The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2019 Number 2
Aimee Norton, editor
15 January 2019

Chair's Chat

2019 SPD Hale and Harvey Prize winners
Holly Gilbert
13 Jan 2019
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2019 SPD Prizes.

The 2019 George Ellery Hale Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of solar astronomy is awarded to Philip H. Scherrer (Stanford University) for his pioneering work in helioseismology and space weather, his development of innovative instrumentation to study magnetic fields and flows on the solar surface and interior, his leadership in bringing these instruments to fruition, and his dedication to serving a broad community with excellent data.

The 2019 Karen Harvey Prize for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Anthony Yeates (Durham University), for his outstanding contributions to the development of magnetic field evolution models, which have advanced our understanding of how the Sun’s magnetic fields originate, evolve, and govern the dynamics of the solar corona.

The prizewinners will give scheduled Prize Lectures, and receive their physical prize certificates, at the upcoming joint AAS/SPD meeting in St. Louis, Missouri (June 9 – 13). Please join us in congratulating Phil and Anthony on this well-deserved recognition.

I would like to thank Chair Haimin Wang, and the rest of the SPD Prize committee, Sarah Gibson, Kathy Reeves, Frank Hill, and Terry Kucera, for their diligent work in selecting from a pool of many very worthy nominees.

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Who's News

Nancy Roman, 1925 – 2018
Aimee Norton
08 Jan 2019
Excerpt from article at The Washington Post, Dec 28 2018 by Emily Langer:

After joining the fledgling space agency in 1959, Dr. Roman became the first chief of astronomy at NASA headquarters, a role that made her one of the agency’s first female executives. She remained in that position for nearly two decades before her retirement in 1979.

Dr. Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at a hospital in Germantown, Md. She was 93.

Dr. Roman spent much of her career helping develop, fund and promote technology that would help scientists see more clearly beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

“Astronomers had been wanting to get observations from above the atmosphere for a long time. Looking through the atmosphere is somewhat like looking through a piece of old, stained glass,” Dr. Roman told Voice of America in 2011. “The glass has defects in it, so the image is blurred from that.”

NASA credited her with leading what it described as the agency’s “first successful astronomical mission,” the launch of Orbiting Solar Observatory-1 in 1962 to measure the electromagnetic radiation of the sun, among other things.

She also coordinated among scientists and engineers for the successful launch of geodetic satellites, used for measuring and mapping Earth, and several orbiting astronomical observatories that offered an early glimpse of the discoveries that might be reaped by sending observational technology beyond the veil of the atmosphere.

But she was perhaps most associated with the early legwork for the Hubble Space Telescope, the first major telescope to be sent into space for the purpose of gathering photographs of and data from the universe. Hubble is widely considered to have yielded the most significant astronomical observations since Galileo began using a telescope in the early 1600s.

The design and launch of Hubble was fraught by scientific, financial and bureaucratic difficulties that Dr. Roman worked to resolve. Lobbying for early funding for Hubble, whose price tag reached $1.5 billion, she recalled arguing that every American, for the cost of one ticket to the movies, could be assured years of scientific discoveries. 

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Roger Alan Kopp, 1940 – 2018
Aimee Norton
08 Jan 2019
Roger Alan Kopp passed away in Santa Fe on December 20, 2018. He was born on February 17, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. The younger of two boys, he spent his formative years growing up in Detroit before beginning his college education at the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy in 1961. He met and got engaged to Joyce just before finishing his undergraduate degree, married her in 1962, and continued his education at Harvard University where he earned a Doctorate degree in physics. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1968, where he worked for the High Altitude Observatory for 8 years. In 1976 he moved to Santa Fe, NM and he began work at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in the Inertial Confinement Program, developing nuclear fusion for long-term energy production. He retired from LANL in 2000, but continued working as a part-time professor of Astronomy at Fort Lewis College in Durango for several years.

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CESRA – Solar Radio Nugget
Eduard Kontar
02 Jan 2019
Simulation of Focusing Effect of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances on Meter-Decameter Solar Dynamic Spectra by A. Koval et al*
CESRA Highlights of Solar Radio Physics, aka CESRA Nuggets, are short communications written in 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,

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Boulder Space Weather Summer School (July 8 – July 19, 2019)
Stan Solomon
03 Jan 2019
Applications are open for the 2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School, which will be held July 8 – July 19 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado.  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.

*** Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 ***

The SWSS curriculum stands out for its integration of the fundamental science of the Sun-Earth system with the impacts of space weather, and has 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 pedagogical approach combines morning lectures from distinguished experts, with interactive learning labs in the afternoons that give students hands-on experience analyzing and interpreting data from spacecraft, and output from state-of-the-art 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. 

