“Experiences at ISAS”
S. M. Petrinec
I wish first to thank Dr. Nishida and Dr. Mukai for giving me the opportunity to conduct research at ISAS for the past year. I believe that I've learned a great deal about the environment of the magnetosheath regionaround the Earth's magnetosphere, by using the data obtained from the instruments on board the GEOTAIL spacecraft. With this data, I've been able to learn about the large scale flow characteristics of the magnetosheath, as well as the role of magnetic field line tension, Alfv始 waves, and other dynamic processes of the plasma within this region of space. I have also been extremely impressed with the ISAS buildings and facilities, which are very state-of-the-art and first-rate.
Living in Japan has been a very valuable and interesting experience, because of the many interesting people which I have met and the places I have visited. The traditional Japanese landmarks and sites give one a sense of the long culture of Japan. However, living around ISAS I sometimes had forgotten that I was not in the United States. That's probably because of the Denny's, Mister Donuts, McDonalds, and the convenience stores and car dealerships. I must admit, though, that after living in the ISAS lodge for nearly one year and walking down some of the streets (e.g., North Galaxy Road beyond the 7-11 store), I believe that the thing I've missed the most about the United States is space. However, I'll miss several things about Japan as well. I'll especially miss the ease with which one can travel anywhere in the country via the trains and subways, and not have to use a car. This is something that simply cannot be done within or between most cities in the U.S.. I've also been quite impressed with the promptness of the trains and subways, which are always on time. Exactly on time. My only complaint about the trains and subways, especially around the Tokyo area during the rush-hour periods, is again the lack of space. Overall, though, my stay within Japan and at ISAS has been a very interesting experience, which I will not forget.
Though I have now lived in Japan for almost two years, and have visited many places within Japan, I still have not seen everything this country has to offer. However, I expect in the future to be able to occasionally return to Japan for meetings, and then will continue to experience many of the places and culture of this country.
Finally, I'd like to thank many other people for making my stay at ISAS more enjoyable. I'd especially like to thank Tadas Nakamura for helping me to get settled in, for his help with all my problems and for answering my constant questions. Also, I'd like to thank the staff members and students, who were very helpful for scientific discussions as well as for often joining me during meals and other social activities. I'd also like to thank the secretaries for all of their help. I wish everyone at ISAS well, and I look forward to being able to visit this institute again sometime in the future.
Short autobiography - I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York (near Niagara Falls). I graduated in 1988 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a Bachelors degree in Physics. Because I was tired of snow, I decided to go to graduate school at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California. I received a Masters degree in Physics at UCLA in 1990, and received a Ph.D. in Earth and Space Sciences in 1993. After working as a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA, I began a one-year JSPS post-doctoral position at the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory in Toyokawa, Japan. After the conclusion of that fellowship, I then accepted a COE post-doctoral position at ISAS. My next stop is a one-year position at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington, working with Dr. George Parks.