SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2018 Number 3
Aimee Norton, editor
01 February 2018


Who's News

Václav Bumba, Sad News
Michal Sobotka
19 January 2018
Dr. Václav Bumba passed away on January 13, 2018, at the age of 92 years. He dedicated his life to solar physics and the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ondřejov. After the studies, he started his career in 1948 at the Ondřejov Observatory, in 1955 – 1958 he was a doctorand at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, and in 1964, during his stay at the Mt. Wilson and Mt. Palomar Observatories, together with R. Howard he elaborated the first synoptic maps of solar magnetic fields. Later, his scientific interests were focused on the evolution of solar active regions and sunspots. He was the director of the Astronomical Institute for 15 years (from 1975) and initiated the construction of several new instruments at the Ondřejov Observatory. He cared about young researchers and used his contacts to introduce them to the international astronomical community. He continued working also after his retirement. Václav Bumba spent 69 fruitful years of his life at the Ondřejov Observatory. Results of his effort we still see around us.
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Juan Fontenla, 1948 – 2018
Meers Oppenheim
31 Jan 2018

With great sorrow, I have to announce that Juan M. Fontenla, 69, died at home on Thursday, January 11, 2018, surrounded by his family.  He was an active and prominent solar and space physicist and astronomer, having published hundreds of papers and abstracts since receiving his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

My colleagues and I have had the good fortune to collaborate with Juan for the last few years on a solar physics project.  He was trying to understand why the lower solar atmosphere heats a few 100 kilometers above the surface (photosphere).  To do this, he proposed a hypothesis based on his understanding of a heating mechanism active in the Earth’s ionosphere.  As I am primarily an ionospheric plasma physicist, he taught me an enormous amount about the physics of the Sun.  He also taught me about intellectual rigor, honesty and pushing to solve the important questions in science.  He will be greatly missed.

Juan had a long and varied career.  He worked on solar instrumentation and astrophysical plasma models at the Institute for Astronomy and Space Physics (IAFE, Buenos Aires, Argentina), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC, Huntsville, AL), NCAR High Altitude Observatory (HAO, Boulder, CO), University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP, Boulder, CO), and NorthWest Research Associates (NWRA, Boulder, CO). He made numerous contributions to the study of the Sun and stars during his 37-year career. Even during his time working on commercial software development in 1996 – 2002, he created his sophisticated model of the solar radiation that he named the Solar Radiation Physical Model (SRPM). He is perhaps best known for the SRPM and the application of this model for studying the solar spectral irradiance variability for the NASA Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission. You can post condolences for his family and friends at his obituary website at: cannonbyrd.com/john-manuel-fontenla/ .

Meers Oppenheim, Boston University
Jerry Harder, University of Colorado
Tom Woods, University of Colorado

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Hinode/EIS Nugget – Getting It All From Spectra!
Deb Baker
16 Jan 2018
We have posted a new Hinode/EIS nugget entitled - ‘Getting it all from spectra! Measuring velocities in the early stages of an eruption using the wide slot data from Hinode/EIS’

Learn how to get Doppler velocities from Hinode/EIS slot observations of flares.

You can view the nugget here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/nuggets/nugget_2018jan.jsp

The EIS Nugget archive is here: solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/Solar-B.jsp

We welcome contributions from the solar community.  Please contact us.

Deb Baker - UCL/MSSL


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VarSITI Newsletter Vol. 16
Kazuo Shiokawa
21 Jan 2018

SCOSTEP’s VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact, 2014 – 2018)

VarSITI Newsletter volume 16 has now been published.  The PDF file is available at newserver.stil.bas.bg/varsiti/newsL/VarSITI_Newsletter_Vol16.pdf
Below are the contents of this volume. 


Contents of VarSITI Newsletter Volume 16

Articles
1. A new database of radiation doses at commercial flight altitudes due to solar particle storms is linked to GLE database
2. ISEST Working Group 5: Bs Challenge
3. Database of Directivity Functions of Neutron Monitors
4. Creation of a Database for Atmospheric and Whistler Events Detected in the Russian Far East

Highlights on Young Scientists
1. Jackson McCormick/ USA
2. Mateja Dumbović/ Austria

Meeting Reports
1. IRI 2017 Workshop, National Central University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, November 13 – 17
2. ISEST (International Study of Earth-Affecting Solar Transients) Workshop in 2017

Upcoming Meetings

Short News
1. Continuation of the German ROMIC project



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Big Bear Solar Observatory – Call for Observing Proposals: 2018 Session 1
Haimin Wang
22 Jan 2018

New Jersey Institute of Technology announces the availability of a certain amount of observing time for the solar community at its Big Bear Solar observatory (BBSO) 1.6-m, off-axis Goode Solar Telescope (GST). The BBSO telescope allocation committee (TAC) is accepting outside proposals for the session 1 (2018 April 15 – Jun 30) observing quarter. Proposals are due Friday, March 9, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with BBSO/NJIT scientists to facilitate proposal preparation, observations, and data analysis. Descriptions of the GST and its instrumentation are available at: www.bbso.njit.edu/NJIT_Ground-Based_Solar_Observatories.pdf

The observing proposal should be submitted via the following web link: www.bbso.njit.edu/cgi-bin/NSTObsForm

Meanwhile, much of our existing data are already open to the community. The data availability with quick look movies can be found at: www.bbso.njit.edu/~vayur/NST_catalog/
Data can be requested via: www.bbso.njit.edu/~vayur/nst_requests/

We note the large number of excellently written DKIST Science Use Cases being considered in its critical science plan.  As DKIST is about 2 years away from start of operations, many of  these could be preliminarily explored using existing GST data or by applying for new GST observations. We encourage authors of the DKIST Science Use Cases to discuss this possibility with us.


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CESRA Highlights in January
Eduard Kontar
23 Jan 2018

Estimation of a CME magnetic field strength using observations of gyrosynchrotron radiation by E. P. Carley et al.* cesra.net/?p=1701

The statistical relationship between global EUV waves and other solar phenomena by D. Long et al.* cesra.net/?p=1763


CESRA publishes Highlights of Solar Radio Physics aka CESRA Nuggets approximately every two weeks. These short communications are written in the language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area and designed to keep solar and heliophysics communities informed and up-to-date about current research. The highlights can be followed, discussed, commented and shared via www.facebook.com/solarcesra/ and www.twitter.com/CESRA_community


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ISSI/ISSI-BJ – Joint Call for Proposals 2018 for International Teams in Space and Earth Sciences
Maurizio Falanga
23 January 2018
The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, and ISSI-BJ in Beijing, China, invite proposals for establishing International Teams to conduct on its premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of data from spacecraft and possible integration with ground data and theoretical models. For the purpose of this Call, Space Sciences include the Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Fundamental Physics in Space, and Earth Sciences using Space data.

