodrich, G. D. Reeves, R. D. Belian, and A. Taktakishvili, Mid-tail plasma flows and the relationship to near-Earth substorm activity: A case study, J. Geophys. Res., 99, 23561-23569, 1994.

plus an additional 9 nonscientific and 62 scientific publications

Special Honors or Awards
NASA Group Achievement Award, AMPTE mission operations, June 14, 1990

Outstanding Service to Education, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1992

Member, Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, Initiated, April 9, 1995

NASA Group Achievement Award, Global Geospace Science, University of Maryland Theory Investigation Team, June 16, 1998

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