Volume XXII, Issue 62
November 5, 2015

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Todd King, Kevin Addison
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Table of Contents

1. Web Link to Register for SPA Reception at AGU Fall Meeting
2. Planetary Sciences/Space Physics and Aeronomy Career Night Mixer – December 13, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm 3. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
4. Webinar on Career Beyond Academia
5. News from the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences: New Geospace Section Head
6. Dear Colleague Letter: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme EVENTS (PREEVENTS)
7. Dear Colleague Letter: Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory 8. Nominations for AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Final Call 9. Solar Physics Invites Candidates for Two Editor Positions
10. MEETING: Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2016 Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-26 August 2016. SESSION: S15. Solar-terrestrial physics in the polar regions
11. MEETING: THOR Workshop #2, 27-29 September 2016, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
12. Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets (MOP), Uppsala, 2017: Conference date announced: June, 12-16, 2017
13. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (application deadline November 30)



Web Link to Register for SPA Reception at AGU Fall Meeting

From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at

The correct link to register for the SPA reception at the AGU Fall Meeting is


Planetary Sciences/Space Physics and Aeronomy Career Night Mixer – December 13, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm

From: Edgar Bering

Join established scientists in planetary science and space physics at this free event and find out about their careers in a variety of professional backgrounds (e.g., academics, industry, federal labs). Interact with scientists in a non-formal event to gain a better understanding of what kinds of careers are available in planetary science and space physics, and how to pursue them. This event includes informal networking at well as a career and advice panel for graduate students and early career scientists. The event includes food and one free drink for participants. It will be held on Sunday December 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Salons 14-15.

Get more info at


JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at, JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief

Like the previous month, there were some big topics being covered at the blog last month. Here are links to a few highlights:

October 6: new “aims and scope” statement for JGR Space Physics

October 21: some basic pre-submission plagiarism-checking tools

October 25: open special sections for JGR Space Physics

Main Website:


Webinar on Career beyond Academia

From: Larry Paxton (Larry.Paxton at

The AIP/Physics Today newsletter had an item that may be of interest to the community. Please note the date and time for the webinar:

Transitioning your career beyond academia

Register now for a free webinar, sponsored by Physics Today Jobs, on 5 November 2015 at 2:00pm EST. Learn how to research, prepare for, and ultimately change to a career outside academia and how to determine the right career for you. Learn ways to stay connected and continue to collaborate with colleagues in higher education, even after you leave.

The link is:,3RVWC,E1NPTI,DLGFY,1


News from the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences: New Geospace Section Head

From: Anne-Marie Schmoltner (aschmolt at

Dear Geospace colleagues:

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Dr. Therese Moretto Jorgensen has been appointed as Head, Geospace Sciences (GS) Section, in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at NSF.

Starting with her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Oxford, she has over 20 years of experience in geospace sciences. She joined the Foundation in November of 2004, after serving as Senior Researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Since that time Therese has served as a Program Officer in the Geospace Sciences Section, accumulating over ten years of experience with the Section and the variety of science that it manages.

In her time at NSF she has worked on various aspects of aeronomy, solar-terrestrial processes, magnetospheric physics, and space weather. She has played a key role in developing the Cubesat program and establishing effective collaborations with NASA to enable low-cost satellite missions that both promote and develop geospace science, and engage and inspire students. She developed the Space Weather program in GS and has contributed to strategic planning for the National Space Weather Program. Among her achievements in development of Space Weather research capabilities is her support of the development of the AMPERE project, which utilized the existing commercial Iridium constellation of satellites to routinely collect geomagnetic field data. Among her passions and achievements is the promotion of diversity in Geospace Sciences. Therese joins the other two Section Heads in AGS, Pat Harr (Atmosphere Section) and Sarah Ruth (NCAR and Facilities Section), completing the AGS Leadership Team. Dr. Moretto Jorgensen’s appointment was effective November 1, 2015.

In this time of transition, the Geospace Section was very ably and generously served by Acting Section Heads Vladimir Papitashvili, and Janet Kozyra. We are grateful for their expert and capable help during this time.

Please join us in congratulating Therese! We look forward to working in partnership with Therese on the continuing success of Geospace Sciences at NSF, and in her service to the geospace science community.

Paul Shepson


Dear Colleague Letter: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme EVENTS (PREEVENTS)

From: Therese Moretto Jorgensen (tjorgens at

PREEVENTS is one of the successors to the Hazards SEES program, and one element of the FY16 Risk and Resilience activity at NSF. PREEVENTS is designed to (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events; (2) improve models of natural hazards, extreme events, and their impacts on natural, social, and economic systems; and (3) enable development of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts. PREEVENTS will focus on natural hazards and extreme events, not those that are deliberate or accidental. PREEVENTS will include opportunities for disciplinary and multidisciplinary projects at multiple scales, particularly in areas ripe for significant near- or medium-term advances.

