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Astronomy Associate Professor Uses Helioseismology to Study Solar Dynamo

Jason Jackiewicz, associate professor of Astronomy, delivering a presentation about his NSF CAREER project. Picture of the Sun, courtesy of NASA/European Space Agency. (Photo by Hamid Mansouri Rad)

Jason Jackiewicz, associate professor of Astronomy, delivering a presentation about his NSF CAREER project. Picture of the Sun, courtesy of NASA/European Space Agency. (Photo by Hamid
Mansouri Rad)

Jason Jackiewicz, associate professor of astronomy, received a $593,000 NSF CAREER award for his research on studying the solar dynamo using helioseismology in order to forecast the Sun’s future activities. In addition to the research opportunities that this project provides to NMSU students, Jackiewicz also collaborates with Susan Brown, the director of NMSU’s NASA-funded Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy, to educate sixth grade teachers about the Sun and equip them with new STEM education strategies to employ in their classrooms.

Jackiewicz was also awarded a $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant to build an instrument for studying the interior of Jupiter. The result of this study will increase our knowledge about how the solar system was formed. In addition, Dr. Jackiewicz received $330,000 for a NASA Astrophysical Data Analysis project to study red-giant stars in eclipsing binary systems as probes of fundamental stellar physics.