[GEM] THE GEM MESSENGER, Volume 26, Number 15

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Volume 26, Number 15

Table of Contents

1. 3rd Round Announcement of CEDAR-GEM Joint Workshop 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 19-24, 2016: Early Registration will end in two weeks!

2. Judges Needed for the GEM Student Poster Competition

3. New Appointments at NJIT-CSTR’s Big Bear Solar Observatory

4. SCOSTEP's VarSITI Newsletter Volume 9 published

5. Global Modelling of the Space Weather Chain, Helsinki, Finland, October 24-28, 2016, First Announcement


1. 3rd Round Announcement of CEDAR-GEM Joint Workshop 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 19-24, 2016: Early Registration will end in two weeks!
From: Zhonghua Xu (zxu77 at vt.edu)

3rd round Announcement of CEDAR-GEM Joint Workshop 2016, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 19-24, 2016: Early Registration will end in two weeks!

The 2016 CEDAR-GEM Summer Workshop will be a joint meeting of the two scientific communities focusing advancing our understanding of the highly coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system.  While the meeting will have common registration fee and numerous joint sessions for logistical reasons we are asking members of the communities with a primary focus on the GEM side to use the GEM site to register for the meeting. Here are some updates for the meeting: 

1 The early registration is live at "http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/registration.html"! 
2 The poster registration is open at "http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/poster.html"! 
3 The meeting agenda will be updated next Monday!

A reminder of important dates:
1 the deadline of Early Registration is on May 13th, 2016
2 the deadline of Poster submission is on May 15th, 2016
3 the deadline of Online Registration is on June 10th, 2016

We are looking forward to a highly productive and informative meeting and hope to see you in Santa Fe this summer!

For conference, lodging and travel questions:
Kortni Lindsay 540-231-2602 kortni1 at vt.edu

For general GEM, posters and judging questions:
Zhonghua Xu 757-325-6966 zxu77 at vt.edu

2. Judges Needed for the GEM Student Poster Competition
From: Robert C. Allen and Lois Sarno-Smith (robert.allen at swri.org)

We are looking for judges for this year’s GEM Student Poster Competition. If you are interested in helping out, please use the following form to sign up! http://goo.gl/forms/902Hk4chAI. The judge sign-up link will soon also be on the GEM workshop website (http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/poster.html). Being a judge is a great way to help train our next generation of scientists, so please sign up! 

As an added incentive, this year GEM is providing dinner to judges on Wednesday night, as well as refreshments during the Tuesday/Wednesday poster sessions!  If you have any questions about the poster judging this year, please email Robert C. Allen (robert.allen at swri.edu) or Lois K Sarno-Smith (loisks at umich.edu).

3. New Appointments at NJIT-CSTR’s Big Bear Solar Observatory
From: Andrew Gerrard, CSTR Director (gerrard at njit.edu)

The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (NJIT-CSTR) is pleased to announce a number of new appointments at the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) and within CSTR’s solar group.  First, Professor Wenda Cao is  the new Director of BBSO.  Dr. Cao has been serving as Associate Director of BBSO since 2010.  He has been leading projects on the development of focal plane scientific instruments for BBSO’s 1.6 meter New Solar Telescope (NST) providing the solar community with unprecedented high-resolution and high-cadence photometric, spectroscopic and spectro-polarimetric data.  He has developed the next generation visible and infrared imaging spectro-polarimeters for high precision measurement of solar magnetic fields from the deepest photosphere through the chromosphere to the base of corona.

Second, we announce that Dr. Dale Gary has been appointed to a newly created position of Director of Solar Observatories at NJIT.  Dr. Gary is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics at NJIT, and Director of the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) near Big Pine, California.  This appointment serves to couple and synergize the science and management of NJIT’s two large solar observatories.  We are very grateful to Dr. Dale Gary for his great leadership and tremendous work as the Interim Director of BBSO over the past year.

