Marc R. Hairston, Research Scientist
William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas

Research Interests

Ionospheric physics: current topics include polar ionospheric convection, theta aurora, response times to changes in the IMF, scientific visualizationof space science data, scientific education and public outreach.

Bernard: What causes them [the northern lights] to do that?
Chris: Well, this is just a guess, but, I think that high speed electronsand protons from the sun are trapped in the Van Allen Belt. Then they'rechanneled through the polar regions by the Earth's magnetic field where they collide with other particles and create a brilliant luminosity.
Bernard: What does that have to do with
us ?
Chris: I swear I don't know....
--Northern Exposure "Aurora Borealis"

Click for information about the Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Click here to see our Cindi in Space comic book.

Click for information about the Spring 1999 and Spring 2000 Natural Wonders course taught by Dr. Pam Gossin that I am helpingwith where the class studies Hayao Miyazaki's manga and film Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind.


B.A. in Physics and English, Rice University, 1979
M.A. in Physics, Duke University, 1981
PhD. in Space Physics, Rice University, 1986


Dr. Marc R. Hairston
William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
P.O. Box 830688 FO22
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

Click here for essay Why 2001 Won't Be Like 2001.

Click here for personal pictures..

I am now an Official Cabinet Member of Dogbert'sNew Ruling Class. You may bow to me now.

Other interests

(you mean I'm allowed to have outside interests?)

This way to anime.

Click here for my Nadia page. This was theCool Site of the Day on February 24, 1995. It has also been selectedby Point Communications (the Lycos folks) as one of the top 1000 siteson the web.

Click here for my job.

And now for some dissenting views about the net:

updated (and finally moved to the UTD main server) October 2007