Nicola Fox Takes Helm of NASA’s Heliophysics Division
This post is adapted from a NASA press release:
On 4 September 2018, Nicola Fox began official duties as director of NASA's Heliophysics Division, leading the agency's efforts to study the Sun and its effects on Earth and the solar system. Heliophysics is not only vital to understanding Earth's most important and life-sustaining star, but the study of key space phenomena and processes supports situational awareness to better protect astronauts, satellites, and robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond.
Fox will report directly to Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). In partnership with other SMD directors, Fox will assist the associate administrator in determining and presenting the Heliophysics program to NASA senior management, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. More specifically, she will help guide the overall direction, strategy, and budget recommendations for the program.
In leading the Heliophysics Division, Fox joins Deputy Director Peg Luce, who has been in that role since August 2015 and acting director since August 2017. Luce brings 30 years of NASA experience and expertise to her work in the division.
Fox joins NASA from the Applied Physics Lab at the Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, where she was the chief scientist for heliophysics and the project scientist for NASA's Parker Solar Probe — humanity's first mission to a star. Fox is a proven leader with extensive project, program and supervisory experience, having served as the deputy project scientist for the Van Allen Probes, and the operations scientist for the International Solar Terrestrial Physics program. She has authored numerous scientific articles and papers in addition to delivering science presentations worldwide. In addition to her research, she is also keenly involved with science education and outreach activities.