Issue 73, December 30, 2013

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1. CAS-NAS Forum for New Leaders in Space Science

2. Monday Science Telecon

3. Call for papers to Special Issue of Earth, Planets and Space (EPS)
  On Geomagnetically Induced Currents

4. PhD position in Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala

5. RHESSI Science Nuggets in December
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1. CAS-NAS Forum for New Leaders in Space Science
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From: David Smith 

The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 
Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ National Research 
Council invites applications for the 2014 inaugural CAS-NAS Forum for New 
Leaders in Space Science.  The Forum is designed to provide opportunities 
for a highly select group of young space scientists from China and the 
United States to discuss their research activities in an intimate and 
collegial environment.  The 2014 Fora will be held in Beijing on May 8-9, 
2014 and in Irvine, California, on November 3-4, 2014.  The scientific scope 
of both events is limited to the general areas of space astronomy and solar 
and space physics.  Additional details, including eligibility requirements 
and application procedures, can be found at 
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/SSB_086017 .  

The application deadline is 13 January, 2014.

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2. Monday Science Telecon
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From: David Sibeck  

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (January 6), we plan to hold the next in our 
ongoing series of regular science telecoms. The speaker this Monday will be 
Brian Anderson from the JHU/APL. The topic will be "Mercury's Magnetosphere 
and Magnetic Field".

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: 

1-888-919-8405 
with passcode 716697 

Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking. 

Looking forward to speaking with you in the New Year.

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3. Call for papers to Special Issue of Earth, Planets and Space (EPS)
  On Geomagnetically Induced Currents
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From: Shigeru Fujita 

Call for papers to Special Issue of Earth, Planets and Space (EPS) 
“Extremely Severe Space Weather and Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the 
Regions with Locally Heterogeneous Ground Resistivity”
-- A multidisciplinary study from solar, interplanetary, magnetospheric, 
ionospheric physics and geomagnetism --

The geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) have often been considered as a 
low risk phenomena to electrical infrastructure at mid- and low-latitudes.  
However, our understanding is very limited in terms of extreme geomagnetic 
storm impact at mid- and low-latitudes.  Furthermore, locally heterogeneous 
ground resistivity, which may cause unexpected enhancements of the local GIC 
has not been treated in detail in many of the earlier GIC studies.  This EPS 
special issue will address these gaps in our knowledge by soliciting studies 
on 1) estimates of intensity of the extreme space weather phenomena by means 
of statistical analyses; 2) theoretical estimates of the upper bounds to GIC 
amplitudes; 3) modeling of the induced electric field on the surface of the 
Earth and GIC by using 3D models for Earth’s conductivity.  Also general 
studies on GICs and extreme space weather events are welcomed.

These topics will be discussed at 2014AOGS at Sapporo.

Submissions are accepted via the EPS website at http://www.earth-planets-
space.com/.

EPS is an open-access, web-based journal (http://www.earth-planets-
space.org/).  The accepted papers of this special issue will be disclosed 
without delay.

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4. PhD position in Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala
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From: Andris Vaivads 

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden

Applications are invited for a PhD student position to study energetic 
particle acceleration mechanisms inside magnetic reconnection. The new PhD 
student will work directly with experimental data from the international ESA 
multi-spacecraft mission Cluster and at a later stage data from the NASA 
mission MMS. 

Closing date for application: 2014-02-03

More information: 
http://www.irf.se/Topical/Vacancies/?group=P4&vacid=31&chosen=topical

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5. RHESSI Science Nuggets in December
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From: Hugh Hudson 

No. 214, "CMEs on young, solar-type stars," by Alicia Aarnio: stellar flares 
and CMEs behave like solar ones.

No. 215, "The HEROES Misson: High Energy Replicated Optics to Explore the 
Sun," by Steven Christe and Albert Shih: focusing optics to explore the 
high-energy Sun.

No. 216, "Flare Coronal Rain," by Hugh Hudson and Sa"m Krucker: thermal 
collapse seen in flare loops in a wonderful new way.

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

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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