Finally, we announce that Dr. Haimin Wang, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Director of Space Weather Research Lab and Director of Applied Physics Graduate Program at NJIT, continues his current appointment as Chief Scientist of BBSO.  He will coordinate the effort of scientific research,  education and national/international collaborations.

The outstanding team of NJIT BBSO researchers, faculty, staff, and students have moved BBSO forward as a unique resource among the internationally recognized and top ranked solar observatories, thus extending the great vision of the former Directors Drs. Hal Zirin and Phil Goode.

4. SCOSTEP's VarSITI Newsletter Volume 9 published
From: Craig J Rodger (craig.rodger at otago.ac.nz)

SCOSTEP's VarSITI (Variability of the Sun and Its Terrestrial Impact, 2014-2018)

VarSITI Newsletter volume 9 has now been published.  The PDF file is available at: http://newserver.stil.bas.bg/varsiti/newsL/VarSITI_Newsletter_Vol9.pdf
Below are the contents of this volume.

Contents of VarSITI Newsletter Volume 9

1. ISEST (International Study of Earth-Affecting Solar Transients) 
Working Group on Data - An Introduction
Common Data Analysis Software for Solar-Terrestrial Physics Community

Highlight on Young Scientists
1. Toshi Nishimura/ USA
2. Stergios Misios/ Greece

Meeting report
1.SCOSTEP/COSPAR/ILWS 2016 “Science for Space Weather” Workshop, 24-29 January 2016, Goa, India
2.The Report of the 3rd International Annual Conference of the Nigerian Geophysical Society
3.Solar activity in the following decades, ISSI/VarSITI Forum on future evolution of solar activity, 01-03 March 2016, ISSI, Bern, Switzerland
4.IAGA-IV Symposium titled “Influence of short and long term solar variability on climate”, held in Hurghada, Egypt, 20 -24 March 2016

Upcoming Meetings

Short News
1.Trend workshop in Kühlungsborn
2.International Astronomical Union Symposium 328


5. Global Modelling of the Space Weather Chain, Helsinki, Finland, October 24-28, 2016, First Announcement
From: Andrew Dimmock, Tuija Pulkkinen, Emilia Kilpua, Adnane Osmane, Minna Palmroth (andrew.dimmock at aalto.fi)

We invite abstracts for the forthcoming workshop on “Global Modelling of the space weather chain” taking place in Helsinki (Finland) between 24-28 October, 2016.

This event brings together solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric, and ionospheric communities to discuss the current state and future challenges in global modelling of the entire space weather chain. Major developments in forecasting space weather, and understanding the effects of solar eruptions requires increased communication and collaboration of these often rather distinct communities. We welcome submissions from these modelling communities and also synergetic studies utilising both observations and numerical models. 

The abstract submission will open in May, and will be announced shortly.

- We encourage early submission as participation will be limited.
- Submissions from students and early career scientists are strongly encouraged.
- Financial support will be available for students and can be applied for during abstract submission. 
- The registration fee will be €150 for regular participants, and €100 for students.

- Workshop dates: 24-28 October, 2016
- Abstract submission open: May, 2016

- Emilia Kilpua (Chair, University of Helsinki, Finland)
- Michael Balikhin (University of Sheffield, UK)
- Andrew P. Dimmock (Aalto University, Finland)
- Benoit Lavraud (Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, France)
- Adnane Osmane (Aalto University, Finland)
- Minna Palmroth (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland)
- Antti Pulkkinen (NASA/GSFC, USA)
- Tuija Pulkkinen (Aalto University, Finland)

- Andrew P. Dimmock (Chair, Aalto University, Finland)
- Adnane Osmane (Aalto University, Finland)
- Emilia Kilpua (University of Helsinki, Finland)
- Minna Palmroth (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland)

For additional information please contact Andrew P. Dimmock (andrew.dimmock at aalto.fi).

The meeting is supported by the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

We look forward to receiving your submissions, and hope to see you in Helsinki.

The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) program is sponsored by the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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