Issue 68, November 20, 2013

Table of Contents
1. Patricia Reiff Wins SPARC Award
2. SPA Banquet Tickets Available
3. Announcement: CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Issue 13
4. SuperMAG News: New Website, More Capabilities and Expanded Data Holdings
5. TEA-IS Summer School, June 23 - June 27, 2014, Collioure, France
6. CISM Space Weather Summer School
7. JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral and visiting scientist positions available at the 
Institute of Space Sciences, Shandong University, China 


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1. Patricia Reiff Wins SPARC Award
From: James Klimchuk 

I previously announced that Cherilyn Morrow is the winner of the 2013 SPA 
Richard Carrington (SPARC) Education and Public Outreach Award. In fact, two winners 
will be honored at the SPA banquet this year. Due to AGU rules and a scheduling mix 
up, the inaugural winner, Patricia Reiff of Rice University, could not be formally 
recognized in 2012. Patricia was selected last year for her pioneering E/PO efforts 
communicating excitement for, and understanding of, space and Earth science. In 
particular, Patricia established an aggressive education program based on massive 
distributions of space weather videos (DVDs) and on innovative planetarium kiosks and 
full- dome planetarium videos. Congratulations Patricia, and thanks to the 2012 
selection committee chaired by Nick Gross.

2. SPA Banquet Tickets Available
From: James Klimchuk  

Due to high demand, we have increased the number of SPA banquet tickets. Come join in 
the fun, including SPA honors recognition, a trivia contest, and complimentary drinks. 
Please contact me if the second round of tickets also sells out, and I'll try to 
increase the limit again. (We do this in stages, because the section is on the hook 
for any unsold tickets.)

3. Announcement: CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Issue 13
From: Michi Nishioka 

The 13th CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter is issued. It can be downloaded
from the CAWSES-II Wiki page at

In this issue, the following articles are included:
Article 1: Workshop Report: Whole Atmospheric Coupling during solar cycle 24  (Dr. L. 
C. Chang/ Taiwan)
Article 2: Resolute FPI for Polar Cap thermospheric and mesospheric wind observation 
(Dr. Q. Wu/ USA)
Article 3: Analysis of atmospheric coupling in actual events using a whole atmosphere-
ionosphere model (Dr. H. Jin/ Japan) 
Article 4: Ionospheric Delay Gradient Experiments at the vicinity of Suvarnabhumi 
Internaional Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (Dr. P. Supnithi/ Thailand) 
Article 5: On the application of FPI for thermospheric wind observation: day and night 
(Drs. J. W. Meriwether, J. J. Makela, and A. J. Gerrard/ USA)
Article 6: Concentric waves and short-period oscillaions observed in the ionosphere 
after 2013 Moore EF5 tornado (Nishioka/ Japan) 
Meeting list and “From the Editor”

Please feel free to distribute this newsletter to your colleagues. The
editors hope all of you also enjoy this newsletter.

This is the final issue of the CAWSES-II Task Group 4 (particularly between those
of the atmosphere and the ionosphere) newlsetter. The purpose of this
newsletter is to make more communications among scientists related
to the CAWSES-II Task Group 4. The editors believe the purpose is
achieved through the all issues of the newsletter. The editors
appreciate all authors who kindly provide their articles.

Editor of CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Michi Nishioka
(nishioka at

4. SuperMAG News: New Website, More Capabilities and Expanded Data Holdings
From: Jesper W Gjerloev 

SuperMAG ( and is a worldwide 
collaboration of ground based magnetometers generously supported by the National 
Science Foundation.  It currently includes data from more than 350 stations generously 
provided by a long list of organizations and national agencies. 

We wish to draw your attention to three areas:

1)    New SuperMAG website.
The release of the new SuperMAG website marks the end of an year long redesign 
process.  The improvements include easier downloads, faster plot and movie generation 
and easier navigation.  The new site was made possible by Brage Foerland (SuperMAG 
lead programmer), Robin Barnes (head of software development), Tove Dehn (design), and 
Mathew Potter (support).

2)    Updated data holdings.
A large update of the data holdings.  
  Mag data from recent years 2010-2013;
  Solar Wind data
We are grateful to all collaborators, Dr. Weygand and the ACE/MFI, ACE/SWEPAM teams. 

3)    SuperMAG reaches a milestone – 500 registered users.
SuperMAG reached this milestone in October 2013.  Other notable usage numbers:
-      ~1600 unique visitors per month;
-      ~1500 data products are downloaded per month;
-      >35,000 data products has been downloaded;
-      The average user spends ~12 min visiting ~14 pages.

All feedback is most welcome.

5. TEA-IS Summer School, June 23 - June 27, 2014, Collioure, France
From: Thomas Farges 

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the TEA-IS (Thunderstorm Effects on the Atmosphere-Ionosphere System) 
committee, we are happy to announce that the TEA-IS Summer School will take place from 
June 23rd to June 27th, 2014, in Collioure, France.  

The goal of the summer school is to provide high-level lectures and training on 
Atmospheric Electricity. Prominent scholars in the field have agreed upon giving 
extensive tutorial talks and more focused topical lectures about relevant topics such 
as lightning, Transient Luminous events, Terrestrial Gamma Flashes, thunderstorms and 
their role in the atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere system. Contributions from 
students will be emphasized in special sessions with oral and posters presentations. 

