Table of Contents
1. NASA – Living with a Star: Strategic Science Areas
2. MEETING: Preparing for When the Sun Wakes Up: Workshop on Deep-Space Sun-Earth L5/L1 Space-Weather Missions, London, June 27-28, 2019
3. MEETING: L5 Consortium Meeting “Missions to Non-Earth Vantage Points,” Stanford, October 1–3, 2019 – Abstract Submission and Registration Open
4. MEETING: Voyage 2050 Workshop, Madrid, October 29-31, 2019 – First Announcement
5. CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Our Southward IMF GEM Challenge
6. SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Long-Term Solar/Stellar Variability: Closing the Rift Between Models and Observations”
7. SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Exploring the Middle Corona”
8. SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Tackling Outstanding Problems in Solar Wind Formation and Acceleration With Elemental Fractionation”
9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Plasma Physics at West Virginia University
10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at ISEE, Nagoya University in Japan (Deadline extended)
11. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship — Application Deadline July 1, 2019
12. SCOSTEP/VarSITI Newsletter Vol.21
13. RHESSI Nuggets in May 2018
Announcement Submission Website:
NASA – Living with a Star: Strategic Science Areas
From: Mark Linton (mark.linton at
Dear Heliophysics Community,
The NASA Living with a Star Program Analysis Group (LPAG) serves as a community-based interdisciplinary forum for soliciting and coordinating community analysis and input for Living with a Star objectives and of their implications for architecture planning and activity prioritization and for future exploration. This year, the LPAG Executive Committee is focusing on a re-examination of the Strategic Science Areas (SSAs), developed in 2014 as long-term targeted areas of system science to guide LWS activities (see The Executive Committee met in April to reexamine these SSAs, keeping in mind the overall Living with a Star goals, the ways in which these SSAs are now used by the community to develop new Focused Science Topics, and the ways in which the LWS program can complement the Space Weather Action Plan and NASA’s new Space Weather Science and Applications (SWxSA) program.
Based on these discussions, the LPAG Executive Committee has expanded, refocused, and reordered the SSAs into nine draft SSAs: SSAs I-IX. We are now soliciting community feedback on these draft SSAs. All of these draft SSAs are now posted on our website at, with input boxes for comments and feedback on each individual SSA, as well as on the overall collection of draft SSAs. The feedback site will be open for comments for six weeks, until July 14, 2019. During this time, LPAG Executive Committee members will be holding a series of town halls on these draft SSAs at the AAS/SPD, GEM, and CEDAR meetings (note, an LPAG town hall will also be held at the SHINE meeting in August).
After this comment period closes, the committee will meet again to review the community feedback on the SSAs and, based on this feedback, will finalize the SSAs for our annual report to NASA Headquarters.
We look forward to your feedback on these draft SSAs.
Sincerely, Mark Linton & Anthea Coster (co-chairs) On behalf of the Living with a Star Program Analysis Group Executive Committee
MEETING: Preparing for When the Sun Wakes Up: Workshop on Deep-Space Sun-Earth L5/L1 Space-Weather Missions, London, June 27-28, 2019
From: Mario M. Bisi (Mario.Bisi at
Dear Colleagues.
Apologies for the late notification. We are holding the next L5/L1 Workshop in London 27-28 June 2019 at the BEIS Conference Centre. Details of the scope and aims of the workshop are on the Workshop Web Page.
