Community:Email 03oct11

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 03 October 2011. Meetings and jobs are listed at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu under 'Community' as 'Calendar of Meetings' and 'CEDAR related opportunities'. CEDAR email messages are under 'Community' as 'CEDAR email Newsletters'. All are in 'Quick Links' on the main page.


(1) Earth Cube Guidance for the CEDAR Community - responses due 5 October! From John Foster CSSC Chair (jfoster@haystack.mit.edu) and NSF. See also http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11085/nsf11085.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

(2) The NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) 2012 applications are due 9 November. From: Ergys Ramaj <eramaj@nsf.gov>. See also http://www.nsfsi.org

(3) Heliophysics 2012 Summer School, 31 May – 7 June 2012, Boulder, Colorado - applications due 14 December 2011. From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree@ucar.edu) at vspreply@ucar.edu. See also http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics.


(1) Earth Cube Guidance for the CEDAR Community - responses due 5 October!


From John Foster CSSC Chair (jfoster@haystack.mit.edu) and NSF.

Available Formats: PDF: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11085/nsf11085.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Document Number: nsf11085

This is an NSF Program Announcements and Information item.

Please be aware of a new program at NSF, called Earth Cube, which is closely aligned with the goals of our new CEDAR Strategic Plan and which could help expand the funding opportunities for CEDAR. The NSF document referenced above describes the EarthCube Charrette process, which will include open community forums to identify requirements, stimulate discussion and foster partnerships and collaboration. The Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences and CEDAR communities need to be aware of this program and the opportunities it presents. Time is short for initial responses to this announcement, which is looking for community involvement by Oct 5.

The CEDAR Science Steering Committee (CSSC) will address ways in which the CEDAR community can participate in this initiative at its late-October meeting. Please send your comments and suggestions to members of the CSSC or to John Foster (jfoster@haystackf.mit.edu).

Please look over the referenced document and become involved in the process.

A brief outline of EarthCube and its relationship to goals of the NSF Geosciences Directorate follows:

In 2009 the Advisory Committee for NSF’s Geosciences Directorate (GEO) issued a report (GEO Vision) that identifies the challenges and opportunities facing the geosciences. The report identifies “fostering a sustainable future through a better understanding of our complex and changing planet” as the pre-eminent challenge and opportunity for the geosciences community.

In 2011 NSF announced Cyberinfrastructure for the 21st Century (CIF21), an important new research thrust for FY 2012 led by the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI). Within CIF21 significant emphasis is placed on computational and data-rich science and engineering. The vision of CIF21 is to provide the nation with a sustainable, community-based and open cyberinfrastructure for researchers and educators.

In response to the challenges and opportunities presented in GEO Vision, GEO and OCI have launched EarthCube. EarthCube will be the transformative vehicle to address the scientific drivers in the GEO Vision document: 1) Understanding and forecasting the behavior of a complex and evolving Earth system; 2) Reducing vulnerability and sustaining life; and 3) Growing the geosciences workforce of the future. EarthCube is inspired by the vision of a national cyberinfrastructure in CIF21. As an effort to build a unified cyberinfrastructure framework for the geosciences, EarthCube will be supported by CIF21 but will also help to define CIF21.


(2) The NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) 2012 applications are due 9 November.


From: Ergys Ramaj <eramaj@nsf.gov>.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2012 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm proposer’s local time on November 9, 2011. Application instructions are available online at www.nsfsi.org. For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nsf.gov/eapsi or www.nsfsi.org.

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master's or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,400 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at eapsi@nsfsi.org or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.


(3) Heliophysics 2012 Summer School, 31 May – 7 June 2012, Boulder, Colorado - applications due 14 December 2011.


From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree@ucar.edu) at vspreply@ucar.edu.

Heliophysical Exploration, 31 May – 7 June 2012, Boulder, Colorado, Application Deadline: 14 December 2011

Applications are invited for the 2012 Heliophysics Summer School, to be held in Boulder, Colorado. NASA Living with a Star sponsors the Heliophysics Summer Schools, which are administered by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. This series of summer schools helps graduate students and scientists learn and develop the science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

The first three schools produced textbooks for use at universities worldwide. The continuation of the school program each summer will teach new generations of students and develop the complementary materials that support teaching of Heliophysics at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The Summer School has two principal aims:

  1. Deepen the appreciation of the basic science of heliophysics for a select group of students as teachers take them through highly interactive seminars and hands-on working groups, and
  2. expand the newly published textbook series to include labs, problem sets and background material, from which heliophysics may be taught at universities worldwide.

The 2012 Heliophysics Summer School will focus on the science underlying current and future heliophysical missions, including but not limited to MMS, Themis, RBSP, IRIS, SDO, and Solar Probe Plus. After providing students with broad overviews of the solar atmosphere, the solar wind, the Earth’s magnetosphere, and ionosphere, the course will cover the basic concepts and unanswered questions pertaining to magnetic reconnection, shocks, plasma instabilities, turbulence, and heating, and the manner in which these concepts and questions affect our understanding of phenomena such as substorms, radiation belt and chromospheric dynamics, solar wind turbulence and particle heating, and heliospheric shocks.

The emphasis of the course will be on the quest for understanding and advancing heliophysical science that has inspired and motivated the missions mentioned above. The course will be based on lectures, laboratories, and recitations from world experts, and will draw material from the three textbooks Heliophysics I-III (http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics/science-resources-textbooks.shtml), published by Cambridge University Press.

Approximately 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by UCAR VSP. The school lasts for seven days, and each participant receives travel support for air travel, lodging and per diem costs.

Successful candidates are:

  • Enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellow, or beginning faculty in four-year liberal arts colleges.
  • Majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas.
  • Pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

For additional information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website.

Candidates must apply directly through the Heliophysics website. www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics.

For any other questions, please call (303) 497-8649 or e-mail vspapply@ucar.edu

U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in this program, but the selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a U.S. research institution. Appointed scientists are employees of UCAR. The two-year fellowships include a fixed annual salary and benefits: health & dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in TIAA/CREF retirement fund, and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs.

NASA Living With a Star sponsors this program. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EO/AAE who values and encourages values and encourages diversity in the workplace.