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Volume XXIV, Issue 66


Table of Contents

1. Space Physics and Aeronomy Agency Night (TH15D)

2. SPA Reception at the Fall Meeting

3. Diversity in SPA Nominations For AGU Fellow 

4. LWS Town Hall Meeting

5. Availability of Plasmasphere Ion Densities and Temperatures

6. MEETING: First Announcement and Call to Register, Gringauz 100: Plasmas in the Solar System, June 13 – 15, 2018, Moscow, Russia

7. NASA Postdoctoral Program - Application Deadline March 1, 2018

8. JOB OPENING: NASA GSFC Civil Servant Position in Heliospheric Physics


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


Space Physics and Aeronomy Agency Night (TH15D)

From: Larry Paxton (larry.paxton at jhuapl.edu)

SPA Townhall Location and Time:
Monday, 11 December 2017
18:15 - 19:15
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - 228-230 

We urge you to meet with representatives from NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to become better informed about current and pending programs and recent developments at both Agencies that address the SPA research areas. This is your Townhall; this one hour session provides an opportunity to learn about future plans for the discipline and to provide feedback to the funding agencies.

Please also consider buying a ticket for the SPA Reception Tuesday evening to socialize with your colleagues.


SPA Reception at the Fall Meeting

From: Larry Paxton (larry.paxton at jhuapl.edu)

Dear Colleagues:

Remember that the SPA Section Reception is 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017; 6:30 – 8:00PM
Location: Hilton Riverside, Second Floor, Churchill D

We will start with a brief recognition of our SPA Award winners. Food and drink will be provided (as was the case in the last two events).

We are promised plenty of food for the attendees... Here is a copy of the items:

Menu: Hotel Package #3 - Passed Hors D’oeuvres and Display Station
•	Carving station (requires chef attendant) -
o	Deep fried turkey breast 
o	Herb marinated skirt steak 
•	Crab Cake
•	Vegetable Samosa 
•	Mini muffuletta 
•	Margarita Shrimp drizzled with bloody mary cocktail sauce

We hope to see you at the event.


Diversity in SPA Nominations For AGU Fellow 

From: Jerry Goldstein (jgoldstein at swri.edu)

Dear SPA Community, 

AGU Honors season will soon be upon us once again.  A longstanding challenge is to achieve representative diversity of scientists in the list of SPA Fellows.

How do we meet this challenge?  Simple: nominate for AGU Fellow more scientists from underrepresented groups.  We need a community effort to accomplish this goal.  With the approval of SPA Leadership, we are forming a Nomination Task Force whose goal is to achieve equal opportunity (for all SPA members) in being chosen as an AGU Fellow.  Its specific work is to encourage nomination packages from a wider and more representative fraction of SPA.  

For example, the current statistics we have:  
(A) Women make up about 20% of AGU membership, but only about 13% of all current AGU Fellows (from SPA) are women.  https://spa.agu.org/awards/fellows/

(B) Nomination rates for women scientists (from SPA) are low:      
-  In 2015, only one (1) of the 16 nominations was a woman. That’s 6%.  
-  In 2016, only two (2) out of 14 nominations were women.  That’s 14%.
-  In 2017, zero (0) out of 15 nominations (from SPA) were women.  That’s 0%.

(C) Number for other underrepresented groups may be more difficult to obtain.  However, our colleagues in astrophysics and planetary science have studied the workplace experience for a variety of underrepresented groups:

To find out more about the motivation and work of this task force, please feel free to contact Jerry Goldstein (jgoldstein at swri.edu) or Alexa Halford (alexa.j.halford at aero.org).  The task force will be led by SM secretary Liz MacDonald (e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov) with meetings beginning in January.

A sign-up page for all to express support for the underlying goal of helping to increase the diversity of SPA fellows is here: bit.ly/AGUpledge
Therein, you can also sign up for the NTF and find more information. 

You are also invited to find out more at the upcoming Fall AGU Meeting in New Orleans.  This community goal will be discussed by the SPA leadership at the Agency night Monday evening, at the SPA reception Tuesday night, and at the Early Career luncheon Wednesday.

Sincerely Yours, 
Jerry Goldstein, Chair, SPA Fellows Committee  
Alexa Halford, Member, SPA Fellows Committee 
Elizabeth MacDonald, SM Secretary  
Anthony J. Mannucci, SA Secretary 
Christina M. Cohen, SPA President-elect  
Larry Paxton, SPA President 


LWS Town Hall Meeting

From: Jeff Morrill, Janet Kozyra, Mark Linton, Eftyhia Zesta (jeff.s.morrill at nasa.gov)

We will hold the Town Hall meeting for the Heliophysics Living With a Star (LWS)  program at the Fall AGU meeting, December 13, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:45PM, Esplanade Ballroom-1, Le Meridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3215. You are invited to attend and hear brief summaries on the program status and ongoing group efforts, and to participate in open discussion of the LWS program.  A draft agenda is listed below.

