[extropy-chat] Graps in Almanacco della Scienza
amara at amara.com
Sun Jul 25 18:46:03 UTC 2004
This is the result of an interview that the CNR press office had with
me some time ago. Their goal: To write a 'profile' of scientists
working at their institutes (technically I am not of CNR, but of INAF).
I don't know why they chose me, except they said that scientists
usually emigrate out, not immigrate in, and they were curious.
...some lightness for your end-of-week...
to the bottom). In Italian.
The bungie jumping picture is 10 years old. :-) They plucked it
from an obscure place. The article had a few things wrong, but that
P.S. The translation from Italian to English is the following.
"Amara Lynn Graps, an astrophysicist divided between star dust and
violins. In Hawaii [written Haway ... yipes!] my family was living
in a houseboat [sailboat!] and one of my first souvenirs I remember
is the enchant of the starry nights of Pacific Ocean. I do not think one
can look at that night sky without asking oneself what is all this
Universe we all can divide among ourselves. In this way the american
Amara Lynn Graps (researcher at the IFSI, CNR, Rome) explains the
origin of her passion to astrophysics. Amara works to three space
missions. She is in fact managing [working in!] the projects of
IR spectrometry on Cassini probe, now close to Saturn; on Rosetta probe,
since few months on the way to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; and on
Dawn probe, which will be launched in one and half year towards the
asteroids Vesta and Ceres. One could think to ask her how one would
see the Earth from there above, were the IR images giving to the
human eye the same pleasure of a starry sky. Anyway Amara has thought
also to this: when one visits her website, one finds a link to NASA
showing the virtual images of the Solar System when one is onboard
of the Cassini probe.
But what is doing a USA researcher in Italy, since usually the
contrary happens ? "I desired to live in Europe, the continent
where I have my roots", she explains. Amara Graps are latvian names
indeed, and latvian is her father's nationality. "Therefore - she
goes on - I have taken my PhD in Heidelberg, Germany, studying
cosmic dust, interplanetary dust in particular, and its processes
of ionization and its dynamics".
"Being born and grown between Hawaii (Haway again in the it-text,
yipes!) and California, however, in Germany I was seeing a so faint
Sun, that I thought to Italy". In this way she reaches IFSI in Jan
2003. "Here I find many bureaucratic problems: also to repair the
phone line, one needs so much time. Anyway in IFSI I've found big
availability from my colleagues, overall during my first months
here, which were very difficult for me. Italians know very well how
to enjoy life". Amara too knows: bicycle, volcanoes, Cremona's
violins, literature are only few of her ways to spend the short free
time she can find out of job. Then her website, rich and deeply
developed. "It is like an appendice of myself, a way to interact
with the world".
Besides space missions, Amara continues to study cosmic dust.
"It is everywhere - she concludes - so that it can provide a large
amount of information on the origin and evolution of planets, stars
and the Universe itself. When one studies it, one put him/herself
at the crosspoint among solid state physics, gravity and
electrodynamics". So that, to make also others participating to
her passion, Amara likes, from time to time, to write divulgation
papers of astronomy and scientific calculus.
To learn more: Amara Lynn Graps, IFSI, 0649934375
Amara Graps, PhD
Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI)
Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF),
Adjunct Assistant Professor Astronomy, AUR,
Roma, ITALIA Amara.Graps at ifsi.rm.cnr.it
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