SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2018 Number 15
Aimee Norton, editor
01 August 2018



Who's News

Tünde Baranyi: 1962 – 2018
Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
28 July 2018
With great sadness, I have to announce that Tünde Baranyi, the head of the Debrecen solar physics group of Konkoly Observatory (MTA CsFK), the group of the former Debrecen Heliophysical Observatory, Hungary, passed away on 24 July 2018. Tünde studied astronomy at the Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary and started working at Debrecen Observatory in 1985. She was involved in the research of solar data, sunspot dynamics and morphology, solar-terrestrial relations and solar irradiance models. However, her most important contribution was that she led the work on the most detailed sunspot databases during more than two decades, the Debrecen Photoheliographic Data (DPD), the SOHO/MDI-Debrecen sunspot Data (SDD), and the SDO/HMI-Debrecen sunspot Data (HMIDD).  These highly detailed databases of sunspots and sunspot groups have become as important for the research of sunspot group dynamics as their predecessor, the Greenwich Photoheliographic Data (GPR).

Tünde worked with incredible carefulness and thoroughness, she paid attention even to the smallest details and her meticulous way of working made these databases extremely reliable and detailed sources of information. Making a catalogue is an arduous task, but the solar community profits greatly from the results.

Tünde is survived by her husband, András Ludmány, a solar physicist and their three children: Orsolya, Fruzsina and Bence.

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AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes – First Call For Nominations
Haimin Wang
16 Jul 2018
Nominations are sought for the 2019 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) George Ellery Hale Prize. In considering candidates, the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee is to be guided by the impact of the candidates’ research in solar physics, general astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, and physics. Any living scientist is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD.  Please see spd.aas.org/prizes for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

Nominations are also sought for the 2019 AAS/SPD early career Karen Harvey Prize. This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached ten years of cumulative professional experience since the Ph.D or equivalent degree, at the end of calendar year 2018. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD. Please see spd.aas.org/prizes for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

A letter of nomination for the Hale or Harvey prize, with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of nomination/support letter writers must be from members of the Society), full curriculum vitae should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Please note some updated guidelines as posted in SPD webpage.  E.g., nominations for the Harvey prize must be updated every year with at minimum an updated CV and cover letter (other additional materials/updates are also encouraged). Nominations for the Hale prize must be updated every three years – again with CV and nomination letter, and other materials if desired. If a complete package for Hale Prize was submitted in 2017 or 2018,  no new information is required,  but the nominator can choose to update the package entirely or partially. 

Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 16, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Haimin Wang at haimin.wang@njit.edu.


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EPS European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) – 2018 Prizes Awarded
Etienne Pariat
24 Jul 2018
The EPS European Solar Physics Division board is delighted to present the 2018 ESPD Prize winners:

PhD Thesis Prize to Dr. Peter Levens (PhD carried at University of Glasgow, UK) for significant contributions to the study of tornado-like prominences – using detailed ultraviolet spectroscopic, multi wavelength imaging and visible spectropolarimetric observational analysis – helping to unveil the nature of these structures.

Early Career Researcher Prize to Dr. Tanausú del Pino Alemán (currently at Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain) for ground-breaking contributions in the field of theoretical solar spectropolarimetry, developing novel methods and very efficient radiative transfer computer programs for understanding scattering line polarization using realistic atomic and atmospheric models.

Etienne Pariat for the ESPD board


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RHESSI Science Nuggets
Hugh Hudson
26 Jul 2018
No. 326, “Coronal nanoflares powered by footpoint reconnection,” by Pradeep Chitta, Hardi Peter, and Sami Solanki: coronal nanoflares in active-region cores can be powered by magnetic reconnection in the lower solar atmosphere.

No. 327, “Microwave Imaging Spectroscopy of Flares is Here,” by Dale E. Gary, EOVSA and RHESSI Teams: microwave imaging spectroscopy takes a giant leap forward with SOL2017-09-10.

No. 328, “The true dawn of multimessenger astronomy,” by Hugh Hudson: ever since the Carrington flare.

No. 329, “3D Magnetic Reconnection at a Coronal Null Point,” by Shane Maloney, Aidan O’Flannagain, and Peter Gallagher: large-scale reconnection involved in a type I radio noise storm.

