Issue 65, November 20, 2014

Table of Contents
1. SPA and Planetary Student-Scientist Career Mixer

2. MEETING: Scientists and Engineers as Educators Workshop at Fall AGU
December 17, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Moscone South: Mezzanine – 224 & 226

3. MEETING: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference
May 18-22, 2015, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

4. MEETING: COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshop – IRI 2015
November 2-13, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

5. Special Issue of Annales Geophysicae on the topic of: “Dynamic processes
in geospace”

6. Research Topic “Coronal Magnetometry”

7. EGU2015- Opportunities for Students & Young Scientists

8. RHESSI Science Nugget No. 240

9. JOB OPENING: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Space Technology at
Boston University

10. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Plasma Physics
West Virginia University

11. JOB OPENING: Swarm PDF Position at the University of Calgary


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1. SPA and Planetary Student-Scientist Career Mixer
From: Nicholas Gross <gross at>

Are you or do you know of a student who would like to speak with working
scientists about their career paths?

The SPA and Planetary sections are jointly sponsoring a
student-scientist mixer on the Sunday evening prior to AGU.

14 December 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
InterContinental San Francisco – Grand Ballroom B

The goal of this mixer is for working scientists to share their
experience on being a scientists with students interested in careers in
space physics and planetary science. We would like to know if you would
be able to participate in mixer and speak with students about your
career path and experience.

If you are a student studying space physics or planetary science, consider
attending this unique AGU event.

If you know of a student who would benefit from these discussions, please
pass this along to them.

If you are a working scientist who would like to share their career
experience with students, please contact Nick Gross ( for
relevant details.

2. MEETING: Scientists and Engineers as Educators Workshop at Fall AGU
December 17, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Moscone South: Mezzanine – 224 & 226
From: Edgar Bering <spacephy at>

Event Type: Science Communication, Workshop

Ticketing Type: Open To All

Event For: All Registrants, Students

Section/Focus Group or Subject Matter: Education (ED)

Sharing your passion for Earth sciences, geophysics, and space sciences with
K-12 students is important – and you never get another chance to make a
first impression. This workshop will give you insights into how to approach
a classroom talk, a mentoring situation, or informal interaction with after-
school or scouting groups. You will learn tips and tricks and low-cost
activities to make your interactions engaging for both students and
teachers. The curriculum materials for this workshop are provided by the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), which designed
the program. This workshop is possible through a partnership of the AIAA and
AGU Education. Registration is required and space is limited, so register
early by contacting Edgar A. Bering at:

3. MEETING: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference
May 18-22, 2015, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
From: Paul Cannon <P.Cannon at>

We are writing to invite you to participate in the 1st URSI Atlantic Radio
Science Conference, which is one of the URSI flagship conferences, and which
will be heldMay 18-22, 2015 at the ExpoMeloneras Convention Centre, Gran
Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

Travel to Gran Canaria from and via Europe is cheap on the budget airlines
and we have deliberately set the student registration fees low (190 Euro to
include the Gala dinner and reception).

AT-RASC will have an Open Scientific Programme supplemented by Special
Sessions and will welcome papers appropriate to all ten Commissions.

. Commission A: Electromagnetic Metrology
. Commission B: Fields and Waves
. Commission C: Radiocommunication and Signal Processing Systems
. Commission D: Electronics and Photonics
. Commission E: Electromagnetic Environment and Interference
. Commission F: Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
. Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
. Commission H: Waves in Plasmas
. Commission J: Radio Astronomy
. Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine

URSI meetings of course benefit from opportunities to work and learn from
other radio scientists in related fields as well as our own.

The AT-RASC web site  lists the extraordinarily
impressive cohort of General Lecturers, the collocated ISSSE conference
(Commissions C and others), the GRAPE Workshop (Commissions F and G) and a
list of Special Sessions.

