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Huntsville Workshop 2010

HSV-Workshop

Pictured above from left to right: Front Row: Ashley Campbell, Akito Kawamura, Michael Burgess; Back Row: Udara Senanayake, Eric Zirnstein, Dr. Gary Zank, Tae Kim, Brent Smith (Picture courtesy of EdmondB Studios)

Nashville, TN is known worldwide for its country music history, but during October 3-8, 2010 it was home of a different worldwide extravaganza. "Partially Ionized Plasmas throughout the Cosmos" became the central theme for a specific group of visitors to downtown Nashville. The UAH workshop, sponsored by the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA/MSFC, gave many visiting physicists an opportunity to discuss and to present studies done on vastly different fields of research. Not only was physics discussed during this week, but square dancing, touring, and even the occasional music concert was open to those that were new to the South. Being from Tennessee, a UAH graduate student, and a student researcher at CSPAR, I felt right at home. While sometimes daunting to a new space physicist, the research presented was available in a casual format allowing students and teachers to work side by side. The workshop was both a success and an inspiration for all that were present.