Thesis Defense by Mike Cook on July 12th

Space Studies Master’s student, Mike Cook, will defend his thesis as follows.

When: Friday, July 12th at NOON (Central DST)

Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111

Title: “Formalizing Citizen Science: Creating A New Paradigm In Space Weather Policy”

About the topic: This study aimed to highlight the unifying principles of Space Weather Policy and Citizen Science. As modern society becomes even more reliable on technology, Space Weather continues to grow as a potential threat. Space Weather Policy has a few recurring themes: public engagement and communication, research on understanding and forecasting Space Weather events, and international cooperation. Three areas where the Citizen Science projects have excelled and offer opportunity. Two Space Weather related Citizen Science projects will be discussed as the goal is to formalize Citizen Science in future Space Weather Policy. Many of our daily luxuries can be affected by Space Weather, this will be a necessary step in helping the public understand these impacts and building a Space Weather Ready Nation.

About the presenter:   Michael Cook earned his B.S. in Meteorology from Millersville University in 2015 before pursuing a M.S. in Space Studies at UND. Currently he is a Space Weather Forecaster for Apogee Engineering at the 557th Weather Wing Space Weather Operations Center on Offutt Air Force Base. Michael hopes to continue bringing Space Weather to the public eye and further his knowledge in the policy that shapes Space Weather.


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