Issue 61, October 25, 2014

Table of Contents
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1. Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS)

2. Search of a New Editor in Chief for AGU Radio Science Journal

3. MEETING: Cosmic Ray Anisotropies Workshop
January 26-30, 2015, Physk Zentrum Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef, Germany

4. MEETING: ISEA-14: Second Announcement
October 19-23, 2015, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

5. C/NOFS Results and Equatorial Ionospheric Dynamics –
Special Issue Now Available

6. Monday Science Telecon, October 27

7. JOB OPENING: Research Geophysicist Position, USGS Geomagnetism Program

8. Postdoctoral Associate Geoinformatics / Astroinformatics at
Haystack Observatory

9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Associate Computer Science at
Haystack Observatory
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1. Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS)
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From: Jim Klimchuk <James.A.Klimchuk at nasa.gov>

Mark your calendars for the Triennial Earth-Sun Summit next April. Think of
TESS as an improved version of the old Spring AGU meetings. It’s just us
(the SPA community), so no getting lost in the crowd, and it places greater
emphasis on inter-disciplinary interactions, both in the formal science
sessions and the informal social events. Check out the website
athttp://aas.org/meetings/tess2015, where you will find the following
meeting description.

The Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS) is a joint meeting of the Space
Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union and the Solar
Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The inaugural meeting
will take place 26 April-1 May, 2015 in Indianapolis. TESS is intended to be
a gathering of the entire Heliophysics community, including the four
traditional sub-disciplines devoted to studies of the Sun, heliosphere,
magnetosphere, and ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere. The overarching goal
is to promote greater interaction and unity within this community. The
meeting site has been selected to provide an excellent environment for this
to occur, and the scientific and social programs are being designed with
this goal in mind. In particular, the scientific program will include
plenary talks covering each of the sub-disciplines, as well as inter-
disciplinary and discipline-specific sessions with invited and contributed
talks and posters. Some sessions will be led by organizers selected by the
Scientific Organizing Committee (“AGU style”), while others will be created
by the SOC after the abstracts have been submitted (“SPD style”). Further
information can be found at http://aas.org/meetings/tess2015 or by
contacting Co-Chairs Jim Klimchuk (James.A.Klimchuk@nasa.gov) and Dana
Longcope (dana@physics.montana.edu). We invite you to join us for this
exciting inaugural event!

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2. Search of a New Editor in Chief for AGU Radio Science Journal
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From: Judith Lean <judith.lean at nrl.navy.mil>

AGU is in the process of searching for a new Editor in Chief for the Radio
Science Journal, to succeed Dr. Paul Cannon who is stepping down after five
years. Information about the search is posted on the AGU web site at
http://publications.agu.org/files/2014/10/EiC-ad-RS.pdf and
http://publications.agu.org/journals/editors/editor-search/. Interested
scientists are asked to submit a Letter of Interest and their CV, the
deadline for which is tentatively 31st October, although this may be extended
as needed until a suitable candidate is found.

The venerable Radio Science Journal is unique among AGU Journals in that it
covers a much broader range of topics than just those directly connected
with AGU’s ionospheric propagation and plasma disciplines. The International
Union for Radio Science (URSI, http://www.ursi.org/en/home.asp) cosponsors
the Journal, which is the preeminent, interdisciplinary publication for the
broad field of radio science research.

AGU hopes to select a new Editor in Chief by the end of this year, 2014.
This individual will then have the responsibility of selecting additional
Editors and Associate Editors as needed, to guide Radio Science into the
future, in collaboration with URSI.

If this is something that may interest you, please consider submitting a
Letter of Interest and your CV to AGU at pubmatters@agu.org. Please also
consider identifying and encouraging colleagues whom you think might be
suitable.

Thank you,
Judith Lean
Chair, AGU Radio Science Editor in Chief Search Committee

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3. MEETING: Cosmic Ray Anisotropies Workshop
January 26-30, 2015, Physk Zentrum Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef, Germany
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From: Klaus Scherer <kls at tp4.rub.de>

Website: http://helio_cr.tp4.rub.de/CRA-2015/home.php

Note: The meeting is limited to 80 participants.

