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Volume XXVIII, Issue 52


Table of Contents

1. SCOSTEP Nominations for Distinguished Scientist Awards

2. CALL FOR PAPERS: AGU Special Issue “Understanding the interconnected sun-heliospheric-planetary system during solar minimum”

3. MEETING: IPMU Workshop on “Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares and the Plasma Universe” -- Reminder!

4. SEMINAR: 10th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar by Dr. Tibor Török

5. SEMINAR: Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

6. SEMINAR: Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

7. 2021 AAS/SPD Graduate Student (and Postdoc) Opportunity Fair

8. NASA 2022 Heliophysics Mission Design School Applications Due November 12, 2021

9. SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar Program 2022

10. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Space Physics at the University of Minnesota

11. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at High Altitude Observatory, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory


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


SCOSTEP Nominations for Distinguished Scientist Awards

From: Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty at bc.edu), SCOSTEP Scientific Secretary

Dear Colleagues, 
The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) is seeking nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Young Scientist Awards. 

The Distinguished Science Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions of a scientist to solar-terrestrial physics. The Distinguished Young Scientist Award is given to young scientists who have achieved considerable success in solar-terrestrial physics and have taken an active part in SCOSTEP-related activities.

All relevant information with award statutes and procedures are available on the SCOSTEP website at: https://scostep.org/awards.


CALL FOR PAPERS: AGU Special Issue “Understanding the interconnected sun-heliospheric-planetary system during solar minimum”

From: Pete Riley (pete at predsci.com)

This AGU special issue welcomes papers related to presentations made at the Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions (WHPI) Workshop (https://whpi.hao.ucar.edu/) last month, as well as other submissions relevant to the goals of WHPI. WHPI is an international initiative focused around the solar minimum period, which aims to understand the interconnected sun-heliospheric-planetary system. The role of WHPI is to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary activities through a series of coordinated observing campaigns and dedicated workshops where observers and modelers get together to discuss, compare, and combine research results. Papers can be submitted to any of the following AGU Journals: Spaceweather, GRL, JGR - Space Physics, JGR – Planets, and Earth and Space Science from today through 30 March 2022. Individual submissions will be published in a rolling fashion as they are accepted. Please choose the "WHPI" special issue option during submission. For more information, please contact one of the editors: Pete Riley (pete at predsci.com), Liying Qian (lqian at ucar.edu), or Yingjuan Ma (yingjuan at ucla.edu). If you've not already done so, please let Pete Riley know if you plan to submit a manuscript. 


MEETING: IPMU Workshop on “Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares and the Plasma Universe” -- Reminder!

From: Lindsay Glesener, Fan Guo, Tomoko Kawate, Dmitry Khangulyan, Säm Krucker, Noriyuki Narukage, Mitsuo Oka, Kathy Reeves, Taro Sakao, Tadayuki Takahashi, Yohko Tsuboi (moka at berkeley.edu)

This meeting is open to everyone who is interested in particle energization in space, solar, and astrophysical plasma environments. It is driven by the recent development of a next generation solar X-ray/γ-ray mission named “PhoENiX” (to be proposed to JAXA for a launch slot in early 2030s). While this mission is designed to study particle acceleration and heating in solar flares, we wish to have interdisciplinary discussions because we believe the scientific results of the PhoENiX mission will make a significant impact not only on solar physics but also on space physics and astrophysics. Examples of invited talks include “multi-wavelength observations of solar flares”, “roles of magnetic reconnection in high-energy phenomena in different plasma environments”, and “theory and simulations of particle acceleration and fundamental plasma processes”.

The meeting will be held during November 15-19, 2021 as a virtual, online-only event. The deadline for the abstract is 23:59 JST on October 19, 2021, while registration is open until November 15, 2021. For more information, please check the workshop website: https://indico.ipmu.jp/event/395/


SEMINAR: 10th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar by Dr. Tibor Török

From: Allison Jaynes (allison-n-jaynes at uiowa.edu)

Dear SCOSTEP Colleagues,


We are pleased to announce the 10th SCOSTEP/PRESTO online seminar by Dr. Tibor Török.

Seminar Title: Understanding and Modeling Solar Eruptions: Where Do We Stand?