Letter of Intent: February 20, 2018

Deadline for proposals: March 28, 2018

The Call for International Teams proposal is available on the ISSI web site: www.issibern.ch/spotlight/ISSI_ISSI-BJ_annual_call2018.pdf


Dr. Maurizio Falanga
International Space Science Institute (ISSI)
Hallerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern
Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)31 6314893
E-mail: mfalanga@issibern.ch
www.issibern.ch

E-mail: mfalanga@issibj.ac.cn
www.issibj.ac.cn/

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New Website Showing Past and Present Solar Activity
Egor Illarionov
23 Jan 2018

Would you like to know how active the Sun is today? Or how did it look like 100 years ago? You can explore this by visiting our new website at www.observethesun.com The main features of the website:

A detailed information about features of the website and a tutorial are available at medium.com/@egor.mypost/observe-the-sun-in-3d-from-the-past-hundred-years-up-to-the-present-day-c4b198568d6e.

Enjoy!


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RHESSI Science Nuggets
Hugh Hudson
26 Jan 2018
No. 313, “Tecumseh’s Eclipse and Astrophysics,” by Hugh Hudson: The solar corona was first recognized as actually being solar, and given that name by Jose Joaquin de Ferrer y Cafranga, in an historically interesting eclipse of 1806 (December 25, 2017).

No. 314, “A Curious Sunspot Group in 2018,” by Hugh Hudson: The first new sunspot group of 2018 emerged at the wrong latitude, or else with the wrong polarity (January 14, 2018).

No. 315, “Parametrized Flare Models with Chromospheric Compressions,” by Adam Kowalski and Joel Allred: A new approach to modeling the lower solar atmosphere during flaring (January 17, 2018).

See sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets listing the current series, 2008 – present, and sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ for the original series, 2005 – 2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


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Living Reviews in Solar Physics:
Frank Schulz
29 Jan 2018
A new article has been published in the open-access journal Living Reviews in Solar Physics on January 26, 2018:

Richardson, Ian G., “Solar wind stream interaction regions throughout the heliosphere”, Living Rev. Sol. Phys. (2018) 15: 1. doi.org/10.1007/s41116-017-0011-z

Abstract:
This paper focuses on the interactions between the fast solar wind from coronal holes and the intervening slower solar wind, leading to the creation of stream interaction regions that corotate with the Sun and may persist for many solar rotations. Stream interaction regions have been observed near 1 AU, in the inner heliosphere (at ∼0.3 – 1 AU) by the Helios spacecraft, in the outer and distant heliosphere by the Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and out of the ecliptic by Ulysses, and these observations are reviewed. Stream interaction regions accelerate energetic particles, modulate the intensity of Galactic cosmic rays and generate enhanced geomagnetic activity. The remote detection of interaction regions using interplanetary scintillation and white-light imaging, and MHD modeling of interaction regions will also be discussed.


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HMI Science Nuggets in January 2018
Ruizhu Chen
31 Jan 2018
We announce three HMI Science Nuggets for January 2018.

#82 “A Super-Synoptic Map of HMI Flux Density”, contributed by Leif Svalgaard (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2146)

#83 “Observing and modeling the poloidal and toroidal fields of the solar dynamo”, contributed by Robert Cameron (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2166)

#84 “Abrupt and Permanent Changes of the Photospheric Magnetic Field During 75 flares observed with HMI”, contributed by Sebastián Castellanos Durán (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2172)

We welcome submissions on work related to HMI scientific goals. More information can be found at hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/

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Employment Opportunities

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) – Postdoctoral Researcher in Solar Physics
Carsten Denker
16 Jan 2018
The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AlP) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher in Solar Physics. The candidate is expected to contribute to the analysis and scientific exploitation of data obtained with the GREGOR Fabry-Pérot Interferometer (GFPI), the High-resolution Fast Imager (HiFI), and the GREGOR Infrared Spectrograph (GRIS). GREGOR is a novel 1.5-meter solar telescope at Observatorio del Teide, Tenerife, Spain. Expertise in solar observations, imaging and near-infrared spectropolarimetry, high-resolution imaging, spectral inversion techniques, analysis of data from solar space missions, or physics of the solar atmosphere and small-scale magnetic fields (or a combination thereof) is required. The position is within the project “Quiet-Sun Magnetic Fields and Newly Emerging Flux – Dynamics, Energetics, and Upper Atmospheric Response” supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG) in collaboration with the Czech Science Foundation (GACR). The fixed-term appointment is for two years. The salary of this full-time position is based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TV-L 13) in Germany. Review of applications will start March 1st, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

AIP is an equal opportunity employer and as such, considers individuals for employment according to their skills, abilities, and experience. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to handicapped persons with equal competence. Applications for and inquiries about the postdoctoral position should be send to Carsten Denker via bewerbung_2018-01@aip.de. To apply, please send a single PDF file containing curriculum vitae including statements on education, skills, and experience as well as a list of publications with refereed articles indicated to the given address. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.

Included Benefits: Employer contributions to medical and dental insurance, maternity leave, and retirement benefits.

Institute wepage: www.aip.de
Full text of the job announcement: intra.aip.de/en/career/jobs


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CEA Paris–Saclay (France) – Permanent Faculty Researcher Position in Solar and Stellar Physics in Department of Astrophysics
Allan Sacha Brun
18 January 2018
The CEA Astrophysics Department (DAp) and UMR AIM invite applications for a permanent faculty researcher position to begin in Fall 2018 in the field of solar and stellar physics.

The candidates should have a PhD in astrophysics, or a closely related field to apply. They should be recognized experts in solar and/or stellar physics. They should have a solid record of research and publications in these topics, based on either theoretical developments, high performance numerical simulations and/or data analysis and interpretation. Expertise on the interaction of active stars with their surroundings will be positively considered. The successful applicant will join a research group1 of about 20 people conducting frontier research on the Sun, the stars and their interaction with planets. He/She will be involved in the scientific preparation and interpretation of the observations that will be provided by ESA's Cosmic Vision Solar Orbiter satellite, specifically the STIX instrument, seeking to understand the mechanisms behind intense solar flaring activity and how such activity impacts our Earth.