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 – Extended MHD modeling of the steady solar corona and the solar wind
Frank Schulz
30 Jul 2018
A new review article has been published in the open-access journal Living Reviews in Solar Physics on July 30, 2018:

Gombosi, T.I., van der Holst, B., Manchester, W.B., Sokolov, I.V., “Extended MHD modeling of the steady solar corona and the solar wind”, Living Rev Sol Phys (2018) 15: 4. doi.org/10.1007/s41116-018-0014-4

Abstract:
The history and present state of large-scale magnetohydrodynamic modeling of the solar corona and the solar wind with steady or quasi-steady coronal physics is reviewed. We put the evolution of ideas leading to the recognition of the existence of an expanding solar atmosphere into historical context. The development and main features of the first generation of global corona and solar wind models are described in detail. This historical perspective is also applied to the present suite of global corona and solar wind models. We discuss the evolution of new ideas and their implementation into numerical simulation codes. We point out the scientific and computational challenges facing these models and discuss the ways various groups tried to overcome these challenges. Next, we discuss the latest, state-of-the art models and point to the expected next steps in modeling the corona and the interplanetary medium.

Please, visit frequently our solar physics channel (www.springer.com/us/livingreviews/solar-physics) at livingreviews.org for news.


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HMI Science Nuggets in July 2018
Junwei Zhao
31 Jul 2018
We announce 3 new HMI Science Nuggets for July 2018.

#105 “Waves of Magnetic-field Variations Observed in a Flare-excited Sunquake Event”, contributed by Junwei Zhao (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2579)

#106 “The vector magnetic field of the Sun-as-a-star during activity cycle 24”, contributed by Aline Vidotto (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2592)

#107 “Cyclic Variations of the Sun’s Seismic Radius”, contributed by Alexander Kosovichev (hmi.stanford.edu/hminuggets/?p=2605)

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

Institute for Solar Physics of Stockholm University – Support Observer
Dan Kiselman
15 Jul 2018
The Institute for Solar Physics of Stockholm University operates the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) on the Canary Island of La Palma.
Observers from Stockholm and international research institutes travel to the telescope and acquire data recorded with a suite of instruments, of which the ones most frequently used are named CRISP and CHROMIS. The goal is to study physical conditions in the solar atmosphere. After transfer to Stockholm, the data are calibrated and undergo computer-intensive image restoration. After this processing, data can be analysed by scientists and archived.

We are opening a full-time position as a support observer whose main responsibilities will be to perform observations at the SST on La Palma, to support other observers (on La Palma or remotely from Stockholm) mainly by reviewing the quality of their data, and to reduce data using existing software pipelines. The position is based at Albanova University Centre in Stockholm with stays on La Palma when required.

To be qualified for the position, you must have at least a Bachelor degree in astronomy, or a similar subject. Experience of scientific solar observations of high spatial resolution and reductions and/or analysis of data from such observations, is required. Experience from the SST and its data products, as well as Linux and IDL, is preferred. Programming skills in C, C++, or Python are desired. Proficiency in English is required for communication with researchers both within and outside the Institute.

The application deadline is August 15, 2018. Full details and application form at www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/jobs?rmpage=job&rmjob=6318&rmlang=UK


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Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK) – Rutherford Fellowships
Huw Morgan
17 Jul 2018
The Solar System Physics Group at Aberystwyth University welcome suitable applicants for the Ernest Rutherford fellowship scheme (see stfc.ukri.org/funding/fellowships/ernest-rutherford-fellowship/). The applicant’s research interests should align generally with the group’s interest, particularly in solar atmospheric science, development of novel data analysis methods, or development of new instrumentation for space remote or in situ sensing. See www.aber.ac.uk/en/phys/research/solar/ for more details. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Head of Group Dr. Huw Morgan for an informal chat (hmorgan@aber.ac.uk).


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National Solar Observatory (NSO) – Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Astronomery/Scientist
Lisa Green
20 Jul 2018
Description
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory (NSO), Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The NSO, within its Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Program has an immediate opening for an Assistant, Associate or Full Scientist or Astronomer depending on qualifications.  The DKIST, will be the world’s largest most advanced solar telescope and will help resolve the fundamental interactions between solar magnetic fields and the dynamic atmospheric plasma on scales below 0.1 arcsec over entire active regions.  The DKIST is currently under construction in Maui, Hawaii on the summit of Haleakala and scheduled for completion in 2019. This position will be located in Maui; or Boulder is an option. Research areas might include photospheric, chromospheric and coronal magnetomery, connectivity science, instrument development, data mining of large data sets with a clear science objective, comparison of models and observations.  Additional information on the Astronomer/Science Track can be found by visiting the AURA Website and clicking on the Policies and Procedures Link; Section III-Employment and Appointments of Research Scientific Staff; www.aura-astronomy.org/about/policies/Section%20B/B3)%20B-III-Employment%20and%20Appointments%20of%20Research%20Scientific%20Staff.pdf

