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Volume XXIX, Issue 12


Table of Contents

1. Requesting Community Input on Heliophysics Archive Modernization

2. NSF 22-553 Solicitation

3. Committee on Solar and Space Physics Seeking Nominations for New Members

4. Release of PySPEDAS 1.3

5. MEETING: Announcement of NASA Workshop on Lightning-Related Research Beyond the Troposphere

6. MEETING: Parker Two - Second Annual Parker Solar Probe Conference (http://parkerseries.jhuapl.edu/), June 21-24, 2022, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland, USA -- First Announcement

7. MEETING: 20th Annual International Astrophysics Conference, October 30-November 4, 2022, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

8. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

9. Online Cold Plasma Seminar Series

10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral researcher in Jovian Satellite-Magnetosphere Interactions at the Space Physics Group, Princeton University

11. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Plasma Physics at West Virginia University

12. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Magnetospheric Simulation at CCMC

13. JOB OPENING: Junior Group Leader (F*M) in Space Instrumentation at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

14. Announcing a New RHESSI Science Nugget


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


Requesting Community Input on Heliophysics Archive Modernization

From: Patrick Koehn (patrick.koehn at nasa.gov)

The due date for responses to NASA’s Heliophysics Data Environment RFI has been extended to February 28, 2022. Now is your chance to comment and shape the path forward for NASA’s restructuring, expansion, and evolution of the Heliophysics data archiving infrastructure, including the current Heliophysics Data Environment (HPDE), Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF), Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC), and associated tools, models, and resources. NASA seeks feedback from the community at large, including those with an interest in using Heliophysics mission data, CubeSat or sounding rocket data, AI/ML, cloud computing, citizen science, and/or open science. Input from a diverse array of data users, researchers, citizen scientists, early career investigators, technologists, and anyone with interest and ideas is welcome.
Details of this Request for Information, including response instructions, can be found on NSPIRES at the following link: https://go.nasa.gov/3DxpHPI. Thank you for helping us shape the future of Heliophysics data at NASA!


NSF 22-553 Solicitation

From: Tai-Yin Huang (thuang at nsf.gov), Program Director, Geospace Section, AGS

Dear Colleagues,

This is to bring to your attention a new program solicitation, NSF 22-553 Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks (FAIROS RCN).  The program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on the FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse) guiding principles and Open Science best practices. This program will support a broad range of activities by these new RCNs to advance the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of research products through FAIROS strategies.  A full description of the solicitation can be found via the link, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22553/nsf22553.htm.  The deadline is April 12, 2022.  We encourage people interested in this funding opportunity to apply. Please contact Raleigh Martin (ramartin at nsf.gov) for further information.


Committee on Solar and Space Physics Seeking Nominations for New Members

From: Abigail Sheffer (asheffer at nas.edu)

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are inviting nominations for the Committee on Solar and Space Physics (https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/committee-on-solar-and-space-physics). The committee consists of approximately 15 volunteer experts in the general areas of solar physics, heliospheric physics, geospace physics, and space weather, as well as knowledge of the research programs of NASA and NSF, the operational programs and needs of NOAA and DOD for the forecast of space weather events, and expertise in space systems engineering and technology.  At this time, the CSSP will replace 5 members who rotated off the committee, including a co-chair. Nominees for all relevant expertise areas are welcome, although nominees with expertise in space weather (including modeling and forecasting), ionosphere-thermosphere-magnetosphere interactions, and ground-based observations are particularly helpful. Nominees will be accepted until February 18th, 2022. https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6556353/Committee-on-Solar-and-Space-Physics


Release of PySPEDAS 1.3

From: Eric Grimes, and the SPEDAS development team (egrimes at igpp.ucla.edu)

The Space Physics Environment Data Analysis Software (SPEDAS) development team is pleased to announce the release of PySPEDAS 1.3! The latest version is available in PyPI, as well as at our GitHub repository:


For those of you unaware, PySPEDAS contains tools for loading, analyzing and plotting data from a number of space- and ground-based observatories.

Where to get it
The latest version can be installed using pip:

pip install pyspedas --upgrade

If you've previously installed pyspedas, the --upgrade option will be required to update to the latest version. 

