Keystone Professor Obtains National Science Foundation Grant for Astronomy Research
Dr. O’Neal and colleague Dr. James E. Neff, of the
“They are significant because their magnetic activity, such as starspots and solar flares, is of the same type found on the Sun but sometimes scaled up tremendously in magnitude. Understanding highly active cool stars helps us better characterize the sun’s activity and how it affects the Earth’s past, present and future,” Dr. O’Neal said.
Dr. O’Neal and Dr. Neff have been conducting cool star research together since 1993. They have obtained data from McDonald Observatory in
NSF funding is very competitive and difficult to obtain. The NSF is an independent federal agency created in 1950 to promote scientific progress in the nation. NSF is the funding source for about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted at