Community:Email 21may14

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 21 May 2014. 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) Passing of Professor Louis A. Frank. From kathy-kurth at uiowa.edu via SPA Newsletter 19 May 2014. See also http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Louis-A.-Frank-101356914

(2) Saving HAARP. From Robert McCoy <rpmccoy at alaska.edu> via SPA Newsletter 20 May 2014.

(3) JOB OPENING: Energetic Particle Scientist for GOES-R at CIRES with SWPC, Boulder, CO. From Juan.Rodriguez at noaa.gov via SPA Newsletter 20 May 2014. See also http://www.jobsatcu.com for job postings RF01364 and RF01363

(4) Propose your location for the June 2016 and 2017 CEDAR and GEM Workshops by June 9! From Barbara Emery (emery at ucar.edu) and Xia Cai <xcai at vt.edu> and the GEM-CEDAR committee. See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:Workshop_Requirements


(1) Passing of Professor Louis A. Frank.


From kathy-kurth at uiowa.edu via SPA Newsletter 19 May 2014.

Dr. Louis A. Frank, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy from the University of Iowa died Friday, May 16, 2014.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20th at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City with visitation from 4-7 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Private family interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Van Allen Physics Scholarship Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation.

Louis was born in Chicago, IL and graduated from high school in Fort Madison, Iowa. He enjoyed nurturing trees and wildlife as well as automobiles. His passion in life was science.

Dr. Frank was a Professor of Physics at The University of Iowa, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1964. His first professional research activities occurred in 1958 when he assisted Professor Van Allen in the calibration of the first U. S. lunar probes, Pioneers 3 and 4, as an undergraduate student. Since then he had been an experimenter, co- investigator, or principal investigator for instruments on forty-two spacecraft. Dr. Frank was the principal investigator for the auroral imaging instruments for the Dynamics Explorer Mission, the plasma instrumentation for the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the U. S. plasma instrumentation for the Japanese Geotail spacecraft, and the camera for visible wavelengths for the Polar spacecraft of the International Solar Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Program. His publications encompassed such topics as the first direct measurements of the terrestrial ring current and of the polar cusp, the current systems in Earth's magnetotail, the plasma tori at Jupiter and at Saturn, and global imaging of Earth's auroral zones and atmosphere. His research interests were directed toward magnetospheric plasmas in the vicinity of Earth, wave-plasma instabilities, active experiments in the ionosphere, interpretation of auroral images in terms of global convection and current systems, the Jovian magnetosphere and its relationship with the Galilean satellites, computed tomography, geocoronal hydrogen, comets, and optics. He served on various NASA and NAS/NRC committees and as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Academy of Astronautics. He was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the National Space Act Award.

His family includes his two daughters, Jessica Frank of Iowa City and Suzanne Frank of Waterloo; brother, Clyde Frank of Virginia; sister, Emilou Woods of Colorado, and grandson Taylor Bergstrom of New York.

(SPA Editor Peter Chi's note: The above obituary is taken from the memorial services website at: http://hosting-3320.tributes.com/obituary/show/Louis-A.-Frank-101356914 where memories of Prof. Frank are being posted.)


(2) Saving HAARP.


From Robert McCoy <rpmccoy at alaska.edu> via SPA Newsletter 20 May 2014.

The ionospheric heater community, i.e., those who use high power RF transmitters to perform active experiments in the ionosphere are conducting a letter writing campaign to convince the Department of Defense to halt plans to demolish the High frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska. After 20 years and $290M, the HAARP facility was recently completed and has just begun to demonstrate it's full scientific potential. There are two other ionospheric heater facilities in the world, EISCAT in Norway and SURA in Russia, but HAARP is by far the most powerful and flexible of the three. With a radiated power of 3.6MW HAARP can enable experiments at thresholds not possible with any other facility. HAARP has an ideal location in the subarctic for auroral, geomagnetic and magnetospheric studies.

The facility was started with congressional earmarks and completed by AFRL, ONR and DARPA using their agency funds. The facility has been used to conduct basic research experiments and educate new generations of ionospheric scientists. HAARP is frequently used to modulate the ionosphere to generate low frequency (e.g. ELF, Alfven) waves to explore a range of applications including: submarine communication; GPS navigation; over the horizon radar; and the reduction of trapped electrons in the radiation belts. Currently DARPA is completing the Basic Research and Ionospheric Characteristics and Effects (BRIOCHE). When the current series of measurements end in June, AFRL/RV will close the facility permanently and demolish the site.

As priorities shifted and budgets shrank, the DoD decided it has no further use for HAARP and decided to remediate the site. To prevent the loss of the most exquisite ionospheric heater in the world, the scientific community is organizing a letter writing campaign to demonstrate strong interest in continued HAARP science. Concerned scientists are encouraged to write their congressional delegations and the Secretary of Defense to delay the demolition and encourage the DoD to find a way to build a new business plan to sustain HAARP for future generations. In March of last year the National Research Council (NRC) held a workshop to assess the current and future science supported by HAARP. While the NRC made no recommendations relative to HAARP, it did capture and record the great enthusiasm for the science potential of HAARP by the scientists who testified.