The interdisciplinary workshop will give a synoptic overview of the
cosmic ray anisotropy observations by the large area telescopes as
IceCube, Milagro, the Tibet airshower array among others, and those
observed by spacecraft especially by the Voyager and Pamela spacecraft
and the AMS instrument, as well as the theory and modeling efforts
including that of the large scale heliosphere. The anisotropies in the
cosmic ray flux appear from the high energy range (TeV) to low energy
range (keV to MeV) that is in the propagation of galactic cosmic rays
to the propagation of solar energetic particles as well as that of
Jovian electrons. Recent Voyager observations also suggest that the
low energy flux at the heliopause is anisotropic.

To describe the anisotropic transport a couple of models are discussed
in literature. In the inner heliosphere focused transport theories
are used, which are solved numerically with the help of the equivalent
stochastic differential equations. In the heliotail, for the high
energy, the gyroradius is of the order of the cylindrical diameter of
the tail and thus one has to use the full orbit theory.

In addition all the transport models need as input the state of the
local plasma environment. The latter is provided by large scale
magnetohydrodynamic models.

Finally, the transport of cosmic rays depends on the diffusion
tensor, which is affected by the local magnetic field fluctuations and
its turbulence. The acceleration or deceleration depends on the local
structure of the shock fronts.

The positron anisotropy observed by Pamela spacecraft and the AMS
instrument onboard of the ISS are another aspect of anomalies in the
cosmic ray spectra, and some aspects shall be discussed with the
emphasis on anisotropic distribution functions.

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4. MEETING: ISEA-14: Second Announcement
October 19-23, 2015, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
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From: Endawoke Yizengaw <Kassie at bc.edu>

The 14th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy will be held in
Africa for the first time in more than four decades, from October 19-23,
2015 at Bahir Dar University, in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Bahir Dar city, one of
the tourist destinations in the country, is about 560 km from the capital
Addis Ababa. There are at least two flights per day to Bahir Dar from Addis
Ababa. Addis Ababa, the capital of the African Union, is one of the most
easily accessible African cities. There are many flights to Addis Ababa by
major carriers, including direct flights from Washington DC and many
European major cities. Information about ISEA-14 can be found at
http://www.bdu.edu.et/isea14/

Information about ISEA meeting:
The ISEA is organized approximately every three to four years and is a major
event in the field of Aeronomy. It serves as a forum for scientistsaround
the world to report and discuss their recent research outputs,
results and progress related to the physics of the thermosphere andionospher
e at equatorial, low- and mid-latitudes.
The ISEA 14 programincludes six scientific sessions (shown
below) with oral and poster portions that will be
distributed over four and a half conference days. A more detailed
session descriptions, including conveners, is available on the ISEA-14
website indicated above.
S1: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere coupling impact at low and mid latitude
S2: Longitudinal dependence of equatorial electrodynamics and storm-enhanced
density
S3: Ionospheric irregularities and scintillations
S4: New results from recently deployed instrumentation
S5: Equatorial aeronomy related to atmosphere-ionosphere coupling
S6: Future opportunities using upcoming new mission and planned ground-based
instrumentation

Confirmed list of invited speakers
1.  Loren Chang
2.  Anthea Coster
3.  Larisa Goncharenko
4.  Keith Groves
5.  S. Gurubaran
6.  Brian Harding
7.  Thomas Immel
8.  Huixin Liu
9.  Carlos Martinis
10. Amit Patra
11. Babatunde Rabiu
12. Akinori Saito
13. Claudia Stolle
14. Yusuke Yamazaki

We are expecting between 150 and 200 participants at ISEA 14 meeting, and
if youplan to attend the meeting, please bookmark the ISEA 14 pagehttp://www
.bdu.edu.et/isea14/ and take action now.

Sincerely,
The ISEA-14 International Organizing Committee
Endawoke Yizengaw (Boston College, USA; Kassie@bc.edu)
Jonathan Makela (University of Illinois, USA;jmakela@illinois.edu)
Jorge L. Chau (IAP, Germany; chau@iap-kborn.de)
Philip Erickson (MIT Haystack Observatory, USA; pje@haystack.mit.edu)
Kazuo Shiokawa (Nagoya University, Japan;shiokawa@stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp)
Duggirala Pallamraju (Physical Research Laboratory, India; raju@prl.res.in)
Claudia Stolle (GFZ Potsdam, Germany; cstolle@gfz-potsdam.de)
Anja Stromme (SRI, USA/Norway; Anja.Stromme@sri.com)
Marco Milla (JRO, Peru; marco.milla@jro.igp.gob.pe)

