Issue 64, November 16, 2014

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1. Judges Needed for Student Presentations at AGU — Please Help!

2. Aurorasaurus – Citizen Scientists Experiencing Extremes of Space Weather
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1. Judges Needed for Student Presentations at AGU — Please Help!
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From: Brian Welsch <welsch at ssl. berkeley. edu>

Almost 200 student papers in SPA sessions were entered in the Outstanding
Student Paper Awards program for the upcoming Fall AGU meeting, an increase
of 20% over last year.

Please help us make sure every student gets evaluated fairly by volunteering
to judge!  You can provide students with valuable feedback via presentation
scores and comments regarding their scientific research.  Students are
grateful to hear from scientists in their field,  and are eager to learn
from you!

All three SPA subsections (SA, SH, SM) need judges, but the need is
especially acute for SM sections.

Judges typically evaluate three papers. Sign-Up is Easy:

* Use your AGU member login to the OSPA system, http://ospa.agu.org/ospa/
* Judges must be AGU members and cannot be students
* Click on “Find Presentations” at right
* Search by session, paper title, keyword, or presentation type (oral,
poster); you can’t judge students from your institution.
* You can add/remove presentations until the Meeting starts, but are then
responsible for ensuring that they are judged.

You will be notified if any presentations that you signed up to judge are
moved / cancelled.

Score sheets can be edited up until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, 23 December.

Thank you for your help — the students very much appreciate it and are
looking forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Brian Welsch, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Allan Weatherwax, SPA-OSPA committee
Kara Smedley Rodean, Program Manager – Student Member Initiatives

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2. Aurorasaurus – Citizen Scientists Experiencing Extremes of Space Weather
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From: Elizabeth MacDonald, <aurorasaurus.info at gmail.com>

The New Mexico Consortium is pleased to announce the public beta release of
the Aurorasaurus (www.aurorasaurus.org) platform, as well as the release of
new iOS and Android apps, available now for your smartphone.

Aurorasaurus is a platform where the public can view reports and tweets
about the northern lights and verify those tweets to find real observations.
Aurorasaurus features a map showing real-time aurora sightings, the weather,
a blog with news features, and general information about the aurora. In
addition to a page for frequently asked questions, any user may ask their
own question which will be answered by a scientist. This platform features
the ability to register via social media to receive email and location based
notifications, as well as the ability to check the real-time solar wind
power. The website also features the Aurorasaurus Scientist Network,
currently with 10 scientists and looking for more volunteers.

In addition to benefits for the public, these real-time ground truth
observations are available for scientific study. Space scientists are
invited to check out Aurorasaurus (http://aurorasaurus.org/) and follow us
for updates on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/aurorasaurus.org), Google+
(https://plus.google.com/u/0/114947805252550640792/) , or Twitter
(http://www.twitter.com/tweetaurora).  Please also share with your family
and friends as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

This website is available due to funding by the Integrated NSF Support
Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) program. At AGU
new results will be presented in IN42A-07, “Using Citizen Science and
Crowdsourcing via Aurorasaurus as a Near Real Time Data Source for Space
Weather Applications” by MacDonald et al.
(https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm14/preliminaryview.cgi/Paper28083.html).

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