Community:Email 15feb12

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 03 February 2012. 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) 2012 CEDAR Summer Individual Workshop Proposals are due Friday March 9. From Barbara Emery (emery@ucar.edu). See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:Main

(2) Incoherent Scatter Radar Student Workshop, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, July 29 - August 5, 2012 - applications due 15 March. From: Anthea Coster <ajc@haystack.mit.edu>. See also http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/workshop/

(3) Arecibo Telescope Use Proposals due Thursday March 1. From: Sixto Gonzalez <sixto@naic.edu>. See also http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12.shtml, http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12_tech.shtml and http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals/cover.html

(4) 13-17 August 2012, AOGS-AGU (WPGM) Joint Assembly, Singapore. Abstracts due 12 March at http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2012

(a) ST05: Multi-scale Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interactions. From Anatoly V. Streltsov <anatoly.v.streltsov@dartmouth.edu>.

(5) CORRECTION: New CEDAR Madrigal archive database now available at http://cedar.openmadrigal.org From: Bill Rideout <brideout at haystack.mit.edu>.


(1) 2012 CEDAR Summer Individual Workshop Proposals are due Friday March 9.


From Barbara Emery (emery@ucar.edu).

Proposals for individual workshops at the 2012 summer CEDAR workshop in Santa Fe, NM from June 24-29, 2012 are due Friday March 9. The main workshop page is at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:Main where the on-line workshop form is under 'Individual Workshops'. New this year is a required Justification for workshops where proposers are asked to define what and how the CEDAR Strategic Plan at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/images/e/eb/CEDAR_October_V9.2.pdf applies to their topic area. This may or may not include how System Science applies to their topic. This and other suggestions for workshop proposers are listed in the Workshop Guidelines at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:Guidelines


(2) Incoherent Scatter Radar Student Workshop, Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, July 29 - August 5, 2012 - applications due 15 March.


From: Anthea Coster <ajc@haystack.mit.edu>.

A workshop aimed at providing students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities will be held at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada (http://www.banff.ca/). The workshop is being held in Canada for the first time in celebration of the brand new southward-looking Canadian Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR-C). During this workshop, students will have the opportunity to run experiments and use data from multiple incoherent scatter radar observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Resolute Bay (RISR), Sondrestrom, Jicamarca and Arecibo. This is the fifth student workshop organized with the aim of teaching the new generation of scientists how to request and analyze incoherent scatter radar (ISR) experiments. All students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists. The workshop will be structured to provide presentations in the morning, and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning lectures will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal data base. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with ISR facility staff in the topic areas of: proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis.

This workshop is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation through its Geospace Facilities Program within the Geosciences Directorate and hosted in partnership with the Canadian RISR-C team.

Attendance is limited to 30 students. For most students within the U.S. and Canada, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the U.S. and Canada, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Providing there is space, professors and other professionals are welcome to observe. Please contact Anthea Coster orElizabeth Kendall if you are interested in this option.

The deadline for application submission is 15 March 2012. Please see (http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/workshop/) for more information.


(3) Arecibo Telescope Use Proposals due Thursday March 1.


From: Sixto Gonzalez <sixto@naic.edu>.

The new management of Arecibo Observatory have recently sanctioned a move to a semester schedule for telescope proposal deadlines. In future these deadlines will be on or about March 1st and September 1st each year. Proposals will still be evaluated during a 4-month period following each deadline. Approved proposals will remain active and eligible for scheduling under the same rules as currently, (i.e. A-graded proposals indefinitely, B-graded for the next 8 months).

Due to the transition to a semester cycle, the proposal call for submissions due March 1, 2012, presents a special case. To avoid any shortage of active observing programs of high merit during the month of July 2012, the evaluation period for the March 1, 2012, deadline will be accelerated and completed in three months rather than four; B-graded proposals from this will be active for nine months instead of eight (i.e. until March 1, 2013). We hence remind Mar 1, 2012, proposers of the need, should it be relevant, to plan for an extra month of potential observing.

