Issue 70, December 2, 2013

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1. LWS TR&T Town Hall Meeting & Ten Year Commemoration December 9, 2013, San 
Francisco, California 
2. AGU Town Hall Meeting on SCOSTEP's VarSITI Program
3. SCOSTEP’s 13th Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium (STP13), 
October 12 – 17, 2014 Xi’An, Shanxi, China
4. COSPAR/ILWS roadmap on space weather research and forecasting: community 
input 
5. Announcing a new RHESSI Science Nugget
6. Announcement: Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 2-July 25, 2014
7. JOB OPENING: Van Allen Probes RBSPICE Instrument Post-doctoral position 
available at the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute 
of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA
8. JOB OPENING: Visiting Young Scientist: Visiting appointment for recent 
Ph.D. scientist available at Dartmouth College
9. JOB OPENING: College PhD Studentship in Heliophysics at the University of 
Exeter (UK)
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1. LWS TR&T Town Hall Meeting & Ten Year Commemoration December 9, 2013, San 
Francisco, California 
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From: Lika Guhathakurta, Bob Leamon, NASA Heliophysics Division
Nathan Schwadron, LWS TR&T Steering Committee Chair, UNH 
 
As has become customary, there will be a Town Hall meeting for the LWS TR&T  
program at the Fall AGU meeting. You are invited to attend to hear brief  
summaries on the program status and some of the existing TR&T Focus Group  
efforts, and to participate in open discussion of the program logistics,  
philosophy, and topics for the new ROSES-14 Announcement of Opportunity as 
well as celebrate 10 year anniversary of this program. The meeting will start 
with a short history of LWS TR&T accomplishments and end with a toast! 
 
The time and location are:  
 
NASA LWS TR&T Town Hall & Ten Year Commemoration 
Monday 12/9/13; 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
Courtyard By Marriott, Room: Rincon Hill
San Francisco Downtown
299 2nd Street  | San Francisco, CA 94105 
P: (415)-947-0700

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2. AGU Town Hall Meeting on SCOSTEP's VarSITI Program
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From: Nat Gopalswamy 

All are invited to the Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact 
(VarSITI) is SCOSTEP’s new scientific program for 2014 - 2018 to develop a 
scientific understanding of the terrestrial effects of the current weak solar 
activity by monitoring the Sun and geospace using campaigns (MiniMax24). The 
program’s focus is the response of Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and 
atmosphere to the weak solar activity using the vast array of space- and 
ground-based observations and state-of-the-art models. Details on the four 
VarSITI projects to be undertaken will be provided during the Town Hall 
meeting.  
 
You can learn about the scientific projects and the people who lead them  
You can learn how to get involved in the VarSITI program.  
You can provide suggestions to the VarSITI team

11 December 2013, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Moscone West Room 2006
Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, California, USA

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3. SCOSTEP’s 13th Quadrennial Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium (STP13), 
October 12 – 17, 2014 Xi’An, Shanxi, China
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From: Nat Gopalswamy 

First Announcement and Call For papers

The thirteenth Solar-Terrestrial Physics Symposium of the Scientific 
Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) will be held in Xi’An, China 
during October 12-17, 2014.    The Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth 
System (CAWSES) program ended in 2013 and followed by the Variability of the 
Sun and Its terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) program. The VarSITI program expands 
the solar terrestrial physics to a broader context to star-planet interaction, 
which might further our scientific understanding of Sun-Earth connection. 
This Symposium will highlight results obtained during the Climate and Weather 
of the Sun-Earth System (CAWSES) program and the new Variability of the Sun 
and Its terrestrial Impact (VarSITI) program. 

The scientific sessions of STP13 feature the chains of physical processes 
that operate in the solar terrestrial domain. These are: (i) the mass chain 
in the form of plasmas and particles emitted from the Sun, (ii) the 
electromagnetic radiation chain in the form irradiance (total and spectral) 
and flare emissions, and (iii) the intra-atmospheric chain representing 
energy flow from Earth into space. The processes considered include the 
generation of energy in the interior of the Sun and near Earth and its flow 
in various directions. In particular, the symposium will address recent 
advances in solar dynamo theory and predictions of the future solar activity, 
long-term variations of solar activity and their impact on terrestrial 
climate, and the origin and probability of solar extreme events. Finally, a 
one-day workshop session will be held to analyze the data collected during 
the MiniMax24 campaign. 

