Community:Email 19feb10

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Feb 19, 2010. 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) Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Boston University, due 31 March. From SPA Newsletter 17 Feb. From: W Jeffrey Hughes (hughes at bu.edu). Reply to Prof. James Jackson (jackson at bu.edu) See also http://www.bu.edu/astronomy.

(2) 2010 Space Weather Workshop, 27-30 April, Boulder, Colorado, student travel support applications due 12 March. From: Thomas.Peltzer (Thomas.Peltzer at noaa.gov). See also http://www.spaceweather.gov/sww.

(3) The Ray Roble Symposium and Reception, 18 June, 2010, Boulder, Colorado, Center Green Conference Center, National Center for Atmospheric Research. From Liying Qian (lqian at ucar.edu). See also http://www.hao.ucar.edu/TREND2010/RobleSymposium.php and register at http://www.hao.ucar.edu/TREND2010/index.php.

(4) Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) School and Workshop on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere, October 4-9, 2010, San Juan, Argentina. Deadline for Student Applications: May 14, 2010. From: Diego Janches (diego at cora.nwra.com). See also http://www.acd.ucar.edu/pasi/.


(1) Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Boston University, due 31 March.


From: W Jeffrey Hughes (hughes at bu.edu).

The Department of Astronomy at Boston University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in planetary, solar, or space physics. The successful candidate will be expected to lead a robust research program and to participate fully in the department's undergraduate and graduate teaching missions. We especially encourage applications from scientists whose research focuses on planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, heliophysics, and space plasma physics. Details about the department may be found at http://www.bu.edu/astronomy.

Applicants should send a curriculum vita, a brief (3 pages or fewer) summary of research and teaching plans, and the names of three potential professional referees to Prof. James Jackson, Chair, Boston University Astronomy Dept., 725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215. Applications are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible, but will be accepted until March 31, 2010. Questions can be directed to Prof. Jackson by email (jackson@bu.edu) or by telephone (617-353-2625).

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged.


(2) 2010 Space Weather Workshop, 27-30 April, Boulder, Colorado, student travel support applications due 12 March.


From: Thomas.Peltzer (Thomas.Peltzer at noaa.gov).

The 2010 Space Weather Workshop will be held, April 27 - 30, in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting will bring the customer, forecasting, commercial provider, and research communities together with the relevant government agencies to discuss a variety of space weather issues. The workshop will focus on impacts of space weather, various forecasting techniques, and recent scientific advances in specifying and predicting conditions in the space environment. The agenda highlights space weather impacts in several areas, including ionospheric disturbances, geomagnetic storms and their solar drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. The presentations and discussions seek to identify the highest priority for operational services that can guide future research and new high-value capabilities that can be transitioned into operations.

Representatives from industries impacted by space weather will attend, including those from commercial airlines, electric power, emergency response, satellite operations, and navigation/communication.

Space Weather Workshop 2010 is co-organized by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the NSF Division of Atmospheric Sciences, and the NASA Heliophysics Division and the Space Radiation Analysis Group.

Further details regarding the meeting agenda and travel will be posted on our web site: http://www.spaceweather.gov/sww

Space Weather Workshop Student Travel Support: Partial support for student attendance is available. This support could be applied to registration fees, room and board, or travel costs. To apply for support, please provide the following information by email to Tom Peltzer (thomas.peltzer@ noaa.gov) no later than March 12, 2010:

  1. Name
  2. Institution and contact information
  3. Academic level
  4. Topic of research that will be presented as a poster
  5. Academic adviser and contact information
  6. Level of support required to attend

(3) The Ray Roble Symposium and Reception, 18 June, 2010, Boulder, Colorado, Center Green Conference Center, National Center for Atmospheric Research.


From Liying Qian (lqian at ucar.edu).

