Issue 118, 4 December, 2001

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1. Van Allen Lecture at the Fall, 2001 AGU Meeting
2. CCMC Session at the GEM Mini-Workshop, December 9, 2001
3. Space Weather Week 2002 (Conference Scheduled for April 16-19, 2002)
4. Job Announcement – Three Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics at Los
Alamos National Laboratory
5. Job Announcement – Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Physics at the
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
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1. Van Allen Lecture at the Fall, 2001 AGU Meeting
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From: “Terry Onsager”

Magnetospheric Imaging: Promise to Reality
Dr. James Burch, Southwest Research Institute

Please note that the Van Allen lecture at the Fall AGU meeting will be
given by Dr. James Burch, Thursday morning (12/13) at 8:30 am in Room
135 of the Moscone Center.

Abstract: It has been over 50 years since the first ground-based
measurements of optical emissions from precipitating energetic hydrogen
atoms; over 27 years since the first low-altitude satellite measurements
of extreme ultraviolet emissions from helium ions in the plasmasphere;
and over 35 years since the first satellite-borne radar soundings of the
topside ionosphere. As time progressed it was realized that if such
measurements were made from a high-altitude vantage point, global images
of the magnetosphere could be obtained. In the case of energetic neutral
atoms (ENAs), the feasibility was firmly established by energetic ion
detectors on the ISEE and Polar spacecraft when these spacecraft were in
the polar cap, where local ion fluxes are very low compared to the ENA
fluxes emitted from the ring current by charge exchange reactions. With
the launch of the IMAGE spacecraft in March 2000, the full potential of
magnetospheric imaging is finally being realized. Fortunately, IMAGE was
launched near solar maximum, thus benefiting from several large magnetic
storms. Perhaps the greatest challenge for magnetospheric imaging is the
strong influence of perspective when viewing a magnetically organized,
optically thin medium. Imaging reaches its fullest potential when
in-situ plasma and energetic charged particle measurements are made
within the imager’s field of view, and this opportunity is now afforded
by spacecraft such as Polar and Cluster.

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2. CCMC Session at the GEM Mini-Workshop, December 9, 2001
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From: “Terry Onsager”

A GEM mini-workshop session on the Community Coordinated Modeling Center
(CCMC) will be held on December 9, 2001 1-3 pm at the San Francisco
Marriott Hotel. The agenda for this session will include a status of
the CCMC development, a description of the “Runs on Request”
capabilities, descriptions of the models now operating at the CCMC, and
a general discussion of future directions.

General workshop information can be found at: http://gem.rice.edu/~gem.
The URL for updated GEM mini-workshop information is:
http://gem.rice.edu/~gem/gem2001mws/gem2001mws.html.

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3. Space Weather Week 2002 (Conference Scheduled for April 16-19, 2002)
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From: “Terry Onsager”

The 2002 Space Weather Week conference will be held this spring on April
16-19, 2002 in Boulder, Colorado. This year