DAp is part of the large Institute of Research into the Fundamental laws of the Universe (IRFU) at CEA Paris–Saclay, 20 km south of Paris, in the vicinity of various universities and other research centers. It is a world-class astrophysical department covering many areas of instrumental, observational, theoretical, numerical and applied astrophysics. DAp/AIM gathers more than 200 faculty and staff members, including postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students. It offers a lively and very active research environment of the highest international standards, currently hosting six European Research Council grants. DAp/AIM plays a key role in instrumentation, ground segment and scientific exploitation of space missions from cosmology with Euclid ESA cosmic vision mission to the hot and energetic Universe with Athena and solar physics with Solar Orbiter and its X-ray telescope STIX. More broadly, engineers and scientists at DAp/AIM contribute to a large range of facilities (e.g. SOHO, Integral, Herschel, JWST, SVOM, PLATO, ELT-METIS, …).

The salary for this permanent position depends on past work experience, and includes social security benefits and good health insurance.

Applicants should submit by e-mail (pdf format) their resume, motivation letter, bibliography and statement of research interests and experience, and arrange for three letters of reference, to be sent before March 2, 2018 to:

Dr Allan Sacha Brun
Head of Laboratory Dynamics of Stars, Exo-planets and their Environment
CEA's Solar Orbiter Project Scientist
CEA Paris–Saclay
DRF/IRFU/DAp-UMR AIM, Bat 709
91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, Cedex, France

Tel : +33 1 69 08 76 60
Email: solarjob@cea.fr

Included Benefits:
Social security benefits and good health insurance

Related URLs: Laboratory Dynamics of Stars, Exo-planets and their Environment web site: irfu.cea.fr/Sap/LDEE/
Department of Astrophysics web site: irfu.cea.fr/Sap/en/

Application Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

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NASA Postdoctoral Program – Application Deadline March 1, 2018
Taifa Simpson
22 Jan 2018
This announcement reflects recent increases to the NPP annual base stipend and annual travel allowance.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals.  The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current NPP research opportunities in heliophysics science can be viewed here: npp.usra.edu/opportunities/?filter_keywords=&filter_fields=135

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

UPDATED! Stipends now start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For further information and to apply, visit: npp.usra.edu/

Questions: npphelp@usra.edu


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University of Alabama Huntsville – Hinode Postdoc Opportunity in Heliophysics
Sabrina Savage
24 Jan 2018

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is accepting applications for the regular full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work in the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research for one year with the potential of a one-year extension.  The candidate will work with the Hinode mission team to research observables related to energy transfer through the solar atmosphere.  The research will include Hinode data with support from other observatories such as SDO, RHESSI, and SOHO with a desired inclusion of additional synergistic instrumentation (such as radio and astrophysical). Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field and must have working knowledge of at least one of the following programming languages:  SSWIDL, Python, and/or C/C++.  Experience with analyzing remote sensing solar data (in addition to Hinode) and knowledge of magnetic reconnection is highly preferred. One year of experience with physics or astrophysics research, with publication of results in the scientific literature desired.  To ensure full consideration, qualified applicants should apply on-line by February 23, 2018.  Start date is negotiable, but preferably by June 2018.  Application instructions are available at uah.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=93787

Contact Sabrina.Savage@nasa.gov if you have any questions.


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NASA/GSFC – Postgraduate Position in Heliophysics
Dominic Zarro
28 Jan 2018
We are seeking a researcher to analyze Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) data for the presence of ephemeral coronal holes, the association of the edges of those coronal holes with supergranule lanes in the photosphere, and the correlation with the magnetic network in the chromosphere. The research would involve: verifying the ephemeral coronal hole catalog; analyzing the evolution magnetic configuration around and within the coronal hole; determining the supergranule lanes using Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) Dopplergrams; and the magnetic network using available imagery.

The goals of this research include:

Requirements:

This is a contractor position based in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. The position is ideally suited for a recent undergraduate interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in Heliophysics.

Please contact Dominic Zarro for additional information on the application process.


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University of Colorado Boulder – Visiting Faculty Position: Extended Deadline
Dmitri Uzdensky
28 Jan 2018
The Search Committee for the CU-Boulder three-year visiting faculty position has decided to extend the deadline for applications until February, 19th. See the position description below.

The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder invites applications for a three-year fix-term visiting faculty appointment in Solar Physics. Outstanding candidates in all areas of Solar Physics, including instrumentation, observations, theory and modeling, are encouraged to apply. The position is motivated by the relocation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) headquarters to Boulder and will overlap with the start of operations of the NSO’s upcoming Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). Given the anticipated polarimetric capabilities of DKIST, candidates with interest and experience in the interpretation of spectropolarimetric measurements, including spectropolarimetric inversions, the quantum mechanical underpinnings of the polarimetric signals, precision polarimetric measurement, plasma diagnostics, and the interpretation of scattering polarization to access the unexplored regime of weak magnetic fields in the cosmos, are of particular interest.

The construction of DKIST and the relocation of the NSO headquarters to Boulder provide a unique opportunity that will enable the successful candidate to pursue an innovative program of research and graduate and undergraduate education.  The DKIST will achieve unprecedented high-resolution observations of solar photospheric, chromospheric and coronal magnetic fields, and CU Boulder and surrounding research institutions will provide a rich teaching and research environment for NSO activities.  The appointment aims to extend the scientific impact of DKIST by bringing critical expertise into the university environment, engaging in NSO/CU research collaborations, mentoring students, and classroom teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Thus, the successful candidate will participate in the Hale Collaborative Graduate Education Program (COLLAGE) in solar and space physics, which uses telepresence technology to bring students and faculty from different campuses together for research and classroom learning.  The candidate is also expected to engage broadly with the Boulder solar and space physics community, outlining their plans at the time of application.

We anticipate that the position may appeal to a range of scientists: early-career scientists eager to gain experience in research and teaching or later-career scientists interested in sharing their experiences with students in the academic environment.  The appointment will thus range from the Assistant Professor level to the untenured Associate Professor level, depending on prior experience.  Applicants should hold a PhD and have research and teaching experience commensurate with the appointment level.