What's new?
- First version shipped with our experimental matplotlib backend to PyTplot
- Added wrappers for Sheng Tian’s implementation of the geopack library (T89, T96, T01, TS04)
- Large updates to the MMS plug-in, including new tools for calculating energy and angular spectrograms, as well as moments from the FPI and HPCA plasma distribution data
- Added the 0th (EXPERIMENTAL) version of the ERG plug-in from the Arase team in Japan
- Added new tools for working with various vector data stored in PyTplot variables, e.g., tkm2re, cross products, dot products, normalizing vectors
- Added routines for wave polarization calculations
- Added routines for field aligned coordinate transformations
- Added tools for Spherical Elementary Currents (SECS) and Equivalent Ionospheric Currents (EICS) from Xin Cao and Xiangning Chu at the University of Colorado Boulder
- Added initial load routine for Heliophysics Application Programmer's Interface (HAPI) data
- Added initial load routine for Kyoto Dst data
- Added initial load routine for THEMIS All Sky Imager data
- Added THEMIS FIT L1 calibration tools
- Numerous other bug fixes and updates
- Large updates to the documentation (including over 100 new copy+paste examples)

We created a notebook showing several of these new features at:


Where to find documentation
Please see our documentation online at: 


Additional example notebooks can be found at our SPEDAS GitHub page:


For example, more MMS notebooks can be found in the repository:


Where to get help
Bug reports, help requests, and enhancement suggestions can be filed as issues directly on our repository: 


or can be submitted via email to: SPEDAS_Science_Support at ssl.berkeley.edu


MEETING: Announcement of NASA Workshop on Lightning-Related Research Beyond the Troposphere

From: Sabrina Savage (sabrina.savage at nasa.gov)

This is to announce that NASA is organizing a virtual scientific workshop to be held on May 2-3, 2022. The goal of the workshop is to identify key lightning-related research topics and science questions that fall into gaps between the NASA SMD Divisions. The workshop will cover lightning-related phenomena occurring beyond the Earth’s troposphere and will include (but not limited to) Transient Luminous Events (TLEs; e.g., sprites, jets), Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs), sferics, electron precipitation from Earth’s radiation belts, detection of bolides by spaceborne optical lightning mappers, lightning on other planets, and more.

In addition, NASA would like to gather information to describe how lightning-related research is being carried out by the community and determine how that work could be supported through better collaboration across SMD Divisions. The community’s input will then inform the agenda of the upcoming workshop. Furthermore, this community input and the results of the workshop could help formulate future NASA research opportunities.  Community input on lightning-related research can be provided before 02/28/2022 @ https://TinyURL.com/NASALightning.

For more information, please reach out to Timothy Lang (timothy.j.lang at nasa.gov), Shing F. Fung (shing.f.fung at nasa.gov), Sarah Bang (sarah.d.bang at nasa.gov), Burcu Kosar (burcu.kosar at nasa.gov) and Mason Quick (mason.quick at nasa.gov)


MEETING: Parker Two - Second Annual Parker Solar Probe Conference (http://parkerseries.jhuapl.edu/), June 21-24, 2022, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Maryland, USA -- First Announcement

From: Nour Raouafi, Robert Allen, Bob DeMajistre, Rob Decker (rob.decker at jhuapl.edu)

The NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, which launched on August 12, 2018, is currently reaching perihelia as low as 13.3 solar radii. This unprecedented proximity to the solar corona has now allowed us to observe the sub-Alfvénic solar wind and address key aspects of the mission’s main science objectives:
(1) Trace the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the solar corona and solar wind;
(2) Determine the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind; and
(3) Explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles.
The second annual Parker Solar Probe community workshop, Parker Two, will be a hybrid meeting from June 21 - 24, 2022 with an in-person component at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, and an online component using Zoom. The meeting will highlight discoveries from the first eleven encounters of the Parker Solar Probe mission. Abstracts from the solar, heliospheric, and plasma physics communities involving relevant theory, simulations, data analysis, and coordinated observations with ground and other space-based observatories are encouraged. Presentation formats will include poster, oral, and splinter sessions.

APL requires that in-person attendees be fully vaccinated and that masks be worn when indoors, for the latest information please visit https://www.jhuapl.edu/About/VisitorInformation.

Important Information
All attendees must register in order to attend the conference.
Abstracts may be submitted prior to registering.

Important Dates
Registration Closes: June 3, 2022
Abstract Deadline: March 15, 2022
Talk/Poster Decisions:  Announced April 30th 

Conference Fees
In-Person: $250 ($150 refundable if cancelled by May 21, 2022)
Virtual: $100 (Non-refundable)

For further information, visit: http://parkerseries.jhuapl.edu/


MEETING: 20th Annual International Astrophysics Conference, October 30-November 4, 2022, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

From: Gary P Zank (garyp.zank at gmail.com)

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT:  Anticipating that the COVID pandemic will be behind us by October 2022 (or at least endemic), we are pleased to announce that the 20th Annual International Astrophysics Conference will once again resume and  be held at the La Posada Resort & Spa hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from October 30 to November 4.  (Welcome Reception and Evening Registration begins Sunday, October 29).

The 20th AIAC is intended to be twofold - retrospective, celebrating the solar, space, and astrophysical accomplishments of the past 20 years as expressed in the 19 prior AIAC conferences, and a future perspective, i.e., examining some of the pressing questions that taxed our community over the past 20 years from the perspective of what we think we know and understand. Accordingly, the theme of the meeting will be From the Depths of the Solar Corona to the Darkness of Interstellar Space: A 20 Year Perspective. We will follow the usual format of 25-minute presentations punctuated by selected 40-minute invited talks that will develop both the retrospective and future themes in greater detail. Since the 19 previous meetings addressed the broad themes of the interaction of the outer heliosphere and the local interstellar medium, shock waves and nonlinear processes, energetic particles, particle acceleration and transport, the heating and physics of the solar corona and solar wind, turbulence processes, and much more, these will all be themes in the 20th iteration of the AIAC. A characteristic theme of previous meetings was the universality of many of the physical processes that informed the conference, and this will be a central element of the 20th celebration. 

In the spirit of keeping all attendees as safe as possible, we will be limiting the number of attendees and implementing safety protocols.  In that vein, all meeting participants will be required to adhere to the following mandates:

• Provide proof of being FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by the CDC.
• N95 or KN95 masks only must be worn at all times during all conference functions.
• Provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours of the meeting. 
• Practice social distancing throughout the entire conference timeframe.

Depending on circumstances, these requirements are subject to change.  Additional detail on COVID-19 safety requirements will be posted on the website soon.

The conference website will be up soon at the following address: www.icnsmeetings.com/conference/20thannual/index.html

RSVP Required:  RSVP your interest in attending to Gary Zank at garyp.zank at gmail.com.

Conference logistics and general information:  Contact Adele Corona at icnsmeetings at gmail.com.


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Homayon Aryan, David Sibeck, Kyle Murphy, et al., (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 February 14, Mei-Ching Fok will discuss The Interconnected Inner Magnetosphere: A Modeler’s Perspective

Please note: Monday February 21 is the Presidents’ Day and we will not have any talks.  

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:



Online Cold Plasma Seminar Series

From: Justin Holmes, Gian Luca Delzanno, Pedro Resendiz Lira (jcholmes at lanl.gov)

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for the Online Cold-Plasma Seminar series on February 16th 2022. 
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 Viviane Pierrard from the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) in Brussels, Belgium

Speaker: Viviane Pierrard, Space Physics and Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence (BIRA-IASB)
Title: The dynamics of the plasmasphere and its links to the radiation belts
Date: February 16th 2022
Time: 11 AM-12 PM Eastern Standard time, 4-5 PM Universal Time Coordinated, 5-6 PM Central European time


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral researcher in Jovian Satellite-Magnetosphere Interactions at the Space Physics Group, Princeton University

From: Jamey Szalay (jszalay at princeton.edu)

The Space Physics Group at Princeton University anticipates hiring a postdoctoral researcher in the observational study of the Jovian plasma environment, specifically focused on how the interaction of the Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with their local environments leads to the generation of Jovian aurora and neutral tori. 

A successful candidate will play a significant role in leading the analysis and publication of Jovian charged particle observations on satellite-magnetosphere interactions and must have both significant prior experience analyzing plasma/particle data, as well as the proven ability to lead and participate in the rapid development and publication of peer-reviewed research articles. 

Postdoctoral researchers will also have the opportunity to play an important role in the broad research topics within the group, namely on Parker Solar Probe’s Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISOIS) instrument suite, the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, all of which are led out of the Space Physics Group.