1. Mass Chain 
      a. Origin, evolutions, and Earth impact of coronal mass ejections  
      b. Origin, evolution, and Earth impact of high speed streams 
      c.  Origin, evolution, and Earth impact of energetic particles from 
solar, magnetospheric and galactic sources 

2. Electromagnetic Chain 
      a. Long-term solar variability (magnetism, total irradiance, and 
spectral irradiance) and its impact on geospace and Earth 
      b. Origin of solar flares and their impact on Earth’s 
ionosphere/atmosphere 
      c. Coronal and Interplanetary radio bursts including auroral kilometric 
radiation 

3. Intra-Atmospheric Chain  
      a. Geospace response to variability of the lower atmosphere 
      b. Trends in the entire atmosphere, including anthropogenic aspects 
      c. Regional, hemispheric and inter-hemispheric couplings and transport 
in the atmosphere

4. Workshop to analyze Sun-to-Earth MiniMax24 Events 
 
The STP13 scientific sessions consist of tutorial lectures/keynotes in the 
mornings and focused presentations (invited talks, contributed papers) in the 
afternoons.  Original research papers are solicited on any of these topics or 
on topics related to other aspects of Sun-Earth connection. Papers involving 
the origin and consequences of the current weak solar activity are encouraged. 
Details on the registration, abstract submission, travel, and accommodation 
can be found on the conference web site: http://stp13.csp.escience.cn. 

Scientific Organizing Committee

Sacha Brun, Laboratory on Dynamics of Stars and theirs Environments, France  
Tim Fuller-Rowell, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental 
Sciences, USA  
Suiyan Fu, Peking University, China 
Katya Georgieva, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria 
Nat Gopalswamy (Chair), NASA GSFC, USA  
Subramanian Gurubaran, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, India 
Vladimir Kuznetsov, IZMIRAN, Russia
Mark Lester, University of Leicester, UK  
Franz-Josef Luebken, Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Germany
Takuji Nakamura, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan 
Nikolai Ostgaard, Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Norway
Annika Seppälä, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
Kazuo Shiokawa, Nagoya University, Japan  
David Siskind, Naval Research Laboratory, USA 
Chi Wang, National Space Science Center, China 
Yihua Yan, National Astronomical Observatories, China 
Jie Zhang, George Mason University, USA 
Mei Zhang, National Astronomical Observatories, China 
Local Organizing Committee
Chi Wang (chair), National Space Science Center, CAS
Li Lan, National Space Science Center, CAS
Yanni Gao, National Space Science Center, CAS
Marianna Shepherd, SCOSTEP Scientific Secretary

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4. COSPAR/ILWS roadmap on space weather research and forecasting: community 
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From: Karel Schrijver 

COSPAR and the International Living With a Star (ILWS) steering committee 
have commissioned a strategic planning activity (or roadmap) focusing on the 
ability to understand and forecast those elements in the coupled space 
environment related to changing conditions on the Sun that are pertinent to 
the phenomena of space weather. 

We welcome input from the research and user communities working in any of 
field related to space weather. Specifically, we look forward to hearing your 
views on capability gaps, priorities in essential observables and models. In 
your opinion, what would be the necessary resources for leaps forward in our 
capabilities to provide timely, reliable information pertinent to electrical 
power transmission, navigation and communication, space-based assets and 
aviation?

We are also interested in collecting information on URLs to space-weather 
related study reports and on instrumentation opportunities for the near 
future. 

We request your input in pdf format, limited to no more than 2 pages, with 
full contact information of at least the submitting lead author. All 
submitted documents will be made accessible to the entire panel and hosted 
online for open access as supplemental information to the roadmap report. In 
order for the roadmap panel to be able to digest the submissions we suggest 
submission at your earliest opportunity:

Please send your input in email to: cosparinput@lmsal.com no later than March 
1, 2014.

On behalf of the COSPAR SW roadmap team,
Karel Schrijver (chair) and Kirsti Kauristie (co-chair).

More information on the roadmap initiative:

In the charge to the roadmap panel, the following expectations were 
formulated: 

"The roadmap would cover as minimum:
- Currently available data, and upcoming gaps
- Agency plans for space based space weather data (national and 
international): treating both scientific and monitoring aspects of these 
missions.
- Space and ground based data access: where current data is either 
proprietary or where the geographic location of the measurement makes data 
access difficult
- Current capability gaps which would provide a marked improvement in space 
weather service capability.

The outcome should centre on a recommended approach to future developments, 
including coordination and addressing at least:
- Key science challenges
- Data needs, space and ground based
- Smooth and organised transition of scientific developments into reliable 
services"

The roadmap team will have two meetings  (Nov. 4-6, 2013 in Paris, France; 
and in mid-April 2014 in Boulder, CO) prior to the 2014 COSPAR assembly in 
Moscow where the panel's findings will be presented.  Information on the 
roadmap activity can be found at http://www.lmsal.com/~schryver/COSPARrm.

