Issue 66, November 24, 2014

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1. University of Michigan’s Professor Emeritus Andy Nagy Has Received
AGU’s 2014 William Kaula Award

2. Call for papers for ASR Topical Issue on “Space and Geophysical Research
Related to Latin America”

3. MEETING: Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting (CSPM) “Ground-based Solar
Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era”
October 5-9, 2015, Coimbra, Portugal

4. SESSION: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference Session
“Modeling geospace boundaries and the need for radio science
observations”
May 18-22, 2015, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

5. Announcing RHESSI Science Nugget No. 241

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at University of Alabama
Huntsville

7. JOB OPENING: Senior Lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
in South Africa
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1. University of Michigan’s Professor Emeritus Andy Nagy Has Received
AGU’s 2014 William Kaula Award
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From: Mark Moldwin <mmoldwin at umich.edu>

The William Kaula award recognizes unselfish service to the scientific
community through extraordinary dedication to, and exceptional efforts on
behalf of, AGU’s publications program. Individuals may be recognized for
such contributions as outstanding reviewing, editorial service beyond
expectations, and innovative leadership. Previous SPA-member winners include
Marcia Neugebauer (2004) and Alexander Dessler (2003). Prof. Nagy is a
Fellow of AGU, past President of the SPA Section, one of the first editors
of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), like Bill Kaula before him – an
editor of Reviews of Geophysics, one of the organizers of the first Chapman
Conferences, and chair or member of numerous AGU committees. The 2014 Kaula
award recognizes his pioneering and leadership roles in AGU publications.

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2. Call for papers for ASR Topical Issue on “Space and Geophysical Research
Related to Latin America”
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From: Peggy Ann Shea <sssrc at msn.com>

Papers are invited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research
(ASR) “Space and Geophysical Research Related to Latin America”.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to highlight research activities
being conducted in and/or related to Latin America.  This includes current
space and geophysical research results from scientists in Latin America as
well as from other scientists working on space and geophysical research that
affects the Latin American region.

Appropriate subjects include (but are not limited to) the following: solar,
heliospheric, magnetospheric and ionospheric phenomena, cosmic ray
measurements, earth sciences from space (e.g. geophysics: plate tectonic,
regional deformation; GPS weather prediction), the South Atlantic anomaly,
and Latin American Space Weather activities. Experimental, analytical and
theoretical papers will be accepted.  All research manuscripts must be
original papers (i.e. not published elsewhere); review papers must clearly
state that the manuscript is a review and the topic being reviewed.  The
deadline for submissions is 1 May 2015.

Papers must be submitted electronically to http://ees.elsevier.com/asr. To
ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the
special issue, authors must select “Special Issue: Latin Amer space
research” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier
web site at
http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/644/authorinstr
uctions.

Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full
affiliation addresses for all authors.  All papers are subject to peer
review by two reviewers.  There are no page limits although the length of
the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented.  Papers
will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted.  All articles
will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for
printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures on the
electronic version.

Dr. Blanca Mendoza (Blanca@geofisica.unam.mx) is the Guest Editor for this
special issue. Questions can be directed to Dr. Mendoza or to the ASR Co-
Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (sssrc@msn.com).

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3. MEETING: Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting (CSPM) “Ground-based Solar
Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era”
October 5-9, 2015, Coimbra, Portugal
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From: Ivan Dorotovic <ivan.dorotovic at suh.sk>

The Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of
Coimbra, Portugal (Observatório Geofísico e Astronómico da Universidade de
Coimbra – OGAUC) is organizing the Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting “Ground-
based Solar Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era” during 5-9
October, 2015 for discussing the state-of-art of solar ground-based and
space-based observing techniques and related topics. This CSPM-2015
scientific meeting will cover various aspects of solar dynamic and magnetic
phenomena which are observed over the entire electromagnetic spectrum:
white-light, H?, Ca II, and radio from ground and in a variety of other
wavelengths (white light, UV and EUV, and X-rays) from space. Emphasis will
also be placed on instrumentation, observing techniques, and solar image
processing techniques, as well as theory and modelling through detailed
radiative transfer in increasingly realistic MHD models.

More information about this Meeting is available on
http://www.mat.uc.pt/~cspm2015/

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4. SESSION: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference Session
“Modeling geospace boundaries and the need for radio science
observations”
May 18-22, 2015, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
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From: Tim Fuller-Rowell <tim.fuller-rowell at noaa.gov>

Special Session: S-GH “Modeling geospace boundaries and the need for radio
science observations” Chairs: Tim Fuller-Rowell and Aaron Ridley

Session Description: Many of the impacts of ionospheric plasma on
operational systems in Earth’s geospace are a consequence of steep gradients
at boundaries. Examples of these boundaries are the the plasmapause, the
edges of plasma bubbles, gradients at the edges of storm enhanced densities,
the polar cap, or the auroral oval. Modeling these boundaries and their
impact requires understanding their source, capturing the range of physical
processes in models, and requires the coupling to the neutral atmosphere in
which the plasma is embedded. It also requires understanding the response to
the forcing from the magnetosphere and the lower atmosphere. To constrain
the ionospheric modeling requires observations at frequencies from HF, which
depend on the plasma for reflection and communication, to L-band, where the
plasma boundaries present at best a nuisance and at worst a hazard. Papers
are requesting addressing advances in ionospheric modeling, and in
particular how modeling the Geospace system is dependent on radio science
measurements for development, verification, and testing.

