Volume XXII, Issue 67
December 8, 2015

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Todd King, Kevin Addison
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Table of Contents

1. Civil Servant Conference Travel Under Attack
2. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
3. VarSITI Reception at AGU Fall Meeting, December 17
4. MEETING: Chromo AID Meeting (Second Circular), March 15-18, 2016, Boulder, Colorado
5. MEETING: Space Climate School and Space Climate-6 Symposium, March 30-April 7, 2016, Finnish Lapland
6. MEETING: IRIS-7 Workshop (Second Announcement), April 11-15, 2016, Weihai, China 7. MEETING: 7th VERSIM workshop, September 19-23, 2016, Hermanus, South Africa 8. Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 6 – July 29, 2016 9. JOB OPENING: Science Assistant at National Science Foundation
10. JOB OPENING: HAO Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, application deadline March 1, 2016
11. JOB OPENING: Full Professor and/or Reader (Associate Professor) in Extreme Environments, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 12. JOB OPENING: Postdoc Position in Space Physics at Umeå University, Sweden – numerical simulations of the cometary environment and data analysis



Civil Servant Conference Travel Under Attack

From: Jim Klimchuk (James.A.Klimchuk at

There have been continued attempts to introduce legislation that would severely restrict conference travel by civil servants. Accordingly, the AGU has prepared a letter to Congress that community members may sign (


JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

From: Mike Liemohn, JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief

Here are links to last month’s posts. See you in San Francisco. If you have a suggestion or concern, then please find me.

November 11: gendered wording still appears in reviews. Please stop.

November 25: guidelines for whom to include as a coauthor

November 26: Thanksgiving thank yous

Main Website:


VarSITI Reception at AGU Fall Meeting, December 17

From: Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at

During the AGU Fall Meeting, we will have a SCOSTEP/VarSITI reception on Thursday, Dec 17. This is an informal reception to meet and greet and chat about future collaborations related to SCOSTEP/VarSITI. If you are planning to attend the AGU fall meeting, please stop by.

Date/Time: December 17 (Thu), 2015 18:30-20:30
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis (780 Mission Street) Room: Sierra C (5th floor)

With best wishes,
Kazuo Shiokawa and Katya Georgieva, VarSITI co-chairs


MEETING: Chromo AID Meeting (Second Circular), March 15-18, 2016, Boulder, Colorado

From: Hugh Hudson (hhudson at

Second Circular for “Chromo AID 2016”, a meeting that anticipates the new views of the chromosphere we expect from ALMA and DKIST.

Venue: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dates: March 15-18, 2016

The new ALMA and DKIST facilities will greatly extend our understanding of the chromosphere, and the enigmatic interface region between the classical photosphere and the equally classical, but very different, corona. Together with IRIS, which already is exploring this crucial interface, these facilities will provide comprehensive high-resolution observations over many decades in wavelength, from the far-UV to the sub-mm/mm wavelength range. Hence ALMA-IRIS-DKIST or “AID”.

The immediate goal here will be to prepare for the ALMA Cycle 4 call for proposals, which will be the first for which solar programs will be accepted. The main structure of this meeting will consist of invited overview presentations, plus tutorials, arranged in single sessions. Because space in our venue (NSO Boulder) is restricted, we recommend early registration.

We anticipate an excellent program, with invited speakers De Pontieu, Bastian, Rimmele, Wedemeyer, Uitenbroeck, Loukitcheva, Schad, Shimojo, Reardon, Lagg, Hansteen, Leake, Vissers, Fletcher, Kuhn, De Wijn, Qiu, Ishikawa, and Penn. The program will be single-session but there will be room for posters, and we plan one-slide presentations of same.

Please note that Boulder Solar Day 2016 will take place on Monday, March 14.

Tim Bastian, Hugh Hudson (SOC chair), Scott McIntosh, Valentin Pillet (LOC chair)


MEETING: Space Climate School and Space Climate-6 Symposium, March 30-April 7, 2016, Finnish Lapland

From: Timo Asikainen (timo.asikainen at

Dear Colleagues and Friends!