Local SWSS partners include the NCAR High Altitude Observatory, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the National Solar Observatory, and the University of Colorado.  Lecturers come from these and other leading research and educational institutions across the US, particularly Boston University, where the summer school originated. 

For further information,  and instructions on how to apply, see

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Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach: Next Talk
Gregory Fleishman
13 Jan 2019
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 and recordings of the past talks are available online at the webinar web page ( for free access.

Wed, 06-Feb-2019: Energetic particles of keV – MeV energies in the heliosphere: solar and local sources by Dr. Olga Khabarova; at 14:00 UT.

To be announced.

The Webinar uses the Cisco Webex service available at NJIT (link to connect:; meeting # 924 797 400) and is coordinated by Dr. Gregory Fleishman.

For details, see the SPW-GR web page

SCHEDULE: four-weekly
Subject to change; visit the SPW-GR web page

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Annales Geophysicae – Special Issue “Solar magnetism from interior to corona and beyond” – Second Announcement
Viktor Fedun
13 Jan 2019
Original contributions and review papers related to the Solar magnetism and MHD Wave Phenomena in the Solar Interior and Atmosphere are solicited for a special issue of Annales Geophysicae.

The special issue will address the role of the solar magnetism in the variety of dynamical plasma processes which are responsible for the energy transport from the interior of the Sun to the outer layers of the solar atmosphere. It will also include papers devoted to the Sun-driven magnetospheric dynamics.

The main focus of the special issue will be to discuss in detail the recent achievements in understanding photospheric, chromospheric and coronal dynamics, energy transport between the lower and upper layers of the solar interior and the solar atmosphere, and dynamical processes in the confined solar transients.

Special attention will be paid to the key results and goals of the current and proposed space and ground-based instruments. These topics are also aligned with the long-term goals of current and proposed space/solar missions. This paper collection will be also useful for future scientific data interpretation from forthcoming new-generation ground-based instruments, e.g. the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, USA), the European Solar Telescope (EST, Europe), new Indian facilities (MAST, upcoming 2m-NLST, Aditya-I), and more recently CHROMIS (located alongside CRISP at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope), which will be able to significantly advance scientific understanding of our solar-terrestrial environment.

The special issue has the following scientific themes:
• Magnetized solar photosphere: coupling with sub-layers, dynamical phenomena, and waves;
• Chromospheric dynamics and heating processes;
• MHD waves: observations and modelling in various magnetic structures and seismology;
• Plasma flows on diverse spatio-temporal scales;
• Instruments and their novel science aspects

Full description can be found on the Annales Geophysicae scheduled special issue website:

Guest editors:
V. Fedun (,
S. Shelyag (,
E. Scullion (,
A. K. Srivastava (,
G. Verth (

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RHESSI Science Nuggets – January 2019 and December 2018
Hugh Hudson
14 Jan 2019
No. 342, the first of 2019: “The Interesting RHESSI/SAS Archive”, by Hugh Hudson and Martin Fivian. The full mission database shows RHESSI to have been very stable geometrically.

Three Nuggets in December 2018:

No. 341, “Homologous White Light Solar Flares”, by Paolo Roman and Abouazza Elmhamdi. Homologous white-light flares, in rapid succession, and coronal null points.

No. 340, “The Flight of FOXSI-3”, by Lindsay Glesener and Noriyuki Narukage. Single-photon counting and direct focusing across hard and soft X-ray energies.

No. 339, “Stellar Flares and Starspots”, by Lauren Doyle. Stellar flares don’t spatially match their starspots.

In 2018 we had 28 Nuggets, ranging over a wide variety of HXR-themed solar research matters, and welcome more for 2019. See, listing the current series, 2008 – present, and 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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Employment Opportunities

Institute for Astronomy (IfA, Pukalani, Maui, Hawai‘i) – Solar Physics Postdoctoral Fellow" ID# 19025
Taylor Chang
14 January 2019
Institute for Astronomy. Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (Up to two (2) years in duration with possibility of extension for an additional year), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Pukalani, Maui, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Participates in several NASA-grant research projects that study the solar active region magnetic fields and their relation to solar eruptive events. Performs extrapolation modeling to understand the magnetic field evolution and the structure of magnetic flux ropes. Assists with the development of a new data-driven model of the coronal magnetic field. Pursues collaborative and independent research in solar physics. Publishes articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents results at conferences.

