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Volume XXVIII, Issue 27


Table of Contents

1. MEETING: Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions Workshop, 13 - 17 September 2021 -- First Announcement

2. Kick-off Meeting of the Solar Orbiter Remote Sensing Science Working Groups 

3. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

4. Upcoming SHIELD Testimonial Info Session on May 13 3pm EST

5. Coffee with COFFIES at AAS

6. Science-Quality GOES-16 EUVS Data Released

7. I4s- Iberian Space Scince Summer School

8. JOB OPENING: GSFC Civil Servant Position Advertisement

9. PhD Grant - Space Weather Awareness Training Network


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


MEETING: Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions Workshop, 13 - 17 September 2021 -- First Announcement

From: Sarah Gibson (sgibson at ucar.edu)

The Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions (WHPI; whpi.hao.ucar.edu) is an international  initiative focused around the solar minimum period that aims to understand the interconnected sun-heliospheric-planetary system. The goal of the workshop will be to foster collaborations across disciplines by providing a forum for comparing models and observations of specific aspects of the extended solar minimum time period in a truly interactive and collaborative environment. Research on all aspects of solar minimum modeling and observations are encouraged, including: the global connected structure of the heliosphere and planetary space environments/atmospheres, the origins and impacts of high-speed solar wind streams, CMEs from sun-to-heliopause, and comparative solar minima.

Registration is now open (it is free, deadline August 31, 2021) as is abstract submission (due by June 30, 2021). Further information may be found here: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/node/14559.


Kick-off Meeting of the Solar Orbiter Remote Sensing Science Working Groups 

From: Frédéric Auchère (frederic.auchere at ias.u-psud.fr)

Solar Orbiter has been launched successfully in February 2020 and is now in cruise phase. All instruments are healthy and start to deliver high quality data. While the mission is still in cruise phase, the remote sensing instruments already produce scientific grade data. In these conditions, and with the nominal mission phase starting at the end of the year, six Remote Sensing Scientific Working Groups are dedicated to the coordination of scientific activities on topics relevant to the remote sensing instruments. The main objective of these groups will be to foster discussion and exchanges in the context of, but not limited to, the new Solar Orbiter remote sensing data.  The remote sensing science working groups will be open to all without restriction.

A kick-off meeting will take place on May 10 at 2pm CEST. The meeting (remote, see connection details below) will include presentations of the six remote sensing instruments of Solar Orbiter by the PIs, followed by introductions to the working groups by the chairpersons.


14:00 Introduction to the working groups. F. Auchère
14:15 EUI. D. Berghmans
14:30 Metis. M. Romoli
14:45 PHI. J. Hirzberger
15:00 SoloHI. R. Colaninno
15:15 SPICE. F. Auchère
15:30 STIX. S. Krücker

15:45 Break

16:00 Introduction to the website. Daniel Verscharen
16:15 Atmospheric heating. Chairs: Pradeep Chitta  & Hui Tian
16:30 Dynamo & solar cycle. Chairs: Zhi-Chao Liang & Jie Jiang
16:45 Magneto-convection. Chairs: Luis Bellot Rubio & Shahin Jafarzadeh
17:00 Solar wind origin. Chairs: Nicki Viall & Enrico Landi
17:15 Eruptive events. Chairs:  Kevin Dalmasse & Stephanie Yardley
17:30 Cross-calibration. Chairs:  Dan Seaton & Giulio Del Zanna
17:45 End of meeting 


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Jason Shuster (magnetosphere.seminars at gmail.com)

We invite you to join us every Monday at 12pm (ET) for the weekly Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series.

On Monday, May 10, Brian Walsh will present on "Soft X-Rays in the Magnetosphere". A link to join the seminar via Zoom or YouTube can be found on our home page:
The password to join the Zoom seminar is: Mag at 1

The following week on May 17, Jacob Bortnik is scheduled to present on "Machine Learning in Magnetospheric Physics".

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:

Read about previous talks here:


Upcoming SHIELD Testimonial Info Session on May 13 3pm EST

From: SHIELD Drive Science Center (shieldoutreach at bu.edu)

“You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”:  
Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Heliophysics Community 

The Solar wind with Hydrogen Ion charge Exchange and Large-Scale Dynamics 

(SHIELD) is a NASA DRIVE Science Center  

An important part of our goal within SHIELD (http://sites.bu.edu/shield-drive/) 

 is to increase the diversity and faces that do science under the umbrella  
“You can’t be what you can’t see”. (http://sites.bu.edu/shield-drive/outreach-2/testimonials/) 

We would love to hear more about your experience in STEM, whether its hardships, successes, and inspirations and hear from people in all phases of their careers including early career and graduate students.  

We would like to build stories that inspire and serve as a beacon to other generations of people questioning “Do I fit in?” “Is there is somebody like me?”  

SHIELD is committed to make science a unique symphony of different voices. 

Please help us and sign up for a Testimonial Question and Answer Session: 

Topic: Informational Zoom for Testimonial on May 13, 3pm EST
Register in advance for this meeting: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

The PI will meet with you and tell you how you can help us tell that story! 

Questions can also be directed to the outreach team at shieldoutreach at bu.edu. 
See the link below to our website to find out more about SHIELD, our testimonials, educational webinar series, and early career happy hour.  
SHIELD Website: http://sites.bu.edu/shield-drive/ 


Coffee with COFFIES at AAS

From: John Stefan (jts25 at njit.edu)

Early in 2020, NASA launched the Heliophysics Phase I DRIVE Science Centers (DSCs). The DRIVE (Diversify, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate) approach and DSCs are part of an integrated multi-agency initiative, put forward as a high priority recommendation of the 2013 Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey. 

