Nearly 40 presentations of Auggie research were featured during early December at one of the nation’s largest meetings of scientists. Emma Capman ‘13 presented a poster on waves in the Earth’s magnetosphere associated with geomagnetic storms. She was among the Auggies presenting at the 2012 American Geophysical Union meeting and attended by more than 20,000 scientists. Other Auggie research included topics ranging from X-rays at Mercury to studies of the Great Lakes Basin, the world’s largest source of fresh water.
Two Auggie alums, Lars Dyrud ’97 and Brent Lofgren ’88, also had distinguished roles in the meeting.
Dyrud, who went on from Augsburg to earn a Ph.D. at Boston University in 2003, organized and chaired the session “Exploring Geoscience Frontiers With Low-Cost Access to Space.” He now is a Section Supervisor of the Earth and Space Science Group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Lofgren chaired the session “Recent Advances in Understanding the Hydrology of the Great Lakes Region.” Lofgren obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1993. He now is a Physical Scientist at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
“This is a significant accomplishment, and shows the depth of contribution to the world of science by Auggies,” said Amy Gort, Dean of Arts and Sciences. “Students who attend Augsburg find that their Auggie education is the gateway to graduate programs at the most prestigious institutions across our nation, and our strong contribution to the AGU is a testament of that.”
Ten presentations included contributions from current Auggies including professors Mark Engebretson and David Murr, staff researchers Jennifer Posch and Laura Simms, and post-doctoral researcher Romina Nikoukar.
Other Auggies who presented at the AGU meeting in San Francisco include:
- Matthew Argall ’06, research assistant at the University of New Hampshire
- Matthew Broughton ’06 graduate student at Dartmouth College
- Alexa Halford ’04, visiting scientist at Dartmouth College
- Jessie Woodroffe ’03, post-doctoral researcher at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- George Ho ’91 Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
- Bob Erlandson ’82 Head, Space Science and Instrumentation at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
- Brian Anderson ’82 Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s Mercury mission at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab