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Volume XXV, Issue 23


Table of Contents

1. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

2. Call for Nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals

3. MEETING: The C. Robert Clauer Research Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, May 31 – June 1, 2018

4. MEETING: International Workshop on 'Particle Acceleration and Transport: From the Sun to Extragalactic Sources', 2018 November 12-16, Università della Calabria, Italy -- First Announcement

5. Monday Science Telecon, April 16

6. SESSION: EPSC2018 Session on "Global Modelling and Remote Sensing of Planetary Magnetospheric Dynamics"

7. SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session "Geomagnetic Storms - Ground and near-Earth Space Weather Impacts," November 2018, Leuven, Belgium

8. Two New RHESSI Science Nuggets


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


JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at umich.edu)

Highlights from March include three posts on ESSOAr, the Earth and Space Science Open Archive, a new preprint server just launched this year.

March 29: the basics about ESSOAr

March 30: the benefits to our community in adopting preprint servers

March 31: the challenges facing our community about preprint servers

Main Website:   http://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/


Call for Nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals

From: Jean Lilensten (jean.lilensten at univ-grenoble-alpes.fr)


Dear colleagues

We are happy to announce the 2018 contest for the international space weather and space climate medals. The new medal recipients will be announced in a medal ceremony at the European Space Weather Week, the 5th of November, 2018 

All three prizes are prestigious recognitions of recipients’ major contributions in the field of space weather and space climate. Medal recipients’ work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather or space climate capability. Medal recipients’ work must be relevant to space weather or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized. 

Sincerely yours
J. Lilensten, on behalf of the ESWW Medal Committee


MEETING: The C. Robert Clauer Research Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, May 31 – June 1, 2018

From: Joseph Baker (jo.baker at vt.edu)

The Virginia Tech Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space at VT) will host a 2-day research symposium to celebrate the career of Professor C. Robert Clauer. The program will include technical presentations covering the broad range of geospace system science topics Professor Clauer investigated during his career using data from space-based auroral imagers, ionospheric radars, and autonomous magnetometer arrays. Example science topics include: morphology of the ring current, solar wind – magnetosphere – ionosphere coupling, modes of magnetospheric activity, polar potential saturation, and interhemispheric conjugacy. A celebratory banquet will be held on the evening of Thursday May 31st at which participants can share personal reminiscences.

More information about accommodation, registration, and abstract submission can be found at:


Discounted rates for accommodation and early bird registration are available until April 30th. 


MEETING: International Workshop on 'Particle Acceleration and Transport: From the Sun to Extragalactic Sources', 2018 November 12-16, Università della Calabria, Italy -- First Announcement

From: Silvia Perri (silvia.perri at fis.unical.it)

The University of Calabria will host the international workshop on 'Particle acceleration and transport: from the Sun to extragalactic sources' on 2018 November 12-16 (http://astroplasmas.unical.it/workshop2018/).
The workshop aims at presenting recent research on the longstanding problems of particle acceleration and transport in different astrophysical environments, such as the Sun, the heliosphere, galactic sources, and extragalactic sources. The purpose is to bring together experts in the fields of cosmic ray physics, plasma turbulence, acceleration processes, and particle transport, in order to stimulate cross-fertilization and to exchange scientific information among different areas. In order to promote an efficient exchange of ideas among different fields, each research area (solar, heliospheric, galactic, and extragalactic physics) will be introduced by a 40 minutes broad review talk. The majority of the talks will be upon invitation (30 minutes each), and at the end of each day a time slot of about 45 minutes will be dedicated to open discussions on the daily sessions led by a couple of scientists. Contributed talks and poster presentations will be organized.

Main Topics:
-Observations of energetic particles in the solar, heliospheric, galactic and extragalactic environments
-Properties of cosmic ray transport and acceleration from in-situ and remote observations
-Solar flares, Crab flares, flaring phenomena in astrophysics
-Shock acceleration: problems and advances
-Particle acceleration in  magnetic reconnection, including the relativistic regimes
-Particle acceleration in accretion flows and relativistic jets
-Transport and acceleration in non-linear regimes
-Magnetic turbulence in astrophysical plasmas: properties from large to small scales and effects on particle transport
-Theoretical models and numerical simulations of particle transport and acceleration

Silvia Perri (Chair, Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy)
Elena Amato (co-chair, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
Gianfranco Brunetti (IRA-INAF, Bologna, Italy)
Andrey Bikov (Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Silvia Dalla (University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Horst Fichtner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Natasha Jeffrey (University of Glasgow, UK)
William H. Matthaeus (University of Delaware, USA)
Reinout J. van Weeren (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Gaetano Zimbardo (Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy)


Monday Science Telecon, April 16

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

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (April 16), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Denny Oliveira from NASA/GSFC. The topic will be "Geomagnetically induced currents caused by interplanetary shocks with different impact angles and speeds".

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.


