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Volume XXIII, Issue 47

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Co-Editor: Guan Le
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Table of Contents

1. MEETING: AGU-JpGU Joint Meeting: Call for Session Proposals 

2. MEETING: Call for Papers: 2017 International Conference on Space Science and Communication, May 3-5, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Monday Science Telecon, September 12, 2017

4. Posting of NSF 16-127 DCL regarding Recompetition of AMISR Observatories at Poker and Resolute

5. JOB OPENING: Faculty Positions at Rice in Data Sciences

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at West Virginia University



MEETING: AGU-JpGU Joint Meeting: Call for Session Proposals 

From: Huixin Liu (huixin at serc.kyushu-u.ac.jp)

The AGU-JpGU joint meeting will be held May 20-25, 2017 in Chiba, Japan. http://www.jpgu.org/index-e/. The meeting covers frontier research in all areas of Space and Planetary Science, Solid Earth, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere Science, Biogeoscience, and Human Geoscience.  The program committee, consisting of members from both Unions, welcomes you to submit your session proposals at http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2017/. The call is open during Sept. 1 - Oct. 13, 2016. Don't miss it !

Huixin Liu, Tetsuo Irifune
AGU-JpGU joint meeting program co-chairs


MEETING: Call for Papers: 2017 International Conference on Space Science and Communication, May 3-5, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From: Wai-Leong Teh (wteh at ukm.edu.my)

The Space Science Centre of National University of Malaysia will host the fifth biennial International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace), with a theme on “Space Science for Sustainability”, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 3-5 May 2017.

We solicit original research papers in, but not limited to, the following areas:
1. Astronomy and Astrophysics
2. Atmospheric and Magnetospheric Sciences
3. Geosciences and Remote Sensing
4. Satellite and Communication Technology
5. Interdisciplinary Space Science

Important Dates
Full paper submissions: 3 Nov 2016
Acceptance notification: 3 Jan 2017
Early bird payment: 3 Feb 2017
Final submission and payment: 3 April 2017
Conference day: 3 5 May 2017
Onsite registration (for non-presenter): 3 May 2017

Paper submission process will be managed through EDAS system (http://edas.info/N22695). All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceeding.

For more information, please visit our conference website at http://www.ukm.my/iconspace.


Monday Science Telecon, September 12, 2017

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

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (September 12), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Alison Jaynes from LASP. The topic will be “Energetic electron acceleration observed by MMS in the vicinity of an X-line crossing".

The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please
go to http://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:
with passcode 901533

Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.

Looking forward to speaking with you.


Posting of NSF 16-127 DCL regarding Recompetition of AMISR Observatories at Poker and Resolute

From: John Meriwether (jmeriwet at nsf.gov)

NSF has posted a Dear Colleague Letter  NSF 16-127 announcing a recompetition of the NSF AMISR radar award to SRI, International for the operations and maintenance of the two AMISR radar systems located at Poker Flat, AK, and at Resolute, CA (PFISR and RISR-N). A recompetition is required in accord with NSF policy after ten years of AMISR funding. It is intended that two separate awards would be made, one for each observatory. Also open is the possible relocation of the PFISR observatory to Gakona, AK, or to some other location of strong geophysical interest. A link to the DCL letter is given here:


Comments in response to this DCL are to be submitted to John Meriwether at NSF before 1 October, 2016.

John Meriwether, Program Director
Geospace Facilities
jmeriwet at nsf.gov


JOB OPENING: Faculty Positions at Rice in Data Sciences

From: David Alexander (dalex at rice.edu)

There  are number of faculty positions at Rice which will be of interest to some members of the SPA community.   Rice has announced an initiative in Data Sciences with the creation of  a number of a faculty positions at all ranks across the university.   In particular, the list of topics of interest includes high-volume and/or high-velocity data intensive science.   Researchers developing data analytic tools such as machine learning techniques or other data science methodologies that are used in space physics and related fields but can be broadly implemented across disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The position announcement is at https://datascience.rice.edu/faculty-position-announcement

The high-volume, high-velocity component is described as follows:

Researchers in many disciplines today are using petabytes or exabytes of data that may hold the promise of important new discoveries. While these researchers face many of the same issues found in other data-driven efforts, the use of truly-large datasets and datasets that arrive at high-velocity introduces new challenges in terms of both the underlying computer systems, hardware and software, and the analytical techniques applied to the data. These challenges are fundamentally different from those seen at smaller scales.
The initiative actively seeks data scientists who will work on problems related to high-velocity, data-intensive science, including but not limited to new hardware and software data-architectures to deal with high-volume, high-velocity data collection, curation and analysis; highly parallel analytics; and managing and processing distributed or federated data.


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at West Virginia University

From: Paul Cassak (Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu)

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) invites applications for postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU). The purpose of this position is to carry out cutting edge research on the topic of magnetic reconnection and its manifestations in solar, magnetospheric and/or planetary sciences. One goal is to determine how reconnection proceeds in systems where there is a pressure gradient across a magnetic reconnection site that has an out-of-plane (guide) magnetic field and an upstream flow. This is important for magnetospheric and planetary applications. Another goal is to contribute to the understanding of the nature of ribbons in solar flares.

A PhD in Physics or a related field and experience in high performance computing, especially particle-in-cell simulations are required. 

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For a complete job description and to apply for this position, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as part of the application process. Applications will be considered starting September 9, 2016, and will be considered until the position is filled. The start date can be immediate or at a negotiated time in the near future. For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Paul Cassak, 304-293-5102, email: Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu.  

WVU is a comprehensive land grant university with 29,000 students. WVU is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a Research-High Activity Institution. The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://physics.wvu.edu) consists of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 15 research faculty and postdoctoral researchers, 72 Ph.D. graduate students, and approximately 80 undergraduate physics majors. The largest research areas are condensed matter physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, and physics education. 

The University community of Morgantown offers plentiful educational opportunities as well as recreational outlets, is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, and is about 200 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. WVURC is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify compliant employer.


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