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Physicist awarded NSF CAREER grant to study magnetosphere


Yue Deng, an assistant professor of physics, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant, in the amount of $462,000, will support Deng's research of energy output from the magnetosphere and its effect on Earth's upper atmosphere. Deng, whose expertise is in space physics, joined the UT Arlington Department of Physics in 2009. The award was announced January 13.

"I am very excited (by the award)," Deng said. "I feel so lucky and am very thankful to my collaborators, the department and my family."

Deng will be the sole principal investigator (PI), but the research team will include several collaborators, among them Dr. Ramon Lopez, UT Arlington professor of physics. Other collaborators will include Dr. Timothy Fuller-Rowell of the University of Colorado, Dr. Arthur Richmond of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Dr. Aaron Ridley of the University of Michigan, Dr. Jeffrey Thayer of the University of Colorado, and Dr. Qian Wu, Dr. Mike Wiltberger and Dr. Delores Knipp, all of NCAR.

"This is a great honor for Yue and for the department," said Dr. Alexander Weiss, chair of the Department of Physics. "The funding of this grant reflects highly on the quality of her proposed research and on her outstanding promise as a scientist. The research funding it will provide will provide an excellent basis upon which to carry out her "I know I speak for the department in conveying our sincere good wishes on this wonderful achievement and our hope for the future success that this funding will bring."

Deng came to UT Arlington from the University of Colorado, where she was a research associate. She said she came to UT Arlington because of the opportunity to accept a tenure track faculty position, the university's strong magnetospheric research group (led by Lopez), Deng and the university's growing reputation as a research institution. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in space physics from Peking University and a Ph.D. in space science from the University of Michigan.

NSF CAREER grants are given in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.

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