A Syposium in honor of Ray Roble will be held on 18 June, 2010 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado in conjunction with the 6th IAGA/ICMA/CAWSES workshop on "Long-Term Changes and Trends in the Atmosphere" and immediately preceding the 2010 CEDAR Workshop. The symposium honors Ray Roble, a long-time NCAR scientist and true pioneer in solar-terrestrial research. Throughout his career, Dr. Roble developed and refined a suite of general circulation models of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Earth, Venus and Mars that self-consistently account for the underlying physical, dynamical, chemical, radiative, and electromagnetic processes. Dr. Roble recognized the importance of coupling between the Earth's atmospheric layers in studying climate variability and climate change, proposed the concept of whole atmospheric modeling, and demostrated the viability of such models. Whole atmospheric modeling is currently actively pursued and developed in solar-terrestrial research community. Roble and Dickinson [1989] were also the first to demonstrate that global change due to increased greenhouse gas concentrations would occur in the upper atmosphere, substantially impacting ensuing work on this topic, a major theme of the 6th IAGA/ICMA/CAWSES workshop. The Ray Roble Symposium will celebrate the broad spectrum of Dr. Roble's solar-terrestrial research contributions. Invited speakers will provide current perspectives on a variety of topics, including upper atmospheric and ionospheric research; climate variability and climate change; and dynamical coupling between atmospheric layers, and review Dr. Roble's contributions in these contexts. Dr. Roble's colleagues along with all CAWSES and CEDAR Workshop registrants are invited to attend the Ray Roble Symposium. The admission to the Ray Roble Symposium is free. A reception/dinner in Ray Roble's honor will be held in the afternoon, following the symposium (fee $50).

Please register for the Ray Roble Reception/Dinner and learn more about logistical details at: http://www.hao.ucar.edu/TREND2010/index.php


(4) Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) School and Workshop on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere, October 4-9, 2010, San Juan, Argentina. Deadline for Student Applications: May 14, 2010.


From: Diego Janches (diego at cora.nwra.com).

General information is available at http://www.acd.ucar.edu/pasi/. Please register on the Website to receive additional information about the School, and to help us plan the logistics of the meeting

A 1-week School on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere will be held in Argentina under the sponsorship of the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (PASI) program and with the support of the Argentine Consejo Nacional the Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). The event is organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and NorthWest Research Associates (NWRA) in collaboration with the National University of La Plata (UNLP) and will be hosted by the Instituto de Ciencias Astronómicas, de la Tierra y del Espacio (ICATE) in San Juan, Argentina.

The School will provide students from the Americas with the theoretical and practical background to pursue research careers in atmospheric and space science. The School will be complemented by a parallel Workshop where current research results by both School lecturers and students will be presented. Roundtable discussions will help identify education and research opportunities for students throughout the Americas. Special attention will be paid to the U.S. Aeronomy and Space Science community initiative for deploying new instrumentation in the South American region.

We expect to have approximately 30 students, half of whom will be from the U.S. and the rest from institutions throughout the rest of the Americas.

School Scientific Organizing Committee (SSOC):

  1. Dr. Diego Janches (NWRA/CoRADivision, Co, USA)
  2. Dr. Rolando García (NCAR, USA)
  3. Prof. Claudio Brunini (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

Workshop Scientific Organizing Committee (WSOC):

  1. Prof. Claudio Brunini (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)
  2. Dr. David C. Fritts (NWRA/CoRADivision, USA)
  3. Dr. Ruth Lieberman (NWRA/CoRADivision, USA)
  4. Dr. Carlos Martinis (Boston University, USA)
  5. Dr. Daniel Marsh (NCAR, USA)
  6. Prof. John M.C. Plane (University of Leeds, U.K.)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC):

  1. Dr. Hugo Levato (ICATE, Argentina)
  2. Prof. Claudio Brunini (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)
  3. Lic. Mónica G. Grosso (ICATE, Argentina)
  4. Prof. Marta Mosert (ICATE, Argentina)

Application Process and Support:

Interested students are asked to submit an application consisting on

  1. a brief statement, of no more than 500 words, describing how their participation in the School will be relevant to advancing their research and education; and
  2. a letter of reference from the student's research advisor.

