John Delano Craven
Dr. Craven is associate dean of the College of Natural Science at Mathematics, Director of the college’s Engineering, Science and Technology Experiment Station, and an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, following retirement in February 2009. Prior to retirement he was a tenured professor of physics, where he held a joint appointment in the Geophysical Institute and the Department of Physics. He was chair of the Physics Department from 2003 to 2009. Principal research activities are in aeronomy, and auroral and magnetospheric physics. He joined the faculty in the summer of 1991 after having moved from the University of Iowa, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1969. Appointments at The University of Iowa included research associate, 1969, assistant research scientist, 1971, associate research scientist, 1975, research scientist, 1982, and adjunct professor of physics, 1989. While at the University of Iowa, Dr. Craven participated in the design, fabrication, calibration and flight operations of numerous instruments flown on more than 14 spacecraft for the detection of geomagnetically trapped energetic electrons and protons, and low-energy magnetospheric plasmas, and for faint-light imaging and photometry of the aurora and other emission sources at visible and/or ultraviolet wavelengths. This research included P/Comet Halley and the diffuse galactic UV background. He was project manager for three of these missions, including auroral imaging in the Dynamics Explorer program. He was also a co-investigator in NASA’s ISTP spacecraft mission and the TIMED spacecraft mission, and the GI’s HEX-1 sounding rocket mission that flew in March 2003. In the HEX mission he was responsible for design and delivery of a photometric instrument. He was principle investigator in the HEX-2 mission that flew four sounding rockets in 2007. Present research work concentrates on large-scale variations in thermospheric composition in the dayside hemisphere driven by magnetospheric energy deposition at auroral latitudes, large-scale auroral morphology and dynamics, and spatial mappings between the aurora and magnetotail. He is author or co-author more than 100 scientific papers and a member of the AGU, AAAS and . He was associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics) in 1988-90 and 1997-2001. Academic duties in the physics department included teaching, at various times, introductory physics, advanced mechanics or advanced laboratory for undergraduate physics majors, and a graduate course in space physics. He was a member of the UAF Appeals Board (chair), and NASA’s Sounding Rocket Working Group (2005-2008). Other activities included the UAF Faculty Senate (1992-98; president-elect, 1996-97; president, 1997-98), the UA Faculty Alliance comprising officers of UAA, UAF and UAS governance (1996-98; chair, 1997-98), the UAF 2001 Accreditation Steering Committee (1999-2001), the UAF Campus Master Planning Committee (1998-2006, chair 1998-2001) and its Circulation and Parking Subcommittee (2003-2006). He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Alaska Space Grant Program and a faculty advisor to the Alaska Student Rocket Program (1992-94), and was a member of the Management Operations Working Group for NASA's Ionosphere, Thermosphere and Mesosphere Branch (1993-96; chair, 1995-96).
Membership in Societies
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Geophysical Union
- Society of the Sigma Xi
- European Geophysical Society (former member)
Professional Activities, Development
- Member, Provost’s Academic Leadership Institute (2000-2001 academic year)
- Associate editor, Journal of Geophysical Research (1988-90; 1997-2001)
- Member, Management Operations Working Group, Ionosphere, Thermosphere and Mesosphere Branch, Space Physics, Division, NASA (1993-1996; chair, 1995-96)
- Member, NASA Sounding Rocket Working Group (2005-2008)
- Member of numerous NASA committees over 35 years for the review of research proposal
UAF Academic Teaching Activities
- General Physics 211 (S92, S98, S04, S08)
- General Physics 212 (F92, F99, S02, F08)
- Mechanics 311,312 (98-99, 00-01, 05-06, S07)
- Physics Laboratory 381,382 (93-94, 94-95, 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, 02-03, 04-05, F06)
- Geometric and Physical Optics 462 (F91)
- Space Physics 673 (S93, S95, S00, F01, F03, F07)
UAF Service Activities (Selected)
- (May 2011 – June 2012) Member, UAF Core Review Committee
- (2011 - 2012) Chair, UAF Usibelli Award Committee
- (July 2003 – January 2009) Chair, UAF Physics Department
- (February – June 2003) Interim Chair, UAF Physics Department
- (May 2002 2009) Chair, UAF Appeals Board
- (July 2001-2006) Member, UAF Master Planning Committee
- (2003-2006) Member, MPC’s Circulation and Parking Subcommittee