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

The incumbent will provide science support and scientific guidance to the ongoing effort to ramp up to DKIST operations. He/She will support community members while planning Critical Science Plan observations and analysis.  The incumbent will pursue a vigorous personal research program preferably using the broad range of DKIST capabilities. Research areas might include photospheric, chromospheric and coronal magnetomery, connectivity science, instrument development, data mining of large data sets with a clear science objective, comparison of models and observations. Engagement of students in research and development is highly encouraged. During the ongoing construction phase of DKIST the successful candidate will support the science verification process and activities. The incumbent will closely interface with the DKIST operations development effort and contribute to planning and support a smooth transition from construction to operations.  With the start of DKIST operations in 2019 he/she will provide support to DKIST users. He/She is expected to be an effective representative and advocate for DKIST science to the community and participate in outreach activities to promote the DKIST science goals to the broader science community and the public.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

Please list 3 professional references in your application, attach a Research Interest Statement and CV or resume to your application.  Should you have any questions, please contact employment@aura-astronomy.org.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

NSO will accept and review applications until the position is filled. Please be sure to submit a completed application along with supporting documents by no later than August 15th 2018 to be considered in the first review.

Please apply at: AURA Jobs -  recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/57b96f30-6a4b-42cc-8f73-d417a17b54e9/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=6c91cfa5-8f60-480f-be3a-1e13cc5a39c2


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Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, DC) – Solar and Heliospheric Physics Postdoctoral Fellowships
Mark Linton
24 Jul 2018
The Naval Research Laboratory at Washington, DC seeks qualified applicants for postdoctoral fellowships in the Solar and Heliospheric Physics Branch of the Space Science Division.  Research activities of the Branch include observational, data analysis, and theoretical investigations of a wide range of solar-terrestrial phenomena.

This opportunity emphasizes several research areas: (1) the application of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations to understanding the structure and evolution of solar magnetic fields, (2) observational studies relating the properties of the magnetic field to the heating of the solar atmosphere, and (3) the modeling and analysis of observations of the inner heliosphere from the Parker Solar Probe mission.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated skill in writing scientific papers and giving presentations at scientific meetings. A background in solar physics is preferred, but not required.  The target start date is early 2019.

Interested applicants should email a curriculum vitae to Dr. Mark Linton (mark.linton at nrl.navy.mil ) or Dr. Harry Warren (harry.warren at nrl.navy.mil) before September 15, 2018.

The mechanism for this postdoctoral fellowship is the NRC-NRL Research Associateship program. The annual stipend level for this program is currently $79,720.  This program is open to US citizens and US permanent residents who have held a doctorate less than five years at the start of the fellowship.  Students who are nearing completion of their doctorate are also encouraged to apply, but the fellowship cannot begin until the degree has been granted. Selected applicants will work with an advisor from NRL on an application to the NRC program. The deadline for this application is November 1, 2018.

NRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Information on the NRC program is available here

sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/index.htm

nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=64&ROPCD=641589&RONum=B3044

nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=64&ROPCD=641589&RONum=B7948


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Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Post Doctoral Contract ERC Advanced Grant POLMAG
Javier Trujillo Bueno
28 Jul 2018
The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for one post-doctoral contract funded by the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant “Polarized Radiation Diagnostics for Exploring the Magnetism of the Outer Solar Atmosphere” (POLMAG: www.iac.es/proyecto/polmag/).

The selected candidate will carry out research on the following topics:

The duration of the contract will be for a period of 3 years, subject to annual revisions. Depending on the progress of the investigations, the contract may be extended up to December 31, 2022.

The contract includes all the travel expenses needed for the successful development of the project (meetings, workshops, observations, collaborations, etc.).

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.iac.es/info.php?op1=26&id=742


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Stanford University – Physical Science Research Scientist Position in Solar Magnetic Field Research
J Todd Hoeksema
31 Jul 2018
The Solar Observatories Group at Stanford University invites applications for a Physical Science - Research Scientist position focused on the investigation of the magnetic field in the solar atmosphere and its influence on the corona and heliosphere. The successful candidate will focus on analysis of vector magnetic field data from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) along with data from other solar instruments. The researcher will work with HMI science-team members to investigate the structure and dynamics of the Sun’s magnetic field in support of the goals of the NASA-sponsored SDO/HMI investigation in the Living With a Star Program, in particular the physics of solar eruptive events and magnetic variability related to the solar cycle. Information about the HMI project can be found at hmi.stanford.edu.