The new semester-based schedule offers several advantages including reduced burden on the Observatory staff and alignment (with a one-month delay) with the new semester-based cycle at NRAO.


ARECIBO CALL FOR PROPOSALS

We invite Arecibo telescope proposals for the Thursday, 1st March 2012, (23:59 EST), deadline. These requests should be for telescope usage within the nine months beginning 1st June 2012.

Latest news with relevance to the above deadline can be found at;

http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12.shtml

For the March 1st deadline, we particularly note the availability of the new Arecibo PUPPI (Puerto Rico Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument) pulsar backend. This will be available in shared risk mode to expert users of the GUPPI backend at the GBT. We expect that by the following (September 1st) deadline, PUPPI will be fully integrated into the Arecibo observing software, and non-expert users will be encouraged to apply.

Technical information (including for PUPPI) that could be of use to prospective Arecibo proposers can be found at;

http://www.naic.edu/~astro/call_mar12_tech.shtml

The Web Coversheet Form can be found at;

http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals/cover.html

Remember to also separately email a PDF of the main body of your proposal to proposal@naic.edu


(4) 13-17 August 2012, AOGS-AGU (WPGM) Joint Assembly, Singapore. Abstracts due 12 March at http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2012


(a) ST05: Multi-scale Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interactions. From Anatoly V. Streltsov <anatoly.v.streltsov@dartmouth.edu>.

Main Convener: Prof. Evgeny Mishin (AFRL, United States), evgeny.mishin@kirtland.af.mil

Co-convener: Prof. Anatoly Streltsov (ERAU, United States), streltsa@erau.edu

Numerous ground-based and satellite observations show that intense electric fields and currents in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere are usually associated with ion outflows, elevated plasma temperature, density cavities, and other phenomena related to plasma redistribution. Overall, these observations suggest that plasma structures and intense electromagnetic waves at auroral and subauroral latitudes are dynamically coupled in a more complicated way than has been previously appreciated. In particular, wave and plasma processes should be studied considering the ionosphere and the magnetosphere as coupled system. The objective of this session is to bring together current state-of-the-art in theory, modeling, and observations of intense multi-scale electromagnetic and plasma disturbances in the Earth‘s ionosphere and magnetosphere. Presentations containing theory/numerical modeling/observations of plasma and wave structures and field-aligned currents in the auroral and sub-auroral regions are particularly relevant to the theme of this session.


(5) CORRECTION: New CEDAR Madrigal archive database now available at http://cedar.openmadrigal.org


From: Bill Rideout <brideout at haystack.mit.edu>

The new CEDAR Madrigal archive database is now available at http://cedar.openmadrigal.org. This new central database serves two purposes:

  1. it automatically archives all data from all Madrigal sites on a weekly basis, and
  2. like the old CEDAR database, it serves as a permanent primary repository for data not hosted at other Madrigal sites. (Note: The old CEDAR database linked at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu is still available and supported BY NCAR during a transition time of a year or more, and is still the site of the CEDAR community wiki. (ADDED BY EDITOR Barbara Emery, emery@ucar.edu)).

As a user, you can search all Madrigal databases, including data only on the new CEDAR Madrigal archive, from any individual Madrigal site.

There are a few reasons why a user might want to go directly to the CEDAR Madrigal archive site at http://cedar.openmadrigal.org. Madrigal has a simple web interface that only searches for Madrigal data local to a particular site. If you use the simple web interface at the CEDAR Madrigal archive site, you have access to all Madrigal data across all Madrigal sites, including CEDAR. Also, in some cases, response times might be faster at the CEDAR Madrigal archive site.

The Madrigal database is an open source project, and all code is available at the web site http://www.openmadrigal.org. While Millstone Hill is the primary developer, the latest release of Madrigal (2.6) was developed in partnership with Jicamarca Radio Observatory. Community feedback and contributions regarding this project are strongly encouraged. Please contact Bill Rideout at brideout@haystack.mit.edu for more information. The CEDAR Madrigal archive site is supported by NSF grant AGS-1025467.