Lancaster University: Royal Astronomical Society Lectureship for Dr Licia Ray

Lancaster physicist Dr Licia Ray has been awarded the RAS James Dungey Lectureship 2022 at the annual meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

Dr Ray is a well-respected expert in the science of how planetary atmospheres couple to their local space environments, focussing on gas giant planets.

She is a member of the Space & Planetary Physics Group at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics.

“It is an honour to be awarded the James Dungey lectureship. I look forward to sharing my love of gas giant systems at a future RAS future meeting.”

Dr Ray uses numerical models, and in situ and remote sensing data to understand planetary magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere systems. In particular, she has developed a steady state model of the magnetosphere-ionosphere current system at Jupiter that is able to reproduce many of the observed characteristics of Jupiter’s auroral structure.

Her novel modelling and observational analyses have important relevance and applications to the rapidly growing research area of exo-planets.

Among her many achievements, Dr Ray has also developed innovative training sessions for practical laboratory post-graduate teaching assistants that includes disability and gender awareness, new laboratory activities for undergraduate students and she has received excellent feedback from students.

Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: “Dr Ray has demonstrated that she is an outstanding communicator of planetary science having delivered well-received lecture courses and talks to non-specialist audiences of all ages. Her commitment is also evidenced by her organisation of science festivals, teacher training and mentoring of secondary school students.”

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