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Volume XXV, Issue 21


Table of Contents

1. Opportunity to Nominate Colleagues for AGU Awards DUE APRIL 15

2. SPA Bowie Lecture Nominations

3. MEETING: Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules, April 9-13, 2018

4. MEETING: Europlanet Workshop on Planetary Atmospheric Erosion, Murighiol, Romania, June 11-15, 2018 -- Second Announcement

5. MEETING: Solar Wind 15, June 18-22, 2018 -- Third announcement: Post-deadline abstracts

6. MEETING: HAO Workshop on “Model coupling and data driven simulations of solar eruptions” Mesa Lab of NCAR, Boulder, August 13-16, 2018

7. Space Weather Special Issue "Space Weather Capabilities Assessment: International Forum" -- Call for Papers

8. ISSS-13 Student Travel Support Applications Now Open

9. Exciting Summer Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Research

10. SCOSTEP/VarSITI Newsletter Vol.17

11. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University 


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


Opportunity to Nominate Colleagues for AGU Awards DUE APRIL 15

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

Dear Colleagues 

We want to call your attention to an opportunity to nominate a peer for one of the AGU recognition vehicles. There are a number of under-subscribed Union-level honors. For details on the medals, awards, and honors please see https://honors.agu.org/awards-medals-prizes/

In particular, please note a new medal for mid-career scientists – the Joanne Simpson Medal.  There are others, as well:

Africa Award for Research Excellence in Space Science
Devendra Lal Medal
Falkenberg Award
Kaula Award
Smith Award
Spilhaus Award

If you are interested in making a nomination please contact agu_unionhonors at agu.org, so that arrangements can be made.

Since these honors are undersubscribed, this is an exceptional opportunity to recognize a deserving colleague. 

For details on the medals, awards, and honors please see https://honors.agu.org/awards-medals-prizes/

Additionally there are several SPA-section awards with a nomination deadline of April 15.  A description of these can be found at https://honors.agu.org/section-and-focus-group-awards/space-physics-aeronomy/. 

• Award: Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize
• Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science
• Fred L. Scarf Award
• Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach (SPARC) Award
• Sunanda and Satimay Basu (International) Early Career Award in Sun-Earth Systems Science


SPA Bowie Lecture Nominations

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

Dear Colleagues

We are looking for suggestions for the AGU Bowie Lectures for Space Physics and Aeronomy. This year we are looking for a nominee from the Magnetospheres (for the Van Allen Lecture) and one from Solar-Heliospheric (for the Parker Lecture) disciplines. The lectureships are described at: https://spa.agu.org/awards/spa-section-awards-honors/

Please send nominations to Larry Paxton (larry.paxton at jhuapl.edu) and Christina Cohen (cohen at srl.caltech.edu). A short paragraph describing why your nominee should be awarded this Lectureship would be very helpful.


MEETING: Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules, April 9-13, 2018

From: Vladimir Airapetian (vladimir.airapetian at nasa.gov)

The "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" International Symposium will be held on April 9-13, 2018, hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This symposium is the first major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the impacts of the young Sun’s space weather on the precursors of life.

The central objective of the Symposium is to unify and coordinate these efforts to understand, and characterize heliophysical, magnetospheric, ionospheric, climate and their interaction with geological environments on the early Earth, Mars and Venus and their impacts on the initiation of prebiotic chemistry.

The proposed symposium will facilitate novel ideas, approaches, methodologies and emerging views on the characterization of local environments coupled to the global atmosphere and planetary surface that may have created favorable (or detrimental) conditions for initiation of prebiotic chemistry. This meeting will also review and discuss advances in our understanding of theoretical and experimental approaches to define pathways to complex, sugars, nucleotides, biopolymers and eventually to RNA molecule.

Date	   April 09, 2018 - April 13, 2018
Location 	NASA/GSFC, Bldg. 34/W150
Website	https://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/600/seec/Events/Environments_of_Terrestrial_Planets_Under_the_Young_Sun.html


MEETING: Europlanet Workshop on Planetary Atmospheric Erosion, Murighiol, Romania, June 11-15, 2018 -- Second Announcement

From: Stein Haaland (Stein.Haaland at uib.no)

2nd announcement: Europlanet Workshop on Planetary Atmospheric Erosion
Murighiol, Romania, 11-15 June 2018.

The Europlanet workshop "Planetary Atmospheric Erosion" will be held  June 11-15 at Puflene Resort, Murighiol, Romania.

