Issue 67, December 3, 2014

Table of Contents
1. SPA Student Event in San Francisco

2. SPA Banquet Tickets

3. Editorial Board for Space Weather

4. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

5. ESPD News: Call for Proposals to Host the Next European Solar Physics Meeting
in 2017 (ESPM-15)

6. MEETING: 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC)
July 31 – August 6, 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands

7. Call for Papers: PSS Special Issue on Plasma Interactions with
Solar System Objects

8. SESSION: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference Session:
“Ionospheric Effects on GNSS Systems at Low-latitudes”

9. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Space Physics, Department of Physics
and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

10. JOB OPENING: Research Associate in Space Physics
Imperial College London, UK

11. PhD Studentships in Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics


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1. SPA Student Event in San Francisco
From: James Klimchuk <James.A.Klimchuk at>

Friday, Dec. 19
10:30 – 11:30 am
Moscone South, Room 101

This is an opportunity for students to meet informally with the SPA
leadership to ask questions and provide input on how the section and AGU can
better serve them.

2. SPA Banquet Tickets
From: James Klimchuk <James.A.Klimchuk at>

Despite what some people are finding, SPA banquet tickets are still
available. We have increased the number. If you are having difficulties
purchasing a ticket, please do the following:  1. go to the AGU Fall meeting
website; 2. log into registration; 3. click on the Active Live Chat button
to the right. This will connect you to an agent who can help. If you are
still having difficulties, contact me at

Please remember that the banquet has moved to a new restaurant, the Empress
of China at 838 Grant Ave. I look forward to seeing you there!

3. Editorial Board for Space Weather
From: Delores Knipp <dknipp at>, Editor in Chief, Space Weather

I am extremely pleased to announce that that following members of our
community have agreed to join me on the Space Weather Editorial Board:

Dr. Barbara Giles
Associate Chief Geospace Physics Laboratory
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD USA

Professor Mike Hapgood
Head of Space Weather,
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Space
Didcot, Oxfordshire, England

Dr. Howard J. Singer, Chief Scientist
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center
Boulder CO USA

In the first issue of Space Weather Quarterly 2015 you will see their names
in the publication information inset.

Dr. Louis (Lou) Lanzerotti will continue to advise on all-things-Space-
Dr. Singer will continue to write the Editor’s Choice reviews.

You can expect that these editorial board members will be soliciting
features articles and research articles for the Journal via email and at
meetings.  They will be actively engaged in processing submissions to Space
Weather, seeking community input and looking for space weather news
items.  Please give them a warm welcome and great ideas.

4. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
From: Mike Liemohn, JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief

November was a big month in publication news from AGU. Here are a few

November 6: new “AGU Space” Facebook page

November 18: GEMS now has figure file transfers between submissions

November 24: AGU policy change regarding

Main Website:

5. ESPD News: Call for Proposals to Host the Next European Solar Physics Meeting
in 2017 (ESPM-15)
From: Tom Van Doorsselaere <tom.vandoorsselaere at>

Letter of Intent submission deadline: January 15, 2015
Proposal submission deadline: April 1, 2015

The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society
(EPS) solicits proposals by European groups to host the 15th European Solar
Physics Meeting (ESPM-15) in the August-September 2017 timeframe. ESPMs
include all aspects of heliophysics with an emphasis on solar physics and
solar-terrestrial relations and typically attract more than 200
participants. ESPMs are organized every three years, each time in a
different European location, attracting significant visibility for the
places and/or the group(s) that host them. The last ESPMs took place in
Dublin, Ireland (2014); Rhodes, Greece (2011); Freiburg, Germany (2008);
Leuven, Belgium (2005); and Prague, The Czech Republic (2002). The
Scientific Organizing Committee of ESPMs is the ESPD Board, elected every
three years. More information about the ESPD can be found at