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5. C/NOFS Results and Equatorial Ionospheric Dynamics –
Special Issue Now Available
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From: Jeff Klenzing <jeffrey.klenzing at nasa.gov>

“C/NOFS Results and Equatorial Ionospheric Dynamics,” a special issue of
Annales Geophyiscae, is now complete and available online at
http://www.ann-geophys.net/special_issue282.html

The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite
was launched into orbit in April 2008 as part of an ongoing effort to
understand and identify plasma irregularities that adversely impact the
propagation of radio waves in the upper atmosphere. Combined with recent
improvements in radar, airglow, and ground-based studies, as well as state-
of-the-art modeling techniques, the C/NOFS mission has led to new insights
into equatorial ionospheric electrodynamics.

In order to document these advances, the C/NOFS Results and Equatorial
Dynamics Technical Interchange Meeting was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico
from 12 to 14 March 2013. The meeting was a great success with 55 talks and
22 posters, and covered topics including the numerical simulations of plasma
irregularities, the effects of atmospheric tides, stratospheric phenomena,
and magnetic storms on the upper atmosphere, causes and predictions of
scintillation-causing ionospheric irregularities, current and future
instrumentation efforts in the equatorial region.  The special issue was
planned as a follow-up to the meeting.

Guest Editors:
J. Klenzing (NASA/GSFC)
O. de La Beaujardière (AFRL)
L. C. Gentile (AFRL)
J. Retterer (BC)
F. S. Rodrigues (UTD)
R. A. Stoneback (UTD)

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6. Monday Science Telecon, October 27
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From: David Sibeck <david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov>

At 12:00 noon EDST on Monday (October 27), we plan to hold the next in our
ongoing series of regular science telecoms. The speaker this Monday
will be Jesper Gjerloev from JHUAPL. The topic will be “The SuperMAG
Project”.

The telecom will be broadcast via webex. If you would like to join, please
go to http://uclaigpp.webex.com/, click on the THEMIS SWG meeting, enter
your name and contact information, and then the meeting password, which
is Substorm1!

To hear the audio, do not dial the number that pops up on the webex
website. Instead, please dial the following toll free (in the United
States) number:

1-844-467-6272
with passcode 901533

Please note that this is a new telephone number and password.

Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking. This
telecom is brought to you by the THEMIS mission.

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7. JOB OPENING: Research Geophysicist Position, USGS Geomagnetism Program
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From: Jeffrey Love <jlove at usgs.gov>

The USGS Geomagnetism Program (geomag.usgs.gov) invites applications from
the communities of geomagnetism, magnetotellurics, and space physics, for
permanent full-time research geophysicist (GS-1313-12, $74,587-$96,960/year
+ benefits).

Duties will include (1) conducting scientific research in geomagnetism and
space physics as it relates to the solid earth, ionosphere, and/or
magnetosphere, (2) analysis of geomagnetic variability as recorded by
ground-based magnetic observatories, (3) studies of geomagnetic and space-
weather hazards, and development of real-time web-based tools for display
and analysis of conditions that document and describe these hazards.

The duty station is Golden, Colorado.

Applications will be accepted from Oct 27, 2014 – Nov 10, 2014.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Current or former Federal employees should apply to vacancy announcement
PAC-2015-0018 on USAJOBS.

Applicants from the general public should apply to vacancy announcement PAC-
2015-0019 on USAJOBS.

Questions can be directed to Jeffrey J. Love (jlove@usgs.gov, 303-273-8540)
or Carol A. Finn (cafinn@usgs.gov, 303-273-8475).

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8. Postdoctoral Associate Geoinformatics / Astroinformatics at
Haystack Observatory
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From: Terrill Gadde <tgadde at haystack.mit.edu>

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Haystack Observatory is expanding
its Computer-Aided Discovery efforts to provide scalable machine assistance
for Big Data in geoscience and astronomy. As data volumes from ground-based
and space-based instrument networks are growing beyond Petabytes, smart
computational approaches are required for data collection and analysis.
Scientific libraries and toolsets need to leverage parallel computing on
multicore processors, clusters, and clouds in order to manage and analyze
such vast amounts of data.

