James A Klimchuk

James A Klimchuk

  • RSCH AST, SOLAR & SOLAR TRSTRL STD
  • 301.286.9060 | 301.286.7194
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 671
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Klimchuk’s research mostly concerns the structure, heating, stability, and dynamics of the outer solar atmosphere, including active regions, loops, prominences, flares, and coronal mass ejections.  He places strong emphasis on the important link between theory and observation, and he uses observations to both motivate and test his theoretical ideas.  His theoretical work includes analytical modeling and numerical simulation of hydrodynamic and MHD systems.  His observational work includes analysis and interpretation of imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric data in the soft X-ray, UV, visible, and radio wavebands.
     

    Positions/Employment

    2008 - Present

    Research Astrophysicist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Heliophysics Science Division , Greenbelt, MD
    2007 - Present

    Affiliate Research Professor

    George Mason University, School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences , Fairfax, VA
    1994 - 2008

    Astrophysicist

    Naval Research Laboratory, Space Science Division, Washington, DC
    1990 - 1994

    Senior Research Scientist and Assistant Director

    Stanford University, Center for Space Science and Astrophysics, Stanford, CA
    1987 - 1990

    Research Associate

    Stanford University, Center for Space Science and Astrophysics, Stanford, CA
    1985 - 1987

    National Research Council Cooperative Research Associate

    Naval Research Laboratory, Space Science Division, Washington, DC
    1981 - 1985

    Graduate Research Assistant

    National Center for Atmospheric Research, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO
    1979 - 1981

    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, CO

    Education

    Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Colorado, 1985
    B.A. Physics (magna cum laude), Kalamazoo College, 1979

    Professional Service

     American Astronomical Society
        Solar Physics Division (SPD), Chair (05-07), Vice-Chair (04-05, 07-08)
        Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy (07-12)
        SPD Committee (95-97, 08-10)
        SPD Nominating Committee, Chair (00-01), member (92-93)
        SPD Annual Meeting Scientific Organizing Committee, Chair (05, 08)   
        SPD Policy and Advocacy Liaison (11-12)

    American Geophysical Union
        Space Physics and Aeronomy Section, President (13-15), Pres.-Elect (10-12), Past-Pres.
            (15-16)
        Council Leadership Team (13-15)
        Council (10-15)
        Union Fellows Committee (17-present)
        Mission Alignment Project Team (10-12)
        Scientific Trends Task Force (14)
        Program Committee (04-05, 07-08)
        Space Weather Journal Editor-in-Chief Search Committee (14)
        SPARC Award Selection Committee (12)

    International Astronomical Union
        Commission 10 (Solar Activity), President (06-09), Vice-Pres. (03-06), Committee
            (09-12)
        Division II (Sun and Heliosphere), Vice-Pres. (09-12), Committee (06-09)

    NASA
        Heliophysics Advisory Committee (HPAC) (17-present)
        Solar and Heliospheric Management Operations Working Group, Chair (10-16),
            Committee (00-01)
        Sun-Earth Connections Advisory Subcommittee (01-04)
        Solar Management Operations Working Group (92-96)
        Sun-Earth Connections Roadmap Committee (99-00)
        Living With a Star TR&T Steering Committee (07)
        Living With a Star Focused Science Team Leader (07-10)
        STEREO Mission Science Definition Team (97-98)
        GSFC Deputy Director's Council on Science (08-10)

    NSF
        Astronomy Division Committee of Visitors (07-08)
        National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Modeling and Data Assimilation Site
            Visit Review Team (16)
        NCAR High Altitude Observatory (HAO) External Advisory Committee (12-15)
        NCAR - HAO Site Visit Review Team (11)
        National Optical Astronomy Observatory - National Solar Observatory
            AURA Management Review Committee (06)

    Other
        Solar Physics (journal) Editorial Board (00-present)
        Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, NJIT, Advisory Committee (15-present)
        National Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (02-03)
        Semi-Annual Coronal Loops Workshop Series, Founder, Steering Committee Chair
            (10-12), Committee (12-15), SOC (02, 04, 07, 09, 11)
        Triennial Earth Sun Summit meeting series, Founder, Co-chair (15)
        Solar, Helio., and Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Steering Committee (01-04)
        SHINE Coronal Mass Ejections Working Group, Leader (00-01)
        National Security Space Weather Architecture Study Team, Solar Co-chair (97-99)
        National Space Weather Program Implementation Plan Science Working Group (14)
        SECCHI/STEREO Working Group 1 (CME Initiation), Leader (08)
        SOHO-8, Coronal Heating and Structuring Working Group, Leader (99)
        Newark, California Unified School District Board of Education (93-94)
        Office of Naval Research Space Physics Working Group (92)
        Numerous meeting scientific organizing committees, including Chair (93-present)
        Numerous NASA and NSF Peer Review Panels, including Chair (89-present)

     

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society and Solar Physics Division , 1983 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 1990 - Present
    International Astronomical Union, 1991 - Present
    Royal Astronomical Society (Honorary Fellow), 2006 - Present

    Awards

    Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (2006)
    John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science (2013)
    NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2012)
    NASA Goddard Special Act Individual Award, TESS (2015)
    NASA Group Achievement Award, EUNIS (2015)
    NASA Goddard Exceptional Achievement Science Team Award, EUNIS (2015)
    NASA Goddard Special Act Award, Leadership (2010)
    NASA Group Achievement Award, Sun-Earth Con. Roadmap Team (2000)
    Solar Physics Division / AAS Studentship Award (1984)
    Hornbeck Prize for Achievement in Advanced Physics (1979)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Prize in Science and Math (1974)
    Numerous invited talks and keynote addresses at international conferences

     

    Teaching Experience

    10 post-docs
    3 graduate students
    2 undergraduate students
    1 high school student
    Principal external examiner for 3 PhD defenses

     

    Grants

    13 NASA Research and Analysis grants,
    Grant Amount: $4.455M
    DoD Space Test Program grant,
    Grant Amount: $6.180M
    2 Naval Research Lab internal grants,
    Grant Amount: $2.019M
    3 GSFC competed grants,
    Grant Amount: $0.503M

    Other Professional Information


    Publications

    182 papers (127 refereed)
    Citations: 8176 (Google Scholar), 6030 (ISI)
    H-index: 50 (Google Scholar), 45 (ISI)
    Bibliography available upon request

               

     

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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