Speaker: Dr. Tibor Török

Affiliation: Predictive Science Inc., USA

Date/time: November 30, 2021 23:00-24:00 UT via Zoom platform

To join the seminar, please register using the zoom URL given below (pre-registration is necessary):

Solar eruptions, which are observed as prominence eruptions, flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), are the largest energy release processes in the solar system and the main driver of space-weather disturbances at Earth. While over the past decades we have seen tremendous progress in both observations and theory/modeling of solar eruptions, and have learned that these enigmatic phenomena constitute a violent disruption of the coronal magnetic field, there remain a number of unanswered questions, such as of the exact nature of the pre-eruptive magnetic configuration and the physical mechanisms that trigger and drive eruptions. In this seminar talk, I will review our current understanding of these two important aspects. Furthermore, I will discuss recent developments of CME modeling frameworks for community use, and their prospects for serving as physics-based operational space-weather forecast tools in the foreseeable future.

Allison N Jaynes
(On behalf of Pillar-1 of PRESTO & SCOSTEP leadership)


SEMINAR: Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

From: Pedro Resendiz (resendiz at lanl.gov)

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for the Online Cold-Plasma Seminar series on October 20th 2021. 
Details can be found at:

where the zoom link will be posted prior to each seminar. You can also join the distribution mailing list by contacting Gian Luca Delzanno (delzanno at lanl.gov).

The speaker is Jonathan Krall from Naval Research Laboratory:

Speaker: Jonathan Krall, Naval Research Laboratory
Title: Ring-current heating of the ionosphere/plasmasphere and related H+ and O+ outflows.
Date: October 20th, 2021
Time: 11 AM-12 PM Eastern Daylight time, 3-4 PM Universal Time Coordinated, 5-6 PM Central European Summer time


SEMINAR: 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 October 18, Jeffery Love will give a presentation on the May 1921 Magnetic Superstorm.

The following week on October 25, Mathew Owens is scheduled to present on Extreme Space Weather and the Solar Cycle.

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

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:

Read about previous talks here:


2021 AAS/SPD Graduate Student (and Postdoc) Opportunity Fair

From: Georgios Chintzoglou (gchintzo at lmsal.com)

Astronomy Educators: please distribute this to potentially interested students.

The AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) Committee would like to bring to your attention a special virtual event for the AAS community and in particular to US universities with Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy programs.

The AAS/SPD will host a virtual graduate student recruitment fair on Friday, 22 October 2021, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm US Eastern time (5:00 pm — 8:00 pm UTC) to introduce prospective students to US-based graduate programs that offer training in Solar Physics, followed by a virtual postdoc fair to introduce current graduate students (and prospective undergraduate students) to postdoctoral employment opportunities, from 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm US Eastern time (8:00 pm — 10:00 pm UTC). 

We are excited to organize this event where representatives of graduate programs in Solar Physics showcase the research and training opportunities available through their programs. Solar Physics lies at the core of astrophysical research and intersects with multiple disciplines of Physics to uncover the secrets of our nearest Star and to understand the causes of Space Weather. Understanding better the workings of our Star has a direct societal impact as it plays a role in the safety and resilience of astronauts, space assets, and our increasingly technological civilization.

The graduate opportunity fair is aimed at current Physics and Astronomy undergraduate students (in their junior or senior year) who are interested in exploring opportunities in Solar and Space Physics. The postdoc opportunity fair is tailored to current graduate students who will be graduating in the next 12-24 months. The Solar Physics Division values diversity and inclusion and we strongly encourage students who are women and underrepresented minorities to attend.

Facilitator: Solar Physics Division, American Astronomical Society.
Registration: Not needed. This is an open event. RSVP is required: https://forms.gle/2GqkdwM2DWRS9bfTA
A full description of the agenda and schedule are available at http://spd.aas.org
How to join: Information will be provided in our webpage.

Last, we would also like to inform the entire AAS community (and any interested students) that the SPD offers free membership to students.

If your institution has Solar and Space Physics opportunities for grad students, but is not listed at the above link, please email gchintzo at lmsal.com to add your institution to the program.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in passing this information to your students,

The Solar Physics Division Committee


NASA 2022 Heliophysics Mission Design School Applications Due November 12, 2021

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

Enhance Your Early Career! NASA’s Heliophysics Mission Design School (HMDS) is a 3-month career development experience to learn the development of a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment, getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule & the inherent trade-offs inherent.  A NASA Science Mission Design School, HDMS is led by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with Goddard Space Flight Center & Applied Physics Laboratory.

Science & engineering postdocs & early career researchers & faculty across all heliophysics disciplines (within 10 years post-Ph.D.) who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents (& a very limited number of Foreign Nationals from non-designated counties) are eligible. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
2022 HMDS: Preparatory Sessions January 18 – April 1.  Culminating Week with JPL’s Team X March 28 – April 1.

