Dr. Claire Raftery is the Head of Education and Outreach at the National Solar Observatory. Although she is based in Boulder, Colorado, she divides her time between there and Maui - where the NSO is building the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, formerly ATST) at the summit of Haleakala. Claire is leading the NSO into a new era of education and outreach in the run up to DKIST's first light, which is expected in 2020.
Although always interested in science education, Claire had her first official EPO opportunities with the Multiverse Education group at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Lab where she worked with Laura Peticolas and her team. Her duties at Multiverse covered everthing from teacher professional development, public outreach, international consultancy, and project management.
Claire received her Doctoral Degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where she began a researching the effects of solar flares and coronal mass ejections on the Sun's lower atmosphere. She spent some time working with the RHESSI X-ray satellite team at UC Berkeley before finding her path in science education.
In additon to her official roles, Claire is the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division education Chair and the American Geophysical Union's Space Physics and Aeronomy EPO committee secretary. In her spare time, she volunteers her time mentoring students, likes hiking, flying, and playing the bagpipes.
Missions: ICON, MAVEN, THEMIS/ARTEMIS
AAS SPD, AGU, IOP, ROI
PhD thesis: "EUV and X-ray spectroscopy of the Active Sun", Claire L. Raftery, 2010
"Temperature response of EUV imagers on SOHO, STEREO, SDO and PROBA-2", Raftery, C. L., D. Shaun Bloomfield, Peter T. Gallagher, Daniel B. Seaton, David Berghmans, and Anik DeGroof. (in review)
"The 2010 August 01 type II burst: A CME-CME Interaction, and its radio and white-light manifestations", Martinez Oliveros, J. C., Raftery, C. L., Bain, H. M., Liu, Y., Krupar, V., Bale, S. and Krucker, S.
"Imaging Spectroscopy using AIA diffraction patterns in conjunction with RHESSI and EVE observations", Raftery, C. L., Krucker, S. and Lin, B.
"Temperature and Density Estimates of Extreme-ultraviolet Flare Ribbons Derived from TRACE Diffraction Patterns", Krucker, S., Raftery, C. L. and Hudson, H. S.
"A Bayesian approach to comparing theoretic models to observational data: A case study from solar flare physics", Adamakis, S., Raftery, C. L. Walsh, R. W. and Gallagher, P. T.
"Evidence for internal tether-cutting in a flare/CME observed by MESSENGER, RHESSI and STEREO", Raftery, C. L., Gallagher, P. T., McAteer, R. T. J., Lin, C.-H. and Delahunt, G.
"Investigating the driving mechanisms of coronal mass ejections", Lin, C.-H., Gallagher, P. T., Raftery, C. L.
"Multi-wavelength observations and modelling of a canonical solar flare", Raftery, C. L., Gallagher, P. T., Milligan, R. O. and Klimchuk, J. A.