Please find an ad below for an open position, which is tailored for a different topic but is applicable to this position. For further inquiries, please contact jszalay at princeton.edu

Space Physics Website: https://spacephysics.princeton.edu 
Application: https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=22241 


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Plasma Physics at West Virginia University

From: Paul Cassak, Earl Scime, Weichao Tu (Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellow in computational plasma physics, with an emphasis on a collaboration with an in-house solar- and space-relevant laboratory plasma experiment. The ideal candidate will work with Profs. Paul Cassak, Weichao Tu, and Earl Scime to use an existing particle-in-cell code with boundary conditions representing the laboratory experiment to model magnetic reconnection in kinking flux ropes in the experiment, and to run test particle simulations with an existing code to study particle acceleration in electromagnetic fields in the experiment. 

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Physics, Plasma Physics, Space Physics, or related discipline and previous research experience in computational plasma physics (particle-in-cell simulation experience is preferred; test particle simulation experience is desirable). A full list of qualifications and instructions for how to apply for the position are available at https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/wvu_research/jobdetail.ftl?job=18832. The application requires a cover letter including names and contact information of three references and a CV. Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Review of applications will begin Feb. 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is immediate.

The WVU plasma/space group is described at https://physics.wvu.edu/research/plasma-and-space-physics. The department energetically supports diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as described at https://physics.wvu.edu/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusivity. WVU is a comprehensive land grant university enrolling nearly 27,000 students on the main Morgantown campus.  WVU’s Carnegie Classification is R1 (“Doctoral Universities - Very High Research Activity”). Morgantown is centrally located and regularly makes “Best Place to Live” lists because of its good schools, excellent health care, low unemployment rate, low crime rate, and abundant recreational opportunities. The WVU Research Corporation is an AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/ Vet/Disability/E-Verify Compliant Employer. To get questions answered about the position, please contact Paul Cassak (Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu), Weichao Tu (wetu at mail.wvu.edu) or Earl Scime (Earl.Scime at mail.wvu.edu).


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Magnetospheric Simulation at CCMC

From: Mostafa El Alaoui, Masha Kuznetsova (mostafa.elalaoui at nasa.gov)

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center invites applications for a position conducting research on the inner magnetosphere and magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling by using global models. The study will involve a magnetohydrodynamic model and implicit particle-in-cell simulation code. The candidate should have experience in theory and numerical simulations of the magnetosphere. The candidate shall present research results at conferences and publish the work in peer-reviewed journals.

For full consideration, the candidate should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Mostafa El Alaoui (mostafa.elalaoui at nasa.gov) regarding the expectations of the positions, possible research topics, and other questions related to the application. The initial appointment is for two years. The review of applications will start on February 28, 2022, and will be on-going until the position is filled. References will be contacted for a letter of recommendation. 


JOB OPENING: Junior Group Leader (F*M) in Space Instrumentation at the Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

From: Werner Magnes (werner.magnes at oeaw.ac.at)

The Space Research Institute (IWF) is with about 100 employees from twenty nations one of the largest institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW). The institute is located in the Victor Franz Hess Research Center of OeAW in the south of Graz. The IWF also operates a world-leading satellite laser ranging station at the Lustbuehel Observatory.

The Space Research Institute invites applications for a position as Junior Group Leader (F*M) in space instrumentation.

The candidates profile shall include a PhD in engineering or physics/astrophysics, experiences in development of space-qualified instrumentation and related engineering disciplines, proven track record in development of at least one spaceborne instrument or in leading subunit development as well as experiences in project and in people management.

The appointment begins as early as September 01, 2022 for initially 4 years with the option for tenure track. More senior applicants can be offered the position of a group leader for an initial duration of 6 years with a tenure-track option.

Applications must include a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of the applicant's research experience (2 pages) and a research plan (1 page), certificates for full academic record, and the full contact information for two references letters. Please send the application as one PDF file, to cosima.muck[at]oeaw.ac.at, mentioning Job ID: IWF184JGL121, no later than 31 March 2022.

The complete advert text can be found here:



Announcing a New RHESSI Science Nugget

From: Hugh Hudson (hugh.hudson at glasgow.ac.uk)


No. 426, “A demonstration of STIX hard X-ray imaging spectroscopy capabilities for an X-class flare (SOL2021-10-28),” by Andrea BATTAGLIA, Hannah COLLIER, and Säm KRUCKER: STIX imaging of an X-class flare marks its success.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets for these and others. Comments about specific flares can often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.


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