In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We particularly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short descriptions of their research and teaching interests and plans, and request that three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf by January 31, 2018.  The teaching statement should include an assessment of which undergraduate and graduate courses in the Physics curriculum the candidate would be prepared and interested in teaching, ideas for specialized course work suitable to the telepresence environment of the COLLAGE program, and a summary of possible research projects that the candidate is prepared to mentor. These materials should be submitted electronically to: cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/moresearch.ftl?lang=en, posting #12117.

For more information please contact Prof. Dmitri Uzdensky, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics, UCB-390, Univ. Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309; uzdensky@colorado.edu. Review of the applications will begin on February 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at: adacoordinator@colorado.edu. 


The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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Kiepenheuer Institute für Solar Physics (Freiburg, Germany) – QUEST Post-Doctoral Position in Solar Physics (reminder)
Catherine Fischer
29 Jan 2018
Applications are invited for the position of a post doctoral position at the Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik in Freiburg, Germany, available from May 1, 2018.

The candidate will be working on the QUEST-project (QUiet-sun Event STatistics), a junior research group funded by the Leibniz association and led by Dr. Catherine Fischer. A PhD student will join the group during the project duration.
This project will characterize the quiet-sun magnetic field by studying observational signatures of events such as for example flux cancelation, convective collapse and granular buffeting of magnetic elements. Taking advantage of multi-instrument data sets and building up statistics of these events by correlating the changes of physical parameters will provide a comprehensive picture of these processes from the photosphere to the higher solar atmosphere. The project will thereby fully exploit the available multi-instrument data of the Hinode telescope and the SDO, IRIS, the current high-resolution data from GREGOR as well as the DKIST coming online in 2020.


KIS is a foundation of public law of the State of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to perform fundamental astrophysical research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include the magnetized solar atmosphere, global magnetic activity in the sun and stars, and high resolution techniques. Further information can be obtained via the web page of the Institute (www.leibniz-kis.de).


Applicants should have a PhD in astrophysics and a record of research in astrophysics, preferentially in the area of solar physics. Ideally candidates will be fluent in the programming languages Python and IDL.

KIS is committed to be a workplace free from discrimination, with equal opportunities for all. We therefore encourage qualified women to apply. The contract can be for a period of up to 3 years (if performance is adequate). The salary scale will be in accordance with the TV-L E-13 level of the German public employees and includes contributions to a pension plan as well as health and unemployment insurances. In addition KIS can provide child and kindergarten allowances, discounts on public transport fares and an end-of-year bonus.


The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a cover letter in the context of the QUEST project, and a short statement on past and envisioned research. Please arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly by the referees to the email addresses below. The selection of candidates will start after February 15, 2018 until the position is filled. Please send your application via email to Ms. Judith Blank: judith.blank(at)leibniz-kis.de and cfischer(at)leibniz-kis.de in CC with the keyword ‘QUEST’ in the email subject. Questions regarding the position should be sent to Catherine Fischer at cfischer(at)leibniz-kis.de.


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Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Göttingen) and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin – PhD Position in Plasma Astrophysics
Jörg Büchner
29 Jan 2018
Probing electron acceleration by fast magnetic reconnection using coherent stellar radio emissions.

A PhD position funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) of the Technical University (TU) Berlin.

The successful applicant will work with Prof. Dr. Jörg Büchner and Dr. Patricio Muñoz on kinetic simulations of electron acceleration by magnetic reconnection in stellar atmospheres to be verified by observed solar type-III radio bursts. The selected doctoral candidate will use a state-of-the-art fully-kinetic and massively parallel particle-in-cell code, running on European network High-Performance Supercomputers, to simulate the electromagnetic radiation caused by magnetic reconnection. In particular the influence of the electron cyclotron maser instability will be investigated. At the TU Berlin the PHD thesis will additionally be supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter Breitschwerdt.

Applicants should hold (or must be about to obtain) a Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline. Proficiency in both oral and written English is required. The applicant should be enthusiastic about learning and doing research in plasma astrophysics by means of computer simulations using programs written in C++ and Python.

The desired start date is March 1st, 2018, but applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is selected.

Full project advertisement:
www.mps.mpg.de/phd/probing-electron-acceleration-by-fast-magnetic-reconnection-using-coherent-stellar-radio-emissions

Online application portal: www.application.mps.mpg.de


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NASA Ames/BAER – Research Position in Solar Physics
Irina Kitiashvili
30 Jan 2018

The Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute is accepting applications for a Research Scientist with a background in analysis and modeling of the chromosphere, and knowledge of multi-fluid dynamics and magnetic reconnection in the solar plasma.  This position is related to a project funded by the NASA Ames Research Center entitled, “Interaction of Quiet-Sun Magnetic Fields with the Chromosphere.” We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in radiative magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modeling and spectro-polarimetric data analysis to advance the scientific knowledge and understanding of physical processes in the solar plasma.

Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will develop a multi-fluid approach to model the solar chromosphere conditions and study magnetic reconnection phenomena and associated energy release for different conditions of the solar atmosphere.
The work includes publication of original research, submission of proposals, and supporting projects of the Heliophysics Modeling and Simulation (HMS) team at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Required Qualifications
PhD in solar physics, space physics or related field. 
Advanced knowledge in multi-fluid plasma, particle interaction, and plasma and solar physics.
Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in solving research problems, and recommending alternatives that inform planning, management, and decision-making in regard to space science research and mission-related activities.
Employee must demonstrate the ability to perform independent research and publish peer-reviewed articles.

How to Apply
Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three professional references via email to Donna Turnley at resumes@baeri.org by February 28, 2018.

Additional Information
The appointment is for one year with a possible extension for one or two additional years based on successful employee performance and funding availability.
Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The start date of appointment is flexible; however, earlier dates are preferred.
Further information about the position can be obtained from Irina Kitiashvili (irina.n.kitiashvili@nasa.gov) and Donna Turnley (turnley@baeri.org).