The general provisional program is below. 

2014 TEA-IS Summer School 
Collioure, 23-27 June 2014, France 

Monday 23: Physics of atmospheric electricity. 
Tuesday 24: Lightning induced perturbations of the atmosphere-ionosphere. 
Wednesday 25: High Energy Atmospheric Electricity. 
Thursday 26: Perturbations of the atmosphere-ionosphere induced by thunderstorms. 
Friday 27: Current and future space projects: objectives, instrumentation and expected 

Information about practical issues such as registration, venue, and housing will be 
communicated in a subsequent announcement. 

** Important Deadlines ** 

Registration starts: February 1st, 2014 
Deadline to apply for Funding: February 15, 2014 
Abstract Submission: March 15, 2014 

The TEA-IS Summer School Local Organizing Committee: 

Elisabeth Blanc and Thomas Farges, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission 
(CEA), France.

Sebastien Celestin and Jean Louis Pinçon, Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry of the 
Environment and Space (LPC2E), University of Orleans, CNRS, France.

6. CISM Space Weather Summer School
From: Michael Wiltberger 

July 21–August 1, 2014 • NCAR• Boulder, CO

Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

The CISM Space Weather Summer School is intended to give students a comprehensive 
immersion in the subject of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be 
done about it. Space weather is many things: beautiful when seen through the eyes of a 
sun-viewing telescope, fascinating when studied for its alien worlds of magnetic 
structures and phenomena, awesome when witnessed as a solar eruption or auroral storm, 
and devastating to the users of services it disrupts. Space weather links the Sun, the 
Earth, and the space in between in a branching chain of consequences. Weather systems 
on the Sun can spawn interplanetary storms of colossal size and energy that envelop 
the whole planet in electrical hurricanes. Such storms attack high-tech, complex, and 
expensive technological systems that provide much of the infrastructure that allows 
modern society to function.

Applications are welcome from upper level undergraduates and beginning graduate 
students interested in pursuing a career in solar and space physics, as well as 
professionals interested in broadening their understanding of the space environment. 
The school will provide support for travel and housing expenses for all US student 

Course Overview
• SW 101: 
                 – Solar activity, solar wind, magnetosphere, and 
• SW 102: 
                 – Effects on astronauts and spacecraft, radiation hazards, 
communication disruptions              
• SW 103: 
                 – Assumptions and drivers of models, results and limitations
• SW 104: 
                 – Hands on activities exploring model results and data to understand 
the space environment.

For additional information on this program and instructions on how to apply

7. JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral and visiting scientist positions available at the 
Institute of Space Sciences, Shandong University, China 
From: Qinghe Zhang 

We cordially invite applications for postdoctoral and visiting scientist positions at 
the Institute of Space Sciences (ISS), Shandong University. We expect to offer 4 to 6 
postdoctoral and several visiting scientist positions. The successful applicants are 
expected to carry out original research in solar and space physics, space weather 
sciences, plasma physics, computational fluid dynamics, and space instrumentation with 
demonstrated skills of publishing in refereed journals.

The applicants are expected to work with, 
1) Prof. Yao Chen ( on physical processes of solar eruptions. Of 
primary interests are coronal mass ejections, flares, and accompanying processes of 
shocks, magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration, radio bursts, and related 

2) Prof. Lidong Xia ( on multi-wavelength observational studies of the 
fundamental processes in the solar atmosphere. Of particular interests are the physics 
of the solar transition region and the magnetic connection from the photosphere to the 

3) Prof. Bo Li ( on observational and modeling studies of the solar 
corona and solar wind. He expects to work with a scientist with expertise that can 
find applications to the broad topic of coronal heating. Plasma waves and turbulence 
are of particular interest. 

4) Prof. Quanqi Shi ( on magnetospheric physics and solar wind–
magnetosphere interaction. Of primary interests are the solar wind mass and energy 
transport into the magnetosphere and related processes.

5) Prof. Qinghe Zhang ( on the physics of the ionosphere and 
the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling. Of particular interests are the origin and 
dynamical evolution of ionospheric irregularities, and ionospheric responses to space-
weather events.

The postdoctoral posts are available for a fixed term of 1 year with a possible 2-year 
extension depending on funding availability and performance, and can start as early as 
1 January 2014. The annual salary is 25,000 to 30,000 US dollars depending on 
qualification and experience. Visiting scientist appointments are for 3-12 months, and 
the postholders should pursue independent research in close collaboration with the ISS 
faculty members.

For all successful applicants, accommodation will be provided free of charge (worth an 
additional 5000-US dollar value) which is fully furnished and in easy reach of 
shopping plazas, the university campus, and the Weihai International Beach. ISS is 
located in the scenic coastal city of Weihai, which with its considerably low living 
cost (~400 - 800 US dollars per month) and wonderful beaches is regarded as one of the 
nation’s most desirable cities. 

Applications will be considered from 15 December 2013 onwards. We will continue to 
accept applications until the positions are filled. Candidates should submit 
electronically a CV, a cover letter describing their research experience and 
interests, and the names of two potential referees, to one of the above prospective 
collaborators (please also copy to Please visit the webpage 
( for more information.

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