Issue 121, 17 December, 2001

Table of Contents
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1. Message from the Editor of JGR-Space Physics
2. NASA Launches New Web Site to Increase Internship Opportunities in
Science and Engineering Fields
3. SNOE NO Densities and Solar X-ray Data Now Available from NSSDC
4. Call for Papers for 2002 EGS General Assembly Session ST12 on “Natural
and Induced Ionospheric Plasma Irregularities and Instabilities”
5. Call for Papers for 2002 EGS General Assembly Session ST17.01 “Key
Questions in Magnetospheric Science: The Storm-Substorm Family:
Magnetospheric Reconfiguration on a Range of Temporal and Spatial Scales”
6. Meeting Announcement – Comlexity in the Earth’s Magnetospheric Dynamics
(CEMD)
7. Announcement for the 25th Annual Apatity Seminar on “Physics of
Auroral Phenomena”
8. Third Announcement for the COSPAR Colloquium on “Plasma Processes in the
Near-Earth Space: Interball and Beyond”
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1. Message from the Editor of JGR-Space Physics
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From: Amy Shutkin

Those who are concerned about the size of the November JGR-Blue issue (and
similarly, the soon to be posted December issue) should be aware that it
does not represent trends in publication rate, but rather the effort of AGU
Publications to complete the publication of as many pre-electronic JGR-A
paper submissions as possible before January 1, 2002. This effort minimizes
the number of papers that will be caught in the transition between the
paper-based handling process and the new electronic editorial and
publishing process.

On behalf of Amy Shutkin and Elizabeth Arscott here in our Berkeley office,
we thank the space physics community for all your help these past four
years. We are most grateful for your ready insights and your responsiveness
to our many requests for assistance.

Sincerely,
Janet G. Luhmann

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2. NASA Launches New Web Site to Increase Internship Opportunities in
Science and Engineering Fields
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From: Jim Spann (jspann@hq.nasa.gov)

NASA along with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has
launched a new Web site. The site is designed to increase undergraduate and
graduate student access to research and internship opportunities in science
and engineering fields.

The Web site, www.tech-interns.com, provides a free, Web-based,
informational resource that includes technical research and internship
opportunities available in over 200 private companies, non-profit
organizations and government-sponsored research centers and laboratories.

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3. SNOE NO Densities and Solar X-ray Data Now Available from NSSDC
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From: Dieter Bilitza

Data from the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) spacecraft are now
available from NSSDC’s online archive
(ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/spacecraft_data/). The data were submitted
by the SNOE project team (Charles Barth, PI, University of Colorado at
Boulder, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, LASP). Data sets
provided include:
(I) Nitric oxide (NO) densities in the altitude range 96.6 to 150 km
as deduced from UV fluxes (237 nm) measured by the UltraViolet
Spectrometer (UVS) during each specific orbit,
(II) daily averages of the NO densities;
(III) daily integrated solar X-ray irradiances (2-7 nm) as measured
by the Solar X-ray Photometer (SXP).

SNOE operated in a circular, sun-synchronous orbit at 556 km altitude
and 97.75 degrees inclination. The data cover the time period March
11, 1998 to September 30, 2000.

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4. Call for Papers for 2002 EGS General Assembly Session ST12 on “Natural
and Induced Ionospheric Plasma Irregularities and Instabilities”
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From: Christos Haldoupis chald@physics.uoc.gr (haldoupis@dansas.usask.ca)

European Geophysical Society XXVII General Assembly
Nice, France, April 21-26, 2002

Session ST12 : Natural and induced ionospheric plasma irregularities and
instabilities (in honor of Kristian Schlegel)

Convener: C. Haldoupis chald@physics.uoc.gr (haldoupis@dansas.usask.ca)
Co-Conveners: J. P. St-Maurice stmaurice@canlon.physics.uwo.ca
T. Robinson txr@ion.le.ac.uk
B. Fejer bfejer@cc.usu.edu

This session aims to review our knowledge and update progress on the
physics of the ionospheric plasma density irregularities produced naturally
by plasma instabilities and electrodynamic processes as well as
artificially when the ionosphere is heated locally by powerful radio
waves. The emphasis will be placed mainly, but not exclusively, on
all-latitude, short scale, E and F region plasma irregularities observed
and studied with a variety of techniques that include coherent and
incoherent scatter radars, ionospheric heating facilities, high resolution
optical instruments, and in situ rocket probes. The purpose of the
section is to provide a forum for discussion and an opportunity for gaining
a better understanding of the complex and nonlinear processes that govern
the unstable state of the Earth’s ionospheric plasma. At least 4 invited
review talks from distinguished members of our community are anticipated.
Contributed, oral and poster, papers on observational as well
theoretical/simulation results of significance are welcome.

