Candidate Statement: Dana Longcope

Nominated Office: Nominating Committee

Affiliation: Montana State University

Position/title: Professor

PhD institution: Cornell University (1993)

Areas of scientific interest:

  • Solar Flares
  • Magnetic Reconnection
  • Singular Magnetostatic Equilibria
  • Active Region Formation and Magnetic Flux Emergence

AAS positions & dates:

  • Chair/vice-Chair, AAS/SPD (2014 – 2018)
  • Member, SPD award committee (2012 – 2014)
  • Member, SPD committee (2001 – 2004, 201 – 2020)

Other relevant positions and experience:

  • AURA member representative (2008 – present)
  • Member, AURA Board of Directors (2016 – 2019)
  • Member, AURA Nominating Committee (2014 – 2015)
  • Member, AURA Solar Observatory Council (2008 – 2014)
  • Member, NRC Committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSSP), (2005 – 2010)
  • Member, Panel on Solar Astronomy, NRC Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Decadal Survey), (1999)

Candidate statement:

I have been active in the AAS for over fifteen years. Most of my service has been to the Solar Physics Division (SPD) where I have just finished a 4-year term as Chair and Vice-chair. In this capacity I attended the annual leadership meetings in which leaders from all the AAS divisions meet in DC. I was chairing the SPD as the AAS adopted its revised governance structure. I also worked co-organizing three of the SPD's national meetings in coordination with the AAS conference planners. I have also served AURA's governing structure in several capacities including two years on its nominating committee. All of these roles have provided me with some understanding of AAS governance and its operations. I have also developed, over the years, some familiarity with the AAS community, especially its solar and stellar components.