We invite you to submit a paper to this Commission G special session, joint
with H, at the 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference, which is one of
the URSI flagship conferences, and which will be held May 18-22, 2015 at the
ExpoMeloneras Convention Centre, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

. Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
. Commission H: Waves in Plasmas

Travel to Gran Canaria from and via Europe is very convenient and relatively
inexpensive. Papers can be submitted through http://www.at-
rasc.com until December 15th, 2014.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Gran Canaria.
Session Chairs Tim Fuller-Rowell and Aaron Ridley

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5. Announcing RHESSI Science Nugget No. 241
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From: Hugh Hudson <hhudson at ssl.berkeley.edu>

“The Solar X-ray Limb II,” by Marina Battaglia and Hugh Hudson. X-raying the
mass distribution at the limb of the sun: the true solar radius.

See
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/

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.

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6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at University of Alabama
Huntsville
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From: Nikolai V. Pogorelov <np0002 at uah.edu>

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is accepting applications for the
regular full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant I to work in
the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research.  The research will
involve simulations of time-dependent, turbulent solar wind flows with the
observational boundary conditions, especially from the Solar Dynamics
Observatory data. Another aspect of this job is the development of coronal
mass ejection models. Simulations results should be compared with in-situ
spacecraft measurements. The research will be performed using a software
suite (Multi-Scale Fluid-Kinetic Simulation Suite, MS—FLUKSS) developed at
CSPAR. MS-FLUKSS is built on the Chombo adaptive mesh refinement framework
and allows self-consistent solution of MHD, gas dynamics Euler, and kinetic
Boltzmann equations.  The code is scalable to over 150,000 computing cores
and was ported to major national supercomputers. The successful candidate is
expected to have a recent Ph.D. in Physics or Space Sciences, 0-12 months of
full-time work experience in object-oriented programming in C++ and/or
Fortran, parallel programming using MPI and OpenMP, must have the ability to
work with big codes, must have experience in modeling plasma flows,
experience in data analysis is desired.  The approximate starting salary is
$34,203 – $46,000 with an excellent benefits package. Applicants should
submit a letter describing their research interests, curriculum vitae, and
other supporting documents.  Qualified applicants should apply on-line at
http://uah.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=55044

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER OF
MINORITIES/FEMALES/VETERANS/DISABLED

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7. JOB OPENING: Senior Lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
in South Africa
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From: Mike Kosch <m.kosch at lancaster.ac.uk>

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa is committed to
Employment Equity.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE

SENIOR LECTURER (PHYSICS)
SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS

REF NO.: CP18/2014 – PIETERMARITZBURG CAMPUS
REF NO.: CP19/2014 – WESTVILLE CAMPUS

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is one of the top three Universities in
South Africa and in the top 500 Universities globally. The School has active
research and teaching programmes on Westville and Pietermaritzburg.

Westville Campus has vibrant research groups in a number of areas including
quantum and space physics as well as interests in theoretical and
observational cosmology including large-scale structure, galaxy evolution,
the cosmic microwave background, instrumentation, and computational
astrophysics. Candidates are invited to apply from all areas of
astrophysics, cosmology and space physics.
Pietermaritzburg Campus has a long tradition in the areas of molecular
optics, astrophysics, particle physics and computer simulation of classical
and quantum systems in the condensed phase. Candidates are invited to apply
from all areas of physics.

The incumbents will provide added strength to the School’s research and
teaching programmes, and will be expected to contribute actively to
research, supervision of postgraduate students, and teaching at
undergraduate level, as well as contribute towards administration of the
School. The incumbents will report to the relevant Academic Leader of
Physics.

Minimum Requirements:
* A relevant PhD degree in Physics
* Experience in teaching physics at a tertiary institution
* Successful supervision of postgraduate students in physics (MSc and/or
PhD)
* A current and sustained research record as evidenced by publications in
peer-
reviewed ISI/SAPSE accredited physics journals appropriate for the level
appointment.

These appointments will be made in line with the University
Guidelines/benchmarks which are available on the University Vacancies
website on http://vacancies.ukzn.ac.za/Academic-Process-Proc-Guides.aspx

Enquiries and details regarding the Westville post(s) may be directed to the
Academic Leader: Physics (Wvl), Dr Alan Matthews, 031 260 1330 or e-
mail: matthewsa@ukzn.ac.za; and for the Pietermaritzburg post(s) to the
Academic Leader: Physics (Pmb), Dr Vincent Couling, 033 260 5237 or e-
mail: couling@ukzn.ac.za.

Appointment to this post will be on the January 2012 Conditions of Service.
The total remuneration package offered includes benefits.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 01 December 2014although the
vacancies will remain open until filled.

Applicants are required to complete the relevant application form and CV
which is available on the Vacancies website at www.ukzn.ac.za. Completed
forms and Curriculum Vitae may be sent to Recruitment-aes@ukzn.ac.za

Advert Reference Number MUST be clearly stated in the subject line.

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