DEADLINE for Abstracts : January 11, 2002

Please also send an electronic copy of your abstract to:
haldoupis@dansas.usask.ca

Details about how to submit an abstract, registration and all pertinent
information about the meeting can be found on :
http://www.copernicus.org/EGS/egsga/nice02/nice02.htm
For more information about the ST12 session see:
http://www.copernicus.org/EGS/egsga/nice02/programme/STS.program

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5. Call for Papers for 2002 EGS General Assembly Session ST17.01 “Key
Questions in Magnetospheric Science: The Storm-Substorm Family:
Magnetospheric Reconfiguration on a Range of Temporal and Spatial Scales”
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From: “Wolfgang Baumjohann”

Wolfgang Baumjohann, Manuel Grande, Jean-Andre Sauvaud, and Lev Zelenyi
(Conveners)

Transformation of solar wind energy in the magnetosphere into thermal,
electromagnetic and high enery particle components occurs in a multitude of
of temporal scales, where pseudo-breakups, substorms, and storms are usually
referred as the most typical scenarious of such transformation. How these
types of phenomena could be qualitatively demarkated is challenged now and
we want to discuss them from a general point of view, trying to quantify
their temporal, spatial, and energy budget scales. Very important is to
identify the characteristic time sequences of solar wind parameters
determining these scales in each case.

The list of invited speakers includes R. Clauer, J.M. Jahn, A.T.Y. Lui, R.
Nakamura, A.A. Petrukovich, and T. Pullkinen.

Oral and Poster contributions are solicited which address relevant
observations from space and from the ground, as well as theoretical modeling.

The deadline for receipt of EGS 2002 abstracts is 11 January 2002.

Details of the European Geophysical Society XXVII General Assembly in Nice
can be found on the internet at:

http://www.copernicus.org/EGS/egsga/nice02/programme/overview.htm

Professor Wolfgang Baumjohann
Institut fur Weltraumforschung der
Schmiedlstr. 6, 8042 Graz, Austria
Tel.: +43-316-4120-501
email: baumjohann@oeaw.ac.at

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6. Meeting Announcement – Comlexity in the Earth’s Magnetospheric Dynamics
(CEMD)
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From: “Giuseppe Consolini”

COMLEXITY IN THE EARTH’S MAGNETOSPHRIC DYNAMICS (CEMD)
May 6 – 10, 2002
Venice, Italy

We are planning to organize a meeting on the “Complexity in the Earth’s
Magnetospheric Dynamics (CEMD)” to be held on May 6 – 10, 2002 in Venice
(Italy), sponsored by CNR, IFSI/CNR.

The CEMD meeting will summarize the most recent observational and theoretical
results on complexity, criticality, self-organized criticality – SOC -,
phase transitions, turbulence and plasma transport in the Earth’s
magnetospheric phenomena.

In order to proceed we encourage all the interested colleagues to return
the following letter of interest (deadline: December 31, 2001). The first
circular with more detailed information will be distributed in the next
future.

Scientific Committee:
Giuseppe Consolini, IFSI/CNR; Tom Chang MIT; Sandra Chapman, Warwick Univ.;
and Anthony Y. Lui, JHUAPL

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COMPLEXITY IN THE EARTH’S MAGNETOSPHERIC DYNAMICS (CEMD)
06 – 10 May 2002, Venice, Italy

Name:
address
e-mail address:
I would like to present a paper (Please mark the responses with X)
[ ] – contributed talk [ ] – poster [ ]
Tentative title:

please fill and return to consolini@ifsi.rm.cnr.it
or FAX at the number +39-0649934383 by 31 Dec. 2001

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7. Announcement for the 25th Annual Apatity Seminar on “Physics of
Auroral Phenomena”
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From: “Yuri P. Maltsev”

25th Annual Seminar “Physics of Auroral Phenomena”
(The Apatity Seminar)
26 February – 1 March 2002
Polar Geophysical Institute, Apatity, Russia

The 25th Annual Seminar “Physics of Auroral Phenomena” will be held on 26
February – 1 March 2002 at the Polar Geophysical Institute, Apatity,
Russia.

The Seminar subject traditionally covers a wide number of questions: Sun,
Solar Wind, Magnetosphere, Ionosphere, Atmosphere, as well as the influence
of geophysical phenomena on biological objects. The working language is
Russian, but reports in English are also welcome.

In the framework of the seminar the workshop “Key Parameters of Space
Weather” (INTAS 2000-752 project) will be held.

