The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2017 Number 8
Aimee Norton, editor
15 April 2017

UK STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics – Second Announcement
Richard Morton
03 Apr 2017

We are pleased to announce that the registration is opened for this year STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics, which will take place from 10 – 15 September 2017 at the Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The course is aimed at 1st year PhD students but open to students of any year. There are some fully-funded places available for STFC-funded PhD students including a hotel room and catering, available on a first-come first-serve basis. Non-STFC students and PDRAs are welcome to attend but will have to pay a registration fee for the whole meeting or for a day they plan to attend.

Aside from the taught programme, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising with other students and lecturers with an ice breaker event, reception at Northumbria University and conference dinner, plus an excursion to the historical Tynemouth Priory, located on one of Northumberland’s glorious beaches.

For more details please see The deadline for registration is 30 June 2017, however, the fully funded places will be gone much earlier.

We ask kindly the supervisors of STFC-funded and other PhD students to highlight this opportunity to their students.

Best wishes,


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IRIS Science Planners – 3rd ESA AO
Bernhard Fleck
03 Apr 2017

ESA solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in ESA Member States, under the form of Science Planners.

The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and a Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science can be found at

Proposals shall be submitted electronically in PDF format at the above web site and must be received not later than 5 May 2017, 12:00 (noon) CEST.

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Solar Physics Division – Popular Writing Awards
Monica Bobra
12 Apr 2017

The Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society solicits nominations for the Popular Writing Award, which is awarded annually to authors of popular articles about the Sun or the effects of the Sun on the Earth’s environment. One award is given for an article written by a scientist; another award is given for an article written by a journalist.

Nominations will be accepted until April 21, 2017.

The Popular Writing Award committee will judge articles based on the following criteria: relevance, educational value, accuracy, clarity, and impact. The article must be written in English and published in a North American newspaper, magazine, or popular science journal or equivalent electronic publication during 2016. Books are not eligible. Any living scientist or journalist is eligible to receive the award.

The cash amount of each award is $500. Awards will be accompanied by a certificate.

Please send the following information to submit a nomination: the title and author(s) of the article, the name and date of the publication, and the category (scientist or journalist). Self-nominations are welcome. Please submit nominations to Monica Bobra at mbobra [at] stanford [dot] edu.

For more information, see

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European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) – Reminder: Nominations Sought for ESPD prizes
Tom Van Doorsselaere
13 Apr 2017

This is a reminder that the European Solar Physics Division will be awarding
three prizes: PhD thesis prize, Postdoc prize, Senior prize. The deadline for
submission of nominations in these three categories is the 1st of May 2017.

For the complete details and submission/evaluation process, please visit

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VSO SolarSoft Client will Require IDL 8.4 or Later – Reminder:
Joe Gurman
14 Apr 2017

Due to changes in federal government policy (“https only”), the IDL SolarSoft VSO client (vso_search and vso_get) software will require IDL 8.4 (released in early 2014) or later. We plan on making the change by 2017 May 15. If your IDL licenses are on maintenance, please upgrade to at least version 8.4 by then.

Upgrades to the SunPy VSOClient will also needed to work with https only.

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NASA – Frontier Development Lab
Mark Cheung
14 Apr 2017

NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) has announced its 2017 challenges and opened the application process for participants, with a deadline of April 19, 2017. FDL is looking for 12 planetary/heliophysics scientists and 12 computer scientists with machine-learning emphasis. Applicants must have a masters, doctorate or post-doc level of understanding in this year’s problem areas (Heliophysics, Astronomy, Exogeology, Data Science, Software Engineering or Advanced Statistics).

Hosted by the SETI Institute, FDL is an applied research accelerator established to tackle knowledge gaps in space science by bringing together machine learning expertise and physical science specialists at the PhD level. Interdisciplinary teams address tightly defined problems and the format encourages rapid iteration and prototyping to create outputs with meaningful application. The 2017 8-week program will accept 24 participants. The challenge questions for 2017 cover planetary defense, space weather and space resources.

To learn more about FDL, the 2017 challenge questions, and to apply, please visit the FDL website at

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Employment Opportunities

JAXA – International Top Young Fellow (ITYF)
Toshifumi Shimizu
09 Apr 2017

JAXA has announced that 2017 ITYF Open Recruitment has started.

