Community:Email 16oct08

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Oct 15, 2008. Meetings and jobs are listed at under 'Community' as 'Calendar of Meetings' and 'CEDAR related opportunities'.

1) 3-y NSF fellowships for graduate study - due Nov 6 for geosciences

  Submitted by Elizabeth Chapin (
  See also

2) 1-y NASA Postdoc fellowships - due Nov 1

  Submitted by Elizabeth Chapin (
  Apply at

3) 3 Physics positions at U of Adelaide, Australia - available 1 Jan 2009

  Reply to Iain Reid (
  See also

4) CINDI data from C/NOFS now on-line

  Reply to Marc R Hairston (
  See also

5) GEM 2008 Modeling Challenge

  Reply to Masha Kuznetsova (
  See also

6) 2009 URSI National Meeting: Boulder, Colorado, January 5-8, 2009 Abstracts due OCTOBER 10, 2008 (last week!)

   Submit abstracts at (also student funding/prizes)
a) Session organized by Commissions G :  Ionospheric Modification
   Reply to Mike Sulzer ( and Paul Bernhardt

1) 3-y NSF fellowships for graduate study - due Nov 3-12 (Nov 6 for geosciences)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2008 Program Guidelines: NSF 08-593

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900-1,600 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. More at

2) 1-y NASA Postdoc fellowships - due Nov 1

NASA offers approximately 60 postdoctoral fellowships annually. We Would greatly appreciate it if you would share the following announcement with your best doctorate students. The next deadline for applications is November 1.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities To highly talented national and international scientists and engineers to engage in ongoing NASA research in Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Exploration Systems, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Space Operations.

  • Approximately 60 Fellowships awarded annually
  • One-year appointments, renewable up to three years
  • Annual stipends start at $50,000, with supplements for certain
 degree fields and high cost-of-living areas
  • Annual travel budget of $8,000
  • Financial assistance for relocation
  • Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program

Apply at

Three application deadlines each year: November 1, March 1, and July 1.


  • U.S. Citizens
  • Foreign Nationals with a J-1 visa status as a research scholar,
 Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or Employment Authorization
 Document (EAD) with pending LPR status
  • Recent and senior-level Ph.D. recipients

Locations of Fellowship Positions:

  • Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
  • Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
  • Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
  • Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
  • Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
  • Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS
  • NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Various locations associated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute

To obtain more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit the NPP Web site at

3) 3 Physics positions at U of Adelaide, Australia - available 1 Jan 2009

From Iain Reid (

There are 3 physics postions at the University of Adelaide, Australia for:

1) An Associate Lecturer / Lecturer in Physics - A Fixed term position is available from 1 January 2009 for a period of 2 years. 2) A Lecturer in Theoretical Physics - A Fixed term position available from 1 January 2009 for a period of 5 years. 3) A Lecturer in Experimental Physics - A Continuing position available from 1 January 2009 (Candidates with research expertise in either atmospheric physics or photonics are particularly encouraged to apply).

Other details are included at

4) CINDI data from C/NOFS now on-line

From Marc R Hairston (

Data from the CINDI (Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation) instrument on board the C/NOFS spacecraft are now available on-line at the University of Texas at Dallas website:

At the present time, only the data from the IVM (Ion Velocity Meter) are available. Because of the low solar activity the neutral atmosphere largely resides below the satellite perigee of 400 km and the NWM (Neutral Wind Meter) is operating at the lower edge of its sensitivity so no sensible data are available yet.

Only plots of the IVM are currently available on the website. A reliable algorithm for setting quality flags for the data will be available shortly and attached to delivery of the digital data files.

Please take a moment to read the "rules of the road" for the use of these data and the background material on how to interpret these data. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we get this new dataset processed, analyzed, and on-line for the community.

5) GEM 2008 Modeling Challenge

From: Masha Kuznetsova (, Aaron Ridley (

Following the discussion at the Metric and Validation Session during the GEM 2008 Workshop at Zermatt, the GGCM Metrics and Validation Focus Group is organizing Modeling Challenge focusing on the inner magnetospheric dynamics and ground magnetic perturbations. Community Coordinating Modeling Center (CCMC) is supporting the Challenge.

Four events have been chosen:

Event 1: October 29th, 2003 06:00 UT - October 30th, 0600 UT Event 2: December 14, 2006 12:00 UT - December 16, 00:00 UT Event 3: August 31, 2001 00:00 UT - September 1, 00:00 UT Event 4: August 31, 2005 10:00 UT - September 1, 12:00 UT

The Challenge involves the following model/data comparisons (metrics studies):

Metrics 1: Magnetic field at geosynchronous orbit (GOES) Metrics 2: Magnetopause crossings by geosynchronous satellite (GOES and LANL) Metrics 3: Plasma density/temperature at geosynchronous orbit (LANL) Metrics 4: Ground magnetic perturbations (ground based magnetometers)

Details of the Challenge and instruction on how to participate can be found at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) web site:

Challenge participants can upload model results using CCMC Web interface at

The CCMC will perform the model/data comparison for submitted simulation output. CCMC will keep track of both the data and model results.

Uploading the model results for one event simulated using certain model settings can be done in one submission. For each simulated event the modelers are invited to submit simulation results for one or more metrics studies (which can be selected during the submission procedure). For example, if your model calculates only magnetopause crossings or only ground magnetic perturbations, you can still participate.

Multiple submissions from the same participant for the same event and the same model but different model settings (e.g., for different model versions, different simulation grids, different ionosphere conductance models, different coupling options with inner magnetosphere, etc.) are possible. This will allow us to demonstrate what can be done in near- real-time and in a more science-grade production, as well as to demonstrate the effect of model coupling.

The first results of the Challenge will be discussed at the GEM mini- workshop at the Fall AGU. Using the experience of these preliminary metrics studies we will discuss what modifications to the challenge procedure should be made and whether we should modify the list of events selected for the comparison.

To participate in this first round of the Challenge please submit your model results using CCMC's on-line submission interface prior to November 15, 2008.

Please send questions and comments to Masha Kuznetsova (, Aaron Ridley (

6) 2009 URSI National Meeting: Boulder, Colorado, January 5-8, 2009

a) Session organized by Commissions G :  Ionospheric Modification

organizers: Mike Sulzer ( and Paul Bernhardt

This session will cover all aspects of experiments which modify the ionospheric plasma and diagnose the results through a variety of means. The purposes of these experiments could be the study of aeronomy or the ionospheric plasma. They often use a variety of diagnostics to study the effects, both radio and optical. We would like to encourage the submission of papers covering all radio science aspects of these experiments, including techniques and facilities.

The DEADLINE for online submission of abstracts is OCTOBER 10, 2008.

The web page contains general information along with abstract submission instructions and guidelines. All abstracts for the URSI 2009 meeting must be submitted online. Please consult the web page listed above for specific details.

Two opportunities for students: Students from any US university who are first author and presenter of an accepted paper will receive a $600 fellowship to attend the meeting, if they apply concurrently with abstract submission by the deadline of October 10. Also, prizes will be awarded for up to three papers presented by graduate students at the meeting. Please consult for details concerning both of these opportunities.

Please also email a copy of your submission to the one of the session organizers (listed above). Note that this copy does not substitute for the required online submission.