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NJIT overseers to award NJIT physicist new medal and prize
Date:3/10/2008

The first NJIT Excellence in Research Prize and Medal will be awarded to Philip R. Goode, PhD, distinguished professor of physics by the NJIT Board of Overseers and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch on March 26, 2008. Goode is director of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research which has led a five-year project to build the worlds most capable solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO), Big Bear Lake, CA. First light has been slated for May, 2008.

The purpose of the award is to elevate the image of research on campus and in the community, said NJIT Board of Overseers Chairman Emil Herkert. Many professors at NJIT do notable work and we thought it long overdue that the research of these unique individuals be celebrated on the campus and in the region. The NJIT Board of Overseers serves as the governing body for the NJIT Foundation and provides a key advisory link with a wide range of organizations in the business community.

Goode [http://www.njit.edu/publicinfo/newsroom/goode_bio.php] has been director of BBSO since NJIT assumed leadership of the facility in 1997. Big Bear was developed by California Institute of Technology beginning in 1969.

BBSOs new solar telescope will be a 1.6 meter clear aperture, off-axis telescope featuring the worlds largest solar aperture. The telescope will feed the high-order adaptive optics system, which in turn will feed the next generation of technologies for measuring magnetic fields and dynamic events using visible infrared light. The new instrument also features a parallel computer system for real-time image enhancement.

Goode, of Westfield, has studied for many years the oscillating waves of the suns atmosphere, known as helioseismology. Goodes research has also focused on magnetic fields. He is expert at combining BBSO ground-based data with satellite data to determine dynamic p
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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu
973-596-3436
New Jersey Institute of Technology
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