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Volume XXVIII, Issue 30


Table of Contents

1. Call for New Members of the Executive Committee of the Living with a Star Program Analysis Group (LPAG)

2. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

3. HERMES DRIVE Science Center: Monthly Seminar Series

4. Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

5. Call for Contributions to Frontiers Research Topic "Impulsive Solar Energetic Particle Events: From Flares to Jets"

6. JOB OPENING: 2 Post-Doctoral Research Positions in Radiation Belt and Magnetospheric Physics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK


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


Call for New Members of the Executive Committee of the Living with a Star Program Analysis Group (LPAG)

From: Simon Plunkett, Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, Jeff Morrill (jeff.s.morrill at nasa.gov)

Dear Colleague,      

We are seeking well qualified candidates for the Executive Committee of the Living with a Star Program Analysis Group (LPAG), formerly the LWS TR&T Steering Committee. As with its predecessor, the LPAG performs a vital role by providing an opportunity for the Heliophysics Community to provide input and information to the LWS program. Examples of the activities that the LPAG is asked to address include:

* Articulation of the key scientific drivers for LWS scientific research including potential focused science topics (FSTs), strategic capabilities, cross-cutting research, and others;
* Evaluation of the expected capabilities of potential LWS missions for achieving the science goals of the program;
* Evaluation of LWS goals, objectives, investigations, and required measurements;
* Articulation of focus areas for targeted research and technology development; and
* Analysis of related activities such as ground-based observing, theory and modeling programs, laboratory Heliophysics, suborbital investigations, data archiving, and community engagement.

The terms of reference for the LPAG are located on the LWS web site:

As part of the LPAG process, four of the twelve members of the current Executive Committee are stepping down to allow for new membership. We are currently seeking four members from the Heliophysics community with a solid understanding of the scientific basis of Heliophysics system science. Highly qualified candidates from all career stages, including early career, will be considered. Membership in the LPAG is nominally three years. In the past, the LPAG Executive Committee would meet in person for three days twice a year.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, the LPAG met virtually in 2020 and plans are for this meeting format to continue in 2021 with the expectation that in person meeting may resume in 2022.  Participation in these meetings and during occasional telecons is expected for continued membership on the Executive Committee. In addition, members may participate in community engagement at various scientific meetings during the year either through soliciting input from the wider community or presenting status of LPAG activities. Additional information can be found on the LWS website at:


To be a candidate for the LPAG Executive Committee, send your submission to the LWS program staff at the email addresses below with the email titled “LPAG Executive Committee Membership.”  Please include in your submission a brief summary of the contributions you would make to the committee and your qualifications for doing so, as well as a single-page CV. This submission must be limited to a two-page PDF file. Nominations will only be accepted for scientists who reside at a U.S. institution for the period of service. We will accept submissions until midnight Eastern Daylight Time on May 31, 2021.  The details of the selection process are discussed in the LPAG TOR. Please feel free to share this letter with anyone you think would be interested.

Simon Plunkett
simon.p.plunkett at nasa.gov

Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta
Madhulika.Guhathakurta at nasa.gov

Jeff Morrill
jeff.s.morrill at nasa.gov


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 17, Jacob Bortnik will present on "Machine Learning in Magnetospheric Physics". 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 24, Christopher Balch is scheduled to present on "NOAA’s Regional Geoelectric Field Modeling Project - Mitigating Space Weather Impacts on the Power Grid".

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:

Read about previous talks here:


HERMES DRIVE Science Center: Monthly Seminar Series

From: Olga Panasenco (panasenco.olga at gmail.com)

HEliospheRic Magnetic Energy Storage and conversion (HERMES)  NASA DRIVE Science Center monthly online science seminars,

third Wednesday of each month at 2 pm Eastern time, 11 am Pacific time.

