to joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University I was a postdoc at
the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and at the NASA Marshall
Space Flight Center. At UAH I worked with Professor Gordon Emslie on heating
and particle transport in solar flares. I continued my flare studies with
Dr. Ron Moore at MSFC where we concentrated on particle acceleration in
impulsive solar flares. Additional collaborators in this work were
Professor Steve Shore (Univ of Pisa) and Professor Jim Miller of UAH. This
work culminated in a series of papers on electron acceleration by MHD turbulence
generated in reconnection outflows (LaRosa & Moore 1993; LaRosa, Moore
& Shore 1994; LaRosa, Moore, Shore & Miller 1996; Miller, LaRosa
& Moore 1996, Miller et al 1998).
My recent work has been focused on radio astronomy and the interstellar medium. Specifically with my colleagues Professors Steve Shore and Loris Magnani (University of Georgia) we have been investigating turbulence in high latitude transluscent molecular clouds. The transluscent clouds are ideal laboratories to study turbulence since there is no star formation in these clouds and their internal velocity fields must reflect the physical processes at work in the clouds environment. To date, we believe we have found evidence that the transluscent clouds are being structured by large-scale shear flows (Magnani, LaRosa and Shore 1993, LaRosa, Shore & Magnani 1999, Shore, Magnani, LaRosa & McCarthy 2003, Shore, LaRosa, Chastain & Magnani 2007)
In addition to the turbulence studies I have also been involved in Very Large Array (VLA) observations of the galactic center region. This work is being done in collaboration with colleagues from the Naval Research Laboratory, Drs. Namir Kassim and Joe Lazio as well as Steve Shore. Our initial studies (LaRosa et al 2000) were focused on wide field imaging of the galactic center at low frequencies. We are currently investigating both observationally (LaRosa, Lazio & Kassim 2001; LaRosa et al 2003; LaRosa et al 2004; LaRosa et al 2005) and theoretically (Shore & LaRosa 1999; Dalhburg, Einuadi, Shore & LaRosa (2002) the galactic center nonthermal filaments.
image below is taken from the observatory at Arcetri located just outside
of Florence Italy, the top of Galileo's house is just above the trees on
the extreme left. The large tower in the middle on the horizon is
the convent where his daughter lived.
The image below is taken from the observatory in the opposite direction towards the city of Florence (Firenze), you can see one the greatest architectural wonders of the world, the famous dome designed and constructed by Brunelleschi. Constructed between 1423 and 1434 it remains till this day unequaled in architectural and engineering innovation
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