Among the topics to be addressed during the workshop are:
*  Atmospheric escape mechanisms
*  Comparative atmospheres: Earth versus other planets
*  Variability in outflow, controlling factors
*  Long term evolution of planetary atmospheres
*  Impact of atmospheric erosion
*  Mass balance: escape versus accretion
*  Innovative methods for data analysis
*  Space missions to study atmospheric erosion

The workshop will be a mix of tutorials, presentations and with ample time for discussion. Further information, can be found on the workshop's WWW page: http://gpsm.spacescience.ro/europlanet2018/

Limited travel support is available.  Priority is given to early career scientists from Europlanet inclusive states.

A contingent of rooms at the resort are reserved for the workshop participants, to be booked individually by 15 April 2018. 

Early bird registration, applications for travel support and abstract submissions are 30 April 2018.

Scientific Organization Committee:
Andreas Keiling, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, United States 
Anita Aikio, University of Oulu, Finland. 
Anna Losiak, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Eduard Dubinin, Max-Planck Institute, Germany
Iannis Dandouras, IRAP, France
Jasper Halekas, University of Iowa,  United States 
Masatoshi Yamauchi, IRF Kiruna, Sweden
Natalia Zalewska, Space Science Section, Polish Acadademy of Science
Octav Marghitu, Institute of Space Sciences, Romania
Stein Haaland, Birkeland Centre of Space Science, Bergen, Norway


MEETING: Solar Wind 15, June 18-22, 2018 -- Third announcement: Post-deadline abstracts

From: Giovanni Lapenta (giovanni.lapenta at kuleuven.be)

Dear Colleague, 

The 15th edition of the International Solar Wind Conference (Solar Wind 15, www.solarwind15.be) is accepting post-deadline abstracts until April 15. Abstracts submitted until April 15 will still be considered for oral presentation. 

Solar wind 15 will be held from June 18 till 22, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Solar Wind Conference covers all aspects of solar wind physics, with presentations that examine the current research and outline the future directions in all the relevant fields. It is organized by the KU Leuven in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium. We are proud to introduce the following speakers.

An overview of the topics that will be covered during the conference can be found below:
* Origin and acceleration of the solar wind close to the sun
* Solar wind evolution during its propagation in the heliosphere
* Connection of CMEs and ICMEs
* Suprathermal and energetic particles in the solar wind
* Solar wind interaction with solar system objects and dust
* Interaction of the solar wind with the interstellar medium
* Current and future solar and heliospheric missions

Conference Web site:  www.solarwind15.be

The organizing committee,

Giovanni Lapenta, KU Leuven
Stefaan Poedts, KU Leuven
Andrei Zhukov, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)
Luciano Rodriguez, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)
Viviane Pierrard, UCLouvain and Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA)
David Berghmans, Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB)


MEETING: HAO Workshop on “Model coupling and data driven simulations of solar eruptions” Mesa Lab of NCAR, Boulder, August 13-16, 2018

From: Matthias Rempel, Yuhong Fan (rempel at ucar.edu)

HAO is hosting a workshop focusing on model coupling and data driven numerical simulations with the goal to improve the realism of modeling active region flux emergence and work towards simulating realistic solar eruptive events. Significant progress has been made in recent years in both of these areas. Near surface layer radiation MHD simulations of active region formation driven by lower boundary condition of emerging flux from a solar convective dynamo simulation are able to model sunspot and active region formation with realistic properties of the observed solar active regions. Methods of using observed time sequences of vector magnetograms to drive simulations of realistic solar eruptive events in the corona are being explored and developed.  This workshop will bring together modelers and observers working in these areas to review recent results, discuss methodologies and future directions.  

All interested in this area of research are welcome to participate in this workshop and present their work. The format of the workshop will be informal oral presentations and open discussion sessions. We hope to have useful and effective discussions on the above topics during the workshop. Some travel support is available for graduate student participants. Here is the workshop webpage where registration, hotel reservation, and application for travel support are open:


Important deadlines:
• Financial Support Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
• Meeting Registration (with title of talk) Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Workshop SOC:
Matthias Rempel (HAO/NCAR)
Yuhong Fan (HAO/NCAR)
Chaowei Jiang (Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Maria Kazachenko (SSL/UC Berkeley, CU/NSO)
Mark Cheung (LMSAL)
Mark Linton (NRL)
Tibor Toeroek (PSI)


Space Weather Special Issue "Space Weather Capabilities Assessment: International Forum" -- Call for Papers

From: Masha Kuznetsova (maria.m.kuznetsova at nasa.gov)

