Volume XXII, Issue 65
November 17, 2015

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Todd King, Kevin Addison
Email: editor at


Table of Contents

1. SPA Agency Night at AGU Fall Meeting
2. MEETING: Exploring the Geospace Frontier: New Directions (Quo Vadis), Boulder, Colorado, May 25-27, 2016
3. JOB OPENING: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics and Spacecraft Engineering at Virginia Tech 4. JOB OPENING: Space Scientist at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center



SPA Agency Night at AGU Fall Meeting

From: Larry Paxton (Larry.Paxton at

On Tuesday December 15 2015 we will have SPA’s annual Agency night event and SPA Section reception.

The SPA Agency night event will begin at 6:15 PM in a Moscone West room 2002. The event will end at 7:15PM You will hear from representatives from NSF and NASA Heliophysics. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in person. In addition you can submit questions to You should specify whether you would like to be recognized as the originator of the question or not. Time permitting these questions will be asked of the Agency representatives.

This year the SPA Section will be having a reception and not a banquet. Since the SPA Agency Night will have ended at 7:15PM you will be able to walk over to the SPA Reception immediately after and discuss what you have heard and other events of the day with you SPA colleagues.

The reception will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday night in Salons 10 and 11 of the Marriott Marquis, immediately after SPA Agency night.

There will be no cost to attend the reception.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

with best wishes

David Sibeck
SPA Section President

Larry Paxton
SPA Section President-Elect


MEETING: Exploring the Geospace Frontier: New Directions (Quo Vadis), Boulder, Colorado, May 25-27, 2016

From: David Hysell (david.hysell at

A workshop is being organized to help shape the direction of research in geospace system science. The workshop will focus on the experimental infrastructure required for discovery research in the 21st century, with consideration for both basic and applied research driven by cutting edge observations of the system. We will develop strategies that can integrate geospace research across outmoded disciplinary boundaries and better align with activities carried out by different federal and international agencies.

Initiatives to be considered during the workshop will span the Sun-Earth connection. Examples of unique geospace capabilities for the future to be discussed at the workshop would include the construction of a low-frequency, multi-static radar system capable of receiving echoes from the middle atmosphere through the ionosphere, plasmasphere, magnetosphere, and the Sun. This facility would also include advanced, high-power lidar systems as described by the “OASIS – Exploring the Interaction of the Earth’s Atmosphere with Space” document. Another research-driving facility could be the COSMO suite of instrumentation to describe the multidimensional magneto-thermal environment of the solar atmosphere at the heart of the space weather enterprise.

The workshop will take place in the context of contemporary community strategic documents and also other major experimental initiatives in geospace including EISCAT_3D and current and planned NASA missions, and natural synergies and overlaps will be considered. We expect the workshop to culminate in an action plan for pursuing an NSF MREFC (Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction) project to enable discovery science across the Geospace community.

The workshop will be sponsored by NSF and HAO/NCAR and is tentatively scheduled to take place in Boulder from May 25–27, 2016. A website for the workshop is available at

People interested in participating should contact one of the co-organizers listed below for more information.

David Hysell, Cornell University,
Scott McIntosh, High Altitude Observatory,
Jeff Thayer, University of Colorado at Boulder,


JOB OPENING: Tenure Track Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics and Spacecraft Engineering at Virginia Tech

From: Robert Clauer (rclauer at

The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering requests applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Experimental Space Physics and Spacecraft Engineering. Areas of particular interest include: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Physics, Space Weather, and Remote Sensing. Expertise in complementary areas such as spacecraft-environmental interactions, power generation and storage, and thermal modeling and control of space systems are highly desirable.

Interviews will begin in early December.


JOB OPENING: Space Scientist at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

From: Howard J. Singer (howard.singer at

This is a federal civil service position.

The successful applicant will work to develop, maintain, validate, and transition space weather models to operations to support space weather products and services. This job will require expertise in space weather modeling, including magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) models. It will require extensive experience developing and running numerical models on supercomputers.

Space Scientist

Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hiring Organization: National Weather Service
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancies – Boulder, Colorado Salary: $89,580.00 to $137,613.00 /
Series and Grade: GS-1330-13/14
Open Period: Monday, November 2, 2015 to Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Position Information: Permanent – Full Time
Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates


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