LWS Town Hall Draft Agenda – Fall AGU 2017
LWS Status
GDC Status
LWS Activities
LWS Coordination
Future LPAG Activities
FST Reports
Open Discussion


Availability of Plasmasphere Ion Densities and Temperatures

From: Dennis Gallagher, Hugh Comfort, Paul Craven, Jerry Goldstein (dennis.gallagher at nasa.gov)

Dynamics Explorer 1 Retarding Ion Mass Spectrometer derived densities and temperatures for H+, He+, He++, O+, and O++ are now available at https://plasmasphere.nasa.gov/rims.  Sample read routines are provided in C and IDL programming languages.  Currently available documentation is also provided at this website.  These data are also expected to be made available through the NASA Space Physics Data Facility.


MEETING: First Announcement and Call to Register, Gringauz 100: Plasmas in the Solar System, June 13 – 15, 2018, Moscow, Russia

From: Mikhail Verigin, Galina Kotova (kotova at iki.rssi.ru)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Gringauz 100: Plasmas in the Solar System, June 13 – 15, 2018, Moscow, Space Research Institute of RAS

The conference is devoted to the 100-th anniversary of Professor Konstantin I. Gringauz – a pioneer of in-situ plasma measurements in space, who discovered solar wind, plasmapause, and cometopause. The conference will provide a framework for discussing solar wind formation, its variations, interaction with planets and local interstellar medium, physical processes in different regions of planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres. Presented reports may be based on experimental data and results of theoretical studies.

Main scientific topics of the conference:

1. Physical processes on the Sun and solar wind formation. 
2. Dynamical processes in interplanetary space and solar wind interaction with local interstellar medium.
3. Solar plasma interaction with the Earth and planets; physical processes in magnetospheres.
4. Cold plasma and the plasmapause in magnetospheres of the Earth and planets.
5. Some questions in the theory of space plasma.

Program committee: L.M. Zelenyi (chairman), M.I. Verigin (vice-chairman), T.I. Gombosi, A.A. Petrukovich, J.F. Lemaire, K. Szeg, G.A. Zherebtsov, V.D. Kuznetsov, M.I. Panasyuk, A.V. Stepanov, I.V. Chashey, T.K. Breus, N.G. Kleimenova

Local organizing committee: G.A. Kotova (chairman), G.A. Vladimirova, M.I. Verigin, E.A. Antonenko, M.N. Boyarsky, A.N. Zakharov, N.V. Yanovskaya, M.I. Yanovsky, D.V. Chugunin, V.V. Vovchenko.

The conference web site: http://gringauz100.cosmos.ru/en
Registration of participants will be open from 18 December till 5 February, 2018. 
Information on the submitting reports - presenting author, co-authors and the exact title of the report is due till 31 January 2018
Deadline for abstract submission is 26 April 2018. Abstracts should be written in English. 

LOC of the conference
gringauz100 at cosmos.ru


NASA Postdoctoral Program - Application Deadline March 1, 2018

From: Taifa Simpson (tsimpson at usra.edu)

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of Earth and the universe in which we live.

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.
Engage in NASA research in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and operations, space bioscience, and astrobiology.

• Annual stipends start at $53,500, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and certain degree fields
• Annual travel budget of $8,000
• Relocation allowance
• Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program
• Appointments renewable for up to three years
• Approximately 90 Fellowships awarded annually

Available Fields of Study
• Aeronautics, Aeronautical or Other Engineering
• Astrobiology
• Astrophysics
• Biological Sciences
• Cosmochemistry
• Earth Science
• Heliophysics Science
• Interdisciplinary/Other
• Planetary Science
• Technology Development

Available NASA Centers
• Ames Research Center
• Armstrong Flight Research Center
• Glenn Research Center
• Goddard Institute for Space Studies
• Goddard Space Flight Center
• Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• Johnson Space Center
• Kennedy Space Center
• Langley Research Center
• Marshall Space Flight Center
• NASA Astrobiology Program
• Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
• Stennis Space Center
• Wallops Flight Facility
NOTE: Not all centers participate in every application round... please refer to the website for current opportunity locations.

• US citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents and foreign nationals eligible for a J-1 visa as a Research Scholar
• Recent and Senior-Level PhD recipients

Application Deadlines
Three each year - March 1, July 1, and November 1
To learn more about specific opportunities and to apply, please visit https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/


JOB OPENING: NASA GSFC Civil Servant Position in Heliospheric Physics

From: Adam Szabo (Adam.Szabo at nasa.gov)

The Heliospheric Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics Science Division, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a research scientist with expertise in the area of Heliophysics and more specifically the properties of energetic particle acceleration and propagation in the heliosphere and in the magnetosphere. Candidates should have experience designing and/or calibration energetic particle instrumentation.

Candidates having multiple years of experience in spacecraft instrument data reduction and analysis are highly desired. U.S. citizenship is required. A Ph.D. degree in physics, geophysics, astrophysics or related discipline is highly desirable. The appointment begins in 2018. The appointment is for a GS-13 position with salary commensurate with the applicant’s past experience. 

To view the full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, go to 
http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485810900.  A guide to the application process can be found at https://applyonline.nasa.gov/applicant_guide.html.  The application will be open between December 6  and December 21, 2017.  Applications must be received by December 21, 2017 via the USAJobs website.  For additional questions, please contact Dr. Adam Szabo, Chief/Heliospheric Physics Laboratory, via e-mail at Adam.Szabo at nasa.gov.
NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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