The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2009 Number 4
Neal Hurlburt, editor
2009 Karen Harvey Prize Winner - Laurent Gizon
J Todd Hoeksema
30 Jan 2009
With the Karen Harvey Prize the SPD recognizes a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person's professional career.
The 2009 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Laurent Gizon for his significant contributions and leadership in the development of local helioseismology techniques for the study of the Sun's internal dynamics.
Congratulations, Laurent! We look forward to your talk at the SPD meeting in June.
Thanks to the SPD Prize Committee: A. Van Ballegooijen, G. Chapman, H. Gilbert, S. Keil, and P. Scherrer.
Neil Sheeley - 2009 Hale Prize Winner
J Todd Hoeksema
30 Jan 2009
I am delighted to announce the 2009 recipient of the George Ellery Hale Prize. The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society awards its most prestigious honor to a scientist for outstanding contributions to the field of solar astronomy.
This year's Hale Prize goes to Neil R. Sheeley, Jr., who is cited for his continuing outstanding contributions to our understanding of the solar magnetic field, coronal holes, and coronal mass ejections. His wide-ranging observational and theoretical work has laid the foundation for much current research in solar and heliospheric physics, and continues to have important applications in space weather prediction.
Kudos from all of your colleagues in the Solar Physics Division! We look forward to hearing your Hale Prize lecture at the AAS and SPD meetings in June.
Two Solar Physicists Receive 2008 PECASE Honors
J Todd Hoeksema
28 Jan 2009
Charles Kankelborg and Merav Opher went to the White House on December 19, 2008 to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Congratulations Charles and Merav!
See the news releases: CK and MO.
ASR special issue on Space Weather Monitoring, Modelling and Forecasting
Peggy Ann Shea
29 Jan 2009
Announcement of an Advances in Space Research (ASR) Special Issue on "Recent Advances in Space Weather Monitoring, Modelling, and Forecasting".
Papers are invited to contribute manuscripts for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) entitled "Recent Advances in Space Weather Monitoring, Modelling, and Forecasting".
This topical issue is not a conference proceedings but is open to all scientists who may have an appropriate scientific paper related to the title of the issue. Manuscripts on both scientific research results and programmatic issues are appropriate for this special publication. Attendees of the Fifth European Space Weather Week held in Brussels from 17 to 21 November 2008 are especially encouraged to submit their papers.
Papers must be submitted electronically to ees.elsevier.com/asr. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select "S.I.: Space Weather Advances" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.
Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. While the deadline for submissions is 1 April 2009, papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. Contributors to this issue will have an opportunity to purchase individual issues at 40 Euro per issue. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures on the electronic version.
Dr. Anna Belehaki (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Managing Guest Editor for this special issue. She will be assisted by Drs. Alexi Glover, Mike Hapgood and Ronald Van der Linden. Questions can be directed to Dr. Belehaki or to the Editor-in-Chief of ASR, Peggy Ann Shea (email@example.com).
We ask authors who plan on submitting papers to provide Dr. Belehaki with the following information as soon as possible:
Name of corresponding author
Expected submission date
The general format for submission of papers is on the ASR Elsevier web site; format questions can be directed to Peggy Ann Shea.
Call for Community Input to the NASA TR&T Program
23 Jan 2009
The NASA LWS Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) Program Steering
Committee will be meeting February 18 - 19 to begin the selection
process for the 2009 Focused Science Topics. We encourage the community
to submit suggestions for possible Topics via the web-form at:
Please note that a Topic should define a science problem that is
important to the goals of LWS, cross-disciplinary in nature, and
suitable to a team approach. In making your suggestions please keep in
mind the previous Topics, (listed at this site), especially the
ongoing ones. Your suggestion will have the most chance of success if
it is in the same format and level of detail as the previously selected
Topics listed on the website.
Thank you for your suggestions.
