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Volume XXV, Issue 24


Table of Contents

1. Extension- Family Care Grants for TESS

2. Monday Science Telecon, April 23

3. MEETING: COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018 (SW-CBW 2018)

4. MEETING: ISEA-15: Abstract Submission now Open

5. SESSION: ESWW15 Space Weather Forecasting Session

6. Ph.D Student Research and Teaching Assistant Positions in Space Plasma Physics-Research Area at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida

7. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position (f/m) in Space Plasma Physics


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


Extension- Family Care Grants for TESS

From: Holly Gilbert (holly.r.gilbert at nasa.gov)

The SPD Executive Committee, along with the AAS, are committed to helping SPD members and SPD affiliate members with young children attend the TESS meeting.

SPD childcare grant applications for up to $400 are available for and are due May 11, 2018 at 7 P.M. (EST):  https://spd.aas.org/family-care-grants

The grant recipient will be responsible for arranging the childcare; the grants are intended to offset the cost of this childcare. We anticipate awarding up to eight grants of up to $400 each to offset childcare costs. This might include babysitting costs at the hotel, or contributions towards the daily expenses of a spouse/relative attending the meeting to care for the child. The recipient needs to supply a receipt or other proof of payment to obtain the reimbursement.

Applications will be processed in the order received. Please send questions to treasurer at spd.aas.org


Monday Science Telecon, April 23

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

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (April 23), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Amy Rager from NASA/GSFC. The topic will be "Dawn-Dusk Asymmetries in the Earth’s magnetosheath".

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.


MEETING: COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018 (SW-CBW 2018)

From: Livia Alves (livia.alves at inpe.br)

We invite graduate students and young scientists interested in Solar Physics, Interplanetary Medium, Geomagnetic Field and Earth Magnetism, and Ionized and Neutral Earth’s Atmosphere to send an application to the COSPAR Space Weather Capacity Building Workshop 2018 (SW-CBW 2018). 
The workshop will take place in the facilities of the Brazilian Space Weather Study and Monitoring Program (EMBRACE - “Estudo e Monitoramento Brasileiro do Clima Espacial") located at National Institute for Space Research (INPE - "Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais”) in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 17 September to 28 September 2018.

For more details, including financial support, visit the event website at:
Applications is open now and must be made through the website until May 15.


MEETING: ISEA-15: Abstract Submission now Open

From: Duggirala Pallamraju (raju at prl.res.in)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings !!

The International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA) is held once in every three to four years. Researchers from the fields of atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere gather together in ISEA to share new findings, discuss the current status, and identify topics for future research. The 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) will be held during 22 - 26 October 2018 at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.

Abstract submission for ISEA-15 is now open. There are seven science sessions in ISEA-15. For more details and abstract submission please visit the Symposium Website: https://www.prl.res.in/isea15/

Abstract submission ends: 31 May 2018 (for those requesting financial support) & 10 June 2018 (for all others).

We hope to have an exciting ISEA-15 meeting.  Please join us !!

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Duggirala Pallamraju, Endawoke Yizengaw, Jonathan Makela, Philip Erickson, Claudia Stolle, Marco Milla, Clezio De Nardin, Mamoru Yamamoto

Email: isea15 at prl.res.in

Session 1 : Equatorial E- and F-region irregularities: Cause and effects
Conveners : Amit K. Patra, NARL, India ; Fabiano Rodrigues, UTD, USA
MSO : Jonathan J. Makela, UI, USA.

Session 2 : Longitudinal dependence of equatorial electrodynamics
Conveners : Larisa P. Goncharenko, MIT Haystack Observatory, USA ; Geeta Vichare, IIG, India
MSO : Endawoke Yizengaw, BC, USA.

Session 3 : Mesosphere Ionosphere Thermosphere coupling at low- and mid-latitudes
Conveners : Kazuo Shiokawa, ISEE, Japan ; Sundararajan Sridharan, NARL, India
MSO : Philip J. Erickson, MIT Haystack Observatory, USA.

Session 4 : Mid- and low-latitude effects of global atmospheric wave coupling
Conveners : Subramanian Gurubaran, IIG, India ; Erdal Yigit, GMU, USA
MSO : Duggirala Pallam Raju, PRL, India.

Session 5 : Space weather effects on low- and mid-latitudes
Conveners : Anthea Coster, MIT Haystack Observatory USA ; Dibyendu Chakrabarty, PRL, India
MSO : Claudia Stolle, GFZ, Germany.

Session 6 : Results from new techniques, experiments, and campaigns
Conveners : Juha Viernen, UIT, Norway ; Raj Kumar Choudhary, SPL, India
MSO : Marco Milla, JRO, Peru ; Mamoru Yamamoto, RISH, Japan.

Session 7 : Future trends, opportunities, and challenges in low-latitude aeronomy
Conveners : Jorge L. Chau, IAP, Germany ; Tarun Kumar Pant, SPL, India
MSO : Clezio De Nardin, INPE, Brazil ; Mamoru Yamamoto, RISH, Japan.