Interested groups are invited to send a single-page Letter of Intent (LoI)
to submit a proposal to the ESPD President, Manolis Georgoulis, at The deadline of the LoI submission is
January 15, 2015. The ESPD Board will review the LoIs and the authors of
selected LoIs will be invited during the first half of February 2015 to
submit a proposal to host ESPM-15 (with a typical size of the order 2-3
pages) by April 1, 2015. The final selection will be made before summer
2015, to allow the selected group of organizers at least two full years of

The successful proposal should state the envisioned meeting location with a
brief cultural history of the area and emphasize on (1) ease of
accessibility, (2) availability of different lodging options at close
proximity to the meeting location or convenient ground transportation to the
meeting location, and (3) suggested registration fee, with stated
inclusions. Proposed initiatives or references to the likelihood of
obtaining funding support for students, young post-docs, and/or colleagues
from less privileged countries is strongly encouraged and will be taken into
account during selection. The ESPD Board is also committed to assisting the
Local Organizing Committee in gathering support funds. As the last few ESPMs
took place in Ireland, Greece, Germany, Belgium, and The Czech Republic,
proposals from groups originating elsewhere in Europe will be given higher

For more information and questions/clarifications, please contact the ESPD
President and Chair of the Conference Committee, Manolis Georgoulis
( or the Vice-President Lucie Green

6. MEETING: 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC)
July 31 – August 6, 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands
From: Peter Wenzel <peter.wenzel at> and Ad M. van den Berg,
Chair of the Local Organizing and Scientific Committee <>

The 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC) will be held from July
30 to August 6, 2015, in the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands. It
is an important and large conference in the field of Astroparticle Physics.
The ICRC is organized biennially under the auspices of the Commission C4
(Astroparticle Physics) of the Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
since 1947.

The ICRC covers: cosmic-ray physics, solar and heliospheric physics,
gamma-ray astronomy, neutrino astronomy, and dark matter physics. The
program will be composed of Invited, Highlight and Contributed papers. An
International Scientific Program Committee will help in setting up an
attractive topical scientific program. Deadline for abstract submission is
March 19, 2015.

For more information, please see or send an e-mail to

7. Call for Papers: PSS Special Issue on Plasma Interactions with
Solar System Objects
From: Anne Wellbrock <a.wellbrock at>

This special issue is based on the 6th Alfvén conference held at UCL in July
2014but is now open to non-attendees.

The 6th Alfvén conference theme was

“Plasma Interactions with Solar System Objects: Anticipating Rosetta, Maven,
and Mars Orbiter Mission:
Within our solar system, the planets, moons, comets and asteroids
all have plasma interactions. The interaction depends on the nature
of the object, particularly the presence of an atmosphere and a magnetic
field. Even the size of the object matters through the finite
gyroradius effect and the scale height of cold ions of exospheric
origin. It also depends on the upstream conditions, including position
within the solar wind or the presence within a planetary magnetosphere.
In the year when ESA’s Rosetta will reach comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko,
NASA’s Maven and ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission will reach Mars, and ESA’s
Venus Express mission is almost complete, this conference will explore
our understanding of plasma interactions with comets, Mars, Venus, and
inner and outer solar system moons. We will explore the processes which
characterise the interactions such as ion pickup and field draping, and
their effects such as plasma escape. Data from current and recent space
missions, modelling and theory are all encouraged, as we explore our
local part of the ‘plasma universe’. ”

The usual refereeing process is applied for publication in PSS. The
final paper submission deadline for this is 31 January 2015. The
acceptance deadline is 31 July 2015, the date by which all manuscripts
should be fully reviewed and final decisions made on all manuscripts.

To submit your manuscipt, please follow the standard PSS submission
process but select ‘SI: Plasma-nonmagnetic object’ when asked to ‘Choose
Article Type’.

PSS Guide for authors:

There is no strict page limit but if the final version of your
manuscript is likely to exceed 15 pages, please let the guest editors

The (optional) open access fee is $2500. There are no other publications
fees except for colour figures in print.