Spiro K. Antiochos
Chair, 2009 TR&T Steering Committee
SPD Popular Writing Award
21 Jan 2009
The Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society
(AAS) holds an annual competition for two Popular Writing Awards to be
awarded to authors of popular or semi-popular articles on the Sun or
its effects on the Earth's environment. The purpose of these awards is
to encourage scientists, science writers, and journalists to write
about the Sun and thereby educate and excite the public about solar
Awards will be made in two categories, one for scientists (students,
professionals, and retired) and another for science writers and
journalists. One award will be offered in each category. Any living
scientist, science writer, or journalist, not currently serving on the
panel, is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race,
sex, or nationality (SPD or AAS membership not required).
Awards will be made for articles which are published the previous
calendar year and which, in the judgement of the selection committee,
best communicate the results from contemporary scientific studies of
the Sun and heliosphere. The articles will be judged based on the
following criteria: relevance of the article to solar astronomy or
solar physics, or space physics directly associated with the Sun;
educational value; accuracy in describing the scientific issues
involved; clarity of presentation; and number of readers who would
likely have seen the article. The article must be in English, and must
have been published in a North American newspaper, magazine, or
popular science journal. Books, book chapters, and electronic
publications are not eligible.
The cash amount of each award is $500. Awards will be accompanied by a
certificate. In the case of a winning article with multiple authors,
each author will receive a certificate, but a check for $500 will be
issued only to the lead author.
The articles will be judged by the SPD Popular Writing Awards
committee, which consists of four solar scientists and a fifth member
from outside the science community. Nominations for the awards may be
submitted to the address below; self-nominations are most
welcome. Nominations should give the title of the article, the name(s)
and address(es) of the author(s), where and when the article was
published, the category for which the article is nominated (scientist
or science writer/journalist), and in case of a newspaper article, a
copy of the article. The committee reserves the right to nominate
articles itself. The decisions of the committee are final.
Please send nominations to Brian Welsch at welsch "at" ssl.berkeley.edu by Feb. 28.
Tenure-track position in solar and plasma astrophysics
26 Jan 2009
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan invites applications for a tenure-track junior faculty position in solar and plasma astrophysics at the Hinode Science Center. The initial appointment is for 5 years, by the end of which the appointee will be eligible to be considered for tenure. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is the national center of astrophysical sciences in Japan, covering a very wide area of astrophysics from optical and infrared astronomy, radio astronomy, solar and plasma astrophysics to theoretical astrophysics. The Hinode Science Center, located in NAOJ main campus in Mitaka, a Tokyo suburb, operates Hinode satellite in cooperation with ISAS/JAXA and runs research programs including solar magnetism, coronal physics, chromospheric dynamics and helioseismology. The Hinode Science Center is also taking the leading role in defining and designing SOLAR-C, the next Japanese solar mission now being discussed in the international community.
The successful applicant is expected to conduct their own research based on or motivated primarily by Hinode data and take part in scientific operation of Hinode satellite. Equal consideration will be given to applicants with observational or theoretical backgrounds. We also expect the successful applicant to be an active participant in the SOLAR-C project.
Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list of publications (list refereed and non-refereed papers separately), a summary of the past research activities, a research plan, copies of relevant papers, and letters of reference to:
Dr. Shoken Miyama
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Osawa-2-21-1, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588
Application materials should be received by 15 May 2009. Please contact Saku Tsuneta (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further inquiries.
Six-Month DOT Observership
26 Jan 2009
The solar physics group at Utrecht University which runs the Dutch Open Telescope (DOT) on La Palma has a six-month opening starting this spring (April-June, negotiable) for a DOT observer, located on La Palma, to be in charge of daily telescope operation and speckle reconstruction processing and otherwise do DOT-related research. It is funded by an EC grant to the Utrecht-Stockholm-Oslo Collaboration in Solar Physics and it requires a degree entitling to PhD study (e.g. graduate in the US, Masters in Europe) obtained within the last four years - but no PhD yet. Dutch and Spanish nationalities are excluded. The post may suit as temporary lookout for a recent graduate or as bridge-over close to a PhD. More information at the DOT website http://dot.astro.uu.nl/
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO JENAM/NAM/MIST/UKSP Joint Session on Heliosphere/Astropheres and Planetary Interactions...