The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

For more information about BAER Institute, please visit baeri.org


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Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Göttingen) – Post-doctoral Position in Solar and Stellar Physics
Alexander Shapiro
30 Jan 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in solar and stellar physics. The successful candidates will join the recently established SOLVe group (www2.mps.mpg.de/projects/solve/) funded by an ERC Starting Grant and led by Alexander Shapiro. The group utilises state-of-the-art MHD and radiative transfer codes to extend physics-based models of solar brightness variations from the Sun to other stars. Building on the solar paradigm the group aims at explaining rich patterns of stellar brightness variations observed by the Kepler and CoRoT missions and at improving techniques for detecting and characterizing exoplanets.

The SOLVe group resides in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide with ample experience in MHD simulations and radiative transfer as well as with leading participations in many major solar space missions. The institute is located in Göttingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town, in a striking new building.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics with focus on solar/stellar physics, astronomy, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and experience in solar or stellar physics. Experience in MHD simulations and/or numerical radiative transfer modeling and/or analysis of stellar spectral and photometric data is of particular advantage. The starting date is negotiable and the position is offered for an initial period of two years. Salary will be according to E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public service. Applications, including a CV, a short description of past research activities (max. 3 pages), and a publication list should be sent as one pdf file to pds@mps.mpg.de. In addition, applicants should arrange to have two letters of reference sent separately to the same address. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2018 and continue until the positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. For further information please contact Alexander Shapiro or Johannes Stecker.


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Meeting Announcements

TESS-2018 – Evaluating Space Weather Model Performance
Harry Warren
16 Jan 2018
Towards the Quantitative Assessment of Models of the Inner Heliosphere and Near-Earth Environment

Considerable effort has gone into the development of models that specify or forecast conditions in the inner heliosphere and near-Earth environment. The performance of these models, however, is often underemphasized in the literature. Such assessment is essential if space weather is going to have a broad impact. This session provides a forum for modelers to present and discuss the quantitative assessment of model performance. For this session presentations related to models of the solar irradiance, flare prediction, CME initiation, solar wind parameters, the magnetosphere, and thermospheric and ionospheric conditions are solicited. Presentations on the general topic of assessing model performance, particularly with regards to forecasting, are also of interest. This session will have a traditional format, with a mix of invited and contributed talks as well as posters.

Abstracts are due February 20!

Harry Warren
Graham Barnes


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TESS-2018 – Heliophysics and the Deep Space Gateway
James Spann
29 Jan 2018

We invite your contribution to the session “Heliophysics and the Deep Space Gateway” (agu.confex.com/agu/2018tess/preliminaryview.cgi/Session40552)
at The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit that will be held on May 20 – 24, 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA (connect.agu.org/tess2018/home).

Session Description:
This session provides a forum to articulate the heliophysics science that is enabled by the near-lunar NASA Deep Space Gateway (DSG) platform. Contributions are encouraged that describe investigations on, deployed from, and operated from the DSG. Investigations that include remote sensing, that include in situ observations, that require crew attention, and that are conducted on the lunar surface are appropriate for this session. Inputs from this session will serve to better inform NASA as it develops the DSG platform for science and space exploration.

Session conveners: Barbara Giles (barbara.giles at nasa.gov), James Spann (jim.spann at nasa.gov, and Elsayed Talaat (elsayed.r.talaat at nasa.gov)

Abstract submission deadline: February 20, 2018

The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit (TESS) is a joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society.


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TESS-2018 – Late-phase Solar Activity in September 2017: Call for Submissions
Brian Dennis
25 Jan 2018

The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit, TESS: connect.agu.org/tess2018/home, brings together the Solar Physics Division of AAS with the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of AGU. TESS-2018 will be held 20–24 May 2018 in Leesburg, Virginia to promote greater interaction and unity within Heliophysics as well as fostering connections to astrophysics and planetary sciences.

A special session is being organized on late-phase solar activity in September 2017. It will concentrate on the unprecedented combination of measurements made between September 3 and 12, 2017, when the Sun showed an unexpectedly high level of activity late in the solar cycle. A total of 4 GOES X-class flares occurred, including the most intense gamma-ray event of the cycle, and many C- and M-class flares. Excellent observations were made of these events with numerous space missions and ground-based observatories, including the now fully operational Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA). The measurements extend across the full electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma-rays, plus particles in space and effects on the Earth. The timing of this session is optimum for a comprehensive review and interpretation of all the observations, with the goal of furthering our understanding of solar eruptive events. We will also include a discussion of whether the occurrence of similar bursts of activity at the same phase of the last two cycles is merely a coincidence or if it reflects a fundamental property of the solar dynamo. A traditional format of invited and contributed talks plus posters is planned with the possibility of a panel discussion if time permits.

Primary convener: Brian Dennis

Co-conveners: Sam Krucker, Bin Chen, Gerald Share

Please submit your abstract for this session before the submission deadline of 20 February 2018.


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TESS-2018 – Parker Solar Probe: Steps Away from Solving Mysteries of the Corona and the Inner Heliosphere
Nour E. Raouafi
19 Jan 2018

I would like to draw your attention to the Parker Solar Probe session described below. We welcome contributions to this session and any related topic to coronal heating, solar wind acceleration, and solar energetic particles.

The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit (is a joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society. TESS will take place May 20 – 24, 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA (connect.agu.org/tess2018/home).

Session title: Parker Solar Probe: Steps Away from Solving Mysteries of the Corona and the Inner Heliosphere

Session description:
The questions of coronal heating, solar wind acceleration, and more generally magnetic activity with the consequent generation and propagation of energetic particles from the Sun are far from being understood despite decades-long observations and modeling.
They are the main science objective of the Parker Solar Probe, a mission just a few months away from launch, that will mark the start of a new journey of discovery through the inner heliosphere and corona.
This session provides a forum for in-depth discussions of the science questions targeted by PSP focusing on predictions that will be key for planning initial observations and also for prioritizing those science questions that will be addressed early in the mission. We encourage contributions on the science topics to be addressed by the Parker Solar Probe mission.

Session conveners: Nicola J. Fox (Nicola.Fox@jhuapl.edu); Nour E. Raouafi (Nour.Raouafi@jhuapl.edu); Marco Velli (mvelli@ucla.edu)


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TESS-2018 – Realities and Visions of the Current and Future Heliophysics Data Environment
Alisdair Davey
24 Jan 2018

SESSION: Call for TESS-2018 Submissions: Realities and Visions of the Current and Future Heliophysics Data Environment
 
From: Jon Vandegriff (jon.vandegriff at jhuapl.edu), Robert McGuire, Alisdair Davey

We are pleased to announce a session at TESS-2018 on “Realities and Visions of the Current and Future Heliophysics Data Environment.” We invite contributions describing ongoing uses of and improvements to the data environment, but also seek bold visions of what the Heliophysics data environment can and should provide.  We plan also to have a panel discussion. After introductory talks, the session focus will shift to a conversation between a panel and the audience about how best to adapt the existing data environment in ways that will meet the future trends of increasing data volume and complexity.

