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Volume XXIV, Issue 65


Table of Contents

1. SPA Nonlinear Waves Prize

2. Editors’ Meeting to Discuss Space Weather Journal Special Collection on the Early September 2017 Space  Weather Storms

3. AGU SPA Early Career Opportunities Luncheon, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017

4. MEETING: COLAGE XI, 16-20 April 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Deadline Extended

5. MEETING: ISEE Joint Research Program and ISEE/CICR International Workshop

6. Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 4 - July 27, 2018

7. JOB OPENING: NASA GSFC Civil Servant Position in Geospace Physics

8. HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, Application Deadline January 6, 2018

9. Solar Radio Science Nuggets in November


Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g


SPA Nonlinear Waves Prize

From: Bruce Tsurutani, Larry Paxton, Christina Cohen, Annick Pouquet (larry.paxton at jhuapl.edu)

We call attention to an AGU SPA “Nonlinear Waves” prize of ~$10,000 to be given out by the AGU in 2018 (https://ng.agu.org/honors/swnwp-prize/).  The deadline for submission is at the beginning of 2018.  All of the pertinent information can be found on the AGU website.  If you still have questions, you can contact Antonio Covington (acovington at agu.org) of the AGU or any of the four of us.  This prize will be given out every other year (alternating with a prize for Space Weather). The prize is intended to stimulate research in this particular area of science.

Anyone who has published a significant paper or body of papers on nonlinear plasma/MHD waves in space plasmas is eligible.  The specific requirement is that the results be observational, theoretical/simulation that explain observations unequivocally, or theoretical/simulations that eventually led to confirmative observations.

A selection committee will be set up by the AGU SPA President (L. Paxton) and President-Elect (C. Cohen) and the AGU Nonlinear Geophysics (NG) Focus Group President (A. Pouquet) to evaluate the submitted nominations. 


Editors’ Meeting to Discuss Space Weather Journal Special Collection on the Early September 2017 Space  Weather Storms

From: Delores Knipp (dknipp at agu.org)

SWE Editors’ are holding an informal gathering at the Fall AGU Meeting in New Orleans related to the Special Collection on the early September 2017 space  weather storms.  The meeting will be Thursday morning, 14 December in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 224 from 1020 - 11:15 am.

We are organizing a special collection to highlight the strong-to-severe space weather of  4-10 September 2017.  This interval was one of the most flare-productive periods of now-waning solar cycle 24.Informal conversations with various investigators continue to corroborate media reports that HF radio blackouts caused by the early September 2017 X-flares disrupted emergency communications vital to recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.  We believe there are other impacts that could be consolidated in an effort to help authors for this Special Collection.  Thus we are planning to hold an informal meeting to bring together Special Section contributors well ahead of the submission due date of 1 March.

As many know, solar active regions (AR) 2673 and 2674  both matured to  complex magnetic configurations as they transited the disk.  AR2673 transformed from a simple sunspot on 2 September to a complex region with order-of-magnitude growth on 4 September,  rapidly reaching beta-gamma-delta  configuration.  In subsequent days the region issued three X-class flares and multiple partial halo ejecta.  Combined, the two active regions produced more than a dozen M-class flares.   As a parting shot AR2673 produced: 1) an X-9 level flare; 2) an associated moderate solar energetic particle event; and 3) a ground level event, as it arrived at the solar west limb on 10 September.   From 4 -16 September the radiation environment at geosynchronous orbit was at minor storm level and 100 MeV protons were episodically present in geostationary orbit during that time frame.  The early arrival of the coronal mass ejection associated with the 6 September X-9 flare produced severe geomagnetic storming on 7 and 8 September.  The full set of events was bracketed by high speed streams that produced their own minor-to-moderate geomagnetic storming.

We invite you to take part in this community effort to organize and  highlight the facts and science surrounding the early September 2017 space  weather storms.    See also the call for papers at  http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/hub/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1542-7390/category/Special%20Issues/


AGU SPA Early Career Opportunities Luncheon, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From: Liz MacDonald (e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov)

SPA Early Career Opportunities Luncheon at AGU, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017, New Orleans Convention Center room 215

The Space Physics and Aeronomy leadership team would like to invite early career community members to a mixer event at AGU. This is an opportunity to meet many of us, your NASA and NSF program officers, learn about grant opportunities, and be heard. Those within 10 years of receiving a PhD and students are welcome to attend. SPA is committed to an inclusive environment; early career women, people of color, and under-represented groups are especially encouraged to participate. For any questions, please contact Dr. Liz MacDonald, SPA- SM Secretary, e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov<mailto:e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov>. The event is listed here: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/section-focus-group-events/early-career-student-networking-events-schedule/. The agenda will include a box lunch (for the first 75 attendees) & the following:

* Welcome & Leadership Perspective & Introduction (~15 min)
AGU, NASA, and NSF representatives will introduce themselves and their organizations.