We have the great pleasure to invite You to

Space Climate School on 30 March to 3 April, 2016, and Space Climate-6 Symposium on 4-7 April, 2016,

in Hotel Hullu Poro (Crazy Reindeer) at Levi, Finnish Lapland (about 68°N lat).

Space Climate School includes lectures and hands-on workshops on several important long-term datasets of solar, space, geomagnetic and climate observations, and their analysis using data mining, pattern recognition, time series and statistical methods.

School lecturers include (all confirmed) Rainer Arlt, Juan Banda, David Berghmans, Achim Drebs, Ilaria Ermolli, Magnar Gullikstad Johnsen, Juha Karvanen, Greg Kopp, Natalie Krivova, Ari Laaksonen, Ken McCracken, Aimee Norton, Jaan Pelt, and Alexey Pevtsov.

Note that students selected to Space Climate School will have free housing (and no fee).

Space Climate-6 Symposium includes Sessions on “Solar dynamo as a driver of space climate”, “Long-term solar activity”, “Asymmetric Sun”, “Extreme events in the Sun-Earth system”, “Solar corona, solar wind and HMF”, “Solar wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere interaction”, “Solar Influence on atmosphere and climate”, and a Topical Debate on Long-term sunspot activity.

Confirmed invited speakers include Dan Baker, Joe Borovsky, Frederic Clette, Ingrid Cnossen, Nat Gopalswamy, Hugh Hudson, Sheila Kirkwood, Natalie Krivova, Jon Linker, Ken McCracken, Florian Mekhaldi, Mari Paz Miralles, Martin Mlynczak, Ralph Neuhaeuser, Matt Owens, Dario Passos, Gordon Petrie, Alexei Pevtsov, Tuija Pulkkinen, Eugene Rozanov, Alexander Ruzmaikin, Kazunari Shibata, Jose Vaquero, Pekka Verronen, Jörn Warnecke, and Valentina Zharkova

Important deadlines:
31 Dec 2015: School application
15 Jan 2016: Symposium early bird registration
31 Jan 2016: Hotel accommodation at special price
31 Jan 2016: Symposium abstract submission

For more information, see the symposium website For questions, contact:

Welcome to Space Climate School and Space Climate-6 Symposium in Levi!

Sincerely Yours,

Kalevi Mursula (SOC chair)
Ilya Usoskin (SOC vice-chair)
Timo Asikainen (LOC chair)
Ilpo Virtanen (LOC vice-chair)


MEETING: IRIS-7 Workshop (Second Announcement), April 11-15, 2016, Weihai, China

From: Hui Tian (tianhui924 at

Second Announcement of IRIS-7 workshop: confirmed speakers, registration and abstract submission

April 11-15, 2016 at Shandong University, Weihai, China


Important Dates:
• Dec 1, 2015: abstract & registration open.
• Feb 1, 2016: student financial support deadline.
• Feb 15, 2016: abstract & registration close.
• Registration payment: on-site (no deadline)


The IRIS-7 workshop will be held in Weihai, China, April 11-15, 2016. Weihai is a beautiful coastal city at the tip of the Shandong Peninsula, easily accessible by 1/1.5 hour flights from Seoul/Beijing (among other major cities). The workshop is aimed at offering tutorials on analysis and interpretation of data from NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer (IRIS) mission to the Asian solar physics community. A secondary goal is to facilitate future IRIS-coordination with ground-based instruments involving solar astronomers in this region. The workshop will also serve as a platform for researchers in this region to present and discuss their IRIS-related science results.