A PhD or equivalent in astrophysics or a related field and experience with solar polarimetry and vector magnetic field data are required. Applicants who have experience with data analysis, can contribute to proposals for new research, have a strong publication record, and who have interest in working with students and in education and public outreach are preferred. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research mission.

This is a 2-year fixed-term position with a possibility for extension based on performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2018. The start date can be as early as October 2018.

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter describing your qualifications and a brief statement of your research interests, 2) a current C.V., 3) a list of your publications, and 4) contact information for three references. PDF format is preferred.

Submissions should be sent via email to:
  Haruko Makitani
  EMail: makitani@sun.stanford.edu
  Phone: +1 (650) 723-1505


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Meeting Announcements

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting – Session SH008: High-Energy Solar Investigations Through Next-Generation Spectroscopy: X-rays, Gamma-rays, and EUV – LAST CALL
Amir Caspi
31 Jul 2018
N.B. The abstract deadline is TODAY!

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts to Session SH008 “High-Energy Solar Investigations Through Next-Generation Spectroscopy: X-rays, Gamma-rays, and EUV,” for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC, 10 – 14 December 2018.

Spectrally resolved measurements in X-rays, gamma-rays, and EUV are critical for advancing our understanding of energetic phenomena on the Sun, during both flares and quiescence.  To that end, this session invites presentations covering new instrumentation, enabling technology, missions, and mission concepts for next-generation X-ray, gamma-ray, and EUV solar spectroscopy, including spatially-resolved measurements, and the science that would be enabled by such new observations.

The full session description and abstract submission are here: agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/52561

The deadline to submit an abstract is TODAY (!!), Wednesday, 1 Aug 2018, at 23:59 EDT.

We welcome your submissions to this exciting session!

Amir Caspi, Lindsay Glesener, and Amy Winebarger


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AGU 2018 Fall Meeting – Session SH025: Space-Weather Research and Forecasting: Building Tomorrow's Space-Weather Architectures – Final Announcement
Mario Bisi
30 Jul 2018
agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/49222

Dear All.

This is our final call for contributed abstracts to our co-convened SH and SM (and SI, SA, and NH cross-listed) SWIRLS Extreme Events & Hazards session (SH025) “Space-Weather Research and Forecasting: Building Tomorrow’s Space-Weather Architectures” at the upcoming Fall AGU in Washington DC, 10-14 December 2018 (fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/).  The FINAL abstract-submission deadline is 01 August 2018 at 11:59 P.M. EDT / 02 August 2018 at 03:59UT (see: fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/abstract-submissions/) for full details on abstract submissions.

To submit your abstract, please go here: agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/49222

The full session details are below.  To submit, the first author must be the submitting author and must be an AGU member.  First authors are allowed to submit one contributed abstract, or one contributed abstract and one invited abstract, or two invited abstracts to the science sessions.  You can also submit to Public Affairs sessions separately without counting towards this quota.  You can also be presenting author on multiple abstracts.

Please note that this session is being organized as one of the alternate-format sessions; please see: fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/session-proposals/alternate-session-formats/ for further AGU details on the alternate format sessions - this session will include a panel in addition to talks and posters.

This is further a follow-on from previous years which have included very-active poster sessions, good interactions at talks, and excellent audience participation at the panel session.

Best wishes, and thanks,

Mario (on behalf of all the SH025 Conveners).

Session ID#: 49222

Session Description:
We still find that society is ever-more reliant on technologies/energy supplies susceptible to interruption/damage from space weather (SW) (communications/transport, GNSS-positioning/timing, power, etc.). As a result, several new infrastructures, missions, and models are being developed to improve forecasting capabilities, our understanding of the impacts, and to engineer in better mitigation solutions.

This is fourth incarnation of the session (since 2015) where the focus now specifically turns to new ideas about future space-/ground-based SW architectures. Multiple ongoing international studies are scoping the options for sustained/improved SW observations. New observing locations (e.g. L5) as well as advanced concepts based on small satellites and splitting larger missions into smaller sub-elements (fractionation) are being considered in these studies.

We solicit contributions of: ideas/discussions regarding sustainable SW observations/architectures; how small satellites can be used to supplement SW architectures; whether GOES-SWFO-L5 provides the needed observations/sustainability; and what new technologies challenge the past ways of undertaking SW research/operations.