Tickets (if you have not already received an invitation) are on a first-come, first-serve basis – please ONLY use the “General Community” tickets or your registration will be removed. If none are available, please check back regularly as they will be adjusted through to the deadline of 00:00h UK time on 15th June 2019. You can see further information from the registration site here:
The password to access the site is: L5L1London2019
Best wishes on behalf of the Organising Committee,
Mario OC CO-Chair
MEETING: L5 Consortium Meeting “Missions to Non-Earth Vantage Points,” Stanford, October 1–3, 2019 – Abstract Submission and Registration Open
From: Nat Gopalswamy (Nat.Gopalswamy at
L5 Consortium Meeting October 1-3, 2019 Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
What can be learned about the Sun and heliosphere from observations collected far from Earth? The L5 Consortium is an informal group of scientists that since 2010 has been promoting space missions to the Sun–Earth Lagrange points and other viewpoints off the Sun-Earth line. The scientific benefits of such vantage points are many, as are the opportunities for improving space-weather forecasting capability. The next meeting will take place at the Stanford University, during October 1-3, 2019. We welcome contributed papers/oral presentations on missions, instruments, and science pertinent to the following Session Topics: -Science and Space Weather from non-Earth Vantage Points -Mission concepts: L5, Polar, L4, L1, and Elsewhere -Current/Implemented Missions: Parker Solar Probe/Solar Orbiter/IMAP/STEREO -Small Deep Space Satellites -Imaging and In-situ Instrumentation -Astrophysics Opportunities: Other Instrumentation on Deep-Space Missions -NASA, NOAA, ESA, and Other National/Agency Perspectives – Panel Discussions
Confirmed invited speakers confirmed so far: Christopher Russell (UCLA, Keynote) Thomas Berger (CU Boulder) Doug Biesecker (NOAA) Jackie Davies (UKRI/STFC) Mihir Desai (SWRI) Cooper Downs (PSI) Holly Gilbert (NASA/GSFC) Russ Howard (NRL) Joe Giacalone (U. Arizona) Justin Kasper (U. Michigan) Samuel Krucker (UC Berkeley) Robert J Macdowall (NASA/GSFC) Ward (Chip) Manchester (U. Michigan) Scott Mcintosh (HAO) Dibyendu Nandi (CESSI) Philip Scherrer (Stanford) Daniel Seaton (CU/NOAA) James Spann (NASA/HQ) Alphonse Sterling (NASA/MSFC) Manuela Temmer (U. Graz) Alan Title (LMSAL) Junwei Zhao (Stanford)
Important Dates: May 15, 2019: Abstract Submission, Registration, and Hotel Booking Open July 30, 2019: Abstracts, Registration (regular rates), and Hotel Deadline August 30, 2019: Late Abstracts, Late Registration (higher rates) Deadline October 1-3 (Tue-Thu), 2019, Science Meeting (conference dinner on Oct 2)
Since the development to fruition of such space missions may take decades, we encourage early-career scientists to participate. We will be able to provide travel support for a limited number of young scientists (e.g., with the AAS/SPD Metcalf Travel Award). Please contact the organizers if you are interested (email: The number of participants is capped at the the room capacity of 75, and thus early registration is encouraged. Details and logistics are updated at We look forward to seeing you at Stanford this fall.
Sincerely yours, L5 SOC
MEETING: Voyage 2050 Workshop, Madrid, October 29-31, 2019 – First Announcement
From: Fabio Favata, Luigi Colangeli, Karen O’Flaherty (koflaher at
Dear Colleagues,
The “Voyage 2050 workshop – Shaping the European Space Agency’s space science plan for 2035-2050” – will be held from 29 to 31 October 2019, at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.
The first announcement and details of the Voyage 2050 process can be found at:
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on Our Southward IMF GEM Challenge
From: Andrew P. Dimmock, Heli Hietala, Ying Zou (andy at
The dayside kinetics focus group would like to invite the community to participate in our special issue which focuses on our GEM southward IMF challenge event ( The special issue is joint between JGR-Space Physics and Earth and Space Science. Therefore, submissions can be the subject of new scientific results (JGR), or of a more technical nature (Earth and Space Science) which provide a contribution to the community. The issue information can be found here:
The issue is now open and accepting submissions until 15 September 2019. We are open to all, so those who have not yet participated in our challenge are very welcome. We also encourage submissions which may have focused on a similar event or southward IMF in general.
Please contact Heli Hietala (, Andrew P. Dimmock (, or Ying Zou ( if you have any questions. Also, feel free to discuss with us at the upcoming summer GEM workshop in Santa-Fe.
We look forward to reading your papers!
Dayside kinetic chairs: Heli Hietala, Xochitl Blanco-Cano, Gabor Toth, Andrew P. Dimmock, Ying Zou
SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Long-Term Solar/Stellar Variability: Closing the Rift Between Models and Observations”
From: Irina Kitiashvili (Irina.N.Kitiashvili at
Understanding the dynamics of solar and stellar interiors and how they produce long-term cyclic behavior continues to challenge both the astronomy and solar communities. We invite members across both communities to come together for our session at this year’s SHINE meeting (August 5 – 9) in Boulder, CO, to discuss how to address this and other common challenges we face.
Key questions we aim to address are: * What can the variety in solar/stellar variability tell us about the physics of stellar interiors and the dynamo? * Are cycle to cycle fluctuations in variability, including distinct phases such as the Maunder Minimum, generated by fundamental changes in the dynamo or naturally by random processes? * What observational data is needed from future missions to provide the most significant advances in the study of long-term solar variability? * What are the challenges to creating physics-based models, which are consistent with observations, to better understand and forecast solar activity?