Postdoctoral Opportunity. MIT Haystack is a world leader in a variety of
fields including radio science, Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI),
and novel software-based instrumentation for geoscience, astronomy, and
atmospheric science. Scientific studies include space weather and
ionospheric monitoring using mobile phones, Very Long Baseline
Interferometry observations for studies of the solid Earth, ultra-high
resolution imaging of super massive black holes, low frequency imaging of
the Sun, and detection of remnant radio signals from the early Universe. We
invite applications for a postdoctoral opportunity to strengthen research in
the Geoinformatics / Astroinformatics group at MIT Haystack. Consideration
will be given to individuals who offer a strong grounding in areas such as
Geoscience, Astronomy, or Computer Science. The successful applicant will be
expected to play a major role in the Computer-Aided Discovery program and
collaborate and contribute to the research and technical development of
Computer-Aided Discovery systems. The research center provides a stimulating
work environment on a 1300-acre radio science campus in Westford,
Massachusetts. The salary is competitive and appointments will initially be
for two years, with secure funding for a possible extension to a third year.

Qualifications/Requirements: Recent Ph.D. in Geoscience, Astronomy, Computer
Science, or related fields. Preferred areas of expertise include
Geoinformatics, Astroinformatics, parallel / high-performance computing,
algorithm development, machine learning, software engineering. Our
interdisciplinary team also welcomes applications from other Postdocs who
have a strong interest in any of the above areas, and who are interested to
develop new areas of science and solve complex problems. Demonstrated
ability to effectively communicate research results in the form of peer-
reviewed research journals articles and oral presentations is a must. Must
display outstanding scientific research ability, excellent communication
skills, and the willingness to work with a team. In addition to applying
online, http://jobs.mit.edu, please send a brief summary of research
interests, a CV that includes a list of publications, and the contact
information for three references to job@haystack.mit.edu with subject
“Application Computer-Aided Discovery/Pankratius”.

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9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Associate Computer Science at
Haystack Observatory
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From: Terrill Gadde <tgadde at haystack.mit.edu>

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Haystack Observatory is expanding
its Computer-Aided Discovery efforts to provide scalable machine assistance
for Big Data in geoscience and astronomy. As data volumes from ground-based
and space-based instrument networks are growing beyond Petabytes, smart
computational approaches are required for data collection and analysis.
Scientific libraries and toolsets need to leverage parallel computing on
multicore processors, clusters, and clouds in order to manage and analyze
such vast amounts of data.

Postdoctoral Opportunity. The Computer-Aided Discovery program represents an
excellent opportunity for Computer Scientists to develop new directions of
Big Data science and strengthen the Astroinformatics / Geoinformatics group.
As a leader in astronomy, geoscience, and atmospheric science
instrumentation, MIT Haystack provides a fruitful ground for novel Computer
Science research. The selected candidates will have an opportunity to tackle
new problems and work with experts in interdisciplinary teams. Studies at
Haystack include for example space weather and ionospheric monitoring using
mobile phones, Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations for studies of
the solid Earth, ultra-high resolution imaging of super massive black holes,
low frequency imaging of the Sun, and detection of remnant radio signals
from the early Universe. The successful applicant will be expected to play a
major role in the Computer-Aided Discovery program and contribute to the
research and technical development of Computer-Aided Discovery systems. The
research center provides a stimulating work environment on a 1300-acre radio
science campus in Westford, Massachusetts. The salary is competitive and
appointments will initially be for two years, with secure funding for a
possible extension to a third year.

Qualifications/Requirements: Recent Ph.D. in Computer Science or related
fields. Consideration will be given to individuals who offer a strong
grounding in areas such as machine learning, algorithm development,
statistics, imaging, simulation, numerical methods, parallel computing, or
software engineering. Our interdisciplinary team also welcomes applications
from other Postdocs who have a strong interest in any of the above areas,
and who are interested to develop new areas of science and solve complex
problems. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research results
in the form of peer-reviewed research journals articles and oral
presentations is a must. Must display outstanding scientific research
ability, excellent communication skills, and the willingness to work with a
team. In addition to applying online, http://jobs.mit.edu, please send a
brief summary of research interests, a CV that includes a list of
publications, and the contact information for three references to
job@haystack.mit.edu with subject “Application Computer-Aided
Discovery/Pankratius”.

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