Primary Convener:  Mario Mark Bisi, UKRI STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, RAL Space, Harwell Campus, Didcot, United Kingdom.
Co-Conveners:  Antti A Pulkkinen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States; Mark Gibbs, Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom; and Brent Gordon, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, CO, United States.

Co-Organized between:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics (SH), and SPA-Magnetospheric Physics (SM)

Cross-Listed:
SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
SA - SPA-Aeronomy
NH - Natural Hazards

SWIRL Themes:
Extreme Events & Hazards

Index Numbers:
4305 - Natural Hazards: Space Weather
7594 - Solar Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy: Instruments and techniques
7924 - Space Weather: Forecasting
7999 - Space Weather: General or miscellaneous


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AGU 2018 Fall Meeting – Session SH028: The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017: New Results and Follow-Up – LAST CALL
Amir Caspi
31 Jul 2018
N.B. The abstract deadline is TODAY!

We cordially invite you to to submit abstracts to Session SH028 “The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017: New Results and Follow-Up,” for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC, 10 – 14 December 2018.

The total solar eclipse in 2017 was the best-observed eclipse in history, by citizens and scientists alike. The eclipse was a rare opportunity for incredible solar, terrestrial (ionospheric, atmospheric), and even planetary science, in many cases with citizen involvement. This session follows up on first results presented at last year’s AGU Fall Meeting highlighting experiments following the eclipse path, including new instrumentation, new platforms, and continent-spanning science enabled by citizen participation, with funding from NASA, NSF, industry, and individuals.

We invite ALL eclipse-related science presentations, including updated results following detailed analysis after last year’s session, and new results not yet presented, as well as outreach successes and lessons learned, with an eye towards breakthrough science for future eclipses, including in South America (2019, 2020) and the next U.S. eclipse in 2024.

The full session description and abstract submission are here:
agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/51744

The deadline to submit an abstract is TODAY (!!), Wednesday, 1 Aug 2018, at 23:59 EDT.

We welcome your submissions to this unique and exciting session!

Amir Caspi, Ed DeLuca, and Trae Winter


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AGU 2018 Fall Meeting – Session SH034: Waves, Instabilities, and Turbulence in Magnetized Plasma Structures
Leon Ofman
16 Jul 2018
SH034: Waves, Instabilities, and Turbulence in Magnetized Plasma Structures
2018 AGU Fall Meeting (fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/), Washington, D.C, 10 – 14 Dec 2018
Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 23:59 EDT

Description of session (ID 50320):
Excitation of plasma waves, instabilities, and turbulence have been manifested in remote and in-situ space observations on a wide range of spatio-temporal scales. A few examples of these phenomena include Alfven and kink waves in chromospheric and coronal structures, acoustic modes in photosphere and convection zone, turbulence and kinetic waves in the solar wind. Laboratory experiments have made vital contributions in developing models that can accurately predict propagation and damping of plasma waves and instabilities. Improvements and validation of theoretical/numerical models for solar plasma can help us fully utilize diagnostic capabilities of these waves and understand their role in energy transport. This session invites participation of space observers, modelers, and plasma physicists working in this broad area of research. Contributions based on recent (SDO, Hinode, IRIS, Wind, ACE, Helios, Cluster, and MMS) and planning for next generation observational facilities (DKIST, EST, Solar Orbiter, and Parker Solar Probe) are especially welcome.

Primary Section/Focus Group:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Conveners:
Shreekrishna Tripathi (UCLA),  Leon Ofman (CUA/NASA,GSFC), Gary Paul Zank (UAH)


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Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics (PIPA2019) – Palma de Mallorca, Spain: 03–07 June 2019
Istvan Ballai
25 Jul 2018
The forthcoming 3rd meeting on “Partially Ionized Plasmas in Astrophysics” (PIPA2019) will be organised in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) in the period 03 – 07 June 2019.

The meeting aims to broaden and strengthen the collaboration of scientists working in partially ionised plasmas in space (e.g. solar chromosphere, interstellar medium, protostellar discs, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, etc.) and to develop common scientific interests that could enhance cross-collaborations between scientists working in this field.

The meeting will focus on (but not limited to) the following topics:

More information about the conference themes, the program and the venue will be available soon on the conference website.