SESSION: EPSC2018 Session on "Global Modelling and Remote Sensing of Planetary Magnetospheric Dynamics"

From: Graziella Branduardi-Raymont (g.branduardi-raymont at ucl.ac.uk)

Dear Colleagues,

The 13th European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) will take place at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, on 16 - 21 Sept. 2018.

We would like to bring to your attention the session described below, and encourage you to submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentations by the deadline of Wednesday 16 May 2018, 13:00 CEST by visiting
and selecting Magnetospheres and Space Physics (MSP).

Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin in September and to some interesting discussions!
Graziella, Caitriona and Norbert

MSP2/MD8 Global modelling and remote sensing of planetary magnetospheric dynamics
Convener: Graziella Branduardi-Raymont 
Co-conveners: Caitriona Jackman, Norbert Krupp

The impact of the solar wind onto solar system bodies is characterised by the formation of plasma structures which are regulated and evolve as a consequence of a range of magnetic processes. A variety of simulations, e.g. based on MHD codes, are employed to model the complex behaviour of the plasma under varying solar wind conditions.
Such models require validation through comparison with observations.
While many space missions have flown dedicated to probing the microscale in great detail with in situ measurements, imaging provides a global perspective, e.g. IR, visible, FUV and X-ray images of aurorae, EUV images of the plasmasphere, ENA images of the ring current and soon soft X-ray images of the Earth's magnetosheath and cusps. The aim of this session is to review the models that have been developed to describe solar wind-planetary magnetosphere interactions and the global remote sensing data which provide the means to corroborate them. We also welcome abstracts that consider planets whose magnetospheric dynamics are influenced by factors other than the solar wind, including planetary rotation and internal plasma loading.


SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session "Geomagnetic Storms - Ground and near-Earth Space Weather Impacts," November 2018, Leuven, Belgium

From: Craig Rodger (craig.rodger at otago.ac.nz)

We would like to alert you to the upcoming 15th European Space Weather Week (ESWW) meeting, and in particular Session 2. While the meeting is near the end of the year in November, the abstract deadline is already fast approaching!

The abstract deadline is 18 May 2018
The meeting will occur from 5-9 November 2018 in Leuven, Belgium
Conference website: http://www.stce.be/esww15/
Session information: http://www.stce.be/esww15/program/sessions.php

Please consider submitting an abstract to our sessions, and travelling to 
Leuven to attend this conference! We wish to particularly point out our session on Space Weather impacts at ground/near-Space, and prediction/warning of these impacts (session 2). The session description is given below: 

Session 2 - Geomagnetic Storms - Ground and near-Earth Space Weather Impacts

Convenors : Craig Rodger (University of Otago), Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey)
Planned time: Monday 5 November 2018 (afternoon).
Invited Speakers: Daniel Welling (Univ. Michigan, USA), Mark Gibbs (Met Office, UK)

Large geomagnetic storms pose a significant Space Weather impact through ground and near-Earth impacts. Coupling via processes in the ionosphere, space weather drives changes throughout the ionosphere and also in structures on the Earth’s surface. One example is the hazard to electrical transmission networks as a consequence of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC). The GIC-hazard is one of the better recognised examples of Space Weather, appearing in many national risk registers. Instances of damage to power network transformers have been reported at high, mid and even comparatively low geomagnetic latitudes - recent studies have even suggested there may be a risk around the geomagnetic equator due to intensification from the equatorial electrojet. However, understanding the origin of the hazard, and providing alerts to power grid operators is challenging, due to the complexity of the physical linkages involved. Understanding the coupling between the solar wind and near-Earth/ground impacts may well require large scale dynamic models of the magnetosphere, for example using MHD approaches. The measurement, modelling, prediction and mitigation of the effects of Space Weather on the ground, such as unwanted geomagnetically induced currents in power systems, pipelines, and railway networks are required by the industries affected. In near-Earth space the same current systems lead to atmospheric expansion and increased drag on LEO spacecraft.

In this session we particularly encourage submissions from those involved in developing early warning of ground-level geomagnetic disturbances from solar wind measurements, members of industry, and from those involved in the modelling of the magnetosphere during geomagnetic storms with a regard to understanding the processes involved in the generation of ground-level and near-Earth disturbances.

Craig and Mark encourage you to submit an abstract:  http://www.stce.be/esww2018/program/sessions.php


Two New RHESSI Science Nuggets

From: Hugh Hudson (hhudson at ssl.berkeley.edu)

No. 320, “Blue-wing enhancement of the Mg II h and k lines in a flare”, by Akiko TEI. Flare loops may involve a cool upflow preceding the hot evaporation flow.

No. 321, “A sunspot from Cycle 25 for sure”, by Tomek Mrozek and Hugh Hudson. YES! Cycle 25 is here already!

See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets listing the current series, 2008-present, and http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ for the original series, 2005-2008. We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


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