Commission G and H and J Special Sessions include:

S-G1 “Assimilative modeling and the global ionosonde network”
Co-Chairs: Ivan Galkin, Dieter Biliza
S-G2-“Ionospheric effects on GNSS systems at low-latitudes”
S-GF “GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment)”
Chair: Giorgiana De Franceschi
S-GH “Modeling geospace boundaries and the need for radio science
Co-Chairs: Tim Fuller-Rowell, Aaron Ridley
S-H “Space radio weather: the radio subdomain of space weather
Co-Chairs: Mauro Messerotti, Viviane Pierrard
S-HG “Highly-Transient Space Plasma Events”
Co-Chairs: Guru Ganguli, Christine Hartzell, John Mathews
JG “Ionospheric models and their validation”
Co-Chairs: Richard Schilizzi, Stefan Wijnholds, John Matthews

Young Scientists and Students: Radio science  is increasingly important to
our technologically advanced society and indeed to the process of discovery
in other sciences. To maintain and develop the community, URSI is committed
to supporting and encouraging young radio scientists and students.
Consequently, URSI will support the attendance of up to 40 Young Scientists
at AT-RASC and will award prizes to the best three student papers  with
prizes of $750, $500 and $250.

Papers can be submitted through  until 15 December

We very much look forward to seeing you in Gran Canaria.

With our very best wishes,

Professor George Uslenghi, General Chair of AT-RASC2015,
Professor Paul Cannon, President of URSI.

4. MEETING: COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshop – IRI 2015
November 2-13, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
From: Dieter Bilitza <dbilitza at> and
Pornchai Supnithi <pornchai.supnithi at>

The 2015 International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) Workshop will take place
at the King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, Thailand
from November 2to 13, 2015.  The 2-week workshop is supported under the
COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshop program and consists of student-oriented
lectures and tutorials during the first week followed by the regular IRI
science meeting in the second week. The first week activities will introduce
graduate students and young researchers to the basics of ionospheric
monitoring and modeling and related online resources. The students will work
on specific modeling problems in small groups and report their results at
the end of the second conference week to the full IRI workshop audience. The
second week will be organized as a regular IRI workshop with oral and poster
presentations on the topic of ‘Improved Accuracy of Ionospheric Models in
the Equatorial Region and Progress Towards a Real-Time IRI model’. Papers on
general IRI-related topics are also welcome including new data sources and
improvements and new additions for IRI. Of special interest are applications
of the IRI model in all areas of technology and science. As is the case with
IRI Workshops a strong participation from local and regional scientists is
expected and offers an opportunity to better understand and connect with
research partners and data sources from the Southeast-Asian longitude
sector. Please put the workshop dates in your calendar.

A selection of papers from the workshop will make up the core of a special
issue of Advances in Space Research on “Improved Accuracy of Ionospheric
Models in the Equatorial Region and Progress Towards a Real-Time IRI model”.

Funding will be provided for a limited number of students for travel,
housing, and meals.  A workshop website ( will
be made available in early 2015 and will provide more information on the
application process. The IRI homepage is at

5. Special Issue of Annales Geophysicae on the topic of: “Dynamic processes
in geospace”
From: Barry Mauk <Barry.Mauk at>

As an outcome of the highly successful conference entitled: “Geospace
revisited: a Cluster/MAARBLE/Van Allen Probes Conference” held on Rhodes
Island, Greece during the week of 15 September, a special issue of
“Annales Geophysicae” has been created.  Participants of the conference and
non-participants alike are encouraged to submit papers to this issue.  The
particulars of the special issue are provided here:

Special Issue of Annales Geophysicae

Title of Special Issue: Dynamic processes in geospace

Guest Editors: I. A. Daglis, C.-P. Escoubet, B. Mauk, and G. Balasis

Timeline for submission:  1 Nov 2014 – 31 Mar 2015

Description: This special issue addresses long-standing research topics of
Dynamic Processes in Geospace. Acceleration, transport and loss in the
energetic geospace (ring current and radiation belts), Transient Processes
in the Magnetotail and in the Plasma Sheet, The Role of Cold Plasma in
Geospace Dynamics, upstream Transient Phenomena and Their Effects on
Geospace, are some of the topics of the special issue. The “Geospace
Revisited: A joint Cluster/MAARBLE/Van Allen Probes Conference”, held on 15–
20 September 2014 in Rhodes, Greece, was devoted to these research topics.
The conference was very successful, gathering more than 150 participants
from 26 countries and comprised 5 topical sessions and a special session on
highlights from the Cluster and Van Allen Probes missions and from the
MAARBLE project. We invite the conference participants and other researchers
to submit their results to this special issue of Annales Geophysicae.

Articles should be submitted at:

6. Research Topic “Coronal Magnetometry”
From: Sarah Gibson <sgibson at>

We (Sarah Gibson, Stephen White, Laurel Rachmeler) are organizing a Research
Topic titled “Coronal Magnetometry” in collaboration with Frontiers in
Astronomy and Space Sciences. We would like to encourage you to contribute
to this topic.

Frontiers, a Swiss open-access publisher, recently partnered with Nature
Publishing Group to expand its researcher-driven Open Science platform.
Frontiers articles are rigorously peer-reviewed and can be disseminated

The idea behind a research topic is to create an organized, comprehensive
collection of several contributions, as well as a forum for discussion and
debate. Note that the flexibility of this format allows broad coverage of
the state of the art in coronal magnetometry, since publications relating to
theory, models, observations, instrumentation, methodologies, etc. are all
eligible for publication.

We have created a homepage on the Frontiers website (Frontiers in Astronomy
and Space Sciences, section Stellar and Solar Physics) where all articles
will appear after peer-review (free access for all readers) and where
participants in the topic will be able to hold relevant discussions:

Frontiers will also ultimately compile an e-book as soon as all contributing
articles are published. As an author in Frontiers, you retain the copyright
to your own papers and figures.

For further information about the Frontiers platform, publication fees,
topic scope, etc., please see the above web page.  You can also submit an
abstract directly through that web page (abstract deadline April 1, 2015;
manuscript submission deadline October 1, 2015).

7. EGU2015- Opportunities for Students & Young Scientists
From: Claire Foullon <C.Foullon at>

Dear Colleagues,

There are several opportunities for students and young scientists planning
to participate in EGU General Assembly 2015, 12 – 17 April, Vienna, Austria:

The Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST) Program Group takes part in the OSP
program, whereby undergraduate and PhD students can register to have their
posters take part. Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 January 2015. Full
information on eligibility is at:

Support Application Deadline: 28 November 2014. Full information on
eligibility is at:

Our ST Young Scientist (YS) Representative, Beate K. Humberset, is there to
make the link between the EGU and the young scientist community. Get
involved with your ST Division or with the Union & sessions, short courses
and meetings of special interest at the Assembly, to follow at:

All the very best,

Claire Foullon
(OSP coordinator ST)

Norma B. Crosby
(Division President ST)

Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division:
EGU2015 Meeting Web Site:
EGU2015 ST

8. RHESSI Science Nugget No. 240
From: Hugh Hudson <hhudson at>

“Back from the Far Side,” by Hugh Hudson and Greg Slater. The return of AR
2192, well tracked by seismic imaging, has produced interesting flares but
still no CMEs.


listing the current series, 2008-present, and

for 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.

9. JOB OPENING: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Space Technology at
Boston University
From: Joshua Semeter <jls at>

