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Volume XXVI, Issue 1


Table of Contents

1. MEETING: International Symposium "Recent progress in heliospheric physics by direct measurements of unexplored space plasmas", February 25-28, 2019, Nagoya, Japan

2. SESSION: ABSCICON 2019 Session "The Impact of Astrospheric Space Weather on Exoplanetary Habitability"

3. Boulder Space Weather Summer School, July 8 - July 19, 2019

4. Happy New Year and 2018 End-of-year Newsletter from VERSIM

5. JOB OPENING: Research Scientist Position in Solar Physics at Montana State University

6. JOB OPENING: Post-Doctoral Associate at New Jersey Institute of Technology

7. Subscription to SPA Newsletter: Annual Reminder


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MEETING: International Symposium "Recent progress in heliospheric physics by direct measurements of unexplored space plasmas", February 25-28, 2019, Nagoya, Japan

From: Yasuhiro Nariyuki (nariyuki at edu.u-toyama.ac.jp)

The International ISEE symposium "Recent progress in heliospheric physics by direct measurements of unexplored space plasmas" will be held from 25-28 Feb. 2019 at Nagoya University, Japan. The purpose of the symposium is to bring heliospheric physicists together for discussions about new developments of heliospheric physics driven by recent and forthcoming spacecraft missions. The symposium covers broad topics related to the recent progress and future outline in heliospheric physics with invited and contributed talks. The 2018 ISEE prize winner will also give a plenary talk at the symposium.

If you hope to give a oral /poster talk, please contact iseesympo2018 at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp by January 28, 2019.
For further information, please visit the web site of the symposium: http://stsw1.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ISEE_Sympo2019.html

Yasuhiro Nariyuki, Shuichi Matsukiyo, Chihiro Kato, Kazuoki Munakata,Yutaka Matsubara, Munetoshi Tokumaru


SESSION: ABSCICON 2019 Session "The Impact of Astrospheric Space Weather on Exoplanetary Habitability"

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

We invite you to submit an abstract to the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference, which will be held on 24-28 June 2019 in Bellevue, Washington, to the session entitled " The Impact of Astrospheric Space Weather on Exoplanetary Habitability".

This session addresses the broad question of a set of factors an exoplanet requires for enabling life as we know it to thrive, and the impact of the planet’s host star on habitability in light of recent discoveries of rocky exoplanets in the habitable zones around FGKM stars. We invite abstracts of theoretical, observational and laboratory studies that shed light on stellar factors relating to habitability, with a particular focus on: (a) the erosion of atmospheres and oceans by thermal and non-thermal escape mechanisms; (b) impact on exoplanetary atmospheric chemistry; (c) pathways for igniting molecular complexity (including prebiotic chemistry) via ionizing radiation and energetic particles, (d) modulation of atmospheric biosignatures vis space weather effects, and (e) effects of exoplanetary magnetic fields on planetary habitability and observational strategies to detect them. We encourage submission of cross-disciplinary presentations aimed at uniting the physics and chemistry of habitable environments in a holistic fashion.

Conveners: V. Airapetian (NASA GSFC), C. Dong (Princeton University), A. Rymer (JHU), M. Gudel (University of Vienna), N. Hud (Georgia Tech), M. Way (GISS), M. Lingam (CfA), E. Provornikova (CUA), C. Harman (GISS)

Submission deadline: 23 January 2019 23:59 EST



Boulder Space Weather Summer School, July 8 - July 19, 2019

From: Stan Solomon (stans at ucar.edu)

Boulder Space Weather Summer School, July 8 – July 19, 2019

Applications are open for the 2019 Boulder Space Weather Summer School, which will be held July 8 – July 19 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado.  The SWSS is a comprehensive two-week introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it.

*** Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 ***

The SWSS curriculum stands out for its integration of the fundamental science of the Sun-Earth system with the impacts of space weather, and has a particular emphasis on modeling and forecasting. The School is targeted at first or second year graduate students who are considering space weather or space physics as a research field, as well as active practitioners from government and industry (for example, space weather forecasters). Admission is also open to advanced undergraduate students. The pedagogical approach combines morning lectures from distinguished experts, with interactive learning labs in the afternoons that give students hands-on experience analyzing and interpreting data from spacecraft, and output from state-of-the-art models. The interactive activities culminate in a capstone project where students synthesize and apply the concepts and skills they have learned to forecast a space weather event, from its origins on the Sun to its impact on the Earth.  

