SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXIV, Issue 24

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION
SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER
Volume XXIV, Issue 24
Apr.25,2017

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison
E-mail: editor at igpp.ucla.edu

Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g

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Table of Contents

1. MEETING: First International Workshop on Small Satellites for Space Weather Research and Forecasting (SSWRF 2017), Washington DC, August 1-4, 2017 — Third Announcement

2. MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017

3. MEETING: Sun-Climate Symposium, March 19-23, 2018 — Save the Date!

4. NASA FDL, Silicon Valley Summer Accelerator Program: Data Science in Space

5. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Space Plasma Physics at the University of New Hampshire

6. Three PhD Student Positions in Space Plasma Physics (2.2.1-104/17)

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MEETING: First International Workshop on Small Satellites for Space Weather Research and Forecasting (SSWRF 2017), Washington DC, August 1-4, 2017 — Third Announcement

From: Vadim Uritsky (vadim.uritsky at nasa.gov)

MEETING SCOPE

SSWRF is the first dedicated scientific meeting focusing on specific needs of space weather studies using small space-based platforms, including those utilizing the CubeSat reference design. The four major themes are Research & Forecasting, Mission Concepts, Innovation & Technology, and Future Opportunities.

The workshop encourages a broad scope of contributions related to the application of small satellites to space weather observations, research, analyses, forecasting, and operations, including:

(1) Small satellite observations relevant to space weather of interplanetary, solar, and geospace phenomena;
(2) Investigations of space weather effects on small satellites: degraded capabilities, situational awareness, and satellite-debris collisions;
(3) Using small satellite data in global space weather simulation and forecasting frameworks; and
(4) General contributions relevant to the topic.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is OPEN at sswrf.cua.edu/abstracts.cfm until May 31 2017.

EARLY REGISTRATION is available at sswrf.cua.edu/registration.cfm. The registration fee is $250. The early registration deadline is also MAY 31 2017.

TRAVEL SUPPORT AVAILABLE

One of the workshop objectives is to provide students a comprehensive immersion in the application of small satellites to space weather observations, research, analyses, forecasting, and operations, including those utilizing the CubeSat reference design.

Applications are welcome from upper level undergraduates and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in space weather science and technology.

The awards will provide partial travel and housing support for the selected student participants depending on their individual financial needs.
Encourage your students to contact Dr. Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla: Teresa.Nieves at nasa.gov. The applications should include the following:
(1) Name, university, address, major, education level, science grade point average.
(2) Summary of interests and future plans in space weather and/or space technologies (1 page)
(3) One letter of endorsement from a supervising scientist/engineer/professor, that includes an evaluation of the student’s financial requirements for attending the meeting and the extent to which partial support from other sources is available. (Letters or e-mails may be sent separately to the above address).
(4) A copy of your submitted abstract.

PUBLICATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS
We are discussing the possibility of a SPECIAL ISSUE / PAPER COLLECTION in the Space Weather Journal. More details soon.

CONTACTS
General inquiries: Vadim.Uritsky at nasa.gov, Robert.M.Robinson at nasa.gov
Travel support & education: Teresa.Nieves at nasa.gov
Questions on specific sessions: please contact session organizers whose email addresses are provided in the workshop agenda at http://sswrf.cua.edu/agenda.cfm
Meeting website: http://sswrf.cua.edu

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MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017

From: Holly Gilbert (holly.r.gilbert at nasa.gov)

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.

The hotel reservation system and meeting registration is now open on the SPD website: https://aas.org/meetings/spd48. You have to register before receiving a link via email for hotel reservations (this is to protect our block).
A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:
Standard Queen $194 + tax/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms is available at the government per diem rate: $169 + tax/night.

Bus transportation will be available from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University at a cost of $70 per person (includes food and water). The viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities. Buses will leave around 4am to account for potentially bad traffic. Bus tickets can be purchased for family members but a separate form needs to be submitted (see website).

There will also be outreach opportunities (more info forthcoming).

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MEETING: Sun-Climate Symposium, March 19-23, 2018 — Save the Date!

From: Vanessa George (Vanessa.George at lasp.colorado.edu)

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium
“The State of the TSI and SSI Climate Records at the Junction of the SORCE and TSIS Missions”

March 19-23, 2018 * Lake Arrowhead, California

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, which is sponsored by the Sun-Climate Research Center, a joint venture between NASA GSFC and LASP at the University of Colorado.