Looking forward to see you soon in Palma de Mallorca
Ramón Oliver, Elena Khomenko, Istvan Ballai


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AMS Space Weather Conference (6–10 January 2019, Phoenix, AZ) – Call for Papers due August 15 2018
Barbara Thompson
26 Jul 2018
The Sixteenth Conference on Space Weather, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and organized by the AMS Committee on Space Weather, will be held 6 – 10 January 2019, as part of the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona.  Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site (annual.ametsoc.org/2019/) by mid-August 2018.

The theme for the 2019 AMS Annual Meeting is “Understanding and Building Resilience to Extreme Events by Being Interdisciplinary, International, and Inclusive (III).”

Following this theme, the Conference on Space Weather will solicit papers on the following topics:

  1. Advances in space weather research and modeling
  2. Extreme space weather events throughout the heliosphere
  3. National and International Efforts in Space Weather – Growing Global Preparedness
  4. Space Weather Effects on High Flyers (Joint Session with the 19th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology)
  5. Space Weather and Society: Education & Communication
  6. Space weather as we approach solar minimum
  7. Whole Atmosphere Coupling During Extreme Events (Joint Session with the 20th Conference on Middle Atmosphere )

annual.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/2019/programs/conferences-and-symposia/16th-conference-on-space-weather/

Please submit your abstract electronically by 15 August 2018 at ams.confex.com/ams/2019Annual/webprogrampreliminary/16SPACEWX.html

Students who want to be considered for travel support will be asked to note this when submitting their abstract. The committee will be providing several small travel grants (≈ $400) to help defray the cost of attending the AMS meeting for a student who submitted an abstract to present at the Space Weather Conference.  Students who wish to apply are required to submit the following documents to either of the program chairs (Richard Behnke or Barbara Thompson) in a single PDF document: a presentation abstract, statement of why they want to attend the meeting, statement of commitment to attend if awarded the travel award, and letter of recommendation from their advisor.

For additional information please contact the program chairpersons, Richard Behnke ( behnke.richard at yahoo.com) or Barbara J. Thompson (barbara.j.thompson at nasa.gov)


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Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach – Next Talks
Gregory Fleishman
29 Jul 2018
Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach (SPW-GR) was launched on 2018 April 18 under support of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) at NJIT (connection and coordination support) and Laboratory for Experimental Astrophysics, Ioffe Institute (web site support). The presentations, recording of the past talks are made available online at the webinar web page (www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar.html) for free access.

NEXT TALK:
The next talk in the series, entitled “First Ionization Potential (FIP) effect,” will be given by Dr. Martin Laming; Wednesday, 2018 Aug 08 at 14:00 UT.

THE FOLLOWING TALK
Dr. Lou Lanzerotti: Space Weather; Wed, 2018 Sept. 05 at 14:00 UT.

HOW TO CONNECT
The Webinar uses the Cisco Webex service available at NJIT (link to connect: njit.webex.com/njit/j.php?MTID=mcb6f3cb75b5e6b62bbbcbba16d36e963; meeting # 924 797 400) and is coordinated by Dr. Gregory Fleishman.

WHEN:
The next talk is scheduled on Wednesday, 2018 Aug 08 at 14:00 UT.

FORMAT:
For details, see the SPW-GR web page www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar_about.html

SCHEDULE:
Visit the SPW-GR web page www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar.html


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SDO 2018: Catalyzing Solar Connections – Metcalf Travel Awards
William D Pesnell
31 Jul 2018
We are pleased to solicit applications for a Thomas Metcalf Travel Award to support the participation of two early career scientists in the upcoming 2018 SDO Science Workshop: Catalyzing Solar Connections. This meeting will take place October 29 – November 2, 2018, in Ghent, Belgium.

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Solar Physics Division (spd.aas.org), and be within 4 years post-PhD or no more than 1 year pre-PhD at the time of the meeting.

The criteria for selection will be scientific excellence, potential for future contribution to the field of solar physics, and relevance of the applicants work to the symposium topic.

We anticipate funding multiple Metcalf Lecturers via grants for travel and local expenses, along with a registration waiver. The successful candidates will give invited talks and be profiled in the meeting program and introduced as Metcalf Lecturers. After the meeting, the lecturers must provide the SPD Metcalf committee with a one-page summary of their work suitable for public distribution on the Metcalf Award web site (spd.aas.org/prizes/metcalf).

Please send applications consisting of a cover letter, abstract for a talk, a short CV, and name and email address of one reference whom we may contact. Please send these materials to william dot d dot pesnell at nasa dot gov, no later than August 3, 2018.

Further information about the meeting can be found at register-as.oma.be/sdo2018/


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