SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXV, Issue 36

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXV, Issue 36 Jun.07,2018
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Table of Contents
1. NASA Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Focused Science Topics
2. Monday Science Telecon, June 11
3. New Book: “Machine Learning Techniques for Space Weather”, editors: E. Camporeale, S. Wing, J. Johnson
4. NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2018
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NASA Call for Community Input to LWS TR&T Focused Science Topics
From: Anthea Coster and Mark Linton (ajc at haystack.mit.edu)
The 2018 NASA Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Program Analysis Group (LPAG lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/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: lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/pdf/LWS_10YrVision_Oct2015_Final.pdf
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: lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/input/
To view and comment on input which has been submitted in response to this call, please go to: lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/viewinput/2018/
To view the topics which were developed from community input by the previous TR&Tcommittee in 2016, see the final report of that committee at: lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/pdf/LWSTRT-Report-2016-Final.pdf
To view the original community input and comments see: lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/viewinput/2016/
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
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Monday Science Telecon, June 11
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov)
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (June 11), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Toshi Nishimura from Boston University. The topic will be “Quantifying precursor auroral activity to substorm onset”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to uclaigpp.webex.com/, 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.
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New Book: “Machine Learning Techniques for Space Weather”, editors: E. Camporeale, S. Wing, J. Johnson
From: Enrico Camporeale (e.camporeale at cwi.nl)
This book provides a thorough and accessible presentation of machine learning techniques that can be employed by space weather professionals and students. Additionally, it presents an overview of real-world applications in space science to the machine learning community, offering a bridge between the fields. As this volume demonstrates, real advances in space weather can be gained using nontraditional approaches that take into account nonlinear and complex dynamics, including information theory, nonlinear auto-regression models, neural networks and clustering algorithms.
Offering practical techniques for translating the huge amount of information hidden in data into useful knowledge that allows for better prediction, this book is a unique and important resource for space physicists, space weather professionals and computer scientists in related fields.
The book is composed of 17 chapters and divided in three sections: Introduction to Space Weather, Machine Learning fundamentals, and Applications.
The book is published by Elsevier, and it can be ordered through the website:
tiny.cc/ML_spaceweather_book
(Promo code: EARTH318)
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NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2018
From: Taifa Simpson (tsimpson at usra.edu)
This announcement reflects recent increases to the NPP annual base stipend and the annual travel allowance provided to fellows.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.
UPDATED! Stipends now start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
To learn more about specific opportunities and to apply, visit npp.usra.edu/opportunities/
For further information and to apply, visit: npp.usra.edu/
Questions: npphelp@usra.edu
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