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WVU physics student wins poster award

Mohammad Barani with award

Third-year WVU physics graduate student, Mohammad Barani, has recently won the best poster presentation award in the Student Poster Competition at the 2017 National Geospace Environment Modeling annual meeting in Portsmouth, Virginia. GEM is one of the most prestigious meetings in the field of space physics, which is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Space physics students from all around the country participate in this prestigious competition, of which six winners were chosen. Barani’s presentation, titled “Azimuthal mode number of ULF magnetic pulsations in inner magnetosphere using multiple pairs of geostationary GOES magnetometers,” was part of an effort at WVU to model the trapped radiation environment in near-Earth space named Van Allen radiation belts.

The Van Allen radiation belts present a hazardous radiative environment for spacecraft operating within. Since their discovery in 1958, understanding the governing processes, and simulating and eventually predicting the dynamics of radiation belt particles have been the research targets that space physicists have long pursued.


Weichao Tu,, 304.293.3349, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, PhD advisor of Mohammad Barani

Mohammad Barani,, 3rd-year PhD student