News for the Alumni and Friends of the (former) Space Physics and Astronomy Department

Volume 2, Number 2

January, 2001

Editor: Patricia Reiff (

Alumni news:

1. Niescja Turner is wending her way to Finland for a new Post-doc. Her new address is:

Niescja Turner
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Vuorikatu 15 A
PO Box 503
FIN-00101 Helsinki

It will be a while before her email is working; in the meantime she is checking her colorado email:

2. Louis Maher (former Postdoc of John Freeman) will be speaking at the February 19 Rice Space Institute meeting. Topic: "Methods enabling the blind to participate in science". His daughter will be coming to Rice as a Freshman in the fall.

3. ShaoPing Chu is doing well at Los Alamos, along with many other Rice alumni!

New Faculty:

1. Matthew Baring has just joined the P&A faculty, astrophysics theory, coming from Goddard. Welcome to Matthew! His email is

2. Neal Lane is returning to Rice after a distinguished tour of federal service. Welcome back Neal! His office will be in the HBH building, in the offices Wayne and Marie Magee (then several others in that slot) used to use. His title is "University Professor", the first person so designated.

3. Paul Padley (faculty fellow of Bonner Lab) was chosen as the new High Energy Physics faculty position. Congrats to Paul!

Searches for a new observational astronomer and new experimental high energy astrophysicist are still on, with many applications in hand.

As always, you can check details on the P&A colloquia schedule at
and the Rice Space Institute meetings at

The Rice Space Institute is in HBH 202; the P&A Department office is in Herzstein Hall (the Physics Building)

Observatory News:

Plans are being drafted for the new oncampus observatory. We hope to have it fully operational by this October! Donations for the telescope, CCD, and computers are still very welcome!

Rice Space Institute News:

The Rice Space Institute ( is now up to 100 members! The members are divided into interest groups: Space Weather, Exploration, Astrophysics, Technology, Education and Public Outreach, Remote Sensing, and History and Public Policy. We are now opening the membership to alumni, organizations, and others interested in space and space issues. If you'd like to be on our email list, let me know and I'll add you in. The January 22 meeting is Larry McIntire talking on the space biology effort at Rice. The February meeting is Louis Maher (see above). All are welcome to come!

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last modified: January 17, 2001