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Volume XXIII, Issue 34

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison
E-mail: editor at igpp.ucla.edu


Table of Contents

1. Second Call for Community Comment on Draft 2017 NASA LWS TR&T Science Topics

2. Istanbul COSPAR

3. MEETING: “Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics”- Extended Registration and Abstract submission deadline

4. MEETING: Dust, Atmospheres, and Plasmas (DAP) 2017:  2nd circular – Dates, Invited Speakers, and Contributed Talks Deadline

5. MEETING: 2017 IAU Symposium "Space Weather of the Heliosphere”: 17-21 July 2017

6. JOB OPENING: Assistant Research Physicist - Van Allen Probes - Space Sciences Laboratory



Second Call for Community Comment on Draft 2017 NASA LWS TR&T Science Topics

From: Mark Linton (mark.linton at nrl.navy.mil)

Dear Colleagues,

This is our second call for community comments on the draft Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Focused Science Topics released earlier this spring. There are now 15 draft topics available for comment on our website at http://lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/2017DraftTopicsForComments/

The comment period will remain open through Monday, July 18. We encourage, and would greatly appreciate, community comment on the content and write-up of these 15 topics. Our expectation is that these 15 topics will all be in our final report. However, the content of each of these draft topics still needs to be refined and focused so as to ensure that they are clearly defined and well aligned with the LWS TR&T program's strategic goals. Community input which aids with this refining and focusing would be particularly useful at this stage.

We look forward to your feedback on these draft topics.

Mark Linton, co-chair
Eftyhia Zesta, co-chair
On behalf of the LWS TR&T Steering Committee


Istanbul COSPAR

From: D. G. Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov)

Each heliophysics mission has received the following message: "Based upon current State Department guidance regarding official travel to Turkey, NASA's Administrator has determined that NASA will not sponsor or process travel by civil servants or contractors to attend the 2016 Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.  If you have any travelers with travel plans to attend this conference, please cancel them." 

A copy of the latest travel warning for Turkey can be found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/turkey-travel-warning.html


MEETING: “Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics”- Extended Registration and Abstract submission deadline

From: Paul Song (Paul_Song at uml.edu)

3rd Announcement of Meeting on “Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics” 
Extended registration and abstract submission deadline
Tenerife, Spain, Monday 29th August - Friday 02 September

The registration and abstract submission has been extended to July 5, 2016.
Hotel reservation deadline – 28 July 2016

The meeting will cover various aspects of partially ionised plasmas in astrophysics, such as solar chromosphere, interstellar medium, protostellar discs, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, etc. The meeting aims to broaden and strengthen the collaboration of scientists working in partially ionised plasmas in astrophysics and space science and to develop common scientific interest that could enhance cross-collaborations between the different fields. 

The meeting will focus on the observational and theoretical aspects of the following topics:

    Fundamental physical processes in partially ionised plasmas
    Waves and instabilities in partially ionised plasmas:  theory and observations
    Turbulence, dynamo and non-linear processes
    Magneto-convection, flux emergence and reconnection in partially ionised plasmas

Web page: www.iac.es/congreso/pipa2016

On behalf of the Organizers: 
Elena Khomenko and Istvan Ballai


MEETING: Dust, Atmospheres, and Plasmas (DAP) 2017:  2nd circular – Dates, Invited Speakers, and Contributed Talks Deadline

From: Mihaly Horanyi, Alan Stern (horanyi at colorado.edu)

The Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies (DAP-2017) workshop will be a forum (i) to discuss our current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and asteroids, (ii) to share new results from past and ongoing missions to airless bodies and comets, and (iii) to describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and comets. 

The 2017 workshop will be held in Boulder and hosted by LASP January 11-13. It will be focused on the open science questions, the status and future of our supporting modeling and laboratory experimental capabilities, the definition of the required measurements and instrument capabilities for future investigations from orbit or landed on surfaces.

The invited Speakers for 2017 are: 

Dan Britt/U. Central Florida: Surface Properties of Asteroids
Jim Burch/SwRI: Rosetta Results on Cometary Plasmas 
Jasper Halekas/U. Iowa: Plasma Environment of the Moon 
Vicky Hamilton/SwRI: Osiris Rex
Sascha Kempf/U. Colorado: Europa Dust Environment
Mark Showalter/SETI: Search for the dust torus around Mars
Jamey Szalay/SwRI: Dust Environment of the Moon 
Alexander Zakharov/ITEP Moscow: Mars, Phobos, Deimos Dust environment
We plan to have numerous contributed talks and encourage your submission(s). 

The abstract submission deadline for contributed talks is September 15, 2016. 
Please visit: http://impact.colorado.edu/dap_meeting.html online to register and for more information on abstract submission.


MEETING: 2017 IAU Symposium "Space Weather of the Heliosphere”: 17-21 July 2017

From: Claire Foullon (iaus at exeter.ac.uk)

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 IAU Symposium 335 "Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts", will be held at the University of Exeter, UK, from the 17th to the 21st of July 2017. We look forward to welcoming you. A first announcement with more details will follow in September 2016.

In the meantime, please save the date to your diary, bookmark and register your interest at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/iaus335 .


JOB OPENING: Assistant Research Physicist - Van Allen Probes - Space Sciences Laboratory

From: Tamiko George (tamiko at ssl.berkeley.edu)

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for up to two Assistant Researcher positions, specifically in the area of The Electric Fields and Waves (EFW) Instruments on the two Radiation Belt Storm Probe (RBSP) spacecraft (recently renamed the Van Allen Probes).  The Assistant Research Physicists will engage in independent and collaborative research with both SSL and outside personnel, attend and actively support scientific seminars, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships, vigorously pursue publication of research in peer reviewed journals, and pursue additional funding opportunities consistent with existing and future research programs and goals.

The positions will be associated with research and instrumentation related to one or more of the following: investigation of radiation belt dynamics using new measurements from NASA/Van Allen Probes; research on the occurrence and properties of electron-scale double layers and solitary waves and their interactions with thermal; supra-thermal, and energetic electron populations in the inner magnetosphere and radiation belts, research on the recently identified Time Domain Structures detected by the Van Allen Probes spacecraft; and/or research in the area of plasma waves in the Earths radiation belts.

The anticipated start date is 1 Aug 2016. The initial appointment will be full-time for two years, with a possibility of renewal. Extension of the appointment is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage are included in the compensation package.
To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01041.

These positions are open until filled. Please direct questions to tamiko at berkeley.edu.


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