SESSION: ESWW15 Space Weather Forecasting Session

From: Anastasios Anastasiadis (anastasi at noa.gr), Enrico Camporeale, Manolis K. Georgoulis, Ryan McGranaghan

Dear colleagues,

The European Space Weather Week (ESWW15, http://www.stce.be/esww15/), this year takes place from 5 – 9 November in Leuven, Belgium. 
We warmly invite abstract submissions to our session entitled: "Unveiling Current Challenges in Space Weather Forecasting".

The ESWW15 meeting details can be found in the conference website where the necessary guide and links to the abstract submission page are also present.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 18, 2018 (included).

Anastasios Anastasiadis (National Observatory of Athens, IAASARS)
Enrico Camporeale (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science, CWI)
Manolis K. Georgoulis (Academy of Athens, RCAAM)
Ryan McGranaghan (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Session Abstract:

Predicting the conditions of our space environment is a true challenge, due to the large size of the system and the complex interplay of physical mechanisms. Nowadays, forecasting techniques range from physics-based to data-driven statistical models. Massively expanded data availability and sophisticated means to analyze voluminous and complex information open new possibilities to innovative methodologies. This session is devoted to the broad spectrum of advanced forecasting techniques, including physical models, statistical methods, data assimilation, information theory, and machine learning. The goal of this session is to provide a forum for new and ongoing efforts that connect the dots between space weather research and future operational forecasting applications. We invite abstracts covering observations, models, and their combinations. Methods that use innovative and multidisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.


Ph.D Student Research and Teaching Assistant Positions in Space Plasma Physics-Research Area at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida

From: Katariina Nykyri (nykyrik at erau.edu)

The Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) and Department of Physical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is seeking students with B.Sci or M.S degree for the Engineering Physics Ph.D program for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 admissions in the Space Plasma Physics-Research area. Student is required to have a strong background in physics and mathematics. Previous experience in numerical simulations and data-analysis is beneficial but not necessary. In addition to four core Ph.D classes in Engineering Physics, the students with no prior background in Space or Plasma Physics will take the following course sequence that will prepare them for space plasma physics research:

Space Physics I
Space Physics II/Advanced Space Physics
Space Plasma Physics

To supplement their background, Ph.D students can also choose electives from the following 500-600-level courses:

Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists
Experimental Methods in Space Science  

The students with adequate background in space/plasma physics will only be required to take the four core classes in the program and they can directly start as a Research Assistant in Prof. Nykyri’s research group in the Embry-Riddle's Laboratory for Solar-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Research (LASMIR).

Both teaching and research assistantships cover full stipend and tuition waivers. For detailed admission requirements, please see:


For further information, contact

Dr. Katariina Nykyri, nykyrik at erau.edu 

The Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) studies the fundamental physics of Planetary Atmospheres and Space Environments. These systems include the complex and highly-coupled Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Magnetosphere (AIM) systems of Earth and other planets. The members of CSAR will bring scientific competencies spanning the realms of theory, modeling, observation, and experiment, as they apply to each region of the AIM system.  For further information on CSAR laboratories and facilities please see http://csar.erau.edu/. CSAR faculty collaborate across ERAU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering, and also utilize facilities in ERAU’s Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (Micaplex) at Embry-Riddle Research Park, which provide state-of-the-art facilities for  platform and instrument development, as well as incubator space and facilities for startup companies (https://erau.edu/micaplex/). Recently, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed a Cray® CS™ cluster supercomputer – Vega — into the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center on the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. Vega is currently being used by CSAR faculty for numerical simulations of processes in the Heliosphere and Earth's AIM systems. CSAR's SAIL lab also house a plasma chamber used for characterization of plasma diagnostic instruments that are flown on rockets and satellites. 

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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position (f/m) in Space Plasma Physics

From: Rumi Nakamura (rumi.nakamura at oeaw.ac.at)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the area of space plasma physics focusing on the physical interpretation of in-situ plasma measurements.  

The space plasma physics group at the Space Research Institute (IWF) Graz, a research insti-tute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), is involved in a number of space plasma missions, for which IWF’s hardware contribution enables in-depth analysis and interpretation of the data, e.g., Geotail, Cluster, THEMIS, MMS, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, JUICE. The successful candidate is expected to work on research topics in space plasma physics and to play an active role in the scientific activities of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. 

The applicant must hold a PhD in physics, geophysics, astrophysics, or a related field. Experience in analysis/interpretation of spacecraft data such as plasma, electric and magnetic field is a prerequisite. The appointment begins as early as September 1, 2018 and will be initially for two years (Extension may be possible, depending on performance and funding situation). Gross salary will be Grade IV/2 according to the scale of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which is 42.551,60 Euro per year or higher, depending on previous records.   

Applications include 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications, 3) statement of the applicant's past and current research experience (up to 2 pages), 4) certificates for full academic record, and 5) up to three names of references with the full contact information.  Please send the application in PDF format to <rumi.nakamura at oeaw.ac.at>  by 18 June 2018. 

Inquiries about the positions should be directed to Dr. Rumi Nakamura (+43-316-4120573) or Dr. Yasuhito Narita (+43-316-4120574). 
Find more information at http://www.iwf.oeaw.ac.at/en/research/space-plasma-physics/. 

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.


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