Issue 62, November 2, 2014

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1. SPA Banquet

2. Overview of Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey Available

3. MEETING: L5 Consortium Meeting
December 2-4, 2014, Boulder, Colorado

4. MEETING: 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR):
Water and Life in the Universe – “COSPAR 2015”
November 9-13, 2015, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

5. MEETING: 41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research
(COSPAR) and Associated Events – “COSPAR 2016”
July 30 – August 7, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

6. Availability of SEP data from Wind/EPACT/LEMT

7. RHESSI Science Nugget, No. 239

8. JOB OPENING: Ladder Faculty Search in Atmospheric Dynamics at UCLA

9. JOB OPENING: Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Uppsala University,
Specialization in Physics of Planetary Systems

10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellows in Space Physics/Atmospheric
Electricity at University of Bergen/Birkeland Centre for Space Science
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1. SPA Banquet
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From: James Klimchuk <James.A.Klimchuk at nasa.gov>

Don’t forget to purchase your ticket for the SPA banquet, which will held
on Tuesday, Dec. 16 starting at 7:30 pm, right after Agency Night at the
Fall AGU meeting. In addition to enjoying cocktails and excellent Chinese
cuisine, we will honor our SPA award winners and have some fun with part 2
of the SPA trivia contest. Last year’s contest ended in a tie
(http://sites.agu.org/spa/files/2014/03/SPATriviaContest2013.pdf), and we
need to settle the winner! The Fours Seas restaurant has closed its doors,
so we have a new venue:  the Empress of China rooftop restaurant at 838
Grant Ave., just across the street. The pre-registration deadline is Nov.
14.

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2. Overview of Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey Available
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From: Art Charo <ACharo at nas.edu>

In 2010, NASA and the National Science Foundation asked the National
Research Council (NRC) to assemble a committee of experts to develop an
integrated national strategy that would guide agency investments in solar
and space physics (heliophysics) for the years 2013-2022.  That strategy,
the result of nearly 2 years of effort by a “decadal survey” committee
working with more than 100 scientists and engineers on 8 supporting study
panels and working groups, is presented in the 466-page 2013
publication, Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society
(http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13060).  A free 32-page oversized
(10 inch x 10 inch) heavily illustrated overview of this report, written for
a broader audience including policymakers, students, and the interested
public, is now available for distribution.  To request hard-copies, please
send an e-mail to the Space Studies Board at ssb@nas.edu (for large quantity
orders, be sure to include an address that accepts UPS/FedEx packages and
include a telephone contact).  Hard-copies will also be available at the
Space Studies Board booth during this fall’s AGU meeting.  To download a
free PDF or to read the booklet online, please go to
<http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18974>.

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3. MEETING: L5 Consortium Meeting
December 2-4, 2014, Boulder, Colorado
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From: Nat Gopalswamy <nat.gopalswamy at nasa.gov>

The first L5 consortium meeting was held in Sac Peak, New Mexico in
April 2010 to discuss L5 missions, especially the Earth-Affecting Solar
Causes Observatory (EASCO) mission concept. The EASCO mission was
studied at NASA/GSFC as a 10-instrument mission as an enhanced
combination of SOHO and STEREO instruments. Since then there have been
several developments in instrument and mission concepts in the US and
elsewhere. We also have Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus underway, so
we need to think beyond these missions to address open questions in
heliophysics using future missions from L5 and L4.

The SOHO and STEREO spacecraft were close to quadrature from the
beginning of 2010 to the beginning of 2012, and demonstrated the
importance of observations from off the Sun-Earth line. In particular,
STEREO-behind and STEREO ahead were in the vicinity of Sun-Earth L5 and
L4 respectively. Locating a mission at Sun-Earth L5 has several key
benefits for solar physics and space weather, including: (1) off the
Sun-Earth line view is critical in observing Earth-arriving parts of
CMEs without the Thomson surface problem, (2) L5 coronagraphic
observations can provide near-Sun true speed of CMEs, which is an
important input to models that forecast Earth-arrival time of CMEs, (3)
backside and frontside CMEs can be readily distinguished even without
inner coronal imagers, (4) preceding CMEs in the path of Earth-affecting
CMEs can be identified for a better estimate of the travel time, (5)
CIRs reach the L5 point a few days before they arrive at Earth, and
hence provide significant lead time before CIR arrival, (6) L5
observations can provide advance knowledge of CME and CIR source regions
(coronal holes) rotating to Earth view, and (7) magnetograms obtained
from L5 can improve the surface magnetic field distribution used as
input to MHD models that predict the background solar wind.

The second L5 consortium meeting will take place in the Laboratory for
Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder
during December 2-4, 2014 to discuss the current efforts and pathways
towards an L5 mission or missions.