Confirmed Tutors:
• Joel Allred (NASA/Goddard, USA): Flare simulation with RADYN • Mats Carlsson (Univ. of Oslo, Norway): Radiative transfer
• Bart De Pontieu (LMSAL, USA): Coordination between IRIS and other instruments • Viggo Hansteen (Univ. of Oslo, Norway): Bifrost simulation • Tiago Pereira (Univ. of Oslo, Norway): IRIS data analysis
• Hui Tian (Peking Univ., China): UV spectroscopy

Confirmed invited speakers for instrument coordination with IRIS: • Wenda Cao (BBSO, USA): NST
• Jongchul Chae (Seoul National Univ., Korea): NST/FISS
• Yu Dai (Nanjing Univ., China): ONSET
• Takenori Joten Okamoto (Nagoya Univ., Japan): Hinode
• Zhi Xu (Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, China): NVST

Confirmed invited speakers on IRIS-related science:
• Dipankar Banerjee (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India): small-scale transients • Xin Cheng (Nanjing Univ., China): flux ropes
• Zhenghua Huang (Shandong Univ., China): cool TR loops
• Yeon-Han Kim (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea): IRIS bombs • Ting Li (NAOC, China): slipping reconnection
• Shin Toriumi (NAOJ, Japan): sunspot light bridges

Preliminary program:
• Days 1 – 2: Tutorials on UV spectroscopy, IRIS data analysis, and radiative transfer;
• Day 3: Tutorials on coordination of IRIS with NST, NVST, ONSET and Hinode and on writing observing proposals; • Day 4: Tutorials on Bifrost simulation and flare simulation with RADYN; • Day 5: IRIS-related science talks.

1) Tutorials include lectures as well as hands-on sessions; 2) Posters sessions throughout the workshop.

For any query email Hui Tian at or Hongqiang Song at


MEETING: 7th VERSIM workshop, September 19-23, 2016, Hermanus, South Africa

From: Michael Kosch (mkosch at

The 7th VERSIM workshop will be held at the South African National Space Agency on 19-23 September 2016 in Hermanus, South Africa. The working group on VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere (VERSIM) is an international group of scientists interested in studying the behaviour of the magnetosphere and ionosphere by means of ELF and VLF radio waves, both naturally and artificially generated. The group was set up in 1975 by IAGA and URSI and is still going strong with over 100 registered scientists. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Plasma structures and boundaries – morphology and dynamics, Wave-particle and wave-wave interactions, Wave-induced particle precipitation, Wave propagation in magnetosphere and ionosphere, Sprites and the effects of lightning on the ionosphere. Hermanus is a beautiful holiday town located in a wine growing district about 120 km south of Cape Town. September virtually guarantees seeing whales calving close to the shoreline. Ground transport will be provided from the airport. The registration fee is 4000 South African Rands. A web site for the VERSIM workshop is under development.


Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 6 – July 29, 2016

From: Misa Cowee (mcowee at

The 6th Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School will be held June 6 – July 29, 2016. 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 $10,000 fellowship to cover relocation costs and living expenses.

New for 2016: This year’s program will include a special short course on Autoplot, given by developer Jeremy Faden. The short course will cover both beginning and advanced techniques.

Applications will be accepted starting in early January. Applications must be received by February 5, 2016. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of February. The summer school is open to all citizenships and applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program. Preference will be given to students who have completed at least their second year of studies.

PLEASE NOTE: After the 2016 term, the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School will not be offered again until 2018.

For more information about the summer school, including a list of potential mentors, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, please see . Further questions about the program can be addressed to the summer school director, Misa Cowee (


JOB OPENING: Science Assistant at National Science Foundation

From: Therese Moretto Jorgensen (tjorgens at

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to make you aware of an employment opportunity within the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences for an early-career scientist. The role of a Science Assistant is to support the work of the Division by providing scientific input to the review process, developing tools to analyze the impacts of the Division’s scientific programs, and creating outreach materials. The opportunity is term-limited to 2 years, so it is ideal for a Master’s or Bachelor’s level graduate who would like to broaden their horizons before beginning a PhD program. Please see the full announcement at and feel free to pass this along to your colleagues and students. Any questions about the opportunity can be directed to Dr. Sarah Ruth (

Thank you.

Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
National Science Foundation


JOB OPENING: HAO Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, application deadline March 1, 2016

FROM: Matthias Rempel (rempel at

The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric
Research announces the availability of a Newkirk Fellowship, which will support graduate research until the completion of the Ph.D. degree (usually 2-3 years) through a half-time position. The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

Applicants must be Ph.D. candidates (post-comps) and must have research interests that are compatible with current HAO research pursuits. During the period of thesis work, it is expected that the student will spend a significant portion of time in residence at HAO, including summers, and work closely with an HAO staff scientist that also serves on the student’s thesis committee (preferably as co-chair).

Please see for details on eligibility, benefits and the application process. Contact Matthias Rempel (rempel at or Megan Delaney (mdelaney at for further information.


JOB OPENING: Full Professor and/or Reader (Associate Professor) in Extreme Environments, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

From: James McLaughlin (james.a.mclaughlin at

Closing Date = 12:00 noon on Monday 18 January 2016

Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) is investing in several multidisciplinary research themes. Solar Physics is one of the research areas relevant to the “Extreme Environments” multidisciplinary research theme. Hence, I wanted to bring this opportunity to your attention.

The Extreme Environments multidisciplinary research theme is a university-wide initiative which draws together ground-breaking research in understanding and harnessing physical and biological environments that operate under extreme conditions, such as those found in the Earth’s surface, subsurface, oceans, atmosphere and in the solar system. Theme expertise ranges from the geophysical exploration of Antarctic subglacial lakes, responses of glaciers, snow cover and permafrost to climate change through the investigation of nonlinear waves, the Sun-Earth connection, solar physics and space weather, to the reconstruction of past extreme climates using ocean cores, speleothems and pollen records.

We seek to appoint high calibre individuals at Professorial and Reader level with an excellent international reputation in research areas relevant to the Extreme Environments multidisciplinary research theme. You will be based in the Department of Mathematics & Information Sciences or the Department of Geography as appropriate to your disciplinary strengths. You will drive and enhance the highest quality research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities and actively encourage this amongst colleagues. The Departments have particular strengths in solar physics, computer science, environmental geochemistry & microbiology, mathematics, cold and palaeoenvironments, physics and statistics.

Candidates with expertise in any of these research areas are welcome to apply, and we will consider high quality applicants in any fields of research relevant to the Extreme Environments theme.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact:
Dr James McLaughlin (Solar Physics and Mathematics) at

Job advert and further details can be found here:

Deadline = Monday 18 January 2016 at 12:00 noon (UK time)


JOB OPENING: Postdoc Position in Space Physics at Umeå University, Sweden – numerical simulations of the cometary environment and data analysis

From: Maria Hamrin (Maria.Hamrin at

In the project we will investigate how dust affect waves, how wave energy is redistributed among the particles, and how plasma and dust can be affected in the large scale environment of the comet. Numerical simulations are central for the project, and the postdoc will further develop existing codes and/or write new ones. PIC (Particle-In-Cell) simulations can for example be used to study wave growth and particle energization in small scale regions. 3D hybrid simulations of the comet’s interaction with the solar wind can be used together with test particle runs of ions and dust to study larger regions. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and from the Rosetta teams.

This is a full-time (100 %) position for two years. Starting date: May 2016 or upon agreement.

Last day to apply is 2016-02-01.

To qualify for the position, you should have a PhD degree in a relevant area and you should have completed your PhD degree a maximum of three years before the end of the application period unless certain circumstances exist. Previous experience in numerical simulations is required and experience from working with spacecraft data is a merit. Good skills in programming as well as in written and spoken English are required. You are expected to have good ability to work independently, as well as in collaboration with others. In addition, experience from undergraduate teaching is an extra merit.

The application should contain:

1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying 2. A curriculum vitae (CV)
3. A statement of previous research achievements, teaching merits, and the level of experience in the area mentioned in the job description above 4. A publication list,
5. A description of how you would approach the project described above and a suggestion of a tentative research plan that fits your expertise 6. Names and contact information of three references.
7. Copies of relevant degree certificates and publications

The application is to be submitted in our e-recruitment system. More information can be found on

For further information, contact Maria Hamrin,


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