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Boston University invites
applicants for a tenure track faculty position beginning Fall 2015 at the
Assistant Professor level in Space Technology, and its Commercial,
Scientific, and Societal Applications.  Possible areas of focus include
small satellites, sensors and instrumentation, spaceflight control,
robotics, vehicle design, and space communications.   The university seeks
to build upon its traditional strengths in Space Science through the
development of a synergistic technology program in the College of
Engineering.   The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work with
a diverse group of faculty through BU’s interdisciplinary Center for Space
Physics (CSP).   A joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering or Department of Astronomy is possible depending on
background and interests.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is multi-disciplinary with strong
research programs in Robotics, MEMs and Nanotechnology, Biomechanics,
Thermo-fluid Sciences and Energy, Acoustics (including bioacoustics and
ultrasound), and related Materials.  The department is further strengthened
by its affiliation with the Photonics Center, the Division of
Materials Science and Engineering, The Division of Systems Engineering, the
Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation, and the CSP.  Both the
Department and College are working to implement ambitious ten-year plans, in
line with Boston University’s commitment to becoming a top tier research
university, that envision substantial growth in the coming years. Boston
offers a thriving research and educational environment, and the selected
candidate will benefit from the many opportunities for collaboration with
local industry, labs, and universities.

Interested candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field of
engineering or applied science, and should have the ability to develop and
sustain a funded research program. The applicant should be able to teach
courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering
or related courses in the College of Engineering.  Salary is competitive and
commensurate with experience.

For additional information and application instructions, please visit  The application deadline is December
31, 2014.   Enquiries may be addressed to Josh Semeter (

10. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Plasma Physics
West Virginia University
From: Paul Cassak <pacassak at>

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University invites
applications for a faculty appointment in plasma physics at the rank of
Assistant Professor. The preferred start date is August 16, 2015. Qualified
candidates in any area of theoretical, computational, or observational
plasma physics are encouraged to apply. The following research areas would
complement existing experimental and theory strengths within the department:
(1) low temperature plasma physics theory/simulation; (2) space or solar
plasma physics theory/simulation or observation; (3) plasma medicine; and
(4) high energy density physics theory/simulation.  Minimum requirements are
a Ph.D., or equivalent, in physics or a related field with a commitment and
ability to lead an independent research program and to excel in teaching
physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful
candidate will present a strong record of research productivity as evidenced
by publication record and scientific collaborations and the potential to
develop an externally funded, nationally competitive, research program. The
WVU plasma physics program includes four Professors and three Research
Professors. The research areas emphasized in the WVU Department of Physics
and Astronomy ( are astrophysics, condensed matter
physics, physics education, and plasma physics. The department moved into a
new facility with state-of-the-art research laboratories in 2012. On-campus
shared computational facilities are available and WVU is on the Internet 2
high-speed backbone.

To apply, send (1) a cover letter addressed to the Plasma Physics Search
Committee, (2) a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications
and relevant teaching experience, (3) a research plan for the next five
years including an estimate of start-up costs, and (4) a statement of
teaching philosophy and experience. Send these documents in a single pdf
file to with the subject line Plasma Search.
Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same
electronic address. Review of applications will begin December 21, 2014 and
will continue until the position is filled. WVU is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE
award for gender equity.  The university is committed to diversity and
welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities,
females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

11. JOB OPENING: Swarm PDF Position at the University of Calgary
From: David Knudsen <knudsen at>

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary is
accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with data from the
Swarm Electric Field Instruments.

Duration: 2 years
Start date: As soon as January 2015

Job Description: Working with members of the Swarm EFI team at the
University of Calgary, the successful applicant will support and carry out
scientific studies using new data from the Electric Field Instruments on
the European Space Agency’s three Swarm satellites.   Launched in November
2013, Swarm is currently carrying out a multi-year, multi-point precision
survey of ionospheric plasma parameters and electric and magnetic fields.
In addition to leading his or her own  scientific studies, the PDF will
assist in the management and calibration of data from the EFIs’ Thermal Ion
Imager sensors.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate in physics or a related
field, and be highly proficient and experienced in the area of scientific
data analysis.   Experience with data management and in situ space data is
strongly desirable.

Application details: Interested applicants are invited to send a one-page
statement of interests, a resume including publication list and the names
and email addresses of two references to Dr. David Knudsen:   knudsen

For further information, please see, or contact Dr.
Knudsen directly. Funding is provided by the University of Calgary’s “Eyes
High” program ( Consideration of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is

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