As one of nine funded Phase 1 DSCs, COFFIES (Consequences of Fields and Flows in the Interior and Exterior of the Sun) is working toward an eventual multi-institution Phase 2 center to develop the most reliable data-driven physical model of solar activity possible. Please visit http://coffies.stanford.edu for more information.

Current undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other interested AAS attendees are invited to join COFFIES researchers in exploring the connections between solar and stellar physics, followed by Q&A and an informal discussion. 

This session will include opportunities to hear from specialized teams and their work from a broader stellar physics perspective.

Date and time to be determined; fill out our interest form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDBgutwOo0B0suu4BfkTf6Hwor0stXCiTAr6cLc5W5kDIdPQ/viewform?usp=sf_link) to stay up-to-date and receive the virtual meeting link once the details have been confirmed!


Science-Quality GOES-16 EUVS Data Released

From: Courtney Peck, Janet Machol (courtney.peck at noaa.gov)

Reprocessed science-quality data from the Extreme Ultraviolet Sensor (EUVS) on the GOES-16 satellite is now available. The GOES-R EUVS instrument measures extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and far ultraviolet (FUV) solar emission lines representative of different layers of the solar atmosphere. EUVS measurements are made for seven solar lines and the Mg II core-to-wing ratio (Mg II index). An empirical proxy model uses the EUVS measurements to reconstruct an EUV spectrum from 5 to 127 nm. The model outputs solar spectral irradiance (SSI), i.e., the solar irradiance as a function of wavelength. EUVS is part of the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) on the GOES-R series satellites.

The GOES-16 data begins on 7 February 2017 for science-quality EUVS Level 1b (L1b) and Level 2 (L2) data. L2 data products include 1-minute and daily averages of the line irradiances, Mg II index, and spectral model. The data is available as daily, yearly, and mission-length aggregations in netCDF format. Operational L1b and L2 data are also available and begin on 14 December 2018. The science-quality EUVS data, plots, and associated documentation are available from the L2 Data tab at https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/stp/satellite/goes-r.html. 

The GOES-R website has some other new and updated data. There are new versions of the science-quality X-Ray Sensor (XRS) L1b and L2 data. There is a new XRS product, flare location, and the averaged XRS data contains a new flag which indicates when electron contamination is significant. Example Python codes for use with the data are now available under the Documents tab. Also, another new product, satellite location, has been added on the GOES 8-15 tab.

Questions about these datasets can be sent to courtney.peck at noaa.gov or janet.machol at noaa.gov


I4s- Iberian Space Scince Summer School

From: Teresa Barata (mtbarata at gmail.com)

On behalf of the organizers, we invite Iberian an international PhD students and young researchers to attend the Iberian Space Science Summer School – i4s.

The First edition of Iberian Space Science Summer School aims to provide professional development for young researchers in the domain of Space Weather, with an emphasis on the fundamental science of the Sun-Earth system, modeling, and forecasting.  

The school is organized by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Alcalá (Spain), with the support of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) and the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP).

The summer school will be held in a virtual format due to the pandemic situation, from 26 to 30 July 2021, with online lectures and training sessions, led by experienced mentors, are intended for the participants distributed over one week. 

Registration is free but is mandatory to send Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter briefly stating motivation for application, and one reference letter from the supervisor or academic staff who know the applicant.

The deadline for application is 31 May 2021 and the decision of acceptance/rejection is planned for 15 June 2021. 

For more information see the dedicated website: https://www.i4s-iberian-space-science-summer-school.com/


JOB OPENING: GSFC Civil Servant Position Advertisement

From: Eftyhia Zesta (eftyhia.zesta at nasa.gov)

The Geospace Laboratory in the Heliophysics Division of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Astrophysicist serving as a data scientist to support current and upcoming missions such as Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS), lunar opportunities associated with the Artemis program, preparation for Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC), and various CubeSat and SmallSat programs such as Dione that support NASA's Strategic Science Plan. The qualified applicant will have relevant experience in the topic of magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling and apply innovative methods to his or her research. The position ID is GSFC-21-DE-11086123-ST, and applicants must have competencies in leadership, research, space science, and planetary atmospheres. Annual salary is in the range $96,013-$147,493 depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be advertised at USAJOBS.GOV. It is expected to open on May 14 for application and will close on May 18 at 11:59pm EST. Interested applicants, please create a profile at usajobs.gov and submit your application during the May 14-18 time period that the position will be open. Applicants are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to apply. 


PhD Grant - Space Weather Awareness Training Network

From: Teresa Barata (mtbarata at gmail.com)

The Space Weather Awareness Training Network (SWATNet) is a Marie – Sklodowska – Curie action Innovative Training Network (ITN) project. The project aims at breakthroughs in our physical understanding of the key agents of Space Weather.

We are now in the process of hiring 12 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) to pursue their PhD degrees.
The consortium consists of nine Parties from eight European countries, as well as several recognized companies in the field. The PhD projects focus on analyzing and forecasting the solar activity. 

Project 12 Development of mathematical morphology algorithms to characterize the solar activity. Host: University of Coimbra, Portugal  Secondment Host: University of Sheffield, UK.
Applicants interested in those positions should contact: mtbarata at gmail.com; teresabarata at dct.uc.pt

More information available at: www.swatnet.eu


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