2014 Workshop:Summary

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Summary of the CEDAR 2014 Workshop

Kane and Haggett Halls, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, June 22-26, 2014

by Barbara Emery, HAO/NCAR, (emery@ucar.edu)

The 29th CEDAR (Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) Workshop was held in 2014 on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington from Sunday June 22 through Thursday June 26 courtesy of host John Sahr of the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department. John became acting head of EE the week of CEDAR 2014. He designed the exit survey linked at the Workshop URL of http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2014_Workshop:Main. The students were lodged in dorm rooms, while the Silver Cloud Inn and Deca Hotel had room blocks. All the plenary and workshop sessions took place at Kane Hall, while the Sunday student lunch, evening banquet, and poster sessions were held in Cascade Ballroom at Haggett Hall. Participants are encouraged to add content to the Workshop URL, especially to individual workshop pages and the poster session lists.

A total of 358 came to the 2014 CEDAR Workshop, including 150 students or CEDAR Postdocs. The CEDAR participants came from 83 institutions, 25 outside the United States and Puerto Rico. There were 55 universities, 23 laboratories, and 5 small businesses. Of the 150 CEDAR students, one was from a local high school, 30 were undergraduate students, and 24 students came from 10 foreign universities and 2 foreign labs. 131 students, or 87%, presented posters at the poster sessions. A total of 109, including 84 students (56%), were first-time workshop participants.

The Student Workshop on Sunday on Aeronomy Instrumentation was run by Leda Sox (University of Utah), the most recent CEDAR student representative, with help from the second year student representative, Tim Duly (University of Illinois). Lunch was served to the students in the Cascade Ballroom in Haggett Hall. The students finished their afternoon with 3 student MREFC (Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction, an NSF award) presentations, where NSF Aeronomy chief Dr. Richard Behnke gave feedback. These MREFC presentations were also made Monday morning for the full CEDAR community. The annual soccer game followed before the Sunday night banquet featuring Aaron Ridley of the University of Michigan. Aaron talked about his balloon projects. The new CEDAR student representative joining Leda is Lindsay Goodwin from the University of Saskatchewan, our first non-USA CEDAR Science Steering Committee (CSSC) student representative.

The 25th CEDAR Prize Lecture was given in the Monday plenary session by Jeff Forbes of the University of Colorado. His title was “Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling by Tides and Planetary Waves”. Our fourth Distinguished Lecture was given on Thursday morning by Rod Heelis from the University of Texas at Dallas on "From Discovery to System Science".

New in 2014 were Grand Challenge Workshops chosen by the CSSC. Grand Challenge Workshops are expected to last a few years, and they can suggest tutorial speakers for the plenary sessions. A couple more Grand Challenge Workshops will be chosen in 2015. Because we met only through Thursday, we had less workshop time and only allowed the 2 Grand Challenge (GC) Workshops to meet 4 hours total. The first GC Workshop on "The high latitude geospace system" headed by Josh Semeter of Boston University met Tuesday June 24. Their tutorial speaker was Herb Carlson of Utah State University who spoke on "Challenges in high-latitude geospace science". The second GC Workshop "Coupling and Transport Processes from the Upper Mesosphere through the Middle Thermosphere (80-200 km)" headed by Jeff Thayer of the University of Colorado met Wednesday June 25 with their tutorial speaker Tim Fuller-Rowell (CIRES U CO/SWPC NOAA) who spoke on "Impact of lower atmosphere waves sources on the thermosphere and ionosphere".

The Distinguished and Prize lectures, the GC tutorial talks, and two Science Highlights by Brian Anderson (APL JHU) and Harlan Spence (University of New Hampshire) were videotaped. These 4.2 hours of plenary talks are all available on 2 DVDs from Brian Day of Daylight Productions and Rentals (brian@daylightav.com) for $55, but are also at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:CEDAR_Videos on-line as .mp4 files for the fifth year. The .pdf and .mp4 files of the video-taped talks are also linked on the 2014 Agenda along with .pdf files of other plenary talks. We heard from Elsayed Talaat about the Heliophysics division at NASA, where the new head of that division, Jeffrey Newmark, was available remotely. We also heard about the status of four NASA missions: Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD), Ionospheric CONnection explorer (ICON), GDC??, and DYNAMIC??.

Some workshop talks are linked to individual workshop pages, where workshop conveners and speakers are encouraged to add .pdf files their talks to the wiki to make the meeting archive more complete and useful. Apart from the Sunday Student Workshop, there were 31 individual workshops, including the 2 Grand Challenge workshops. We had 24 individual workshops in 2013 and 32 in 2012.

This is the first year the judges asked for .pdf files of student posters in competition, and the second year to archive .pdf files of posters. About 30% of the students were able to upload their poster .pdf files. We will make this easier next year so the judges can rely on having them available. The .pdf files can stay for archive, or can be unlinked after the workshop is over. All poster presenters are encouraged to upload their posters for archive, to make this part of the annual CEDAR Workshop more accessible both to participants and to the community at large.

There were 174? CEDAR posters at two poster sessions from 4-7 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, where the CEDAR posters were separated into 103 Ionosphere-Thermosphere (IT) posters on Tuesday and 71? Mesosphere-Lower-Thermosphere (MLT) on Wednesday. There were 129 CEDAR student presenters (2 more than last year), including 21 undergraduate first authors (3 more than 2013), where 103 posters were in the student poster competition, 7 less than last year. Prizes were a certificate, and text books for the first place winners. The judges picked first place IT winner Beatriz Gallardo Lacourt of UCLA with POLA-07 who received the book "Ionospheres: Physics, Plasma Physics, and Chemistry" courtesy of co-author Bob Schunk (USU) who signed the book. The second place IT winner was Ryan McGranaghan of the University of Colorado with SOLA-04, with honorable mention to Kshitija Bharat Deshpande of Virginia Tech with IRRI-06. The first place MLT winner was Jintai Li of the University of Alaska with MLTL-08 who got "Spectral Imaging of the Atmosphere" courtesy of author Gordon Shepherd (York U, Canada) who signed the book. Second place winner was Weichun Fong of the University of Colorado with MLTL-04. Honorable mention went to Monica Hew of Stanford University with METR-12.

There were three undergraduate outstanding posters. Junseok Hong from Chungnam National University in South Korea for EQIT-05 in the IT session and Nicholas Spiva from Florida Institute of Technology with SPRT-03 in the MLT session were recognized during the workshop. Since we realized later that Junseok Hong was a third year graduate student with a fine poster, the judges wanted him to keep his award, but to also award Victoriya Forsythe from the University of Alaska for her outstanding IT undergraduate poster POLA-06.

Thanks to the chief judges, Qian Wu (HAO/NCAR) and Greg Earle (VT), thanks to all their judges who spent so much of their time judging the posters, and thanks to all the students who participated in the student poster competition. These results are also linked to the 2014 Agenda at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2014_Workshop:Agenda with pictures of the winners in the 2014 summary pictures.

For 2015, the CEDAR Workshop will again be held in Seattle at the University of Washington from Sunday June 21 for the Student Workshop to Thursday June 25 ~6PM. The poster sessions will be in the Walker Ames room and outside on the second floor of Kane Hall instead of in Haggett Hall. It will be convenient to have the posters at the same location as the workshops, but the smaller space will require that posters be up for their poster session day only. GEM will meet in Snowmass, Colorado from Sunday June 14 to Friday June 19. For 2016 and 2017, the joint CEDAR-GEM Task Force is deciding between three possible options (???).