We encourage you to visit a growing repository of information on existing 
space-weather related resources being constructed as an initiative of the 
COSPAR Space Weather Panel, and to add your own input, at: 
http://www.spaceweathercatalogue.org/

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5. Announcing a new RHESSI Science Nugget
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From: Hugh Hudson 

No. 213, "The 1859 Space Weather Event Revisited," by Ed Cliver: assessing 
the greatest space-weather events over the centuries. See

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

Older Nuggets are also available at
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets 
 (the current series, 2008-present), and at 
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ (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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6. Announcement: Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 2-July 25, 2014
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From: Misa Cowee 

The 4th Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School will be held June 2 - July 25, 
2014.  The summer school was established to bring together top graduate 
students in space physics, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or a 
related field, with internationally recognized LANL scientists.  During the 
summer school, students receive lectures on various topics related to space 
physics and space weather and are mentored by a LANL scientist in carrying 
out a research project.  Students will receive a prestigious Vela Fellowship 
worth $10,000 to cover relocation costs and living expenses.  
 
Applications will be accepted starting in mid-January. Applications must be 
received by February 14, 2014. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by 
March 3, 2014.  The summer school is open to all citizenships and applicants 
must be currently enrolled in a graduate program. Preference will be given to 
students who have completed at least their second year of studies.  For more 
information about the summer school, including a list of potential mentors, 
eligibility requirements, and application instructions, please see 
http://spaceweatherschool.org.   Further questions about the program can be 
addressed to the summer school director, Misa Cowee (mcowee@lanl.gov).

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7. JOB OPENING: Van Allen Probes RBSPICE Instrument Post-doctoral position 
available at the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute 
of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA
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From: Andrew Gerrard 

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position at the Center for Solar-
Terrestrial Research (CSTR, see http://solar.njit.edu) at New Jersey 
Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ, to work with data from the RBSPICE 
instrument (http://rbspice.ftecs.com/) aboard the recently launched Van Allen 
Probes mission (http://vanallenprobes.jhuapl.edu).  

The successful applicant will be expected to carry out original research in 
magnetospheric physics, particularly related to Earth’s ring current and 
radiation belts as part of the RBSPICE and larger Van Allen Probes instrument 
and science teams.  Successful applicants are expected to be familiar with 
magnetospheric and upper atmospheric physics and have a strong background in 
numerical data analysis using IDL [or equivalent language].

The postdoctoral posts are available for a fixed term of 1 year with a 
possible 2-year extension depending on funding availability and performance, 
and can start as early as 1 January 2014. The annual salary is dependent on 
qualification and experience.  Applications will be considered from 15 
December 2013 onwards.  We will continue to accept applications until the 
positions are filled. 

Candidates should submit electronically a CV, a cover letter describing their 
research experience and interests, and the names of two potential referees, 
to Professor Andrew Gerrard (above).  Applications will be kept confidential 
to the fullest extent possible.  NJIT is a public research university and is 
an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer.

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8. JOB OPENING: Visiting Young Scientist: Visiting appointment for recent 
Ph.D. scientist available at Dartmouth College
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From: Kristina A. Lynch 

Visiting Young Scientist: A visiting appointment for a recent Ph.D. scientist 
is available at Dartmouth College.  The appointment would be for up to 6 
months during academic year 2014-2015. The position includes teaching in the 
departments of Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, or Earth 
Sciences.  Extension of appointment may be possible using appropriate 
sponsored research projects.  To qualify, candidates must be U.S. citizens 
engaged in research related to space science, planetary science, astrophysics, 
remote sensing, aerospace technology, or technology dependent on space-based 
platforms.  To apply, send a 1-2 page summary of teaching and research goals, 
curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: Visiting Young 
Scientist, c/o K A Lynch, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth 
College, 6127 Wilder Hall, Hanover, NH 03755.  For more information, e-mail 
kal@dartmouth.edu.  Applications will be reviewed beginning in February 
2014.  The position is funded by NASA NH Space Grant. Dartmouth College is 
committed to diversity in hiring, and members of under-represented groups are 
encouraged to apply.

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9. JOB OPENING: College PhD Studentship in Heliophysics at the University of 
Exeter (UK)
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From: Claire Foullon 

A College PhD studentship, starting October 2014 (for 3.5 years), is 
available for research on ‘Multi-spacecraft investigations of solar and 
heliospheric plasmas’. The project will investigate plasma and dynamical 
properties of magnetic structures in the solar corona and in the solar wind, 
by developing and exploiting multi-spacecraft data analysis of remote and in-
situ observations.  
 
The project is supervised by Dr. Claire Foullon, in the College of 
Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, at the University of Exeter, 
UK.  
 
Value: 3.5-year studentship: Tuition fees (UK/EU/International) and an annual 
stipend of £13726 (for academic year 2013/14)  
 
Application deadline: January 15 2014.  
 
For further details and how to apply please follow the link:  
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=1310

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