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UTA professor named to prestigious National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar and Space Physics

Friday, October 12, 2018 • Media Contact: Louisa Kellie

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Yue Deng, professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named to a prestigious national committee which focuses on issues important to the solar and space physics community.

Yue Deng

Yue Deng, UTA physics professor, has been appointed to a prestigious national committee.

Deng was recently selected to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar and Space Physics. The committee’s main purpose is to support scientific progress in solar and space physics and to assist the U.S. government in planning programs in these fields by providing advice on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations.

The CSSP provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in solar and space physics between the research community, the federal government and the interested public, according to the NAS website.

“It is a big honor and also means a lot of responsibility,” Deng said of her appointment to the committee. “The committee represents the solar and space physics community. Meanwhile, we issue reports providing guidance to federal agencies regarding the support of our community.”

Deng is one of 16 members of the committee and the only member from a Texas university. The committee meets twice per year in person and has monthly teleconference meetings. Appointment to the committee lasts for two years, with renewals for up to six years.

“Congratulations to Professor Deng,” said Alex Weiss, professor and chair of the UTA Department of Physics. “This is a significant honor for her and will provide her with an excellent opportunity to make important contacts and to raise the visibility of research here at UTA with the National Academy.”

Deng is leading the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative project to develop next generation simulation capability in ionosphere/thermosphere coupling at multiple scales for environmental specification and prediction. The project is being funded by a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. The project includes seven universities, with Deng and UTA leading the effort.

Deng’s research interests include global 3-D modeling of complex systems, solar and geomagnetic energy input uncertainty into the upper atmosphere, gravity-acoustic wave propagation, ionosphere-thermosphere coupling in multiple scales, data analysis and planetary atmosphere.

Her professional experience in space physics has involved developing a new 3-D, non-hydrostatic ionosphere/thermosphere general circulation model and investigating the non-hydrostatic processes in the upper atmosphere. She also served as a member of the NSF-sponsored CEDAR Science Steering Committee during 2015-18.

She received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award in 2010 and the Robert S. Hyer Research Award from the Texas Section of the American Physical Society in 2012. Other honors include the UTA College of Science Research Excellence Award in 2016, and the UTA University Award for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment in 2017.

Deng earned a bachelor's degree in Space Physics from Peking University, China, in 1997, a master's degree in Space Physics from Peking University in 2001 and a doctorate degree in Space Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2006.

From 2006-08, she was an Advanced Study Program postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and the following year she was a research associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Space Weather Prediction Center affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder, in the center of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. She joined UTA in September 2009.

-- written by Greg Pederson