Interested scientists are requested to register at the web site
http://cdaw.gsfc.nasa.gov/meetings/2014_L5C/ before Nov 15, 2014. The
total number of participants will be limited to about 50. Please visit
the web site for details or contact Nat Gopalswamy (nat.gopalswamy [at]
nasa.gov, Curt de Koning (Curt.A.deKoning [at] noaa.gov), or Xinlin Li
(Xinlin.Li [at]colorado.edu).

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4. MEETING: 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR):
Water and Life in the Universe – “COSPAR 2015”
November 9-13, 2015, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
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From: Aaron Janofsky <aaron.janofsky at cosparhq.cnes.fr>

Contact:
COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr
http://cosparbrazil2015.org/

Scientific Program Chair:
Dr. Othon Winter, UNESP – São Paulo State University

Abstract Deadline:
31 May 2015

Topics:
– Space astronomy missions to detect ingredients for life and exoplanets in
the universe: status of current and future approved missions and new
proposals
– Water and life in the universe and on Earth: impact on human consciousness
and societies
– Satellite and probe missions for water remote sensing on Earth, planets,
and other celestial bodies
– Water and Life in the Solar System
– Water from chemical, biological, and physical perspectives
– Role of water from the ground to the upper atmosphere
– Astrobiology: habitability, synthesis of organics in ice, and prebiotic
chemistry in liquid water
– Water, organics and life support for human exploration in low Earth orbit,
the Moon and beyond
– Interdisciplinary lectures, keynote talks, public lectures

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in
Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all
submissions in relevant fields.

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5. MEETING: 41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research
(COSPAR) and Associated Events – “COSPAR 2016”
July 30 – August 7, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey
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From: Aaron Janofsky <aaron.janofsky at cosparhq.cnes.fr>

Contact:
COSPAR Secretariat, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr
http://www.cospar-assembly.org

Scientific Program Chair:
Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University

Abstract Deadline:
Mid-February 2016

Topics:
Approximately 125 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific
Commissions (SC) and Panels:
– SC A:  The Earth’s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
– SC B:  The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar
System
– SC C:  The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference
Atmospheres
– SC D:  Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary
Magnetospheres
– SC E:  Research in Astrophysics from Space
– SC F:  Life Sciences as Related to Space
– SC G:  Materials Sciences in Space
– SC H:  Fundamental Physics in Space
– Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
– Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
– Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space
(PEDAS)
– Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
– Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
– Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
– Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
– Panel on Education (PE)
– Panel on Exploration (PEX)
– Panel on Exoplanetary Exploration (PEPE)
– Special events:  interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life Sciences in
Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines open to all
submissions in relevant fields.

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6. Availability of SEP data from Wind/EPACT/LEMT
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From: Allan Tylka <allan.j.tylka at nasa.gov>

Hourly-averaged omnidirectional particles fluxes from Wind/EPACT/LEMT (von
Rosenvinge et al., Space Science Reviews 71: 155-206, 1995 ) are available
from OMNIWeb and SPDF.  The data (provided by Don Reames) cover the entire
mission from 3 November 1994 – 6 September 2014 and will be updated
periodically.  The data include He, C, O, Ne, Si, and Fe in seven energy
bins (six for Ne) from ~2-10 MeV/nucleon.  The OMNIWeb Plus browser can be
used to generate time-intensity profiles and correlation plots.  In
addition, NASA’s Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO) provides the
“Multi-Source Spectra Plot (MSSP)” interface that allows easy comparison of
LEMT ion spectra with simultaneous measurements from ACE (ULEIS, EPAM, and
SIS) and  STEREO (SIT and LET).  Locations of the  LEMT data can be found in
the Heliophysics Data Portal using the text restriction “LEMT”.  Here are
the relevant web addresses:

Omniweb Plus:
http://omniweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/ftpbrowser/wind_epact_flux_all_hr.html

VEPO/MSSP:
http://vepo.gsfc.nasa.gov/Multi_source_spectra.html

Heliophysics Data Portal:
http://heliophysicsdata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/websearch/dispatcher

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7. RHESSI Science Nugget, No. 239
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From: Hugh Hudson <hhudson at ssl.berkeley.edu>

“A Record-Setting CMEless Flare,” by Sam Freeland and Greg Slater. Active
region 2192 has produced many major flares, but none with CMEs yet.

See
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

http://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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8. JOB OPENING: Ladder Faculty Search in Atmospheric Dynamics at UCLA
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From: Samantha Miller <smiller at atmos.ucla.edu>

The UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) seeks
candidates for up to two ladder faculty positions in the broad area of
Atmospheric Dynamics. The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate the
potential to conduct exceptional research and an excellence in teaching. In
addition, s/he will show a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of
the department’s faculty members, graduate student population, and majors
within the field. The appointments can be made at any level of seniority.