Please see our full session description here:
We welcome observers, theorists, experimentalists, and modelers to come together for a lively discussion on how we can close the rift between current models and observations.
Invited Scene-Setting Speakers: Axel Brandenburg and Ricky Egeland
Organizers: Lisa Upton, Andres Munjoz-Jaramillo, Irina Kitiashvilli, Travis Metcalfe
SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Exploring the Middle Corona”
From: Matthew J West, Daniel B Seaton (matthew.west at
Dear All,
We’re pleased to invite you to Session 1 at this year’s SHINE meeting (August 5 – 9) in Boulder, CO, on Exploring the Middle Corona.
In recent years there has been a push to explore this region through large field-of-view imagers combined with radio observations and models. However, we’re still waiting for the next generation of imagers to fully explore the energetics and dynamics of this region.
In this session we want to explore the region with available instruments, combining data-sets, e.g. large field-of-view EUV images, radio observations, coronagraphs etc. with models, to help characterize how structures change throughout the region.
We have identified a couple of tentative events to use as case studies (2017-Apr-1 and 2017-Apr-18), but any input observations from the region are welcome. We encourage contributions that model the eruptions and observations that will help characterize the events and provide constraints to the models. In particular exploring the energetics in the wake of the CME and how they evolve across the magnetic/thermal regime change.
Some key questions we aim to address are:
1) How do eruptions evolve through the region? 2) What are the changing ‘energetics’ observed in the region throughout and following the eruption? 3) What can be learned about the ‘background’ middle corona?
Please see our full session description here:
Invited Scene-Setting Speakers: Cooper Downs (Predictive Science) and Sabrina Savage (MSFC)
Organizers: Matthew J West & Daniel B Seaton
SESSION: SHINE 2019 Session “Tackling Outstanding Problems in Solar Wind Formation and Acceleration With Elemental Fractionation”
From: Yuan-Kuen Ko, Micah Weberg (micah.weberg.ctr at
We encourage researchers to attend and participate a half-day session titled “Tackling Outstanding Problems in Solar Wind Formation and Acceleration with Elemental Fractionation” which will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 6th at the 2019 SHINE conference in Boulder, CO.
This session aims to share ideas concerning how outstanding problems in solar wind formation and acceleration may be addressed by investigations of the physical processes that drive elemental fractionation in coronal and solar wind plasmas. Some key science questions are: (1) What physical processes affect the helium abundance in the solar corona and the solar wind? How do these processes relate to solar wind acceleration? (2) How are the elemental abundance variations in the solar wind related to those in the solar atmosphere? What do their relationships imply on how and where the solar wind is formed? (3) What do the elemental abundance variations imply about the physical processes and boundary conditions in the solar atmosphere? How are such processes and conditions related to those that govern solar wind acceleration? (4) What causes the anomalously low elemental abundance of helium and heavy ions in the solar wind? Are they of solar origin or due to interplanetary processes? (5) What are the key theories, models, and observation needed in order to tackle these science questions?
Dr. Steven Cranmer (CU-Boulder) and Dr. Martin Laming (NRL) will give scene-setting talks, both of which will be followed by a period of open discussion. Attendees are encouraged to contribute 1 – 2 slides relevant to the topics above to present and discuss during the session. Please send the slides, preferably ahead of the session, to the organizers below: Yuan-Kuen Ko, Micah Weberg,
A more complete description of the session can be found at:
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Plasma Physics at West Virginia University
From: Weichao Tu (wetu at
The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow in Space Plasma Physics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at West Virginia University. This position supports the research in Prof. Weichao Tu’s group, with an emphasis on studying and modeling the dynamics of the Van Allen radiation belts. Incumbent will have the opportunity to work on research projects involving numerical modeling, data analysis, and theory development.
Requirements: (1) A PhD in physics, space physics, plasma physics, or a related discipline; (2) previous research experience in space plasma physics; (3) expertise in scientific programming, preferably in C and/or FORTRAN. Preference will be given to applicants who possess previous research experience in inner magnetospheric physics and particle simulations (for example, radiation belts, wave-particle interactions).
Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit and click on the “Apply Online” link.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as part of the application process. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Weichao Tu at Please refer to and for additional information about the research in our group and other plasma physics research in the department. Review of applications will begin June 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Start date in Fall 2019 is desirable.