REQUIRES: PhD from an accredited college or university in Physics, Astronomy, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire). One to three (1-3) years of research experience in solar physics or related field, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals. Scientific background in solar physics. Proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data. Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in solar physics research related to magnetic fields measurement or numerical modeling. Experience with parallel computation and data visualization.

INQUIRIES: Dr. Xudong Sun 573-9513 (Maui).

CLOSING DATE: February 15, 2019 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s), 5) Statement of research interest, 6) List of publications. In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to RCUH via email to by the closing date. All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

RCUH's mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer — Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

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Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (formerly known as Kiepenheuer-Institute, KIS, Freiburg, Germany) – Postdoctoral Position in Observational Solar Physics
Markus Roth
14 Jan 2019
The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (formerly known as Kiepenheuer-Institute, KIS) in Freiburg, Germany, a public-law foundation and member of the Leibniz Association, conducts basic research in the field of astrophysics. The Institute coordinates the “High-resolution Solar Physics Network - SOLARNET” aimed at activities of European Institutions and Organisations and funded within the EU framework programme “Horizon 2020” and operates the German solar telescopes on the Canary Islands.

The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics is currently seeking to fill the full-time position of a post-doctoral researcher to work on the further development of the Helioseismic Large Regions Interferometric Device (HELLRIDE) operated at the Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), Tenerife, in a project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

HELLRIDE is a dual Etalon based two-dimensional spectrograph combined with a fast pre-filter exchange system to allow sequential fast scanning through multiple solar absorption lines. This instrument serves as proto-type for a post-focus instrument of the planned Solar Physics Research Integrated Network Group (SPRING).

The main tasks connected with the position are to contribute to the study of fast events in the solar atmosphere with HELLRIDE by the further optical development of this instrument. This includes to incorporate polarimetric capabilities and to facilitate full-disk observations in preparation of SPRING.
The observational data will be interpreted in collaboration with project partners in Graz, Austria.

Applicants should have experience in observational solar physics applicable to further developing post-focus instrumentation. Additional desirable skills include the familiarity with the setup and operation of Fabry–Perot interferometers in combination with polarimeters and the reduction and scientific analysis of respective observational data.

The contract is expected to start in early 2019 with a duration of three years. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Solar Physics, Space Physics, Physics, Astronomy, or appropriate similar fields. They should have demonstrated ability to pursue independent research and work as a member of a team, as well as a strong record of publication and presentation.

We offer:
- attractive employment conditions in the varied and demanding working environment of an internationally renowned research institute
- support for the reconciliation of work and family life, e.g. by contributing to childcare expenses and flexible working hours
- a large range of training programmes.

Employment and remuneration will be based on the TV-L collective agreement. Full-time positions may be shared in principle, provided that there are no institutional or legal impediments to doing so.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Severely disabled candidates, who are equally competent and qualified, will be given priority.

Interested candidates should send their electronic application documents as a single PDF document (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of previous and envisioned work, copies of university certificates, and a list of three potential referees) to with the keyword “HELLRIDE Post-Doc” in the email subject.

The screening of applications will start on February 1, 2019 until the position is filled.

For any queries in connection with this vacancy, please contact:
Markus Roth
Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS)
Schöneckstr. 6
79104 Freiburg
Ph.: (++49-761) 3198-228

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Meeting Announcements

Solar Physics Summer School (Raman Science Centre, Leh, India: 10–16 June 2019)
Dipankar Banerjee
02 Jan 2019
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is going to host a one week long international school in solar physics to introduce and train the PhD students.  The summer school will focus on the physics of the Sun and Sun–Earth connection. The School’s programme will consist of a set of specialised lectures in advanced topics in solar physics, as well as hands-on and transferrable skills sessions in solar data analysis.

Approximately 35 students will be selected through a competitive process and online application system. The school will lasts for six days, and each participant will be provided with local hospitality and some travel support.

The students will be selected from following categories:

  1. PhD student in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellow.
  2. Majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, with some experience with solar physics.
The following topics will be covered: Deadline for online application: 10 February, 2019

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Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2019 – Session ST04: Particle Acceleration and Transport at the Sun and in the Heliosphere
Linghua Wang
07 Jan 2019
ST04: “Particle Acceleration and Transport at the Sun and in the Heliosphere”
AOGS meeting, Singapore, 28 Jul – 2 Aug 2019 (
Abstract submission deadline:  Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

Description:  Energetic particles are an important topic of space plasma physics, encompassing solar physics, interplanetary physics and heliospheric physics. However, many details still remain unknown. Particle acceleration processes include magnetic reconnection, wave–particle interaction, collisionless shock wave, etc., and particle transport processes include adiabatic motion, parallel and perpendicular diffusions, random walk of magnetic field lines, wave-particle interaction, etc.