1) Application Web Page:

2) Application Deadline: Not later than 17:00 PM (JST) / 8:00AM (UTC) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3) Planned selection schedule:
May 31, 2017: Application Deadline
August, 2017: Interview
Early September, 2017: otification of Interview results
April 1st, 2018: Hire date (negotiable)

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NASA/MSFC – Postoctoral position (NPP)
Laurel Rachmeler
11 Apr 2017

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Solar Physics Sounding Rocket group is seeking an NPP postdoctoral researcher to participate in multiple projects. Our ongoing projects include: CLASP2, which measures polarization of the upper chromosphere in the Mg II h&k lines to explore the magnetic field; MaGIXS, a slit X-Ray spectrometer to study hot coronal plasma in active regions; and Hi-C2, a high resolution EUV coronal imager. We will have at least three launches in the next three years, and we also have several additional proposed projects and ideas in the works. The goal of our sounding rocket program is to develop and test new instrumentation to advance our understanding of the solar atmosphere through improved remote sensing techniques. 

We are searching for a dynamic postdoc to participate in designing, building, testing and flying these instruments. The postdoc may simultaneously work various roles on multiple projects. Instrumentation experience, especially with sounding rockets, is desirable. There are also opportunities to analyze data taken during flight, though a solar physics background is not required. We work closely with domestic and international partners on all of our projects, and the candidate should expect to travel for meetings, instrument work, and launches.

This position is sponsored through the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) and is based in Huntsville, Alabama. Applications are due on July 1, 2017 and include research and education history, three letters of recommendation, and a research proposal of no more than 15 pages. Detailed application and eligibility information is available on the NPP website (

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sabrina Savage in the sounding rocket group soon to discuss suitability and project ideas prior to submitting an application.

[Note: US citizenship is not required and most foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, MSFC does not currently accept NPP applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. The Designated Countries List is available at]

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Meeting Announcements

UK NAM – Parallel Session: Latest Trends in Observing and Understanding The Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves to Small-Scale Transients
Chris Nelson
04 Apr 2017

Abstracts are invited for the NAM 2017 session ‘Latest Trends in Observing and Understanding The Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves to Small-Scale Transients’.


The Sun is a highly structured and dynamic body, exhibiting a wide range of waves, instabilities, and more transient phenomena (e.g., Ellerman bombs, swirls, spicules) which are all likely important for the transfer of energy to the chromosphere, transition region, and corona. The inference of properties (density, magnetic field) of wave-guides from models which assume small-scale perturbations against a static background has proved successful over recent years; however, if one observes the photosphere (specifically in Active Regions) using high-resolution ground-based data, one would find anything but a stable background at the foot-points of these magnetically dominated regions. How these two pictures (an unpredictable lower solar atmosphere and an upper atmosphere stable on time-scales of minutes) of the solar atmosphere couple is still unknown. This session will bring together experts from across the solar physics community to review recent advances in the field and discuss future improvements.

Further details can be found at the webpage below.

Chris Nelson, David Pascoe, Robertus Erdelyi, Gerry Doyle

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SPD 2017 – Studentships Available Meeting
Gordon Emslie
05 Apr 2017

The Solar Physics Division is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support student participation in its next annual meeting from August 21 – 26, 2017 in Portland, OR. More detailed information on how to apply for a studentship award, and on the associated obligations (e.g., presenting a paper/poster at the meeting), can be found at

Applications are due by May 5, 2017; awardees will be notified by May 12, 2017, giving time to submit an abstract to the meeting.

Please feel free to distribute this notice to any individuals who may not be on the SolarNews mailing list but who nevertheless may be interested in this opportunity.

Advisors please note: the SPD strongly encourages applications for partial support, with the remainder of the necessary funds coming from other (e.g., grant, university) sources.  Note especially the requirement (see website) that the supporting advisor letter include “an evaluation of the student’s financial requirements for attending the meeting and the extent to which partial support from other sources is available.”  Ideally, such a statement should also detail amounts for airfare, hotel, etc.  Applications that simply state “any support that can be provided will be greatly appreciated” (or similar words) are discouraged.

The SPD Student Committee (Gordon Emslie, Matthias Rempel, Lisa Upton)

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SPD 2017 – Student Poster Award
Lisa Upton
05 Apr 2017

The Solar Physics Divison of the AAS is pleased to announce the student poster award, to be made based on posters presented at the 2017 meeting. The award carries with it a cash prize of $250.

Terms for participation:

The award winner will be determined by the SPD Studentship Committee (Gordon Emslie, Matthias Rempel, Lisa Upton), based on input from an eminent set of jurists drawn from the solar physics community.

