Table of Contents
1. NASA – Second Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Focused Science Topics
2. MEETING: 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) — Second Announcement
3. Monday Science Telecon, June 4
4. New Release of Van Allen Probes ECT/MagEIS Data (Data Release 4; “rel04”)
5. Master’s Degree in Applied Space Weather Research @ Catholic U
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NASA – Second Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Focused Science Topics
From: Mark Linton (mark.linton at
The 2018 NASA Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Program Analysis Group (LPAG executive committee (EC) will soon begin developing the next round of LWS focused science topics for ROSES 2019 and beyond. It is vital for the success of the LWS TR&T program that there be active community engagement in the development of annual TR&T science topics. We are therefore asking the Heliophysics community to provide input by July 2, 2018 for these topics.
Suggested science topics should be organized around achieving the goals set out in the strategic science areas (SSA’s) articulated in the LWS Ten Year Vision:
Physics-based Understanding to Enable Forecasting of: • SSA-0, Solar Electromagnetic, Energetic Particle, and Plasma Outputs Driving the Solar System Environment and Inputs to Earth’s Atmosphere (note, Sun-Climate topics fall under SSA-0) • SSA-1, Geomagnetic Variability • SSA-2, Satellite Drag • SSA-3, Solar Energetic Particle • SSA-4, Total Electron Content • SSA-5, Ionospheric Scintillation • SSA-6, Radiation Environment
Input may be entered through the LWS TR&T website at: To view and comment on input which has been submitted in response to this call, please go to:
To view the topics which were developed from community input by the previous TR&T committee in 2016, see the final report of that committee at: and the original community input and comments at: Any topics in this 2016 report which were not selected by NASA for the ROSES 2017 TR&T call, or which are not selected by NASA for the upcoming ROSES 2018 TR&T call will be reviewed by the LPAG EC. Community input regarding updates to those topics is welcome.
We greatly look forward to your input and to continuing on the path of innovation and scientific exploration in the LWS program.
LPAG Executive Committee Members: Anthea Coster (Co-Chair), Mark Linton (Co-Chair), Joe Borovsky, Richard Collins, Seebany Datta-Barua, Matina Gkioulidou, Fan Guo, Jorg-Micha Jahn, Enrico Landi, John Leibacher, Sabrina Savage, Brian Walsh
LPAG Ex Officio Members: Jeff Morrill, Janet Kozyra, Shing Fung
MEETING: 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) — Second Announcement
From: Duggirala Pallamraju (raju at
Dear Colleagues,
As you are aware 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) during 22 – 26 October 2018 at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India
Information on Registration details, Accommodation, and financial support for ISEA-15 is now available on the ISEA-15 website ( Please take a look and submit your abstract early.
Registration: Category (A): Participants with countries of affiliation belonging to Lower Middle Income or Low Income Economies as defined by World Bank (
INR 10000 (Approx. USD 145) Early Bird (before 31 July 2018) INR 14000 (Approx. USD 200) Regular (after 31 July 2018)
Category (B):Participants with countries of affiliation belonging to those other than in category (A) above.
INR 20000 (Approx. USD 290) Early Bird (before 31 July 2018) INR 28000 (Approx. USD 400) Regular (after 31 July 2018)
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation is also available in under USD 90 per night.
We expect that several of you will take note of this attractive registration fees and actively participate in the ISEA-15.
Very limited funds are available to provide partial support preferably to young scientists & participants from developing nations. Preference will be given to those who are able to arrange most of the support from their own sources.
New deadline for abstract submission for those requesting financial support: 4 June 2018.
Financial support application will be made available to those who have submitted their abstract within this deadline.
Looking forward to Welcoming you,
D. Pallam Raju (Chair, SOC and Convener, ISEA-15) Email:
Scientific Organizing Committee: Prof. Duggirala Pallam Raju, PRL, India Dr. Endawoke Yizengaw, BC, United States Prof. Jonathan Makela, UI, United States Dr. Philip Erickson, MIT, United States Dr. Claudia Stolle, GFZ, Germany Dr. Marco Milla, JRO, Peru Prof. Mamoru Yamamoto, RISH, Japan Dr. Clezio De Nardin, INPE, Brazil
Monday Science Telecon, June 4
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (June 4), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Sanni Hoilijoki from the LASP at the University of Colorado Boulder. The topic will be “Comparison of FTEs and dayside reconnection with and without a sunward tilt of the southward interplanetary magnetic field”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to, search for the ‘Dayside Science’ meeting, enter your name and contact information, and then the meeting password, which is Substorm1!
To hear the audio, do not dial the number that pops up on the webex website. Instead, please dial the following toll free (in the United States) number: 1-844-467-6272 with passcode 901533
Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.
Looking forward to speaking with you.
New Release of Van Allen Probes ECT/MagEIS Data (Data Release 4; “rel04”)
From: Seth Claudepierre (seth at
We are pleased to announce release 4 (rel04) of the Van Allen Probes ECT/MagEIS data. This new release includes a number of minor bug fixes and changes to the data files and their contents, along with a few major changes. Of particular note is that the electron and proton energy channels are no longer time varying in a given daily CDF file; this important improvement and simplification to the data product means that you may have to modify your existing data analysis and processing routines.
Please see the MagEIS-related documentation at the ECT Science Operations and Data Center for more details:
Master’s Degree in Applied Space Weather Research at Catholic University
From: Vadim Uritsky (vadim.uritsky at
The Department of Physics at Catholic University of America (CUA) is pleased to offer a two-year program for graduate students to earn a Master’s Degree in Applied Space Weather Research. The impetus for creating this new opportunity is the increasing need for expertise in space weather in the commercial sector, government, and academia. Although the importance of space weather and the potential hazards to technical systems and human health have been highlighted in several recent studies, universities have yet to fully accommodate the multi-disciplinary knowledge that will provide the foundation for a space-ready society of the future.
Course offerings for the Master’s Degree in Applied Space Weather Research cover both the fundamental physics of the Sun-Earth system and the technical aspects of infrastructure impacted by conditions in the space environment. Course instruction leverages the strong partnership between CUA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The CUA Department of Physics has recently launched an on-campus Space Weather Center that will allow students to conduct research and access space weather data and models in a real-world setting.
CUA is accepting applications for the Fall 2018 semester. Information about the program can be found at Questions about the program can be addressed to We strongly recommend candidates contact CUA prior to submitting an application.
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