Community:Email 11oct11

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 11 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) New Space Weather Book by Delores Knipp, "Space Weather and the Physics Behind It" (published by McGraw Hill) Is Available. From: Darlene Bahr <darlene_bahr at mcgraw-hill.com>. Copied from SPA Newsletter 4 October 2011. See also http://astrobooks.com/search.aspx?find=knipp.

(2) Jicamarca International Research Experience Program JIREP 2012 (10 weeks in summer) - Applications due 15 January 2012. From Jorge Chau and Angela Calle (jirep@jro.igp.gob.pe). See also http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/.

(3) GEOScan Update and Call For Community Support. From: Jonathan Fentzke <Jonathan.Fentzke@jhuapl.edu>. See also http://geoscan.jhuapl.edu/communitysupport.html.


(1) New Space Weather Book by Delores Knipp, "Space Weather and the Physics Behind It" (published by McGraw Hill) Is Available.


From: Darlene Bahr <darlene_bahr at mcgraw-hill.com>.

Dr. Delores Knipp, Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado and Senior Research Associate with the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research has published a space weather textbook in the McGraw Hill Learning Solutions Series. The text is appropriate for courses at the advanced undergraduate level, and/or as support for beginning graduate courses.

Entitled "Space Weather and the Physics Behind It," the book is a broad introduction to space weather and space environment phenomena. In addition to an introductory chapter, the text contains three chapters on the basic physics of the space environment, four chapters each, on the quiescent and active components of the Sun and geospace system, and two chapters on space weather effects on signals/systems and humans/hardware.

Each chapter contains learning objectives, short Pause-for-Inquiry questions and worked examples with follow-on questions. The text contains over 500 color images and illustrations.

The print version of the book (soft cover) is available from astrobooks.com, http://astrobooks.com/search.aspx?find=knipp. An abbreviated Table of Contents can be downloaded from the site.

McGraw Hill offers an electronic form of the book at the McGraw Hill Create site, mcgrawhillcreate.com. (Account creation is required.) Customer Service 800.339.3987

Primary funding for the book was provided by the Department of Defense and NASA Headquarters.


(2) Jicamarca International Research Experience Program JIREP 2012 (10 weeks in summer) - Applications due 15 January 2012.


From Jorge Chau and Angela Calle (jirep@jro.igp.gob.pe).

The students will work with staff engineers and scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs. Research may be conducted in neutral atmospheric and ionospheric science as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its location, frequency of operation, and array system, most of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory's research capabilities are unique. Besides the unique research capabilities where students are welcomed to propose and run their own experiments, Jicamarca offers a good opportunity to get hands-on-experience on different aspects of radar systems, from changing the antenna connections, improving RF components of the system, to develop sophisticated acquisition and processing programs. A side benefit of the program is that students will get to know Peru, heir to ancient cultures and rich colonial tradition.

This program is offered to junior/senior undergraduate and/or first and second year graduate students and will cover the travel expenses (to and from Lima) as well as a reasonable stipend. Given that the Observatory is located outside Lima city, transportation will be provided.

Application and recommendation forms are available at http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/

  • Application deadline: January 15th, 2012
  • Decision: February 15th, 2012
  • Starting date: Anytime between May 10th and June 30th
  • Duration: 10 weeks

(3) GEOScan Update and Call For Community Support.


From: Jonathan Fentzke <Jonathan.Fentzke@jhuapl.edu>.

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to provide you with an update on the GEOScan effort and invite you to show your support by signing an open letter to the community.

Currently, the final draft of the GEOScan feasibility report is being compiled and we expect its completion in the coming weeks. Thank you to all who provided thoughtful feedback, comments and text following the successful planning workshop. In addition, Lars and colleagues continue to engage potential sponsors and promote the GEOScan concept to the broader community.

The next step is to complete the final proposal to NSF, which we intend to finish by mid-December.

There are a number of active efforts underway to raise community awareness and further the GEOScan concept including a Fall AGU session on commercial space applications titled: New Opportunities Through Low Cost Access to Geospace as well as graduate students at MIT under the direction of Dr. Kerri Cahoy addressing system engineering challenges related to GEOScan.

We invite you to show your support for GEOScan by signing a community support letter available on the GEOScan website http://geoscan.jhuapl.edu/communitysupport.html. We kindly ask that you forward this link to colleagues who may be interested.

We also intend to further engage the broader community through an upcoming EOS article on GEOScan.


With kindest regards,

Dr. Lars Dyrud and the GEOScan team

  • Planning workshop registrants we automatically transferred to the community support letter, if you would like your information removed or modified please contact Dr. Fentzke at APL (jonathan.fentzke@jhuapl.edu).