In addition, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit an Abstract of a short talk on their own current research for presentation in the Workshop. Additional details about the application process will be announced shortly. The SSOC will collect the applications and select those that are relevant to the theme of the School. Once this first step is carried out, the WSOC will review the applications and advise the SSOC on which applications should receive priority based on their intellectual merit and relevance to the goals of the School. The selected students will be then notified. The participation costs for the selected students will be covered by the School.

Confirmed Lecturers:

  1. Dr. Mangalathayali A. Abdu (National institute of Space Research, Brazil): Coupling processes in the equatorial and low latitude ionosphere, equatorial spread F/plasma bubble irregularities; their generation mechanisms and short and medium term variabilities; ionospheric space weather at low latitudes; the low latitude ionosphere under the influence of the South Atlantic Magnteic Anomaly; and other related topics.
  2. Dr. M. Joan Alexander (NorthWest Research Associates/CoRA Division, USA): Satel- lite observations of gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere from the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) and the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS).
  3. Prof. Scott Bailey (Viginia Tech, USA): Space-based remote sensing of the atmosphere, including an overview of the major techniques, instrumentation, observation planning, and retrieving geophysical information from the measurements.
  4. Dr. Guy Brasseur (NCAR, USA): Observations and modeling of long-term trends in the MLT, with emphasis on techniques for discriminating between anthropogenic effects (e.g., secular trends induced by greenhouse gas increases) and natural variability, such as that associated with the 11-year solar cycle.
  5. Prof. Claudio Brunini (UNLP, Argentina): Global Total Electron Content (TEC) and Electron Content (EC) imaging based on empirical ionospheric models assisted with satellite beacon and ground-based sounder observations.
  6. Dr. Francisco Azpilicueta (UNLP and CONICET, Argentina): Introduction to TOPEX TEC measurements; Advantages and disadvantages; Revision of the TEC semi-annual anomaly, TEC annual asymmetry, and seasonal variation; Compartive spectral analysis study between TEC, F10.7 and Dst indices.
  7. Dr. Lars Dyrud (John Hopkins University, USA): Plasma physics and chemistry of meteor interactions with the upper atmosphere and ionosphere.
  8. Dr. Diego Janches (NWRA, USA) Relation between the astronomical properties of meteoroids and their impact on the aeronomy of the MLT.
  9. Dr. David Fritts (NorthWest Research Associates/CoRA Division, USA): Nonlinear dynamics of large-amplitude gravity waves, including breaking and turbulence generation, momentum and heat transport, momentum deposition, and other nonlinear effects impacting these dynamics and their effects, especially the evolution of nonlinear wave trains at MLT altitudes.
  10. Dr. Rolando García (NCAR, USA): General circulation of the MLT, covering both theoretical and modeling aspects as well as showing examples from recent satellite observations.
  11. Prof. Wayne Hocking (University of Western Ontario, Canada): Turbulence, radar design and measurement techniques.
  12. Dr. Ruth Lieberman (NorthWest Research Associates/CoRA Division, USA): Tidal theory and middle atmosphere observations.
  13. Dr. Daniel Marsh (NCAR, USA): Global chemical and dynamical response to varying ultraviolet and energetic particle fluxes and possible impacts on climate.
  14. Prof. Michael Mendillo (Department of Astronomy, Boston University, USA): Science goals and optical remote sensing instrumentation for studies of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres.
  15. Dr. Michael Nicholls (SRI International, USA) Physics of the D, E and F-regions of the Earth's ionosphere.
  16. Prof. John M.C. Plane (Department of Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK), Meteoric metals in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT).
  17. Dr. Anne K. Smith (NCAR, USA): Oxygen-hydrogen chemical system in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere.
  18. Dr. Cesar Valladares (Boston College, USA): Low-latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN)
  19. Dr. Ronald Woodman (Geophysical Institute, Peru) ISR measuring techniques of the ionosphere.Announcement