Team Bios

C. Alex Young, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Editor in Chief

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Alex is a Solar Astrophysicist and the Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In this role he is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the Education and Public Outreach team for the division. He works with the EPO teams as a liaison with the NASA offices of Education and Communication. In addition, he works with the division scientists to promote and support their research.

A little bit country, a little bit rockin’ roll. Well not so much country but a lotta bit geek. Alex started this fan page because he has a passion for sharing his little bit of knowledge with all. He has some classic tendencies of sci-fi fan/crazy cat guy. From an early age, Alex was tinkering with his parents stuff taking things apart to figure out how they worked. This curiosity continued on into high school where he built his first laser with which he won an award an international science competition. Alex received an undergraduate degree at Florida State University while working for the now defunct Super Conducting Super Collider. After taking time off to work in the mountains of New Hampshire he went to the University of New Hampshire to study Quantum Chaos Theory. Somehow he instead ended up receiving a Master and PhD in high-energy astrophysics studying cosmic gamma-ray bursts and solar gamma-ray flares. In his spare time he enjoys building a kayak in his garage. He also enjoys running, traveling, watching movies and playing video games.

Alex is available for interviews and speaking. (Topics and Experience, Photo)

Linda Schenk, aka Virtuallinda

Co-Founder, Designer & Online Strategist

Linda Schenk (Virtuallinda)Linda is creative geek and freelance web designer providing social media, WordPress blogs, email marketing & strategic consulting for Entrepreneurs through her company, Virtuallinda Media LLC. Using byte sized steps, she teaches networkers & entrepreneurs how to use social media to boost visibility, build relationships & increase referrals. Her clients receive a custom blend of coaching, multimedia training, strategic consulting & web design. This is a unique approach, designed to give you the most value for your budget & time.

Helping build this community has been the perfect blend of her love of space and social media. Ever since she was a kid, she wanted to see the Northern Lights. She still hasn’t, although thanks to The Sun Today she knows where & when to see them. In her spare time she likes to eat cheese, enjoy the sunshine, swim, travel and have silly adventures online & in real life.

Linda is available as a speaker or consultant on coaching, training, strategy & design
(social media, WordPress, email marketing).

Ryan O. Milligan, Ph.D.


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Ryan is a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center working on solar flare observations as part of the RHESSI science team.

Originally from the small fishing village of Ardglass in Northern Ireland, Ryan is very much a country boy. With an intense love of music, Ryan played drums in various rock bands for most of his teenage years. After high school he tried his hand at everything from recording engineering to delivering coal and driving tractor-trailers for his father’s fish business. It was his skills as a truck driver that allowed him to return to college and pursue a degree in astrophysics, which eventually led him to work at NASA. Ryan joined this project because he enjoys sharing his work and love of the Sun and astronomy with the public through education and outreach. When he’s not traveling around the world for work, or chasing solar eclipses, he spends most of his spare time mountain biking and soaking up music at concerts and festivals.