This session invites contributions that discuss space-borne (including Parker Solar Probe, Wind, ACE, STEREO, MMS, etc.) and ground-based observations, and theory/modeling of the processes of energetic particle acceleration and transport at the Sun and in the heliosphere.

Conveners: Linghua Wang, Gang Li, and Kyoko Watanabe

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Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2019 – Session ST05: From the Heliosphere to Interstellar Exploration
Linghua Wang
07 Jan 2019
ST05: “From the Heliosphere to Interstellar Exploration”
AOGS meeting, Singapore, 28 Jul – 2 Aug 2019 (
Abstract submission deadline:  Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

Description:  Exploration of the heliosphere and the outer reaches of our solar system by the Voyagers and New Horizons, and near-Earth remote sensing of the Kuiper Belt and exoplanetary systems have all profoundly changed our view of our space in the universe. An Interstellar Probe escaping beyond the solar-system boundaries with new observational techniques would be crucial to enable the new understanding and discoveries of the global heliosphere,  the interstellar medium, the Kuiper Belt, the circumsolar dust disk, and the evolution of our solar system.

This session invites contributions on the groundbreaking science of interstellar probe exploration,  instrumentation for relevant in-situ and remote measurements, and the relevant mission and spacecraft concepts.

Conveners: Linghua Wang,  George Ho, Zhuoxi Huo

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Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2019 – Session ST15: MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling – Second Announcement
Viktor Fedun
13 Jan 2019
We would like to draw your attention to the ST15 session: ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference.
The 16th Annual AOGS will take place in Singapore, 28 July – 02 August 2019. Further details regarding abstract submission, registration, accommodation and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website:

Important! Abstract submission deadline is 12 February 2019.

ST15 ‘MHD Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere: Identification and Modelling’

Dr Viktor Fedun (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
Dr Wernher Brevis (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile),
Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University, Australia),
Dr Marco Stangalini (INAF-OAR National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy),
Dr Gary Verth (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),

Session Description
Space-based and ground solar observations have detected a variety of plasma waves, oscillations, and instabilities (e.g., fast/slow/EUV waves, global kink and sausage mode oscillations, Alfven waves) propagating in the magnetised plasma structures on the Sun. These magnetic configurations are observed across a wide range of spatio–temporal scales (e.g., small scale flux ropes in the surface-granulation pattern, spicules, solar prominences, coronal loops). Over the last years, due to both technical advancements and improved inversion techniques, spectropolarimetry has become an import tool for the investigation of the plasma-magnetic field interaction in the solar atmosphere, providing new diagnostics useful for the study and identification of MHD waves and modes in different magnetic concentrations, down to the present resolution limit of solar telescopes (100 – 150 km). However, forthcoming and recently launched next generation of solar observational facilities e.g. The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and European Solar Telescope (EST), COronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO), Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe, thanks to their unmatched spatial resolution and spectropolarimetric sensitivity and accuracy, will further advance our possibilities, by providing an unprecedented view of the mechanisms of excitation and dissipation of MHD waves in the solar atmosphere. Development of mathematical models (analytical and numerical) and data analysis techniques of observable solar plasma structures can help us fully utilize their diagnostic capabilities and better understand the role of various plasma processes in energy transport across different layers of the solar atmosphere. The proposed session will provide us an excellent platform to bring together world-leading experts in solar observational analysis and numerical analytical / modelling, in order to exploit different approaches in the investigation of plasma processes in the solar atmosphere.

With our Best Regards,
Viktor Fedun, Wernher Brevis, Sergiy Shelyag, Marco Stangalini and Gary Verth

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FReSWeD 2019: Towards Future Research on Space Weather Drivers (July 2–7, 2019; San Juan, Argentina) – Reminder and Deadline Extension
Hebe Cremades
14 January 2019
We would like to remind you that the deadline for requesting partial financial support is set for 18 January 2019 and approaching fast. In addition, we would like to announce that the deadline for early bird-registration has been extended to 31 January. Please note that if you plan to participate in the eclipse excursion, it is required that you register during the early-bird dates and pay the registration fees to secure your place and those of your accompanying persons for transportation to observe the eclipse.

Abstract submission deadline is 22 March 2019.

Early-bird registration and abstract submission can be found at:

Partial financial support can be requested at:

Please verify your registration status at You can check important dates at: If you have any questions/concerns, please contact us at

Best regards,

Cristina Mandrini, Hebe Cremades, and  Carlos Francile,
On behalf of FReSWeD SOC and LOC

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