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Affiliation: 
Space Science Institute
Title: 
Executive Director
Expertise: 
Space science and science education

Biography

Paul received his B.A. in Physics from Whitman College in 1972 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics in 1975 and 1978, respectively, from the University of New Hampshire specializing in space plasma physics. In September of 1989, He became the Program Director of the Magnetospheric Physics Program at the National Science Foundation. He remained in that position until June of 1991, when he returned to the University of Colorado as a Senior Research Associate. In October 1992, Paul was appointed Executive Director of the Space Science Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, located in Boulder, Colorado. Paul has been active in solar-terrestrial physics research (e.g. broadband turbulence in boundary layers and nonlinear dynamics of charged particles in current sheets). He has served on many research and education committees and agency review panels. He has led the development of major national traveling exhibitions: Electric Space, Space Weather Center, MarsQuest, Destination Mars, Alien Earths, & the recently funded Giant Worlds. He also led the effort to develop an outdoor exhibit at the 29th Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado called The Planets. In addition, he has developed innovative workshops to help scientists and engineers engage more effectively in all facets of education and has participated in numerous professional development workshops for both formal and informal educators.