Through this letter, GEO welcomes proposals for research projects and/or focused workshops that would advance the goals of PREEVENTS. Research projects may involve any PREEVENTS-relevant scientific area supported by existing GEO programs. GEO envisions PREEVENTS workshops as fostering community development in disciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary areas that are not yet well established. PREEVENTS proposals may be submitted to any appropriate existing GEO program(s), subject to the limitations for the particular program(s).

For Frequently asked questions, please see the following link:


Dear Colleague Letter: Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory

From: Therese Moretto Jorgensen (tjorgens at

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to bring to your attention this important message from NSF:

Dear Colleague Letter: Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory Web link to this DCL:

John Meriwhether, PhD
Program Director, Geospace Facilities

Therese Moretto Jorgensen, PhD
Head, Geospace Section


Nominations for AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Final Call

Mark Linton (mark.linton at

Nominations are sought for the 2016 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) George Ellery Hale Prize. This prize is awarded to a scientist for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy. This award is open to any living scientist who meets the professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence or citizenship. Please see and for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

Nominations are also sought for the 2016 AAS/SPD early career Karen Harvey Prize. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence, citizenship, or membership in the SPD. Please see for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

The early career Karen Harvey Prize has age restrictions on eligibility. The eligible candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria for the 2016 Harvey Prize:

1) Must be less than age 36 at the end of calendar year 2016; and/or

2) Must have had their PhD (or equivalent degree) conferred no more than 10 years prior to the end of calendar year 2016; that is the degree award date is on or after January 1, 2006.

A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of which must be from members of the Society), curriculum vitae, and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 15, 2015. Submissions should be sent to Mark Linton at .


Solar Physics Invites Candidates for Two Editor Positions

John Leibacher (jleibacher at

The journal Solar Physics, published by Spinger Science+Business Media, solicits applications to fill two positions as Editor from candidates with strong research credentials, proven ability to exercise scientific and professional judgement, and diligence in respecting deadlines. Candidates from all areas of solar physics research are encouraged to apply, while priority for one of the positions will go to candidates with expertise in heliospheric research. The mission statement of the journal is as follows: “All aspects of solar physics are reported on. Coverage ranges from the internal structure of the Sun and its evolution to the outer corona and solar wind in interplanetary space. Solar Physics publishes articles on solar-terrestrial physics and on stellar research as well, where they contribute directly to our understanding of the Sun.”

The two new Editors will join continuing Editors John Leibacher and Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi with shared responsibility for the solicitation, review, disposition, and production of accepted manuscripts.

Please send a CV and a brief statement of interest and qualifications, along with the names of three potential references. We will start considering applications on 20 November 2015, with the goal of filling the positions by 1 January 2016, but the search will remain open until both positions are filled. Please feel free to contact any of us to discuss this exciting and rewarding opportunity.

Jennifer Satten, Publishing Editor;
Dana Longcope, Chair of the Editorial Board;
John Leibacher, Takashi Sakurai, Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi, Editors-in-Chief.


MEETING: Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2016 Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-26 August 2016. SESSION: S15. Solar-terrestrial physics in the polar regions

From: Craig Rodger (craig.rodger at

A call for abstracts for the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 August 2016 has recently been announced. This conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world. We wish to draw the communities attention to the S15. Solar-terrestrial physics in the polar regions session.

Conference Programme, including sessions and descriptions, is now available on the conference website:

Session Description: Research in the polar regions provides key high-latitude observations, which are essential to understand fundamental aspects of coupling between the solar wind and Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere (AIM). The vast geographical regions in both hemispheres provide unique and comprehensive access to a broad range of geophysical phenomena, spanning magnetic and geographic latitudes from the sub-auroral zone to the polar caps, and altitudes from the troposphere upwards. These include investigations of high energy particles in the upper atmosphere, wave processes in the magnetosphere, auroras, inter-hemispheric differences, induced electrical currents, space weather, the geomagnetic field, ionosphere, temperature and winds in the neutral atmosphere, and atmospheric waves. This session solicits papers on recent advances in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, studies incorporating Antarctic observations in the global context, and studies based on the integration of space and ground based observations. Similar research on other planets and comparison with the Earth are also welcome.

The submission of abstracts is open until 14 February 2016. We encourage those participating in Antarctic expeditions to submit abstracts early. Early bird registration ends on 5 May 2014.