Criteria include:

The SPD looks forward to reviewing the poster research presented by both undergraduate and graduate students in our field.

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SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017
Holly Gilbert
12 Apr 2017

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.
The hotel reservation system and meeting registration is now open on the SPD website: You have to register before receiving a link via email for hotel reservations (this is to protect our block).
A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:
Standard Queen $194 + tax/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms is available at the government per diem rate: $169 + tax/night.

Bus transportation will be available from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University at a cost of $70 per person (includes food and water). The viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities. Buses will leave around 4am to account for potentially bad traffic. Bus tickets can be purchased for family members but a separate form needs to be submitted (see website).

There will also be outreach opportunities (more info forthcoming).

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Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Joint Science Meeting – Hotel Booking and Late Poster Abstract Submission Deadline is May 1!
Alfred de Wijn
13 Apr 2017

Hotel booking and late poster abstract submission closes on May 1 for the joint 11th Hinode and 8th IRIS science meeting to be held from Tuesday May 30 to Friday June 2, 2017, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Edgewater Hotel, a 5-minute walk from the conference center. The group rate of $202 for cityside or $289 for waterside rooms is available until May 1.

We have extended the abstract submission deadline for posters only to May 1.

This meeting will bring together scientists interested in connections between the solar photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and corona. More details are available at

The meeting will feature reviews by Jaro Dudik (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Luc Rouppe van der Voort (Univ. Oslo), and invited talks by Thomas R. Ayres (Univ. Colorado), Bin Chen (NJIT), Sanja Danilovic (MPS), Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez (Stockholm Univ.), Lindsay Glesener (Univ. Minnesota), Lijia Guo (LMSAL), Louise Harra (UCL), Haruhisa Iijima (Nagoya Univ.), Graham Kerr (Univ. Glasgow), Ying Li (Nanjing Univ.), Valentin Martinez Pillet (NSO), Masumi Shimojo (NAOJ), and Angelos Vourlidas (JHU / APL).

Important Dates:
May 1, 2017 – Poster Abstract deadline has been extended to May 1
May 1, 2017 – Edgewater Hotel Booking deadline
March 22–May 29 – Late Registration $600

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, morning and afternoon coffee and snacks, and the Monday evening welcome reception.

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RHESSI 16th Workshop / MinXSS 1st Workshop – Registration Open, DEADLINE is APRIL 22!
Amir Caspi
13 Apr 2017

REMINDER: the registration and abstract deadline is April 22!

Registration and abstract submission are NOW OPEN for the RHESSI 16th Workshop, co-hosted with the MinXSS 1st Workshop, to be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, USA from June 19 to 24, 2017. The workshop website,, includes registration and abstract information, as well as logistical (travel, hotels, etc.) information. Anyone with an interest in high-energy solar physics is invited to attend.

Registration and abstracts are due April 22.  The registration fee of $325 includes the entire week of the workshop.  There is no separate abstract fee. The Welcome Reception, Banquet dinner, and all morning and afternoon coffee breaks are free to registered attendees.  Companion tickets are available.

Specially-priced room blocks are available at selected Boulder hotels until May 18.

The workshop format will be a blend of plenaries at the beginning and end, with various topical working group sessions in between, covering a range of high-energy solar physics topics including acceleration and transport of electrons and ions, the solar atmospheric response to energy release (including thermal plasma), multi-wavelength observations (EUV, radio, etc.), and pertinent theory.  There will also be sessions on next steps in RHESSI imaging; the MinXSS CubeSat status and data access; new results from MinXSS-1 on flare thermal emission and quiescent soft X-ray emission; and a discussion of future instrumentation.

The final science program will be determined based on your contributed abstracts, so please submit a presentation and help guide the scientific goals of this event.

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder this summer!

Amir Caspi, on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

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SHINE 2017 – Student Financial Support Request Deadline April 21, Other Upcoming Deadlines
Noé Lugaz
14 Apr 2017

The deadline for receiving the student financial support request for participating in the 2017 SHINE workshop is fast approaching (April 21). The general deadline for abstract submission, hotel reservation and conference registration is June 23, while the deadline for early-bird registration payment is May 27.

SHINE will take place from July 24th to 28th (student day July 23rd) in Saint Sauveur, Québec, Canada at the Manoir St Sauveur ( The scientific program (17 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website ( ).

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Editor's Note

2016 SolarNews Instructions
Aimee Norton
11 November 2016

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