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Mike Wolff

Mike Wolff

I am Mike Wolff, a research scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI). I joined SSI during the summer of 1995, at which time I moved to Augusta, Georgia. I have been the "test case" for a new type of employee at SSI, the "remote" employee. Such a status allows me to live with my wife Elizabeth (who is a physician at the Walton Rehabilitation Hospital) and my two children, Carolyn and Matthew. I do my research out of a "home office" where I have a small computer network and a dedicated ISDN internet connection.

I received my Bachelors in Math and Physics from Marquette University in 1988. I also minored in French, but haven't yet managed to arrange a sabbatical in the South of France. My Ph.D. in Astronomy was awarded in 1993 by the University of Wisconsin (Madison). After spending a year as a post-doctoral researcher with Art Code, a Co-Investigator on the Wide Field/Planetary Camera team, I moved to the University of Colorado to work with Geoff Clayton at CASA. After a most festive year in Boulder (and the end of my wife's fellowship at Children's Hospital in Denver), I accompanied my family to sunny Augusta, where I now have the distinction of being the only professional astronomer (that and a dollar gets me a cup of coffee).

Mike Wolff

My research areas include both the study of interstellar dust and the atmosphere/current climate of Mars. I primarily work with spacecraft data (Hubble Space Telescope and the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo Polarimeter Experiment), though I do still dabble in the area of ground-based linear spectropolarimetry measurements (which originated with many, many nights spent at a telescope during graduate school). I would like to say that I have many interesting hobbies, but very few of them are currently practiced. I am a lapsed private pilot, as well as a certified SCUBA diver. I do enjoy running (though my enthusiasm does wane slightly during the summers of Augusta, where both the temperature and humidity are routinely above ninety). I have recently taken up golf, partly because I was tired of people's reactions when I told them that I didn't play (Augusta is the home of the "Masters' Golf Tournament").