* Special Opportunities for Early Career Scientists (~15 min)
Top tips for proposers, How to become a panel reviewer, special proposal opportunities

* Meet and Greet with Program Officers (~30 min)
Bring a business card, bring up a topic, or just say hello.


MEETING: COLAGE XI, 16-20 April 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Deadline Extended

From: Hebe Cremades, Sergio Dasso (hebe.cremades at frm.utn.edu.ar)

COLAGE XI - Eleventh Latin American Conference on Space Geophysics
16-20 April 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Deadline extended

The Latin American Conference on Space Geophysics (Congreso Latinoamericano de Geofísica Espacial, COLAGE) is organized every three
years by the Latin American Association of Space Geophysics (Asociación Latinoamericana de Geofísica Espacial or ALAGE, http://www.alage.org/). It brings together Space Geophysics researchers and students from all over the world. The next COLAGE will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 16-20 April 2018.

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for early-bird registration for the XI COLAGE has been extended to January 5, 2018. If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible, otherwise you will have to pay cash on-site and at the regular fee value. Please note that abstract submission will be open until January 5, 2018 as well. Financial support requests will be received until December 15, 2017. More information about the Conference is available at http://www.iafe.uba.ar/colage11/



MEETING: ISEE Joint Research Program and ISEE/CICR International Workshop

From: Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at nagoya-u.jp)

The Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University, Japan, has announced an opportunity of (1) International Joint Research Program and (2) ISEE/CICR International Workshop, for the fiscal year 2018.  For (1), the ISEE supports foreign researchers to visit ISEE to make joint researches with ISEE researchers.  For (2), ISEE supports organizing small international workshops on focused topics related to the Space-Earth environmental research.  

The deadline of application is January 15, 2018.   For details, please see the following website. 


Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, June 4 - July 27, 2018

From: Misa Cowee (mcowee at lanl.gov)

The 7th Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School will be held June 4 - July 27, 2018.  The summer school was established to bring together top graduate students in space physics, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or a related field, with internationally recognized LANL scientists.  During the summer school, students receive lectures on various topics related to space physics and space weather and are mentored by a LANL scientist in carrying out a research project. Students will receive a $10,000 fellowship to cover relocation costs and living expenses.

Applications will be accepted starting in early December. Applications must be received by January 12, 2018. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by the end of January.  The summer school is open to all citizenships and applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program.  Preference will be given to students who have completed at least their second year of studies.

PLEASE NOTE:  After the 2018 term, the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School will not be offered again until 2020.

For more information about the summer school, including a list of potential mentors, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, please see http://www.swx-school.lanl.gov .  Further questions about the program can be addressed to the summer school directors, Jesse Woodroffe (jwoodroffe at lanl.gov) and Misa Cowee (mcowee at lanl.gov).


JOB OPENING: NASA GSFC Civil Servant Position in Geospace Physics

From: Eftyhia Zesta, Barbara Giles (barbara.giles at nasa.gov)

The Geospace Physics Laboratory (Code 673) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a highly skilled scientist to provide expertise in space plasma physics theory, modeling, and simulation development.  This is a civil servant position with NASA.  Applications at the GS13 or GS14 level are being accepted through the USAJOBS web site at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484977900.

The Geospace Physics Laboratory is part of the Heliophysics Division at GSFC and is NASA’s largest organization of scientists, engineers, and technologists dedicated to understanding the Sun’s interactions with the Earth’s geospace system and with the other bodies of the solar system.  The lab has 16 civil servant scientists and upwards of 24 contractor scientists, postdocs, students, and engineers.  The lab manages the MMS mission and its Fast Plasma Investigation, supports a vibrant theory and modeling/simulation group, and has several instrument technologies and mission concepts under development.  Applications must be received at the USAJOBS site no later than Dec 22, 2017.


HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, Application Deadline January 6, 2018

From: Matthias Rempel (rempel at ucar.edu)

The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support for research visits to HAO allowing for 3-6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including the study of the Earth's upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. HAO Newkirk Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, scientific potential, and compatibility of student interest in current HAO research pursuits.

The application deadline for fellowships starting in 2018 is January 6, 2018.

Please see https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/newkirk-fellowship for details on eligibility, financial support, and the application process. Contact Caitlyn Quinn (cquinn at ucar.edu) or Matthias Rempel (rempel at ucar.edu) for further information. 


Solar Radio Science Nuggets in November

From: Eduard Kontar (eduard at astro.gla.ac.uk)

Observations of solar radio burst fine structures with LOFAR 
VLA Measurements of Faraday Rotation through Coronal Mass Ejections 
Solar Prominence Modelling at ALMA Wavelengths 
Small electron acceleration episodes in the solar corona 

CESRA Highlights of Solar Radio Physics aka CESRA Nuggets are short communications are written in the language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area and designed to keep solar and heliophysics communities informed and up-to-date about current research. The highlights can be followed, discussed, commented and shared via 
and http://twitter.com/CESRA_community


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