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Volume XXVII, Issue 21


Table of Contents

1. Info Webinar 4/7 & Eligibility Clarifications:  2020 NASA Heliophysics Mission Design School Applications Due April 13, 2020

2. Deadline Extension for Manuscripts to JGR/GRL/SWE Special Section on "Probing the Magnetosphere through Magnetoseismology and Ultra-Low-Frequency Waves"

3. Appointment of Mangala Sharma as Space Weather Program Officer


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


Info Webinar 4/7 & Eligibility Clarifications:  2020 NASA Heliophysics Mission Design School Applications Due April 13, 2020

From: Leslie Lowes (Leslie.L.Lowes at jpl.nasa.gov)

Updates: (1) Eligibility extended to include early-career investigators (<10 years experience).

(2) An informational session, with chat Q&A, on the topic of applying to the 2020 Planetary Science Summer School or Heliophysics Mission Design School, will be held on April 7, 2020 at 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT.  Registration is required to participate. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMDS_InfoSession. A recording will be made available after the session for those unable to attend live.

Now through April 13, 2020, NASA is encouraging applications for the Heliophysics Mission Design School (HMDS), an early-career development pilot opportunity to help prepare the next generation of heliophysics science and engineering mission leaders.  This experience is an adaptation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s long-running Planetary Science Summer School, focused on high-priority heliophysics content and mission design.  Participants learn the process of developing a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule and the trade-offs inherent in each.

Science and engineering doctoral candidates, postdocs, junior faculty, certain master’s degree students,  and all early-career investigators (<10 years experience) who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (and a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties), are eligible.  Selected participants in the school will be organized to have an effective mix of experience.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals.

Session 1: Preparatory Sessions Jun 22-Aug 28.  Culminating Week at JPL Aug 31-Sep 4

Session 2: Preparatory Sessions Sep 7-Nov 6.  Culminating Week at JPL Nov 9-13

Roughly equivalent in workload to a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend the first 10 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team, prior to spending the final culminating week at JPL being mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team, or “Team X” to refine their heliophysics mission concept design, then present it to a mock expert review board.

To apply and learn more about the NASA Science Mission Design Schools:


Deadline Extension for Manuscripts to JGR/GRL/SWE Special Section on "Probing the Magnetosphere through Magnetoseismology and Ultra-Low-Frequency Waves"

From: Peter Chi, Kazue Takahashi, and Alfredo Del Corpo (pchi at igpp.ucla.edu)

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the work and lives of many prospective authors, the Editors of JGR-Space Physics and Space Weather have kindly granted an extension of the manuscript submission deadline for the Special Section on “Probing the Magnetosphere through Magnetoseismology and Ultra-Low-Frequency Waves” to August 31, 2020. The scope of this special section can be found below. We encourage interested authors to continue to prepare manuscripts for this Special Section, and we will provide an update when we receive the confirmation from the GRL Editorial Office.

JGR/GRL/SWE Special Section:
Probing the Magnetosphere through Magnetoseismology and Ultra-Low-Frequency Waves

The vast magnetosphere can experience a variety of impulses and fluctuations at ultra low frequencies (ULF) that result from the interaction with the solar wind or internal resonances and wave-particle interactions. These continuous or impulsive perturbations provide a unique way to probe the state of and physical processes in the magnetosphere. In particular, two magnetoseismic methods have been well demonstrated for investigation of the magnetosphere. Observations of the widespread field line resonance in the magnetosphere show the variability of the plasmasphere in timescales ranging from within an hour to over a solar cycle. Timing impulse arrivals has enabled new capability of remotely monitoring sudden impulses and substorm onsets, which are important magnetospheric phenomena but rarely measured on site. The occurrence of certain ULF wave types, such as electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves or long-period poloidal waves, can imply the existence of warm plasma populations. This special issue solicits all papers that use magnetoseismology and/or ULF waves to explore the magnetosphere.


Appointment of Mangala Sharma as Space Weather Program Officer

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Mangala Sharma as the new Program Director for Space Weather.  Her email address is msharma at nsf.gov and she can be reached by phone at 703-292-8519.

Dr. Sharma earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the Indian Institute for Astrophysics where her dissertation research focused on galaxy clusters and her postdoctoral work at Ohio University focused on the hot plasma in galaxy clusters.   She then taught astronomy at Ohio University and Pennsylvania State University.  Before coming to the NSF, she worked as the point of contact for space weather matters at the US Department of State Office of Space and Advanced Technology.   Mangala came to NSF in 2014 as a federal employee, and prior to joining AGS she worked in the Office of International Science and Engineering where she managed partnerships with multiple countries and coordinated engagement with multinational science forums. 

Please join us in welcoming Mangala to her new position and thank her for her willingness to serve the geospace community.


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