NSF director Neal Lane pays a visit to Boulder
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While at NCAR, Ed performed statistical analyses of the energy, duration, and frequency of solar flares. "I never did work with him, but I kept in fairly close touch with the work he was doing. It's interesting stuff," says HAO's Tim Brown. Of particular interest, adds Tim, was "self-organized criticality," or the means by which a small change in conditions can trigger a cascade of reactions and produce a flare. "You can get pieces of magnetic field positioned in different directions and jammed up against each other. Eventually a few pieces will reconnect with each other, which lets out energy and reconfigures the field. This can make other nearby pieces vulnerable to reconnection and trigger an avalanche response."
Although Ed's career-to-be wasn't evident during his HAO days, his interest in aviation was well known. Ed holds a commercial pilot's certificate with multiengine and instrument ratings. He especially enjoys aerobatic flying with biplanes (aircraft with two stacked wings).
"He's a cool guy," says Tim. "He's smart, he's funny, and he doesn't take himself too seriously."
Ed sends this message to his Boulder friends and acquaintances: "As you might imagine, things are incredibly busy now, but we all can't wait for the big day (15 May). Tell everyone at NCAR I said 'hi,' and I'll wave as I go overhead!" BH
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