The full session description is here: agu.confex.com/agu/2018tess/preliminaryview.cgi/Session41320

The abstract deadline is February 20, 2018.

The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit (TESS) brings together the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the AGU and the Solar Physics Division of the AAS. The meeting will be May 20 – 24, 2018 in Leesburg, VA.

connect.agu.org/tess2018/home


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TESS-2018 – Scientific Discovery in the Heliosphere Through Data Analytics and Assimilation: Call for Submissions
Michael Kirk
19 Jan 2018

We are at a crossroads in the study of the Heliosphere. Traditionally we rely on methods ruled by the triumvirate of models, data, and model-data fusion. However new data analysis techniques developed and applied in other fields present powerful new opportunities for scientific discovery.

These data analysis techniques have been explored primarily in fields unrelated to Heliophysics, yet promise significant potential for Heliophysics science. This cross-disciplinary session is devoted to new Heliophysics discovery driven by innovative techniques pioneered in other fields of study. We invite contributions from across the Heliophysics domain (i.e., the Sun, interplanetary space, magnetosphere, and upper atmosphere), encouraging bold, thought-provoking, and innovative ideas to utilize the vast amount of heterogeneous Heliophysics data.

The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit, TESS: connect.agu.org/tess2018/home, brings together the Solar Physics Division of AAS with the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of AGU. TESS-2018 will be held 20–24 May 2018 in Leesburg, Virginia to promote greater interaction and unity within Heliophysics as well as fostering connections to astrophysics and planetary sciences. The TESS-2018 abstract submission deadline is 20 February 2018.

Session conveners: Michael Kirk, Ryan McGranaghan, and Jack Ireland


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TESS-2018 – Solar Wind Drivers of Space Weather: Anticipating Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter
Simon Plunkett
22 Jan 2018

We would like to invite contributions to a session on “Solar Wind Drivers of Space Weather: Anticipating Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter” at the upcoming Triennial Earth-Sun Summit meeting (connect.agu.org/tess2018/home). The deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday, 20 February 23:59 ET.

Session Description:

Solar wind variability is the major driver of space weather disturbances at Earth. Our ability to provide accurate and timely space weather forecasts depends critically on observations and modeling of the propagation of solar wind structures through the heliosphere from the Sun to the Earth. There are two major sources of uncertainty in current heliospheric models, the first being the lack of detailed knowledge about the boundary conditions near the Sun that form the ambient solar wind though which disturbances such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and corotating interaction regions (CIRs) must propagate en route to Earth, and the other being the properties of CMEs and shocks in the low corona. The upcoming Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter missions will provide unprecedented remote sensing and in-situ observations of the region of space where the solar wind is born and where CMEs are initiated.

We invite contributions that discuss how observations from these missions, and associated theoretical and modeling research, will improve fundamental understanding of the origins of the solar wind and CMEs, and will contribute to development of the next generation of space weather forecasting models, including both heliospheric and geospace models.

Conveners: Simon Plunkett (Naval Research Laboratory), Kelly Korreck (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), M. Leila Mays (NASA GSFC), Doug Biesecker (NOAA SWPC)


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TESS-2018 – Sources for Suprathermal Ions
Yuan-Kuen Ko
23 Jan 2018
We invite contributions to the session “Sources for Suprathermal Ions” (agu.confex.com/agu/2018tess/preliminaryview.cgi/Session40387)
at The Triennial Earth–Sun Summit that will be held on May 20 – 24, 2018 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA (connect.agu.org/tess2018/home).

Session Description:
Suprathermal ions (ions of a few times the solar wind plasma energy up to 100s of keV per charge) are known to play a significant role as the seed population in the acceleration to high energy particles by coronal mass ejection (CME) shocks. In the quest for a reliable prediction of the properties of large solar energetic particle (SEP) events, one crucial element is a quantitative understanding of how the suprathermal particles are produced and distributed in the solar corona and the solar wind, especially as a sustained source. Another crucial element is a quantitative understanding of how the variation in the suprathermal seed population contributes to the variation in SEP properties. This session invites contributions from theories, models and observations that aim toward this aspect of research.

Session conveners: Yuan-Kuen Ko (yuan-kuen.ko@nrl.navy.mil), George C. Ho (George.Ho@jhuapl.edu), Nariaki Nitta (nitta@lmsal.com)

Abstract submission deadline: February 20, 2018

The Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS) is a joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society.


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TESS-2018 – State of the Young Solar Wind
Sarah Gibson
15 Jan 2018
We solicit abstracts for a session on the “State of the Young Solar Wind” at the upcoming Tri-ennial Earth-Sun Summit meeting (connect.agu.org/tess2018/home). The deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday, 20 February 23:59 ET.

State of the Young Solar Wind

The solar wind originates from the solar corona, but surprisingly little is known about how the coronal plasma actually becomes the ambient solar wind that washes over Earth some 200 solar radii from the Sun and interacts with CMEs as they cross the solar system.  Outstanding questions about the young solar wind include the origin of solar wind variability, the solar-wind heating problem, the physics and global evolution of the Alfvén surface, the evolution of the wind and transient structures en-route, and of course the global structure of the solar wind traced back to its sources in the solar corona.  Recent work with observations including visible and UV imaging and in-situ data, along with developments in theory and modeling, yield new insights even as they pose new questions for future missions to solve.

Conveners: Sarah Gibson, Simon Plunkett, Barbara Thompson


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42nd COSPAR Meeting – Session D1.1: Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere and in the Interstellar Medium: Acceleration, Anisotropy and Anomalous Transport: Abstracts due Feb 9
Frederic Effenberger
16 Jan 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We wish to invite you to participate in COSPAR event D1.1, which will be held in in Pasadena, California, USA, on 14 – 22 July 2018. This event is organized by Scientific Commission D – Space Plasmas in the Solar System, including Planetary Magnetospheres – within the COSPAR Scientific Assembly 2018.