The deadline for abstracts is February 1, 2002. The abstracts should be
sent by e-mail to SEMINAR@pgi.kolasc.net.ru. Only the abstracts in ASCII or
MSWord format will be accepted. The abstracts (no more than 2000
characters) should be written in English.

It is suggested that participants will be accommodated at the hotels
Amethyst, Isovella, and at the hotel of Kola Science Center.

Further information will be placed at http://pgi.kolasc.net.ru/Seminar/

For any questions, please, contact

Dr Yuri Maltsev, Chairman of the Organizing Committee
E-mail: maltsev@pgi.kolasc.net.ru

and

Dr Alexander Yahnin
E-mail: yahnin@pgi.kolasc.net.ru
Tel.: +7-81555-79475
Fax: +7-81555-74339

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8. Third Announcement for the COSPAR Colloquium on “Plasma Processes in the
Near-Earth Space: Interball and Beyond”
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From: “LOC of INTERBALL’2002”

“PLASMA PROCESSES IN THE NEAR-EARTH SPACE: INTERBALL AND BEYOND”
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 5-10 February, 2002

http://www.stil.acad.bg/STIL/ib2002/
mirror: http://free.top.bg/ib2002/

Supported by:
European Commission, Research DG, High-Level Scientific Conferences
United Nations, Office for Outer Space Affairs

Dear Colleagues,

There are less than two months till the beginning of the COSPAR INTERBALL’2002
Colloquium. We would like to bring to your attention some important issues.

COLLOQUIUM PROGRAMME

ARRIVAL and registration: 4 February 2002
DEPARTURE: 10 February 2002

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME
We briefly remind the Main Scientific Topics of the Colloquim:

* Solar Wind Multiscale Structuring, Origin of Magnetosheath Variability
* Penetration of Solar Plasma into the Magnetosphere
* Global Magnetosphere Structure, Dynamics and Region Coupling
* Inner Magnetosphere, Ring Current
* Auroral Processes, Energetics of Ionospheric Plasma Processes
* Magnetospheric Non-Linear Processes
* Space Hazards: Manifestation, Origin, Forecast
* New Space Projects
* Data Bases of Physical Parameters

You can find more detailed information about the TUTORIAL LECTURES and
INVITED TALKS on the web page of the Colloquium, submenu ‘PROGRAM’.

Dr. C. Harvey, MSO of Session ‘Data Bases of Physical Parameters’ sent us the
following wording about the Session:

“The preservation of data and data products, and the development of
interoperability and tools to analyse this data, is a priority for our
discipline. We urge all concerned persons to contribute to this session by
submitting an abstract.”

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Abstracts are required for all presentations. Organisers encourage abstract
submission through the web page of the Colloquium. You can also submit an
abstract by E-mail, fax or post to the addresses of INTERBALL’2002 secretariat.
Will you examine the submitted abstracts on the Colloquium’s web page, submenu
‘PROGRAM’. If you want to correct your abstract, please send the corrected
version by E-mail to the address of LOC. Be sure to denote where the
corrections are: in the title, authors, authors’ affiliation or in abstract
body.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2001.

PUBLICATIONS
After review and acceptance, papers presented during the meeting will be
published in a separate volume of Advances of Space Research. Editors of the
volume will be D. Sibeck (USA), Yu. Galperin (Russia), T. Pulkkinen (Finland).

SOCIAL PROGRAMME
* A Get Together Cocktail – Monday, 4 February in the restaurant of the hotel.
* Sightseeing tour of Sofia – Wednesday, 6 February.
* A Concert will be given in the hotel on Friday, 8 February.
* A Gala Conference Dinner on Saturday, 9 February, also organised in the hotel.
All dates are provisional.

OPTIONAL SOCIAL EVENTS
> Pre-congress tour to Rila Monastery – Monday, 4 February 2002.
> Folk-style Dinner.
> Visit to the National Museum of History.

For more details see the web page, ‘Practical Information’.

FINAL REGISTRATION AND HOTEL RESERVATION
We kindly request all participants to register by sending the registration &
reservation form not later than 10 January 2002. On-line registration form is
available on the web page of the INTERBALL’2002 Colloquiumand and also at
http://www.cim-pco.org/ie/congress/ppnesib.htm
the web site of Colloquium’s official agent Company for International
Meetings – CIM Ltd.

For further information please visit our web site where you can find more
details about the meeting, meeting venue, accommodation, Sofia and life in
Bulgaria.

You may contact the secretariat at

Tel.: +359 (2) 736 589
Fax.: +359 (2) 700 178
e-mail:
interball2002@stil.acad.bg
or: ib2002@top.bg
or: mishev@stil.acad.bg

Yours Sincerely
D. Mishev

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