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Oct. 12, 2004

UI Researcher Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

William Daughton, assistant professor of plasma physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

As an award recipient, Daughton will receive approximately $510,137 over the next five years, beginning March 5, 2005. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for new faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to researchers nationwide, are designed to recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Daughton received his CAREER Award to conduct work in "Kinetic Theory and Simulation of Magnetospheric Plasmas." Currently, he is a principal investigator on a three-year, $285,000 NASA grant to study magnetic reconnection that may help scientists to better understand such phenomena as the Earth's magnetosphere and the northern lights. He also is a co-principal investigator on a four-year, $700,000 federal grant sponsored by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Los Alamos National Laboratory to study "Collisionless Magnetic Reconnection in 3-D Geometries."

Daughton, who came to the UI in 2004, earned his doctorate in physics in 1997 from MIT and his bachelor's degree in physics and mechanical engineering in 1991 and his master's degree in mechanical engineering/fluid dynamics in 1992, both from the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining the UI faculty, he served as a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. His research interests include theoretical and computational plasma physics.

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