2 Feb 2009
EAS JENAM/RAS NAM/MIST/UKSP Joint Session: "Heliospheric and Astrospheric Structure and Planetary Interactions"; 20-23 April 2009, University of Hertfordshire (de Havilland Campus, Hatfield) England, United Kingdom.
From: Mario M. Bisi <email@example.com>
The aim of the session is to bring together the communities studying solar wind structure and solar wind/planetary interaction in the solar system and those working on astrosphere/exoplanet coupling. Results from new heliospheric missions (particularly STEREO) and improvements in ground-based observations are providing an entirely new view of the development of heliospheric structure, while Venus Express and Messenger are yielding detailed information on solar wind/planetary coupling in the inner regions of the heliosphere. The physical processes controlling the development of heliospheric structure solar wind-planetary interaction, as well as many of the phenomena observed in the solar system will also be found in the development of structure in astrospheres and the interaction of those structures with exoplanets. The aim of this session is to bring together the communities studying solar-wind structure and planetary interaction, and the exoplanets community, using the new results for the solar system to help understand stellar wind and planetary coupling in other systems. At the same time, the diversity of exoplanetary systems will encourage new ways of thinking about how these processes operate in different environments and how this casts light on heliospheric/planetary interaction in our own solar system. All researchers who are interested in the Sun-heliosphere-planetary connection are invited to contribute to this session, and we would especially like to receive inputs from those working on astrosphere/exoplanetary analogues of heliospheric/planetary coupling. This is the first session of this type at such a meeting and we hope to have additional sessions at future meetings based on the success of this initial session.
For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Andy Breen at Aberystwyth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Organizing Committee: Dr. Andrew R. Breen (Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Aberystwyth University; email@example.com), Dr. Mario M. Bisi (Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof. Helmut Lammer (Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences; email@example.com).
Programme: One 1.5-hour block consisting of an invited joint-review talk (IR 24+6 minutes) and four other invited/contributed talks (IT 15+4 minutes/CT 10+3 minutes). A poster session is also anticipated.
The web site http://www.jenam2009.eu/ should be updated very soon with the relevant details.
First announcement : 25th NSO Workshop -- August 31 - September 4, Sunspot, New Mexico
29 Jan 2009
Chromospheric Dynamics and Structure: From Old Wisdom to New Insights
August 31 - September 4, 2009
Sacramento Peak Observatory, Sunspot, NM, USA
The 25th NSO Workshop will be held this fall at Sunspot, NM, USA and
will focus on recent developments in our understanding the dynamics and structure of the solar chromosphere. Increased spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution have revealed many new surprises from the
chromosphere and we also continue to learn of its complicated role as
the intermediary between the photosphere and corona.
Topics to be addressed include:
* The Quiet Chromosphere
* The Chromosphere of Active Regions
* Chromospheric Magnetic Fields: Observation and Interpretation
* Filaments and Prominences
* The Chromosphere-Corona Connection
There will be both invited reviews and contributed talks in each
session, but ample time will be set aside for discussion.
Space will also be available for poster presentations.
Due to the limited space at the Sunspot meeting
facilities, attendance will be limited to 70 participants.
A welcome reception will be held on the evening of Monday, August 31st, and the meeting will run through Friday, September 4th.
