Community:Email 18mar13b

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 18 Mar 2013. 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) Nominations for the 2013 Fred L. Scarf Award due 25 March. From Paul Cassak <Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu> via SPA Newsletter 3 March. See also http://www.agu.org/honorsprogram/section_fg/spa/

(2) Professor Karl Rawer's 100th Anniversary Special Session at the German URSI National Meeting, Kleinheubacher Tagung 2013, September 23-25. From Bodo Reinisch <Bodo.Reinisch at digisonde.com>.

(3) Postdoc on Mars and Venus ionosphere at Boston University - review starts 30 April. From Paul Withers <withers at bu.edu> via SPA Newsletter 8 March.

(4) MSc student position in Space Physics at the Universidade do Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), Brazil - applications due 15 April. From Marcio Muella <mmuella at univap.br>.


(1) Nominations for the 2013 Fred L. Scarf Award due 25 March.


From Paul Cassak <Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu> via SPA Newsletter 3 March.

The Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of AGU is seeking nominations for the 2013 Fred L. Scarf Award. This award is presented annually to a recent recipient of a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) for outstanding dissertation research that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. Ph.D. recipients who have completed their degree requirements from 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2012 are eligible.

The major criterion for the award is the impact or potential impact of the research on the field of solar-planetary research. The awardee will receive $1,000, a complimentary ticket for the SPA dinner, a certificate, and will have the opportunity to deliver an invited paper on the dissertation topic at appropriate SPA session at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting. The awardee will also be announced in Eos.

Nominations should be prepared by the research advisers and include the following information:

  • A nomination letter from the candidate's research adviser(s) who

is(are)knowledgeable of the candidate's qualifications;

  • A separate list of papers published and submitted, and presentations

made related to the dissertation;

  • One to three supporting letters from other members of the thesis

committee or other scientists familiar with the research;

  • A 5-page extended summary of the dissertation that discusses the

context for the dissertation, the major findings and their significance; and

  • A PDF copy of the candidate's dissertation.

For a dissertation written in a language other than English, the submission must be supplemented by an extended summary written in English for each chapter. This will facilitate a proper evaluation of the dissertation.

Nomination information can be found on the web at: http://www.agu.org/honorsprogram/section_fg/spa/

All nomination materials must be received by the deadline of Monday, March 25, 2013, and submitted in electronic form to AGU headquarters. For information about how to submit a nomination please contact Danica Williams at: dwilliams@agu.org

You can also contact the Chair of the Scarf Award Committee with questions: Paul Cassak (Paul.Cassak at mail.wvu.edu).

DEADLINE: Monday, 25 March 2013


(2) Professor Karl Rawer's 100th Anniversary Special Session at the German URSI National Meeting, Kleinheubacher Tagung 2013, September 23-25.


From Bodo Reinisch <Bodo.Reinisch at digisonde.com>.

  • Proposed Session Title : Special Session in Honor of Prof. Karl Rawer's 100th Birthday
  • Date: Tuesday, 24th Sep 2013
  • Conveners : Prof. Bodo Reinisch (Bodo.Reinisch at Digisonde.com) and Dr. Matthias Förster (mfo at gfz-potsdam.de)

Abstract :

On the occasion of his 100th birthday this session will honor Prof. Karl Rawer, a pioneer of ionospheric physics research in Germany. The ionosphere was discovered during his life time, and he has dedicated his life to its comprehensive exploration. He initiated and led the development of the first now widely used empirical model of this part of the Earth's environment, the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI), under the auspices of COSPAR and URSI. The horrible events of world wars I and II shaped his early life, but they also launched his career as one of the eminent geophysical scientists of the twentieth century. The session will reflect on the diverse facets of his scientific career and the various developments that emerged in wide-spread branches of ionospheric research.


(3) Postdoc on Mars and Venus ionosphere at Boston University - review starts 30 April.


From Paul Withers <withers at bu.edu> via SPA Newsletter 8 March.

The Center for Space Physics at Boston University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position supervised by Professor Paul Withers. The research will involve the analysis of observations from the ionospheres of Venus and Mars, supplemented by numerical simulations. Candidates should possess a PhD degree in a relevant field. Experience conducting research on planetary ionospheres is desirable. The salary offered will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Funding is available for two years with the possibility of extension. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible after 1 June 2013. Please contact Paul Withers (withers@bu.edu) for further information.

Applications should be sent by email to Paul Withers (withers@bu.edu). The application should be submitted in PDF format and contain a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin on 30 April 2013. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Boston University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


(4) MSc student position in Space Physics at the Universidade do Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), Brazil - applications due 15 April.


From Marcio Muella <mmuella at univap.br>.

The Space Physics Group (GNSS team) at the Laboratory of Physics and Astronomy from Institute of Research and Development, Universidade do Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), São José dos Campos (São Paulo/Brazil) has a fellowship to be awarded at the master’s degree level.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have received a BSc in aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, electronic, or computer engineering, physics (or equivalent) or mathematics. The successful candidate would have knowledge in programming (Matlab or IDL). Preference will be given for international students, mainly Ibero-Americans.

FUNDING: The master’s fellowship pays a monthly stipend and provides a tuition waiver (a maximum of 24 months for both). The MSc candidate will also have an opportunity for a teaching assistantship for 6 months.

APPLICATION: Interested students initially contact Dr. Marcio Muella <mmuella@univap.br> until April 15th and send a full CV. The selected candidate is subject to the academic approval and then will be provided the guidelines for nomination.

PROJECT: The nominee will investigate the impact on GNSS applications caused by ionospheric plasma irregularities. Radio techniques will be employed in the study, particularly with GNSS ground-based receivers and digital ionosondes.