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Institute for Scientific
St. Clements Hall; Rm. 420
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3862
Institute for Scientific Research
Room 106A, Kenny Cottle Library
885 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02459
I am a senior research physicist employed at the Institute
for Scientific Research at Boston College, studying solar coronal mass
ejections (CMEs) and transient disturbances in the interplanetary
medium and their effects at Earth. I was affiliated with the Air Force
Research Laboratory, Center of Excellence in Space Weather, Hanscom
AFB, MA from 1989-2011.
In the 1970s and 1980s I worked in the Solar Physics Group at American
Science and Engineering as a Senior Scientist. I have also been a
Visiting Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory/NCAR in Boulder,
CO, studying coronal dynamics.
Currently I am a Co-I on the SOHO LASCO and the STEREO SECCHI mission
programs, and was a Co-I on the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI)
mission from 2003-2011. I have analyzed data from the Skylab, SMM, SOHO
and STEREO spaceborne coronagraphs, the Helios spacecraft, the Yohkoh
SXT, SOHO EIT and SDO AIA imagers and the SOHO UVCS and SDO EVE
spectrometers. I have used these data along with in-situ data from,
e.g., the Wind, ACE, STEREO and Ulysses spacecraft to study the solar
sources and heliospheric propagation of CMEs and shocks and their
I am first author or a coauthor on nearly 150 scientific papers. I have
led research studies establishing the link between halo CMEs and
geomagnetic disturbances. I was on the steering committees for SHINE,
the Intl. Solar Cycle Study, and the SHINE-GEM-CEDAR and S-RAMP Sept.
1999 Space Weather storm campaigns and for many meetings, and was the
coordinator of SHINE Campaign Events studies. I am currently the
co-coordinator of the STEREO Space Weather group. Thus, I am at the
forefront of studies on CMEs and space weather.
I was on the Secretariat of the International Heliophysical Year (IHY)
and was the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Representative for
IHY. I am- currently the IAU's representative for the International
Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).
I am a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Solar
Physics Division, the American Physical Society, the American
Geophysical Union, and the IAU. From 2003-2006 I was the President of
IAU Division II, on Sun and Heliosphere, and President of Commission
49, Interplanetary Plasma and Heliosphere. See Vitae
for more details.
Recent Scientific Papers: Preprints, In Press or
Webb, D. and Howard, T. 2012, "Coronal Mass Ejections:
Rev. Solar Phys. 9 (2012), 3.
Last Revised: August 2012