If you plan to submit a manuscript to this special issue, please let the
guest editors know.


Masatoshi ‘Yama’


8. SESSION: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference Session:
“Ionospheric Effects on GNSS Systems at Low-latitudes”
From: Sandro Radicella and Patricia Doherty <patricia.doherty at>

We invite you to submit a paper to the 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science
Conference to be held May18-22, 2015 in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
Specifically we invite you to submit a paper to the following special
session for Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation.

Ionospheric Effects on GNSS Systems at Low-latitudes
Session Chairs: Sandro Radicella, ICTP, Italy and Patricia Doherty, Boston
College, USA

Session Description: Large variations in ionospheric delays are localized
irregularities caused by ionospheric dynamics are a common feature at low
latitudes and they affect in a peculiar way the radio frequencies used in
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) operations. The effects of
ionospheric variability on GNSS covers signal group delay, scintillation and
Faraday rotation. In recent years, the investigation of these effects has
increased dramatically in those countries that are under the low latitude
ionosphere. The scope of this session is to encourage scientists working in
the field to present their most recent results on the low latitude effects
on GNSS operations.

We sincerely hope to see you in Gran Canaria. Travel to Gran Canaria from
and via Europe is very convenient and relatively inexpensive. Papers can be
submitted through until December 15, 2014.

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

9. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Space Physics, Department of Physics
and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
From: Ming Zhang <mzhang at>

The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of
Technology invites applications for a permanent faculty position,
beginning August 2015. This position is at the rank of assistant or
associate professor, but higher ranks may be considered for senior or well-
established candidates. While outstanding applicants from all fields of
space-related research will be considered, we are particularly interested in
candidates who can develop a world-class research program in the fields of
solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric and/or ionospheric physics. Candidates
with a background in plasma physics are also encouraged to apply. A strong
commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is

Florida Tech is located on the east coast of central Florida, just south of
the Kennedy Space Center. Information about the department and its current
research activities can be found at For more
information, interested candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Batcheldor, PSS
Interim Department Head. To apply, email with the subject
“Position # PSS801”. In a single PDF, include a cover letter, CV, statements
of research and teaching experience and interests, and the names and contact
information of at least three references. The review of applications will
begin on January 5, 2015; applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. Highly qualified applicants may consider applying to our open
position for the permanent department head. Florida Tech is an equal
opportunity employer.

10. JOB OPENING: Research Associate in Space Physics
Imperial College London, UK
From: Marina Galand <m.galand at>

– Title: Research Associate
– Topic: Modelling of cometary plasma in the context of Rosetta
– Location: Space and Atmospheric Physics group, Department of Physics,
Imperial College London, London, UK
– Duration: until March 31, 2016
– Website:
– Closing date for application: 5 January 2015

11. PhD Studentships in Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
From: Claire Foullon <C.Foullon at>

The Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Exeter is
one of the leading research groups of its kind in the UK. Our research
encompasses the Fluid Dynamics of Weather and Climate, Theoretical Fluid
Dynamics, Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and
Space Weather. We invite applications to study for a PhD starting in
Sept 2015.

A) Three fully-funded PhD projects are available in the following areas:

• Multi-spacecraft investigations of solar and heliospheric plasmas –
Supervisor: Dr Claire Foullon;
• Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence and Dynamos – Supervisor: Dr Joanne Mason;
• Modelling of Planetary Atmospheres – Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2015.

B) Four projects in the NERC GW4+ DTP competition are available in the
following areas:

• Regional Response to Global Warming – Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey
• Sub-grid models for high-resolution numerical weather prediction –
Supervisor: Dr Bob Beare;
• Statistical post-processing of ensemble forecasts of extreme weather
events – Supervisor: Dr Frank Kwasniok;
• Understanding and modeling the Northwest Corner of the Gulf Stream –
Supervisor: Professor Beth Wingate.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2015.

We encourage interested applicants to browse our webpages for details of
our wide-ranging research activities and further details on how to apply:

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