- (November 1999 2001) Member, UAF 2001 Accreditation Steering Committee
- (June 1999 – May 2000) Member, Search Committee, UA Vice President for Finance and Planning
- (July 1998 July 2001) Chair, UAF Master Planning Committee
- (March – May, 1998) Member, Board of Regents’ Evaluation Committee for
- UA Presidential Search
- (March 1998 ) Member, UAF Provost Screening Committee
- (August 1997 to August 1998) UAF Chancellor’s representative, UA President’s Resource Allocation Task Force
- (August – September 1997) Member, UA President’s Ad Hoc Advisory Committee On RIP replacements
- (July 1997 – June 1998) Ex-Officio member, UA Foundation
- UAF representative, UA System Governance Council
- (1995 – 1998) Member, Provost’s Ad Hoc Committee on Distance
- Delivery and Technology Enhanced Education
- (May 1997 – May 1998) President, UAF Faculty Senate
- Ex-Officio member, all Faculty Senate committees
- (March 1997 – June 1998) Chair, UA Faculty Alliance
- (July 1996 June 1999) Member, UA Faculty Alliance
- (May 1996 May 1998) Member UAF Governance Coordinating Committee
- (May 1996 – May 1997) President elect, UAF Faculty Senate
- Chair, Senate Executive Committee
- (1994 – 1996) Member, UAF Senate Curricular Affairs Committee
- (1993 1998) Member, UAF Faculty Senate
- (2009-Present) UAF Emeritus Professor of Physics
- (2009-2012) Associate Dean, UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics
- (2009-2012) Director, UAF/CNSM Engineering, Science and Technology Experiment Station
- (2003-2009) Chair, UAF Physics Department
- (1991-2009) Professor of Physics, Geophysical Institute and Physics Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- (1989-1990) Adjunct Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1982-1989) Research Scientist, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1975-1982) Associate Research Scientist, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1971-1975) Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1969-1971) Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1968-1969) Instructor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1966-1968) U. S. Steel Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1963-1966) National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graduate Trainee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- (1963) Research Physicist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
- (1960-1963) Undergraduate Research Aide Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa
- Craven, J.D., and K.L. Ackerson, The Explorer 25 (Injun 4) Satellite: Subsystems and Data Reduction, Un. of Iowa Res. Rep., 69-9, 1969.
- Craven, J.D., The Injun 4 Plastic Scintillator and 6213 GM Tube Particle Experiments, Un. of Iowa Res. Rep., 69-51, 1969.
- Frank, L.A., J.B. Sigwarth and J.D. Craven, A Hypothesis Concerning the Inner Oort Disk and Its Relationship to Comet Showers and Extinction of Species, Un. of Iowa Res. Rep,. 88-8, 1988.
- Frank, L.A., J.B. Sigwarth and J.D. Craven, An Atomic Hydrogen Torus around the Sun from a Large Population of Small Comets, Un. of Iowa Res. Rep., 88-9, 1988.
- Substorms 2, Proceeding of the Second International Conference on Substorms, March 7-11, 1994, ed. J. R. Kan, J. D. Craven, and S.-I. Akasofu, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1994.
- Frank, L.A., J.A. Van Allen, W.A. Whelpley and J.D. Craven, Absolute Intensities of Geomagnetically Trapped Particles with Explorer 14, J. Geophys. Res., 68, 1573–1579, 1963.
- Frank, L.A., J.A. Van Allen and J.D. Craven, Large Diurnal Variations of Geomagnetically Trapped and of Precipitated Electrons Observed at Low Altitudes, J. Geophys. Res., 69, 3155–3167, 1964.
- Craven, J.D., Temporal Variations of Electron Intensities at Low Altitudes in the Outer Radiation Zone as Observed with Satellite Injun 3, J. Geophys. Res., 71, 5643–5663, 1966.
- Craven, J.D., A Survey of Low-Energy (E > 5 keV) Electron Energy Fluxes over the Northern Auroral Regions with Satellite Injun 4, J. Geophys. Res., 75, 2468–2480, 1970.
- Craven, J.D., and L.A. Frank, Observations of Angular Distributions of Low Energy Electron Intensities over the Auroral Zones with Ariel 4, Proc. R. Soc. Lond., A 343, 167–188, 1975.
- Craven, J.D., and L.A. Frank, Electron Angular Distributions Above the Dayside Auroral Oval, J. Geophys. Res., 81, 1695–1699, 1976.
- Craven, J.D., and L.A. Frank, Energization of Polar Cusp Electrons at the Noon Meridian, J. Geophys. Res., 83, 2127–2132, 1978.
- Kurth, W.S., J.D. Craven, L.A. Frank and D.G. Gurnett, Intense Electrostatic Waves Near the Upper Hybrid Resonance Frequency, J. Geophys. Res., 84, 4145–4164, 1979.
- Frank, L.A., J.D. Craven, K.L. Ackerson, M.R. English, R.H. Eather and R.L. Carovillano, Global Auroral Imaging Instrumentation for the Dynamics Explorer Mission, Space Sci. Inst., 5, 369–393, 1981.