Interested supporters are encouraged to cc Bob McCoy at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, rpmccoy@alaska.edu.


(3) JOB OPENING: Energetic Particle Scientist for GOES-R at CIRES with SWPC, Boulder, CO.


From Juan.Rodriguez at noaa.gov via SPA Newsletter 20 May 2014.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Associate supporting NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC). This position is for an Energetic Particle Scientist within the NGDC Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) division. A small team of dedicated scientists within STP works to ensure that current and future space weather sensors provide effective operational products for use by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). STP’s overall responsibilities also include providing access to these environmental data by spacecraft engineers and the scientific community. The GOES-R series of satellites will fly a new suite of particle detectors that measures magnetospheric electron and ions from 30 eV to several MeV at multiple pitch angles, and solar energetic ions from 1-1000 MeV/nucleon (http://www.goes- r.gov/spacesegment/seiss.html). As a scientific and technical interface for STP to the GOES-R satellite program, the Energetic Particle Scientist works with the program to ensure that the characterization of the GOES-R particle measurements, and the products derived from these measurements, meet the needs of NOAA as well as the broader community. Applicants for this position must possess excellent scientific and algorithm development skills as well as the ability to critically review the products of others. In addition to satisfying GOES-R responsibilities, the Energetic Particle Scientist is encouraged to conduct independent research. For more information please visit http://www.jobsatcu.com and search for job postings RF01364 and RF01363 (the latter for the same position as a Professional Research Assistant).


(4) Propose your location for the June 2016 and 2017 CEDAR and GEM Workshops by June 9!


From Barbara Emery (emery at ucar.edu) and Xia Cai <xcai at vt.edu> and the GEM-CEDAR committee.

Proposals are being sought from institutions wishing to host the 2016 and 2017 CEDAR and GEM workshops which will probably meet separate weeks, but at the same location. The proposals may be free format but should conform to the constraints and address the issues raised below. The major costs should be estimated: student lodging, non-student lodging, catering, overhead, meeting space, air fares, poster rental, A/V, conference fees etc. Preference will be given to institutions with strong local CEDAR or GEM science communities, including a student base. This is an opportunity to promote and build CEDAR and GEM science at your institution. Please propose by Monday June 9 via email to emery@ucar.edu and xcai@vt.edu. Interested institutions are strongly encouraged before submitting their proposal to have their administrative lead directly contact Kendra Greb of CEDAR (kgreb@ucar.edu, 303-497-1605) and Xia Cai of GEM (pronounce: Shia Chua, xcai@vt.edu, 757-325-6790) in order to help the CEDAR and GEM communities make assessments for their respective groups.

The requirements are listed below and also at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:Workshop_Requirements A location will be chosen by the GEM-CEDAR committee with input from their respective Science Steering Committees during and shortly after their annual June 2014 workshops. Some of the larger numbers below are for the CEDAR Workshop requirements, but anything that can host CEDAR can also host GEM.

  • 1) The workshops must occur between the third and fifth weeks of June for ~380

total participants, where the 2 workshops meet jointly in-between on a weekend.

  • 2) Each proposal should identify a lead scientific contact.
  • 3) Each proposal should identify a lead administrative contact, who may be from

Conference Services/Management, where we would like an estimated cost of their services as well, including any overhead rates (see #4 also).

  • 4) Overhead rates should be known in advance, since this is a significant extra expense at academic institutions.
  • 5) A venue capable of seating 500 people for plenary sessions must be available.
  • 6) A venue for dinner with a scientific speaker with banquet seating for 400 people.
  • 7) Poster space for 46 8x4 posters (~5000-6000 sq ft) must be available. (THIS IS NOT TO BE

SHARED WITH OTHER SPACE, except perhaps with the dinner listed above!)

  • 8) Four extra rooms for workshops capable of seating ~100 people should be

available.

  • 9) Wireless internet connections are mandatory at the meeting site, and estimated A/V costs,

including costs of an A/V technician are desirable.

  • 10)Catering costs are not likely to be per person which is more expensive, but based on menu

selections, so please include catering menus for Food and Beverage pricing.

  • 11) The cost of airfare to the destination city or close-by (within ~2h) is a consideration

and should be addressed. It is advantageous to have non-stop flights for most people, but not required.

  • 12) Inexpensive options for housing ~130 students at approximately $50/night

should be locally available.

  • 13) Lodging for ~250 non-students relatively close to the meeting venue with

parking options described for the lodging and the meeting location(s).

  • 14) The availability of restaurants within walking distance is advantageous and

should be addressed or the necessity to shuttle to relatively nearby (~10 min drive) restaurants

  • 15) Extracurricular activities nearby are also advantageous.