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NMSU physics student to present research at international conference

New Mexico State University student Royce James is one of three U.S. physics students selected to present research at the International Conference of Physics Students in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 14-20.

James, an NMSU senior majoring in physics with minors in music and mathematics, will present a report on his ongoing research in space plasma physics under the mentorship of Shing Fung of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Facility and Robert Liefeld of NMSU's physics department. The researchers are studying the interaction of solar wind plasma with the earth's magnetosheath, using new techniques to calculate the plasma flow.

The Society of Physics Students will pay James' expenses for attending the conference in Helsinki.

A 1992 graduate of Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Fla., James is in the U.S. Coast Guard's College Student Pre-Commissioning Incentive program. After graduating from NMSU in December, he will enter the U.S. Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School in New London, Conn., in January. Following completion of the 17-week OCS training, he will serve three years of active duty in the Coast Guard.