An increasing number of observations show that anisotropic energetic particle distributions are ubiquitous in the heliosphere. Examples include solar energetic particles escaping from solar flare sites and those propagating in front of traveling shocks, galactic cosmic rays at Earth, Jovian electrons, and termination shock particles. Among the compelling problems in astrophysics there are the mechanisms of particle acceleration and transport. However, a number of observations do not fit into the standard diffusive shock acceleration scenario, and transport processes different from normal diffusion, i.e., superdiffusion and subdiffusion, are becoming commonly recognized in space plasmas. Energetic particle acceleration is influenced in a fundamental way by the particle anisotropy and the transport properties. The above processes cannot be described with the standard Parker transport equation: While a treatment of anisotropy requires solving the Skilling equation, anomalous diffusion can be addressed on the basis of fractional differential equations and non-Gaussian stochastic processes. Further, a high energy density of accelerated particles, as is expected for both supernova remnant and coronal mass ejection shocks, can create self-generated turbulence and modify the shock structure, leading to nonlinear shock acceleration models.

The influences of particle anisotropy, anomalous transport processes and nonlinear effects on shock acceleration require a revision of the standard models of transport and diffusive shock acceleration, which can be achieved by theoretical and numerical studies. From these, direct comparisons with space and ground based observations can be pursued. Therefore, this event aims at shedding light on: (i) particle acceleration at shock waves; (ii) origin and effects of particle anisotropy; (iii) causes and consequences of anomalous particle transport. 

This event addresses both the heliospheric and the astrophysical communities. Contributions of theoretical, numerical, and data analysis studies on the above topics are encouraged.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Gaetano Zimbardo (University of Calabria, Rende, Italy)
Frederic Effenberger (ISSI, Bern, Switzerland)
Horst Fichtner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Kobus le Roux (The University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA)
Silvia Perri (University of Calabria, Rende, Italy)
Du Toit Strauss (North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

List of confirmed invited speakers:

Elena Amato (INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
Nicolas Bian (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Nina Dresing (University of Kiel, Germany)
Joe Giacalone (University of Arizona, USA)
Olga Khabarova (IZMIRAN, Russia)
Timo Laitinen (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
Alex Lazarian (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Rick Leske (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Andreas Shalchi (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Ming Zhang (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 9 FEBRUARY 2018

www.cospar-assembly.org/

www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/session_cospar.php?session=710


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42nd COSPAR Meeting – Session D2.1/E3.1: Coordinated Observations and Modeling of Accelerated Particles at the Sun and in the Inner Heliosphere Abstracts due Feb 9
Nicole Vilmer
15 Jan 2018
This session will be devoted to the energetic particles at the Sun and in the Heliosphere. It will deal both with observations and modeling and is aimed at describing the general knowledge on this topic based on the recent observations from the numerous instruments on the different heliospheric missions. The session will discuss both escaping particles and particles interacting at the Sun (diagnosed from X-ray, gamma-ray and radio observations), the relative role of flares and CMEs in the acceleration process, the production of long- duration high energy emission from the Sun, the propagation of particles in the interplanetary medium.   Implications for future inner heliospheric missions (such as Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe Plus, ...) will be discussed

Abstracts are solicited (and due Feb 9) for this session on Energetic Particles at the Sun and in the Interplanetary Medium, at the COSPAR meeting (July 14 – 22) in Pasadena, California. See the information at cospar2018.org

Scientific Organizing Committee: Nicole Vilmer (MSO), Robert Wimmer-Schweingruder (DO), Iver Cairns, Christina Cohen, Sergio Dasso, Weiqun Gan, Yuki Kubo,Vladimir Kuznetsov,David Lario,Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Javier Rodriguez-Pacheco, Prasad Subramanian, Rami Vainio


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42nd COSPAR Meeting – Session E2.1 Formation, Destabilization, and Ejection of Magnetic Structures in Solar and Stellar Coronae: Reminder
Yuhong Fan
29 Jan 2018

We invite abstract submissions to the following session at the 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, California, July 14 – 22, 2018:

Session E2.1: “Formation, destabilization, and ejection of magnetic structures in solar and stellar coronae” 

Magnetic structures ejected from the Sun and solar-like stars are typically associated with prominences, which may play critical roles in the initiation of coronal mass ejections (CMEs).  In this two-part session, we focus on different aspects of prominences.  In the first part, we consider issues regarding the formation and destabilization of prominences.  For example, is mass loading important for CME initiation, or for pre-conditioning the CME? In the second part of the session, we focus on the role of the ejected prominence material, particularly its cool component, in the CME evolution: How does the environment of the corona through which the ejected material travels affect the kinematics and deformation of the CME? What is the nature of the energy balance? What is the role of the overlying and CME (flux rope) magnetic topology?

Thanks to the wealth of observational data from multiple viewpoints, over a wide range of wavelengths and heliocentric distances, as well as recent progress in simulations, many of these issues can now be addressed. The three half-day session invites observational studies, as well as simulations of how prominences, and CMEs erupt and interact with their environment in solar and stellar coronae, on a wide range of topics, including:
1. Filament formation and structure: channels, mass
2. Prominence/filament dynamics
3. Eruptions and CMEs  
4. CMEs and stellar coronae

A complete description of the event referred to above and abstract submission instructions are available on the Assembly web page at: www.cospar-assembly.org

The deadline for abstract submission is February 09, 2018.

Confirmed Invited Speakers: Alicia Aarnio (University of Colorado, USA), Sergio Dasso (IAFE, Argentina), Petr Heinzel (Astronomical Institute, Czech Republic), Manuel Luna (IAC, Spain), Duncan Mackay (University of St Andrew, UK), Alexander Nindos (University of Ioannina, Greece), Rachel Osten (STScI, USA), Nour-Eddine Raouafi (JHUAPL, USA), Tibor Toeroek (Predictive Science Inc, USA), Chun Xia (University of Leuven, Belgium)

MSO: Brigitte Schmieder (Observatoire de Paris, LESIA, France)
DO: Yuhong Fan (NCAR, USA)
SOC: Nicolas Labrosse (University of Glasgow, Scotland) Jun Lin (Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, China) Gaitee Hussain (ESO, Germany), P.F. Chen (Nanjing University, China) Angelos Vourlidas (JHUAPL, USA)


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Boulder Space Weather Summer School – First Announcement
Mark Miesch
16 Jan 2018

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Boulder Space Weather Summer School (formerly the CISM Space Weather Summer School), which will be held July 9 – 20 at NCAR in Boulder, CO.  The SWSS is a comprehensive two-week introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it.

