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Ramon E. Lopez was born in the United States though both his parents were from Puerto Rico. Inspired by the moon landings as a child he earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Illinois (1980) and a master's (1984) and Ph.D. (1986) in Space Physics from Rice University. After receiving his doctorate he worked several years as a post doc, first at the Applied Research Corporation and then at the University of Maryland. Trained in space physics Ramon Lopez early on became interested in education and became the Director of Education and Outreach for the American Physical Society from 1994-1999 when he became the Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2004 he moved to the Florida Institute of Technology and then to the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006.

Ramon Lopez's research is on the interaction of the solar environment with that of earth. He has studied the magnetic properties of the sun and solar wind and how these effect the magnetosphere of earth. His work includes solar storms, auroral displays, and space weather.

image of Ramon Lopez

Provided by Ramon E. Lopez

Dr. Lopez has co-authored a book on space weather for the general populace called Storms from the Sun: the Emerging Science of Space Weather (2002) with Michael Carolwicz.

Dr. Lopez remains active in education initiatives and was a co-organizer of the AAPT Introductory Calculus-Based Physics Course Conference in 2003. In addition, his present work in education centers on how students perceive and interpret images and visually presented information pertaining to the space environment.

Ramon Lopez was elected a Fellow of the APS in 1999 and was awarded the APS's Nicholson Medal for Humanitarian Service to Science in 2002. More information can be found in the SACNAS Biography Project at http://www.sacnas.org/biography/listssubject.asp, referenced 11 November 2007.

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