Observations of the Sun and Earth from space have revolutionized our view and understanding of how solar variability and other natural and anthropogenic forcings impact Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Since 1978 – more than three solar cycles – the total and spectral solar irradiance (TSI and SSI) and global terrestrial atmosphere and surface have been observed continuously, providing unprecedented quality data for Sun-climate studies. The 2018 Symposium will convene experts from across the solar-terrestrial community and from various disciplines that include Sun-climate connections, atmospheric physics and chemistry, heliophysics, and metrology to discuss solar and climate observations and models during this crucial period near the end of the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and the start of the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS) Mission. Sessions will be organized around the following six themes:

1. Making accurate climate records
2. The state of the TSI and SSI climate records near the end of the SORCE Mission
3. What was learned about solar variability and impacts on the terrestrial environment during Solar Cycle 24?
4. What are the expectations for the next solar minimum and Solar Cycle 25?
5. Stellar variability and connections to the Sun
6. Next generation of solar and atmospheric observations

The format for this symposium consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. The Call for Abstracts will come out this summer. We encourage your participation and hope that you will share this announcement with colleagues.

Please save the date and join us!

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NASA FDL, Silicon Valley Summer Accelerator Program: Data Science in Space

From: Ryan McGranaghan, Darlene M. Wiedemann (arc-spaceportal at mail.nasa.gov)

NASA’s Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is looking for planetary scientists and computer or data scientists with hands-on skills in machine learning, DNNs and other algorithmic approaches. Applicants must have a masters, doctorate or post-doc level of understanding in this year’s problem areas (Heliophysics, Astronomy, Exogeology, Data Science, Software Engineering or Advanced Statistics). Hosted by the SETI Institute and NASA Ames, FDL is an artificial intelligence accelerator established to tackle knowledge gaps in space science by bringing together machine learning expertise and physical science specialists at the PhD level. Interdisciplinary teams address tightly defined problems and the format encourages rapid iteration and prototyping to create outputs with meaningful application.

To apply please visit: http://www.frontierdevelopmentlab.org/#/

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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Space Plasma Physics at the University of New Hampshire

From: Ben Chandran (benjamin.chandran at unh.edu)

The Space Science Center of the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a postdoctoral-scholar position in heliospheric physics. The successful applicant will carry out theoretical and/or numerical investigations of turbulence and kinetic plasma physics in the context of the solar wind and solar corona. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related discipline and have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: plasma physics, turbulence, applied mathematics, and numerical simulations. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and statement of research interests to Ben Chandran at benjamin.chandran@unh.edu, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. UNH is an AA/EEO Employer. UNH is committed to excellence through the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages women and minorities to apply. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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Three PhD Student Positions in Space Plasma Physics (2.2.1-104/17)

From: Institute of Space Physics (annelie at irf.se)

Three PhD student positions in Space Plasma Physics (2.2.1-104/17)
The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Kiruna invites applications for PhD student positions in experimental space plasma physics. The projects focus on data analysis from the ESA cometary mission Rosetta and on development of instruments for studies of the Jovian system on the ESA mission to Jupiter, JUICE.

The applicants are expected to have a MSc (or comparable academic degree) in physics at the time of admission. Knowledge of space physics is desirable. For the Rosetta-related work, experience in scientific computing is an advantage. For the JUICE-related work, experience in experimental physics and/or hardware development is beneficial.

The PhD student should start during 2017, and will be employed at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and enrolled at Umeå University for academic studies (and must therefore fulfil Umeå University’s requirements for a PhD student). The position is in Kiruna and provides salary for four years of study, funded by the Swedish National Space Board.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Gabriella Stenberg Wieser, e-mail: gabriella@irf.se, +46-980- 790 14
Dr. Martin Wieser, e-mail: martin.wieser@irf.se, +46-980- 791 98
Trade union representative:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, e-mail: uwe.raffalski@irf.se, +46-980- 790 21
Stefan Karlsson, ST, e-mail: stefan.karlsson@irf.se, tel. +46-980-790 29

Closing date for applications is 10 May 2017. Applications should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts and contact information for two professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to: registrator@irf.se
or by post to:
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Registrar,
Box 812,
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Closing date: 10 May 2017.
Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-104/17

NB! If you send in your application by email and don’t get any reply in three days, please contact registrator by phone +46 980 79000.

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