Table of Contents
1. AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes – First Call For Nominations
2. New Deadline for the AMS Space Weather Conference
3. Monday Science Telecon, August 6
4. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics at Southern University of Science and Technology, China
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AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes – First Call For Nominations
From: Haimin Wang ( at
Nominations are sought for the 2019 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) George Ellery Hale Prize. In considering candidates, the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee is to be guided by the impact of the candidates’ research in solar physics, general astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, and physics. Any living scientist is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD. Please see for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.
Nominations are also sought for the 2019 AAS/SPD early career Karen Harvey Prize. This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached ten years of cumulative professional experience since the Ph.D or equivalent degree, at the end of calendar year 2018. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD. Please see for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.
A letter of nomination for the Hale or Harvey prize, with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of nomination/support letter writers must be from members of the Society), full curriculum vitae should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.
Please note some updated guidelines as posted in SPD webpage. E.g., nominations for the Harvey prize must be updated every year with at minimum an updated CV and cover letter (other additional materials/updates are also encouraged). Nominations for the Hale prize must be updated every three years – again with CV and nomination letter, and other materials if desired. If a complete package for Hale Prize was submitted in 2017 or 2018, no new information is required, but the nominator can choose to update the package entirely or partially.
Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 16, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Haimin Wang at
New Deadline for the AMS Space Weather Conference
From: Richard Behnke (behnke.richard at
The deadline for papers to the AMS Space Weather Conference has been given a two week extension. The new deadline is August 15, 2018.
CALL FOR PAPERS DUE AUGUST 15 2018: AMS Space Weather Conference 6-10 January, 2019, Phoenix, AZ
The Sixteenth Conference on Space Weather, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and organized by the AMS Committee on Space Weather, will be held 6-10 January 2019, as part of the 99th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site ( by mid-August 2018.
The theme for the 2019 AMS Annual Meeting is “Understanding and Building Resilience to Extreme Events by Being Interdisciplinary, International, and Inclusive (III).”
Following this theme, the Conference on Space Weather will solicit papers on the following topics:
I. Advances in space weather research and modeling II. Extreme space weather events throughout the heliosphere III. National and International Efforts in Space Weather – Growing Global Preparedness IV. Space Weather Effects on High Flyers (Joint Session with the 19th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology) V. Space Weather and Society: Education & Communication VI. Space weather as we approach solar minimum VII. Whole Atmosphere Coupling During Extreme Events (Joint Session with the 20th Conference on Middle Atmosphere )
Please submit your abstract electronically by 15 August 2018 at
Students who want to be considered for travel support will be asked to note this when submitting their abstract. The committee will be providing several small travel grants (~$400) to help defray the cost of attending the AMS meeting for a student who submitted an abstract to present at the Space Weather Conference. Students who wish to apply are required to submit the following documents to either of the program chairs (Richard Behnke or Barbara Thompson) in a single PDF document: a presentation abstract, statement of why they want to attend the meeting, statement of commitment to attend if awarded the travel award, and letter of recommendation from their advisor.
For additional information please contact the program chairpersons, Richard Behnke,<>, or Barbara J. Thompson,<>.
Monday Science Telecon, August 6
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (August 6), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Yi-Hsin Liu from Dartmouth College. The topic will be “The relation between the x-line orientation and the generation of oblique tearing modes (i.e., FTEs)”.
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.
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics at Southern University of Science and Technology, China
From: Kaijun Liu (liukj at
Multiple postdoctoral positions are available in the field of space (plasma) physics at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China with an expected starting date in the beginning of 2019. The selected candidates will work on with Dr. Kaijun Liu and/or Dr. Jian Yang in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences ( The topics will include plasma wave excitation and the related particle scattering in Earth’s radiation belts, auroral dynamics, numerical simulations of Earth’s and planetary magnetospheres.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in space physics (or a related field) or soon to be completed. Experience in plasma simulations is highly desirable. The positions are for two years with the possibility of an extension based on performance and funding availability. Salary (typically between 250,000 and 350,000 RMB) and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.
Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, along with a list of three references and contact information to Ms. Anka Chen at Please refer to “Space Physics Postdoc” in the cover letter. Inquiries about the positions should be addressed to Dr. Kaijun Liu ( or Dr. Jian Yang ( Review of applications will begin on Oct. 1, 2018, and will continue until the positions are filled.
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