Candidates with research interests within atmospheric dynamics at any scale,
including observational methods and analysis, modeling and theory, are
invited to apply. The UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences is
a vibrant and collaborative department whose faculty in atmospheric and
ocean dynamics have long-standing strengths in the theory and modeling of
large-scale circulations, moist convective processes, the general
circulation, climate dynamics and the application of modern applied
mathematics to problems in atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D (or equivalent) degree at the time
of appointment and will be expected to lead or develop a first rate program
of research in Atmospheric Dynamics. He or she will be expected to
contribute to the teaching mission of the AOS department, at both the
graduate and undergraduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with
education and experience. The target start date is on or after July 1, 2015.

Please submit your online application to the Search Committee for faculty
positions in Atmospheric Dynamics at
https:recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00519. Please include: ; (1) curriculum
vitae; (2) Cover letter; (3) a statement of teaching; (4) Statement of
Research (5) a list of 3-5 individuals who are familiar with your work and
can serve as a reference. Applications are due by January 15, 2015, but the
position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability,
age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California
nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please cut and paste the
following link into a
browser:http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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9. JOB OPENING: Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Uppsala University,
Specialization in Physics of Planetary Systems
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From: Anders Eriksson <Anders.Eriksson at irfu.se>

Duties: The position requires teaching, research and administration.
Teaching courses on planetary systems, electrodynamics and plasma physics,
as well as basic physics will be expected. The research environment consists
of observational and theoretical astrophysics, and space plasma physics. The
successful candidate will contribute to the integration and coordination of
research and training in space plasma physics and astrophysics.

Qualifications Required: The Swedish Higher Education Ordinance requires
demonstrated teaching expertise, an awarded PhD or a corresponding research
competence, or some other professional expertise that is of value in view of
the subject matter of the post and the duties that it calls for. The
regulations of Uppsala University require applicants to have completed
teacher training for University operations, consisting of ten weeks
instruction, or the equivalent to be eligible for appointment as senior
lecturer. In special circumstances, this training for teachers in higher
education may be completed during the first two years of employment. A
general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the
personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the
appointment. Documented ability to teach in Swedish and/or English is a
requirement unless special reasons prevail. The holder is expected to be
able to teach in Swedish within two years.

Last day for applying is December 1, 2014. For the full announcement and for
instructions on how to apply, please go to http://www.uu.se/en/join-us/jobs-detail-page/?positionId=45039

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10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellows in Space Physics/Atmospheric
Electricity at University of Bergen/Birkeland Centre for Space Science
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From: Nikolai Østgaard <Nikolai.Ostgaard at ift.uib.no>

The Department of Physics and Technology has from 1 January 2015 two vacant
positions for postdoctoral fellows in space physics/atmospheric electricity.
The positions will be part of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS).
The position is for a fixed term of 4 years.

BCSS is organized in two instrumentation groups, one education and public
outreach group and four research groups that will address the following
questions:

. When and why is the aurora in the two hemispheres asymmetric?
. How do we get beyond the static large scale picture of the ionosphere?
. What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system?
. What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms in geospace?

Both postdoctoral fellows will be part of the Q4 group. The first 5 years
this group is mainly funded and related to a European Research Council
Advanced Grant project – TGF-MEPPA. This group explores how relativistic
particles and gamma-rays are produced in the strong electric fields of
thunderclouds, the so-called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Measurements of
gamma-ray flashes, weather data, radio waves as well as modeling are used to
understand and explain these phenomena. The instrumentation group of BCSS is
developing instrumentation to measure terrestrial gamma-ray flashes from the
international space station, from balloon and aircraft.

For these two positions we especially look for candidates with the following
expertise:

– How thunderclouds form and electrify
– How streamers and leaders form and propagate
– Understanding gamma detectors and signal analysis from such detectors
– How radio waves from electric discharges can be used to understand the
processes within the discharge itself

The successful candidates should be familiar with data analysis and/or
modeling and have a good theoretical understanding of one or more of these
fields.

starting salary at pay grade 57 in the Civil Service pay grade table (code
1352) – currently 482 800 NOK gross p.a.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor
Nikolai Østgaard, Department of Physics and Technology, tel. +47 55 58 27
94 / email Nikolai.Ostgaard@ift.uib.no.

The full description of this announcement as well as instructions for
applicants can be fund at:
http://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/106999/postdoctoral-fellows-in-space-physics-atmospheric-electricity-at-the-birkeland-centre-for-space-science-bcss

Closing date for applications: 21 November 2014

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