Community:Email 23dec10

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 23 Dec 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) Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Solar and Space Physics at Montana State University - due 14 February. From SPA Newsletter 20 December. From: Jiong Qiu <qiuj at mithra.physics.montana.edu>. See also http://solar.physics.montana.edu/reu

(2) Student poster prize competition at XXX URSI GASS 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, abstracts due 11 February. From Michael Rietveld <mike at eiscat.uit.no> through URSI -Commission-G Mailing List. See also http://www.ursigass2011.org/

(3) Heliophysics Postdoctoral 2011 Fellowship Program for Post-docs and Hosts - due 10 January 2011. From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree at ucar.edu). See also http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics.


(1) Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Solar and Space Physics at Montana State University - due 14 February.


From: Jiong Qiu <qiuj at mithra.physics.montana.edu>.

The solar/space physicsgroup at Montana State University invites applications for a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program for students interested in solar and space physics. Research projects in this program involve analysis of data from solar space missions such as SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode, and SDO, numerical modeling in solar magnetohydrodynamics, and space hardware. The program includes lectures on a variety of topics that are relevant to solar physics, space weather, and space hardware. The program is suitable for most math, physics, and astronomy students at the sophomore or junior level.

The summer 2011 program will run from May 31 - August 5. Successful applicants will receive stipend, room and board, and travel allowance. Application must be complete by February 14th. For more information and on-line application, please visit the website at http://solar.physics.montana.edu/reu


(2) Student poster prize competition at XXX URSI GASS 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, abstracts due 11 February.


From Michael Rietveld <mike at eiscat.uit.no>.

I urge the conveners of sessions for the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS) to advertise their sessions, and invite/solicit speakers. The deadline for abstracts is coming up soon: 11 February 2011. The meeting itself is from 13 to 20 Aug 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Look at the web site for details: http://www.ursigass2011.org/

Encourage your students to enter the student paper competition with prizes up to $1500. The deadline is the same as for the abstract deadline, 11 Feb 2011. See http://www.ursigass2011.org/

During the GASS the following three sessions are reserved for short courses and workshops in the Scientific Program:

  • 13 August 2011, 08:00 to 12:00
  • 13 August 2011, 14:00 to 18:00
  • 14 August 2011, 08:00 to 12:00

As the Organizing Committee, we need your help to determine the topics of current interest and potential lecturers in your field of specialization. We would like to ask you to consider yourself also as one of the potential lecturers." If you have suggestions here, please let me know.


(3) Heliophysics Postdoctoral 2011 Fellowship Program for Post-docs and Hosts - due 10 January 2011.


From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree at ucar.edu).

UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs announces the 2011 call for applications to the Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the NASA Living with a Star (LWS) program. The 2-year fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of Heliophysics.

Heliophysics embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic (both radiation and DC) fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Within this broad science discipline, LWS is a program designed to develop the scientific understanding required for the Nation to address effectively those aspects of the Sun-Earth system that affect life and society.

Two major topics of focus for LWS are the science of space weather and of the Sun-climate connection. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research addresses one of these two foci; but any research program relevant to LWS will be considered.

Since the goal of this postdoctoral program is to train Sun-Earth system researchers, preference also given to research projects that cross the traditional Heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as Sun-climate investigations. Therefore, proposals addressing the LWS program that are interdisciplinary are encouraged.

In order to succeed at such cross-disciplinary research, the host mentoring scientist plays a critical role. Consequently, applicants must select a host scientist, who is different from the candidate’s PhD advisor (preferably at a different institution), and coordinate a joint application with the potential host scientist and institution.

• Potential host scientists are required to submit letters of intent and vita as part of the selection process. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow, provide a reasonable office environment, which may include a workstation, and any other unique research costs.

• Applicants to this postdoctoral program are expected to have had a PhD for no more than five years at the start of tenure. A UCAR steering committee selects the fellows.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2011. Appointments will be announced in March.

For additional information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website: http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics

NASA Living With a Star, Heliophysics Division sponsors this program. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace.