Issue 65, November 1, 2013

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1. SPA Events at the Fall AGU Meeting

2. Open Comment Period for AGU Bylaws

3. Revival of the NSF Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)
Program

4. 2014 SORCE Meeting: Abstract Deadline Extended to November 1

5. Monday Science Telecon, November 4, 2013

6. Geospace Revisited: a Cluster/MAARBLE/Van Allen Probes Conference,
First Announcement
Rhodes (Greece), 15-20 September 2014

7. Second Announcement: 14th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-14),
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 8-12 September 2014

8. C/NOFS CINDI Ion Data Are Now Available on CDAWeb

9. New Book Announcement: "Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics"

10. RHESSI Halloween Nugget
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1. SPA Events at the Fall AGU Meeting
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From: Jim Klimchuk <james.a.klimchuk at nasa.gov>

Please plan to participate in the Agency Night Town Hall and SPA Banquet
scheduled for Tuesday evening, Dec. 10.

Agency Night will be 6:15-7:15 in Moscone West 2006. Speakers include Dave
Chenette (NASA), Rich Behnke (NSF), Ed DeLuca (Roadmap), and Len Fisk (SPA
Advocacy Committee).

The SPA Banquet will begin at 7:30 in the Four Seas Restaurant, 731 Grant
Ave. Cocktails will be provided courtesy of Lockheed Martin. Join us as we
honor the 2013 award winners and have some fun with an SPA trivial contest!
Younger scientists are especially encouraged to attend this excellent
networking opportunity.

The registration deadline is Nov. 8.

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2. Open Comment Period for AGU Bylaws
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From: David Gary Sibeck <David.G.Sibeck at nasa.gov>

AGU members are invited to comment on proposed changes to AGU's bylaws. The
updates reflect changes required by DC law and changes enacted by the AGU
Board of Directors and Council during the transition in 2010–2012 to a new
governance structure. Members can view and comment on the proposed changes
at https://sites.agu.org/leadership/agu-bylaws-comment-period/

The comment period is open until 18 November. There are 3 documents posted
online to help you respond: a 2-page summary for those who want a high-level
summary; the proposed AGU bylaws color-coded to reflect the source of the
change; and a redlined version of the current bylaws. AGU members have 3
options to respond to the proposed changes: No comment – the proposed
changes look OK to me; abstain from commenting; and submit comments.

All comments will be reviewed by the Bylaws Task Force composed of two Board
and three Council members. The AGU Council will make the final decision
about changing the bylaws during its meeting on 8 December 2013.

Questions can be directed to Cheryl Enderlein (cenderlein@agu.org).

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3. Revival of the NSF Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)
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From: Therese Moretto Jorgensen <tjorgens at nsf.gov>

A solicitation for proposals to this program has been released and can be
found at:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504953&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

The first deadline for proposals is January 27, 2014.  In the future,
starting 2015, proposals will be solicited biennially with a deadline on
August 31.

Synopsis of Program:

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at
the National Science Foundation, to ensure the health and vitality of solar
and space sciences on university teaching faculties, is pleased to offer
awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the
intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences.  The aim of
these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into
basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology,
computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space
physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders
in this field.  Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty
Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish
partnerships within the university community. For questions please contact
Therese Moretto Jorgensen, tjorgens@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4729

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4. 2014 SORCE Meeting: Abstract Deadline Extended to November 1
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From: Vanessa George <Vanessa.George at lasp.colorado.edu>

2014 SORCE Science Meeting
"Variability in the Sun and Climate over the SORCE Mission"

January 28-31, 2014 *Cocoa Beach, Florida

With the NASA furlough, the abstract deadline has been extended to **Friday,
Nov. 1**.

At this meeting we will examine what we have learned in the past 11 years
during the SORCE mission concerning variations in the Sun's radiation, as
well as the Sun's influence on climate and global change.  The agenda
consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations in six
theme sessions.

Please submit your abstract via email to Vanessa.George@lasp.colorado.edu.
For session descriptions and an abstract form, please visit the SORCE
Meeting website:
http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/sorce/news-events/meetings/2014-sorce-science-meeting/.

We have many great speakers lined up already, and we would love to have you
join us!

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5. Monday Science Telecon, November 4, 2013
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From: David Sibeck <david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov>

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (November 4), we plan to hold the next in our
ongoing series of regular science telecoms. The speaker this Monday will be
Professor Ted Fritz from Boston University. The topic will be "The present
BUSAT projects: BUSAT2 and ANDESITE".

The telecom will be broadcast via webex. If you would like to join, please
go to http://uclaigpp.webex.com/, click on the THEMIS SWG meeting, enter
your name and contact information, and then the meeting password, which is
Substorm1!

To hear the audio, do not dial the number that pops up on the webex website.
Instead, please dial the following toll free (in the United States) number:
1-888-919-8405 with passcode 716697.

Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.

Looking forward to speaking with you.
David Sibeck

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6. Geospace Revisited: a Cluster/MAARBLE/Van Allen Probes Conference,
First Announcement
Rhodes (Greece), 15-20 September 2014
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From: Yannis Daglis <iadaglis at phys.uoa.gr>
Philippe Escoubet <Philippe.Escoubet at esa.int>

This conference aims at revisiting long-standing issues of geospace dynamic
phenomena. New data from space missions like Cluster, THEMIS and the more
recent Van Allen Probes, along with measurements from ground-based
magnetometer arrays around the globe, processed with new methods and
combined with theory and simulations are expected to shed light on the
complex interplay of particles, fields and waves in geospace, and in
particular the inner magnetosphere (radiation belts and ring current).

Scientific Organizing Committee:
I.A. Daglis and C.P. Escoubet (co-chairs), D.N. Baker, G. Balasis,
S. Bourdarie, I. Dandouras, E. Daly, S. Fu, S. Haaland, R.B. Horne,
Y. Khotyaintsev, C. Kletzing, L.J. Lanzerotti, I.R. Mann, A. Masson,
Y. Miyoshi, J. Pickett, O. Santolik, H. Spence, D. Turner

Local Organizing Committee:
I.A. Daglis (chair), A. Anastasiadis, G. Balasis, M. Georgiou,
O. Giannakis, C. Katsavrias, C. Papadimitriou, P. Preka, I. Sandberg

"Geospace revisited" will be held at the Rodos Palace Hotel
(http://www.rodos-palace.gr/) on 15-20 September 2014.
Contributions are solicited as both oral and poster presentations.
A more detailed announcement with planned sessions is due in November.

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7. Second Announcement: 14th European Solar Physics Meeting (ESPM-14),
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 8-12 September 2014
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From: Shaun Bloomfield <shaun.bloomfield at tcd.ie>

Dear Colleagues,

This is the second announcement for the 14th European Solar Physics Meeting
(ESPM-14) that will take place in Dublin, Ireland over 8-12 September 2014.
The meeting will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin, which is centrally
located in Dublin city. ESPMs are organized by the Board of the European
Solar Physics Division (ESPD), a joint Division of the European Physical
Society (EPS) and the European Astronomical Society (EAS).

These meetings occur every 3 years with the purpose of bringing together
researchers from Europe and beyond that are active in the theoretical and
observational study of all solar phenomena.

We are pleased to announce the following preliminary list of science session
titles for ESPM-14:

Session 1 - New and Upcoming Heliospheric Observational and Data
Assimilation Facilities
Session 2 - The Sun as a Whole: Large-Scale Flows, Magnetism,
Magnetoconvection and the Solar Cycle
Session 3 - Emergence and Evolution of Magnetic Flux in the Solar Atmosphere
Session 4 - Chromospheric Dynamics
Session 5 - Heating and Transient Activity of the Solar Corona: Waves,
Flows, Reconnection and Jets
Session 6 - Solar Eruptive Events: Instabilities, Flares and Coronal Mass
Ejections
Session 7 - Radio Emission and Particle Acceleration
Session 8 - The Solar Wind and Space Weather Research

Online registration and abstract submission will open in early spring 2014.
The ESPM-14 Local and Scientific Organizing Committees are currently working
to secure funding that will provide financial aid to a number of PhD
students via partial travel and/or local support. Further details related to
registration costs, abstract submission, accommodation, financial assistance
and relevant deadlines will be circulated in a third announcement shortly
after the New Year.

The meeting website can be found at http://www.espm14.ie

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin.

Best regards,

ESPM-14 Scientific and Local Organizing Committees

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8. C/NOFS CINDI Ion Data Are Now Available on CDAWeb
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From: Dieter Bilitza and Robin Coley

The high-resolution (0.5 – 1.0 sec) ion data from the C/NOFS CINDI
experiment are now available for browsing and downloading in CDF and ASCII
format on SPDF's CDAWeb at http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov .  The Coupled Ion
Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI, PI: Rod Heelis) is the NASA-funded
part of the payload on the Air Force's Communications/Navigation Outage
Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite. C/NOFS was placed into a low Earth
orbit with orbital inclination of 13° and a perigee of 400 km and an apogee
of 850 km.

Goddard's Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) is responsible for the
archiving of non-solar data from NASA's heliospheric satellite missions and
CDAWeb is its prime data access tool. Total ion density, ion composition,
ion temperature, and ion drift vector measured by the CINDI Ion Velocity
Meter (IVM) are currently available from August 8, 2008 up to September 2012
and will be updated regularly.  The IVM data are also accessible in HDF
format from a server at the University of Texas Dallas:
http://cindispace.utdallas.edu/.

In addition to the IVM data CDAWeb already provides access to data from two
other C/NOFS instruments: the Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI, PI:
Rob Pfaff, GSFC) and the Planar Langmuir Probe (PLP, PI: Don Hunton, AFRL).
VEFI is a collection of instruments including 6 electric field booms, a 3-
axis magnetometer, a spherical Langmuir probe, and a lightning detector (LD,
PI: Robert Holzworth, U Washington).  The data on CDAWeb include the
electric and magnetic field data and LD data from VEFI and electron density
and temperature data from PLP.

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9. New Book Announcement: "Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics"
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From: Gerard Belmont <gerard.belmont at lpp.polytechnique.fr>

We are happy to inform you that the new book "Collisionless Plasmas in
Astrophysics", written by G. Belmont, R. Grappin, F. Mottez, F. Pantellini
and G. Pelletier, is now published.

"Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics" examines the unique properties of
media without collisions in plasma physics. Experts in this field, the
authors present the first book to concentrate on these collisionless
conditions, whether close or not to thermal equilibrium. Filling a void in
scientific literature, "Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics" explains the
possibilities of modeling such plasmas, using a fluid or a kinetic
framework. This book intends to be a basic textbook of plasma physics, and
it, therefore, covers most classical topics of the domain, such as
turbulence (weak/strong), magnetic reconnection, linear waves,
instabilities, and nonlinear effects. In each domain, it starts from a basic
level and tries to lead in a self-sufficient manner to a view in accordance
with the 2013 state of the art. Its main specificity is, however, to pay
particular attention, in each domain, to the collisionless limit and the
consequences of the different modelings, fluid or kinetic.

The book is designed for an audience of students and researchers. Those who
discover the domain should find the essential basic notions. Those who
already know them should find the necessary perspective to approach some
profound questions concerning the notion of collision (beginning by its very
definition) and the collisionless limit (in particular the delicate use of
the classical thermodynamical notions such as entropy in this case). The
book should also help understanding the necessary compromises to be made for
modeling plasmas in different circumstances, the global fluid modeling being
often necessary to complement the kinetic one, the latter being easily
handleable only at small scales and for simple (e.g. 1-D) geometries.
Abundant illustrations are given in both space physics and astrophysics.

Good reading.

See: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-3527410740,subjectCd-PH20.html

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10. RHESSI Halloween Nugget
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From: Hugh Hudson <hhudson at ssl.berkeley.edu>

No. 211, "The Halloween Flares and Large-Scale Correlations," by Richard
Schwartz and Hugh Hudson.

See
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/The_Halloween_Flares_and_Large-Scale_Correlations

Older Nuggets are available at
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets
(the current series, 2008-present), and at
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ (the original series, 2005-
2008).

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

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