Dr. Hardersen to be on sabbatical for AY 2016-17
Dr. Paul Hardersen will be taking a sabbatical from the department of Space Studies during the 2016-2017 academic year and will be residing at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The primary purpose of this sabbatical is to conduct research, which includes continuing both Dr. Hardersen's funded NASA work on asteroids, deepening his knowledge in solar physics, and continuing a sunspot project on the study of intrinsic sunspot rotations and their possible associations with solar flares, as well as publishing research papers on both projects. Dr. Hardersen will also be spending select times in Hawaii to conduct asteroid observations using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF), Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and will possibly use the Dunn Solar Telescope, Sunspot, New Mexico, in support of his sunspot research. Another part of this effort is writing grant proposals to obtain more research funding. Travel to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, and the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, is also anticipated.