Roughly equivalent in workload to a rigorous 3-hour graduate-level course, participants spend 10 weeks in preparatory webinars acting as a science mission team for a community-priority solar or space physics mission & build their science traceability matrix.  The final culminating week, participants are mentored by JPL’s Advance Project Design Team (“Team X”) to refine their mission concept design, then present it to a mock expert review board.  The culminating week is typically held at JPL, however for 2022 it may be virtual instead due to on-going Covid-19 pandemic conditions.

An informational session, with chat Q&A, on the topic of applying to the 2022 Heliophysics Mission Design School, will be held on October 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT.  Registration at https://forms.gle/V1sWMPnedcDNTVkf6 is required to participate. A recording will be made available after the session for those unable to attend live.

To learn more & apply, visit http://go.nasa.gov/missiondesignschools


SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar Program 2022

From: Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty at bc.edu), SCOSTEP Scientific Secretary

Dear Colleagues,

The SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) program is accepting applications for 2022.  The SVS program is a capacity building activity of the Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP).  The program provides training to graduate students in well-established solar terrestrial physics institutes for periods of one to three months.  The training helps the awardees advance in their career in solar-terrestrial physics using the skills they learned during the training.  SCOSTEP provides the airfare, while a host institute provides living expenses.

The program is open to applicants from all countries with an emphasis on applicants from developing countries.  Interested candidates will need to contact one of the SVS program hosts; develop a program of mutual interest; and work out the details of a visit.  Once the applicant and host agree on a visit, the applicant will prepare an application package.  
Interested candidates should obtain all of the necessary information to apply for this program from the SCOSTEP website: https://scostep.org/svs/

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.


JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Space Physics at the University of Minnesota

From: Bob Lysak, Lindsay Glesener (lysak001 at umn.edu)

School of Physics and Astronomy
Tenure-track Assistant Professor - Experimental Space Physics 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Position description
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Experimental Space Physics. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, with appointments at a more senior level considered.

The University of Minnesota has a space physics research group with a long history of participation in successful space-based experiments.  The group includes theoreticians and experimenters who study particle acceleration and reconnection throughout the heliosphere.  Applications are encouraged from researchers working in any area related to space physics.  This includes not only the plasmas of the Sun, its heliosphere, and planetary magnetospheres, but also includes related topics such as the plasma physics of exoplanets and stars, or the interaction of space plasma with the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere.  Members of the space physics group are also members of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, offering abundant opportunity for collaborative research across many astrophysical areas.  The group also enjoys collaborations with the Department of Aerospace Engineering on space-based instrumentation projects.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics and should have demonstrated the potential to conduct a vigorous and significant research program as evidenced by their publication record and supporting letters from recognized leaders in the field. The ability to teach physics effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels is required. The candidate should be dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and should be committed to working well with others.

Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted online. 

All materials including letters of reference must be received by December 3, 2021 for full consideration, although applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

The start date for this position is negotiable and could be as early as August 29, 2022.
Document Requirements
* Current Curriculum Vitae with list of publications
* Cover Letter
* Statement of Research Interests
* Statement of Teaching Interests

Reference Requirements
* Names of three or more references with complete address and contact information
* Candidate should arrange to have letters of reference, signed and on official letterhead, sent directly to Interfolio.
Apply Link: http://apply.interfolio.com/96023
Help contact:  jjmurphy at umn.edu 
This position will remain open until filled.
Campus Information
School of Physics and Astronomy Information: https://cse.umn.edu/physics
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position at High Altitude Observatory, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory

From: Georgios Chintzoglou (gchintzo at lmsal.com)

A postdoctoral position (Postdoctoral Fellow I) is available within the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) High Altitude Observatory (HAO) in Boulder, CO. The position is initially for 1 year and has the possibility for extension subject to funding availability. The work location will be at LMSAL in Palo Alto, CA. Work will be conducted within a joint HAO/LMSAL research project and includes pre-defined research topics and deliverables. The work will be directed by LMSAL and HAO scientists.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct analysis of Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)/Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI)/Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) observations of evolving flare productive active regions, specifically emerging active regions that host collisional polarity inversion lines during their evolution, using a combination of analysis techniques on observational data complemented by a comparison of numerical simulations with observations.

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in solar physics or space physics and related fields or must be able to complete such a degree and finish all thesis revisions and defense before starting the appointment. The applicant is expected to have good knowledge of solar physics, specifically of the physics of the solar corona and transient events, and should be skilled in computer languages, such as IDL (SolarSoft) & Python. The applicant should have the ability to work independently and collaboratively and possess strong written and oral communication skills.

The starting date is flexible and will start as soon as possible after November 1st, 2021.  

Applications received by November 1st will receive first priority. Submit a resume, cover letter, a 2-page maximum research statement, and 3 letters of reference following the instructions posted in the application website:  https://bit.ly/3AHmNXy.


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