Note that as the only international Antarctic research conference of its kind, this meeting brings together people and groups with various interests – and there is an opportunity to hold side meetings together with SCAR 2016. If you would like to hold a side meeting, please fill out the form as soon as possible. Space is limited and allotted on a first come, first served basis:

On behalf of the session organisers: Emilia Correia, Brazil; Maurizio Candidi, Italy; Craig J. Rodger, New Zealand; Yasmina M. Martos, UK


MEETING: THOR Workshop #2, 27-29 September 2016, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

From: Andris Vaivads (andris.vaivads at

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: The second THOR workshop will be held at the Universitat de Barcelona from September 27 to September 29, 2016. Welcome Reception and Evening Registration begins Monday, September 26.

THOR is a mission proposal in response to the ESA M4 call to address one of the most fundamental but also one of the least understood physical processes in the universe: turbulent energy dissipation and particle acceleration. THOR is one of the three candidate missions that during 2016 will undergo phase A study and only one of those missions will be selected for implementation in the middle of 2017. THOR workshop will be held in the middle of the phase A study and will allow to give input to the ongoing study in all aspects. September 27 will be dedicated to the THOR payload. September 28-29 will be dedicated to the THOR science and mission related aspects. The workshop will allow and encourage a direct interaction between the larger science community and the payload teams. The workshop should also address the current state of the art in our understanding of plasma heating and particle energization in turbulent plasmas. THOR is a fundamental plasma mission and thus we encourage contributions related to space observations, theory, numerical simulations, laboratory and astrophysical observations. The THOR payload and orbit is tuned for science in pristine solar wind, foreshock, shock and magnetosheath, thus contributions related to those regions or physics in those regions is of particular importance. Please mark your calendars!

Meeting website:
Pre-register not to miss important deadlines: E-mail inquiries about the meeting should be directed to


Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets (MOP), Uppsala, 2017: Conference date announced: June, 12-16, 2017

From: David Andrews (david.andrews at

The Swedish Institute for Space Physics, Uppsala (Institutet för Rymdfysik Uppsala, IRFU) and the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) welcome you to the 20th Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets conference. The conference will take place from 12 – 16 June, 2017, in Uppsala, Sweden. An informal ice-breaker session will be held on the evening of Sunday 11 June. Conference registration and abstract submission will open in early 2017.

Further details will be posted on the meeting website:
To register for updates, subscribe to the MOP mailing list by visiting: Questions can be addressed to:


JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (application deadline November 30)

From: Brett Isham (bisham at

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, located on the Bayamón Campus near San Juan, has an opening for a tenure-track faculty position in Computer Engineering at the assistant professor level. Associate professor appointments may be possible. Qualifications are a PhD, research and teaching experience, a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and proficiency in spoken English or Spanish. Teaching duties may include both computer engineering and electrical engineering classes. This position may be especially attractive to an experimentalist or modeler with a recent PhD, experience in working with computer hardware and software, and an interest in undergraduate teaching and in new and innovative teaching strategies. The start date can be as soon as January 2016.

The Bayamón campus has active research programs in aerosols in the atmospheric boundary later, ionospheric physics including active radiowave modification of the ionosphere, and in the development of radio instrumentation for atmospheric and space research. The NSF Arecibo Observatory is a 90-minute drive from campus; the NOAA VIPIR HF radar, located at the USGS San Juan Observatory, is a 60-minute drive; and the Bayamón campus is in the process of building an HF radio research imaging array in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The Bayamón campus is also the lead institution in the development and construction of the Puerto Rico CubeSat, which incorporates an ion wave instrument built by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and an MF/HF radio instrument built by Mälardalen University in Sweden, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and the Interamerican Bayamón campus. In addition, the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute is a 50-minute drive from campus, and an optical laboratory is available at the Interamerican School of Optometry, located on the Bayamón campus.

Applications must include a CV, copies of university transcripts or diplomas, and a completed Interamerican University employment application form. Also suggested are a one-page cover letter; contact information for three professional references; and a short statement discussing teaching experience, teaching philosophy and goals, and research and professional goals.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 30, 2015. Applications may be received by mail or in person at:

Department of Human Resources
re: faculty opening 003023
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus
500 Dr. John Will Harris Road
Bayamón, PR 00957-6257, USA

To obtain a copy of the employment application form, for questions about submission via email, or for other information, including a list of courses required for the BS degree in Computer Engineering, please contact Prof. Brett Isham at

All qualified persons are welcome to apply. Interamerican University of Puerto Rico supports equal opportunity in employment and encourages applications from women, veterans, and people with disabilities (M/F/V/H).

(Edited for length)


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