Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Robert Alexander: A composer pricks his ears up for NASA and helps make a discovery

Posted: March 8, 2012

Robert Alexander is a doctoral student of Prof. Zurbuchen and a member of the Solar and Heliospheric Research Group.

( Robert Alexander picked up “the hum” on a chilly January day in 2011. He was at a coffee shop near the University of Michigan, listening to data from the sun on a loop while sending emails. Alexander couldn’t know it then, but the hum, which even to his well-tutored ear just sounded like noise, would lead to a scientific paper and a NASA fellowship.

Listen to the "hum" from the sun.

Read the full article at NYU's ScienceLine.

To learn more about Robert Alexander's work, watch this short bio video

Visit Robert's research group's website

Learn more about Professor Thomas Zurbuchen

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