Next seminar in the series: May 19, 2021, 11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern

Common Cosmic Connections: Energy Dynamics and Mathematics
Jaye Verniero (UC Berkeley)

Heliophysics is inherently interdisciplinary, connecting multiple sub-disciplines within the space sciences, to achieve an enhanced understanding of the way the Sun influences its surrounding space-environment. The uniting theme is energy transfer: how is it generated and where does it go? The subject of kinetic-scale wave-particle interactions is often studied independently from macroscale contexts. In this talk, we first approach the problem within the framework of turbulent energy dissipation mechanisms. We overview what we have learned about the nature of energy transfer in the inner heliosphere as seen by Parker Solar Probe’s initial orbits around the Sun. Specifically, we present observations of asymmetric particle velocity distribution functions synchronous with electromagnetic fields measurements. We conclude with a discussion of generalizing the language of energy dynamics within the framework of mathematics, working toward a transdisciplinary approach to Heliophysics.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 979 9509 5734
Passcode: 038994


Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

From: Gian Luca Delzanno (delzanno at lanl.gov)

Dear Colleagues,

Please mark your calendar for the online cold-plasma seminar series which will begin in June 2021. It will provide a forum for discussions and knowledge-sharing, with the objective of advancing cold-plasma science in magnetospheric physics.

The seminars will occur 
***on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern time*** Information can be found at:
where the Zoom link will be posted prior to the seminars. You can also subscribe to the distribution mailing list by contacting Gian Luca Delzanno at delzanno at lanl.gov.

The first seminar is given by Mats André from the Swedish Institute of Physics:

Speaker: Mats André, Swedish Institute of Physics
Title: Cold Ionospheric Ions in the Magnetosphere: Where They Are and What They Do
When: June 2nd 2021, 11 AM-12 PM Eastern time

Thanks, Gian Luca Delzanno
Los Alamos National Laboratory


Call for Contributions to Frontiers Research Topic "Impulsive Solar Energetic Particle Events: From Flares to Jets"

From: Radoslav Bucik, Linghua Wang, Fan Guo, Sargam Mulay (radoslav.bucik at swri.org)

The Research Topic "Impulsive Solar Energetic Particle Events: from Flares to Jets" is open for submissions to the Space Physics section of the journals Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences and Frontiers in Physics. The deadline for abstract submission is 5 June 2021 and for manuscript submission on 3 October 2021. We solicit reviews, perspectives as well as original research. Manuscripts tackling progress with new observations near the Sun (Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter) and growing simulation capabilities are particularly welcome.

This call aims to collect papers that will result in a comprehensive e-book addressing different aspects of Impulsive Solar Energetic Particle (ISEP) events.

This Research Topic includes the following specific themes:
-energetic ions and electrons in ISEP events and their solar sources
-type III radio bursts and their solar sources in ISEP events
-theory and modeling of ion and electron acceleration in flares/jets
-MHD simulations of jet dynamics and relation to energetic ions and electrons
-interconnection between jets, type III radio bursts, energetic electrons, and ions
-jet properties in ISEP events
-hard X-rays in ISEP events

For further information, visit https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/21007/impulsive-solar-energetic-particle-events-from-flares-to-jets.

Topic Editors:
Radoslav Bucik, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, United States
Linghua Wang, Peking University, Beijing, China
Fan Guo, Los Alamos National Laboratory (DOE), Los Alamos, United States
Sargam Mulay, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom


JOB OPENING: 2 Post-Doctoral Research Positions in Radiation Belt and Magnetospheric Physics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

From: Jonathan Rae (jonathan.rae at northumbria.ac.uk)

2 post-doctoral research positions in Radiation Belt and Magnetospheric Physics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
Deadline: 3rd June 2021 (23:59 BST) 

About the posts

Applications are invited for two post-doctoral researcher positions in the Solar and Space Physics Group with closing dates of 3rd June 2021. The successful candidates will work with Jonathan Rae, Clare Watt, Sarah Bentley and Jasmine Kaur Sandhu on magnetospheric and radiation belt physics.  For more information and how to apply, please see the following links:



We are still operating in a global pandemic and welcome applications from those who would intend to work remotely, or remotely in the first instance.  The Magnetospheric Physics PDRA position is for 3 years, and the Radiation Belt PDRA position is for 12 months maternity cover.   For both positions, there is potential for extension subject to funding. 
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Jonathan Rae (jonathan.rae at northumbria.ac.uk) and Professor Clare Watt (clare.watt at northumbria.ac.uk) with any informal enquiries

About the Group

The Solar and Space Plasma Physics Group is a large and growing group within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University.  Our long-term research programme is to understand all aspects of the solar-terrestrial connection. Evidence of the group’s success includes funding from STFC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Society, the US Air Force, UKSA, and a UKRI Future Leader Fellow. The group also plays multiple roles in the UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) programme in support of the UK Met Office.


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