The SWSS curriculum stands out for its distinctive integration of the fundamental science of the Sun–Earth system with the socioeconomic impacts of space weather, with a particular emphasis on modeling and forecasting. The School is targeted at first or second year graduate students who are considering space weather or space physics as a research field as well as active practitioners from government and industry (for example, space weather forecasters). Admission is also open to advanced undergraduate students. The proven pedagogical approach combines morning lectures from distinguished experts with interactive afternoon learning modules that give students hands-on experience analyzing and interpreting data from state-of-the-art missions and models. The interactive activities culminate in a capstone project where students synthesize and apply the concepts and skills they have learned to forecast a space weather event, from its origins on the Sun to its impact on the Earth. 

Students will be exposed to the world-class solar and space physics community in Boulder.  Local SWSS partners include NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, the National Solar Observatory, and the University of Colorado’s Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education Center.  Lecturers come from these and other leading research and educational institutions across the US.  Note that the occurrence of the 2018 School is contingent on receiving funding from NSF, which is still pending. 

For further information and instructions on how to apply see: www2.hao.ucar.edu/SWSS, or contact Mark Miesch (miesch@ucar.edu).


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14th SCOSTEP Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium (Toronto, Canada) – Session EC2.1 Long-term Solar Variability (Magnetism, Total Irradiance, and Spectral Irradiance) and its Impact on Geospace and Earth
Katya Georgieva
22 Jan 2018

Session Description

The solar dynamo is the engine and dynamical driver of solar magnetic variability, including the prominent 11-yr activity cycle as well as its modulation on longer timescales. Proper physical understanding of the mechanisms driving this long timescale variability is thus needed in order to quantify the response of the geospace environment and Earth’s upper atmosphere, and assess the relative impacts of natural versus anthropogenic factors in climate change. This session will focus on the long-term (from cycle-to-cycle to millennial and beyond) variability of solar magnetism, including grand minima and maxima of solar activity, total and spectral solar irradiance, solar wind modulation, the frequency and intensity of solar extreme events, and their impact on geomagnetic activity and long-term changes in the lower, middle and upper atmosphere, and in the ionosphere. Reports on theoretical, modeling and observational approaches on this topic are welcome.

Committee
P. Charbonneau, D. Nandi, D. Marsh, F-J Lübken, K. Georgieva, V. N. Obridko

Lead Conveners
K. Georgieva, P. Charbonneau

Dates and venue: July 9 – 13, 2018, Toronto Canada
Symposium’s web-site: www.scostepevents.ca/
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14th SCOSTEP Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium (Toronto, Canada) – Session 4.2 on Space Weather
Nariaki Nitta
23 Jan 2018

We solicit abstracts for a special session on space weather at the 14th Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium (STP14) in Toronto, Canada (9 – 13 July 2018, see www.scostepevents.ca).  It is encouraged you submit your abstract from www.scostepevents.ca/sessions-and-abstracts/abstract-submission/ without waiting for the deadline of 15 February. The session description is shown below. We look forward to a lively and productive session.

Conveners: Nariaki Nitta (Lockheed Martin ATC), Kazuo Shiokawa (Nagoya U)

Plenary Speaker: Delores Knipp (U Colorado)

Invited Speakers: Mamoru Ishii (NICT), Meng Jin (LMSAL and SETI)

Space weather represents short-term variations of conditions in the heliosphere that affect planets such as our own Earth. Interest in space weather has grown significantly in recent years as we get better informed of its possible impact on our highly technology-dependent society. Space weather is ultimately attributable to the Sun, whether the central role is played by transient phenomena such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections or by high-speed solar wind streams from coronal holes. These then drive processes in interplanetary space and the planet’s atmosphere. We tend to expect big space weather events while solar activity is high. Interestingly, during the weak solar cycle 24, we witnessed a few extreme events, which may have been comparable to the so-called Carrington event. They could have caused disastrous effects on terrestrial assets if they had occurred days earlier and been directed to Earth. The primary purpose of this session is to discuss recent progress in our understanding and prediction capabilities of space weather, made possible by the availability of advanced coordinated data and the development of innovative theory and modeling. We particularly welcome studies of recent major space weather events such as those in September 2017.


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IAU XXX General Assembly (Vienna) – Focus Meeting 9: Solar Irradiance: Physics-Based Advances (22–23 August 2018): Second Announcement
Greg Kopp
29 Jan 2018
Sessions:

We invite you to this Focus Meeting at the 2018 IAU General Assembly in Vienna to discuss recent physics-based advances in understanding the causes of brightness variability in the Sun and stars. The following two days of oral sessions are planned:

Scientific Rationale:

Understanding and modeling of solar-irradiance variability is important for solar physics and for solar-terrestrial and solar-stellar studies. Some recent irradiance measurements question aspects of current empirical and semi-empirical models of solar-irradiance variability. New and more realistic physics-based irradiance models can now incorporate recent advances in modeling and observing the solar atmosphere. This next generation of irradiance models includes new advances in MHD, surface flux transport, and radiative transfer simulations as well as new state-of-the-art solar data. By relying on physics-based understandings, these new models will also allow more direct and physical extrapolations to other stars, opening a new regime for solar-stellar connection studies, as well as improved long-term estimates of historical solar variability.

Invited Speakers (confirmed):

Topics

Websites:

Important deadlines:

Scientific Organizing Committee:


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2018 Space Weather Workshop (Westminster, CO)
MIchelle McCambridge
30 Jan 2018
REGISTRATION is now OPEN!

Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation’s leading conference on all issues relating to space weather. The Meeting of Science, Research, Applications, Operations & Users

April 16 – 20, 2018
Westin Westminster Hotel
10600 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 410-5000

Deadlines

Student Abstract Submission: Friday, March 2
Decisions on Student Support will be offered by Friday, March 9
All other speaker and poster abstract submission: Friday, March 16
Hotel Room Block: Monday, March 26
Banquet Registration and payment:  Wednesday, April 11

Space Weather Workshop 2018: www.cvent.com/events/2018-space-weather-workshop/event-summary-0462632e2dcc4b2a9f92b6c449fcef2c.aspx


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