Fierce Planets – Online Presentation by Dr. Sabine Stanley

Online Event
1-2 PM EDT (GMT/UTC -4)

Are you fascinated by space? We have arranged a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Press to present Fierce Planets, an exhibition of art quilts inspired by the research of Dr. Sabine Stanley. The JHU Press is publishing a book about Dr. Stanley’s research in 2023 (What Lies Beneath Our Feet?). The call for entry for Fierce Planets will be in July 2023, and the exhibition will premiere in 2024.

Dr. Stanley will present her research, followed by a Q&A session. This is a fantastic opportunity to get inspired by planetary magnetic fields, dynamo theory, and planetary interior evolution and to ask questions of the expert. If you would like to send your questions in advance, you can email us at This event will be recorded. 

We hope that Fierce Planets will be filled with artwork inspired by the exploration of planets in our solar system and beyond!

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Dr. Stanley will be one of the three jurors for SAQA Global Exhibition Fierce Planets, along with Dr. Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost for Research, Johns Hopkins University, and J. D. Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, which hosted SAQA’s exhibition Radical Elements.

This exhibition will be a collaboration between SAQA and the Johns Hopkins University Press.


About Dr. Sabine Stanley

Dr. Sabine Stanley is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Space Exploration Sector of the Applied Physics Lab (APL). She directs the Magnetism and Planetary Interiors (MagPI) research group at Hopkins, which is centered on understanding planetary interior processes and evolution. This includes investigating magnetic field generation, which provides important information about the thermal history of a planet, its interior structure, and the fluid motions occurring in the core. Additional research and outreach efforts of the MagPI group include:

  • working on the Mars InSight mission, using marsquakes to study the interior of the red planet;
  • using the Iridium Constellation of Communication Satellites to track fast changes in Earth’s magnetic field;
  • investigating Saturn’s and Jupiter’s dynamos and the role of helium rain in these planets’ interiors; and
  • understanding the effects of superionic water on the dynamos of Uranus and Neptune.
  • engagement with education researchers, artists, and the public in order to create impactful, accessible science content; the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts program pairs artists from MICA with faculty at Johns Hopkins to explore unique perspectives on extreme events (more details).

Dr. Stanley received her B.Sc. degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Toronto, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT from 2004-2005 and a Professor at the University of Toronto from 2005-2017. She has received the William Gilbert Award of the American Geophysical Union, and a Sloan Research Fellowship, among other distinctions and honors.

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