 Local SWSS partners include the NCAR High Altitude Observatory, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the National Solar Observatory, and the University of Colorado.  Lecturers come from these and other leading research and educational institutions across the US, particularly Boston University, where the summer school originated.  

For further information,  and instructions on how to apply, see:


Happy New Year and 2018 End-of-year Newsletter from VERSIM

From: Jacob Bortnik on behalf of the VERSIM community (jbortnik at gmail.com)

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the VERSIM (VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of Ionospheres and Magnetospheres) working group, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful, peaceful, and successful new year ahead!

VERSIM was established in 1975 as a joint working group of (what is now known as) URSI Commissions G and H and IAGA Divisions II and III to study passive electromagnetic probing of the magnetosphere.  It now spans across a significantly broadened frequency range and addresses a substantially expanded breadth of applications.  
The latest VERSIM end-of-year newsletter can be found here: http://www.iugg.org/IAGA/iaga_ursi/versim/VERSIM_newsletter2018.pdf
Website: http://www.iugg.org/IAGA/iaga_ursi/versim/index.html
Short history: http://www.iugg.org/IAGA/iaga_ursi/versim/history.html


JOB OPENING: Research Scientist Position in Solar Physics at Montana State University

From: Jiong Qiu (qiu at montana.edu)

The Solar Group at Montana State University, Bozeman, invites applications for a research scientist position. The successful applicant will conduct original solar physics research by analyzing and interpreting observations of solar eruptive events, in collaboration with the Solar Group and complementing with the solar physics research at MSU. Candidate is expected to help with operation and calibration of solar observations by current and future missions. Candidate is also responsible for obtaining extramural funds to develop own research program and further expand MSU’s solar physics research effort. For complete job announcement and application procedures, please visit https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/14671

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Equal Opportunity Employer.


JOB OPENING: Post-Doctoral Associate at New Jersey Institute of Technology

From: Hyomin Kim (hmkim at njit.edu)

Position Summary:
The Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in data analysis for magnetospheric and ionospheric studies. The successful candidate will make use of various data sets including, but not limited to,  spacecraft data such as Van Allen Probes, MMS, THEMIS, and Cluster, and ground-based instruments such as magnetometers, auroral imagers, riometer, GPS and incoherent scatter radars to investigate solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. CSTR operates ground-based geospace science instruments at high latitudes. Thus, experience in science instrument development, testing and installation is highly desired. Occasional domestic or international travel for instrument installation and service may be expected. 

The successful applicant will be expected to perform the duties of a post-doctoral fellow, including the publication of original research, submission of proposals, and the support of CSTR projects.
Applicants should have obtained by the starting date a PhD in plasma physics, space physics, geophysics, or related field. The start date of the appointment is flexible, however, earlier dates are preferred. The appointment is for one year, with a possible renewal for two more years based on successful applicant performance. Benefits are competitive and salary will be commensurate with applicant experience. 

The successful applicant will work primarily with Dr. Hyomin Kim, Assistant Professor of NJIT as well as the other CSTR faculty members including Drs. Andrew Gerrard, Louis Lanzerotti, Rualdo Soto-Chavez and Nathaniel Frissell. 

Candidates will need to submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research interests, and the names of three professional references. Questions may be directed to Dr. Hyomin Kim (hmkim at njit.edu). Use the following link for application.

The Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, NJ, is a worldwide leading institution in solar and space physics. CSTR is a PI organization in the NASA Van Allen Probes mission, manages the Polar Engineering Development Center, and operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) and the Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) in California. For more information visit http://centers.njit.edu/cstr/

To build a diverse workforce, NJIT encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women. EEO employer.

Essential Functions:
Data analysis utilizing programming languages such as Python and/or IDL.  
Presentation of results at professional meetings.
Presentation of result via peer-review journal papers.
Occasional domestic/international travel for instrument installation/service

Prerequisite Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Space Physics or related field.
Background in magnetospheric/ionospheric physics.
Experience in data analysis using programming languages.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in electronics lab experiment and field work is highly desired.


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