Solar Physicist Speaks at Sturm Memorial Lecture

Solar physicist Alan Title, director and senior fellow of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin, spoke on "Making the Invisible Sun Visible" during the 2012 Sturm Memorial Lecture. Title described the instrumentation he has helped develop to make the invisible Sun visible and how this has revolutionized our understanding of the Sun.

Seth Redfield, assistant professor of astronomy, welcomed and introduced Alan Title to the audience. Title is a leader in solar physics and principal investigator of the imager on NASA’s recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, an $850-million mission to study the Sun and its influence on the Earth.

Title has received numerous awards, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the Hale Prize from the American Astronomical Society, a NASA Public Service Award and most recently the American Geophysical Union’s John Adam Fleming Medal for “original research and technical leadership in geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity, aeronomy, space physics, and related sciences.”

The Sturm Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Kenneth E. Sturm ’40. The annual event features a presentation from an astronomer that is outstanding in their field and able to communicate the excitement of science to a lay audience. (Photos by Bill Tyner)