WVURC is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at ISEE, Nagoya University in Japan (Deadline extended)
From: Yoshizumi Miyoshi (miyoshi at
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University
Summary Project for study of dynamical variation of Particles and Waves in the INner magnetosphere using Ground-based network observations (PI: Prof. K. Shiokawa, Nagoya University, is a nation-wide research collaboration supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas from MEXT/Japan. PWING aims to contribute to understanding the mechanisms of the dynamical variation in the inner magnetosphere, which can be evaluated quantitatively combining the network-based observation on the earth, direct in situ observation of the magnetosphere by Arase satellite, and numerical modeling. Successful candidates will work with Prof. Miyoshi at ISEE, Nagoya University under PWING. The successful candidates are required to analyze Arase satellite data and ground-based observations to compare them with outputs from the inner magnetosphere kinetic model RAM-SCB (Ring current Atmosphere interactions Model with Self Consistent magnetic field) developed as part of the SHIELDS project (PI: Dr. V. Jordanova, Los Alamos National Laboratory, in order to improve the understanding of inner magnetosphere dynamics.
Job requirements and Qualifications 1. Work location: Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University
2. Appointment conditions: (1) Position: Postdoctoral researcher (2) Salary: Approx. 400,000JPY/month (3) Work hours: 38.75 hours/week (4) Insurance enrollment: Health insurance, Welfare pension, Employment insurance, Workers compensation insurance
3. Research area: magnetospheric physics
4. Number of persons: 1
5. Qualifications: Applicants must satisfy all of the following conditions: (1) Holds a doctoral degree or is expected to earn a doctoral degree, and (2) does not have other primary occupation or is not a graduate student or a researcher at the time of start of the employment.
6. Starting date: September 1, 2019 or later at the earliest possible time
7. Term of employment: Renewable each fiscal year up to March 31, 2021
8. Application deadline: 5:00pm on Friday, June 28, 2019 (Japan standard time)
9. Screening process: Document screening and, if necessary, interview
10. Application materials: (1) Curriculum Vitae (2) Summary of research achievements (up to two A4 sheets) (3) List of publication and research activity (4) PDF files of the three most important publications (5) Research plan (up to two A4 sheets) (6) Name and contact of two professional references (7) Possible starting date
11. Method of application: Applicants should send application materials to the email address below with “Application to PWING Post-Doc” in the subject heading.
Submission email address: miyoshi [at] After submission, applicants should make further inquiries if a confirmation email is not received within three days of their submission.
12. Inquiries: Prof. Yoshizumi Miyoshi Institute of Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University F3-3 (250), Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8601, Japan e-mail: miyoshi [at]
13: Remarks: Personal information provided in relation to the application will be used only for the purpose of screening. Upon completion of the screening, all personal information, except for information of those who passed the screening, will be discarded responsibly. In addition, Institute for Space– Earth Environmental Research is an active promoter of Gender Equality. Browse the web page below for more detail.
The contents herein are originally created in Japanese. If any discrepancies do exist, the original Japanese version shall prevail.
NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship — Application Deadline July 1, 2019
From: Taifa Simpson (tsimpson at
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.
Stipends 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.
For further information and to apply, visit:
SCOSTEP/VarSITI Newsletter Vol.21
From: Kazuo Shiokawa, Katya Georgieva (shiokawa at
From Kazuo Shiokawa and Katya Georgieva
SCOSTEP’s VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact, 2014-2018)
VarSITI Newsletter volume 21 has now been published. The PDF file is available at Below are the contents of this volume.
Contents of VarSITI Newsletter Volume 21
Articles 1. Virtual Laboratory for the comprehensive analysis of Forbush-Effects and Interplanetary Disturbances 2. Ionosphere and Magnetic Data – Klyichi (IMD-K)
Highlights on Young Scientists 1. G. Sindhuja/ India 2. Evgenii A. Shirokov/ Russia 3. Xin An/ USA 4. Sanchita Pal/ India
Meeting Report 1. 2019 African Geophysical Society Conference on Space Weather
Upcoming Meetings
Short News 1. Predictability of the Variable Solar Terrestrial Coupling (PRESTO): The New Scientific Program of SCOSTEP 2. Acknowledgements
RHESSI Nuggets in May 2018
From: Hugh Hudson (hhudson at
No. 351, “The Cosmic-Ray Shadow and Coronal Magnetism”, by Frederik Tenholt: Measuring the coronal magnetic field in Antarctica.
No. 350, “Kristian Birkeland”, by Hugh Hudson and Lyndsay Fletcher: Space weather a century ago.
See . We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.
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