The AGU Space Weather Journal is announcing a Special Collection “Space Weather Capabilities Assessment: International Forum”. This special issue highlights progress of working teams of the International Forum on Space Weather Capabilities Assessment. The Forum activities have been initiated during the International CCMC - LWS Working Meeting: “Assessing Space Weather Understanding and Applications”, April 3 - 7, 2017, Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The Forum is addressing the need to quantify and to track progress over time in the field of space weather and to establish internationally recognized set of metrics and benchmarks for objective evaluations that are meaningful to end-users of space weather information, model developers, and decision makers. Expected outcomes of Forum activities include developing means to aid in tracking the progress of the LWS program towards its goals. Topics covered by the special collection include: defining metrics for essential space weather quantities; benchmarking the current state of space environment models, applications and forecasting techniques; addressing challenges in data-model comparisons; tracking progress in incorporation of scientific ideas into space weather applications. This special collection will include contributions from the Forum working teams and the community. If you have questions about this special collection please contact the associate editor for the special collection (Dan Welling) or special collection organizers (Masha Kuznetsova, Leila Mays, Yihua Zheng, Ja Soon Shim).  The special collection is now open for submissions.  Submitting authors will find the special selection available upon submitting their manuscript via AGU's GEMS submission website: https://spaceweather-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex. The submission deadline is May 18th, 2018.


ISSS-13 Student Travel Support Applications Now Open

From: David Schriver (dave at igpp.ucla.edu)

The 13th International School/Symposium for Space Simulations (ISSS-13) is now accepting online applications for student travel support to attend ISSS-13 to be held on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) during September 6-14, 2018.  Please go to https://conferences.pa.ucla.edu/ISSS13 and click on the Student Application link near the top of the page for more information and the application form.  Note that the deadline for student travel support applications is May 1.


Exciting Summer Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Research

From: Ryan McGranaghan, Lika Guhathakurta, James Parr (ryan.mcgranaghan at colorado.edu)

Are you interested in exploring the intersection of space physics and data science (i.e., data-driven methods for scientific discovery made possible by the rapid growth of data volumes and availability of scalable analytics)? Please consider applying for the NASA Frontier Development Laboratory (FDL) summer program - https://bit.ly/2JijtYD. 

NASA FDL is an applied artificial intelligence research accelerator established to maximize new AI technologies and capacities emerging in academia and the private sector and apply them to challenges in the space sciences. FDL 2018 will feature challenge problems in the domains of space weather, exoplanets, astrobiology, orbital debris, Earth observation, and space resources.

The application deadline has been extended until April 13th. 


SCOSTEP/VarSITI Newsletter Vol.17

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

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

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

VarSITI Newsletter volume 17 has now been published.  The PDF file is available at 
Below are the contents of this volume.  

Contents of VarSITI Newsletter Volume 17

1. Introducing the NCAR Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with Thermosphere and Ionosphere Extension (WACCM-X 2.0)
2. Coordinated investigations of topside H+ ions: new results for inner magnetosphere
3. Complex catalogue of high speed streams and geomagnetic storms during solar cycle 24 (2009?2016)

Highlights on Young Scientists
1. Jian Du/ USA
2. Diana Besli-Ionescu/ Romania
3. Emma Douma/ New Zealand
4. Lauri Holappa/ Finland, USA

Meeting Reports
1. Promoting a new generation of Chinese-American collaboration in space
2. 13-th conference "Plasma Physics in the Solar System"
3. Dynamic Sun II: Solar Magnetism from Interior to the Corona
4. International School on Equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere (ISELION 2018)
5. IAU Symposium 340
6. Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts

Upcoming Meetings


JOB OPENING: Faculty Position at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University 

From: Yoshi Miyoshi (miyoshi at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp)

Institute for Space-Earth Environment Research(ISEE), Nagoya University is presently seeking an associate professor to work in both the Division of Integrated Studies and Center for Integrated Data Science (CIDAS). This position requires well-established expertise and ability for promoting the integrated study of the space-earth environment, in particular, the terrestrial and planetary magnetosphere-ionosphere as well as the heliosphere, based on advanced computer simulations and high-level data analysis. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to collaborate with other researchers of ISEE. ISEE is interested in candidates who will provide education of undergraduate and graduate students of the Integrated Studies Division and foster young researchers as a cooperative faculty of the Graduate School of Science or the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. The successful candidate is required to contribute to the role of ISEE as Joint Usage/Research Center in Japan and develop international collaborative research and field-integrated research of the space-earth environment.

For the detail of the ISEE, see http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/index.html

Inquiries about research and education should be addressed to:
Prof. Kanya Kusano, Director
Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University
e-mail: kusano at nagoya-u.jp

Please visit the full announcement at 

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2018.


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