Further information can be found at the meeting web page:
or contact the organizers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Space Weather Workshop Announcement - Student Travel Support Available
28 Jan 2009
The 2009 Space Weather Workshop will be held this spring, April 28 - May 1, in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting will bring the customer, forecasting, vendor, and research communities together to focus on the impacts of space weather, on forecasting techniques, and on recent scientific advances in specifying and predicting conditions in the space environment. The program will highlight space weather impacts in several areas, including ionospheric disturbances, geomagnetic storms and their solar drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. Representatives from industries impacted by space weather will be invited to attend, including those from commercial airlines, electric power, satellite operations, and navigation/communication. Space Weather Workshop 2009 is co-organized by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences, and the NASA Heliophysics Division. Further details regarding the meeting agenda and travel will be posted on our web site: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sww
Space Weather Workshop Student Travel Support: Partial support for student attendance is available. This support could be applied to registration fees, room and board, or travel costs. To apply for support, please provide the following information by email to Terry Onsager (terry.onsager at noaa.gov) no later than March 12, 2009:
2. Institution and contact information
3. Academic level
4. Topic of research that will be presented as a poster
5. Academic adviser and contact information
6. Level of support required to attend
Final reminder for early registration: STEREO-3/SOHO-22 Workshop
28 Jan 2009
The deadline for early registration has been moved to February 27 for
the STEREO-3/SOHO-22 Workshop, which is being hosted in the UK this
year. The meeting is entitled "Three Eyes on the Sun: Multi-spacecraft
studies of the corona and impacts on the heliosphere" and is being held on April 27 - May 1, 2009, at the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth,
England. Full details can be found at
AOGS2009 Session ST08: New Views of the Sun: From "Hinode" to Future
25 Jan 2009
Hinode, one of the latest solar observational satellite launched on September 2006, has been successfully operated for the last two and half years and made many new discoveries for the solar dynamics. In particular, the highly resolved observations with the three telescopes aboard Hinode (SOT, XRT, and EIS) have greatly advanced our understanding of the solar magnetohydrodynamic activities in multiple layers from photosphere to the corona. This session will provide a forum to summarize the recent progress in solar study, and to discuss the future plans of new solar observations beyond Hinode's era. The session consists of several invited review talks on different issues as well as contributed papers on any topics relating to solar dynamics. Also the modeling and theoretical studies on the sun are highly welcome. Please join us in this session and enjoy Singapore's tropical weather!
Abstract deadline: March 15, 2009
Meeting page: http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2009/index.asp
Meeting schedule: Aug. 11 to 15, 2009
Meeting Location: SUNTEC, Singapore
Kanya Kusano (JAMSTEC)
KyungSuk Cho (KASI)
Jonathan W. Cirtain (MSFC/NASA)
Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University)
Toshifumi Shimizu (ISAS/JAXA)
Jingxiu Wang (NAOC)
University of Arizona and National Solar Observatory
23 Jan 2009
We are offering an intensive one-week "short" course on solar physics aimed at graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The purpose is to provide a basic introduction to solar physics for students who do not have an opportunity to take such a course at their home institution, or who have an interest in the physics of the Sun and may possibly want to pursue a career in solar physics, space physics, or related field. Topics to be covered include solar radiative transfer, helioseismology, solar interior, solar MHD, chromospheric and photospheric magnetic fields, corona and solar wind and high-energy charged particles. There will be tours of NSO's facilities, opportunities to observe the Sun, and other activities.
Confirmed speakers include:
K.S. Balasubramaniam, AFRL
Joe Giacalone, University of Arizona
Frank Hill, National Solar Observatory
Randy Jokipii, University of Arizona
Eugene Parker, University of Chicago
Tami Rogers, University of Arizona
Han Uitenbroek, National Solar Observatory
Additional information and application material can be accessed at the summer school's website: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/SummerSchool09. The deadline to receive all applications is May 1st.
We anticipate to be able cover the costs for travel (airfare within the continental United States, plus local transportation), meals, and
lodging for most students. Requests for travel grants can made on the application form. Please submit such requests as soon as possible because the funds available for travel support are limited.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Prof. Joe Giacalone
Department of Planetary Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Ph: 520-626-8365 Fax: 520-626-8250
Support for this school is provided by a grant from NSF
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6 Jan 2009
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