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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 24 April 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) Paul Vila died Thursday April 18, 2013. From christine.amory at lpp.polytechnique.fr and emery at ucar.edu

(2) Call for nominations for the Sunanda and Santimay Basu United States Early Career Award (Deadline: May 15, 2013). From Eftyhia.Zesta at nasa.gov.

(3) May 1 - Application Deadline for CISM Space Weather Summer School, 22 July to 2 August, Boulder, CO. From Michael Wiltberger <wiltbemj at ucar.edu>. See also http://www2.hao.ucar.edu/CISM-Summer-School/

(4) 2013 GEM Summer (17-21 June, Snowmass, CO) registration is now open. From: Robert Clauer <rclauer at vt.edu> and Xia Cai <xcai at vt.edu> via 15 April SPA Newsletter. See also http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/index.html

(5) Post-doc at IRF in Uppsala research on ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling - applications due 15 May. From: Hermann Opgenoorth <opg at irfu.se> via 21 April SPA Newsletter.


(1) Paul Vila died Thursday April 18, 2013.


From christine.amory at lpp.polytechnique.fr and emery at ucar.edu

Paul Vila, who worked for the Centre National d'Etudes des Telecommunications in France, died Thursday April 18 at age 90. Paul continued to be active in the International Geophysical Research Group/Europe-Africa (IGRGEA) assisting in the semestrial Newsletter. Paul trained many young scientists from Africa and Asia in equatorial ionospheric studies. Until the end he was enthusiastic and still discussing new scientific results obtained by the students of the IGRGEA. He was one of the founders of the IGRGEA. Paul will be missed by those who knew him.


(2) Call for nominations for the Sunanda and Santimay Basu United States Early Career Award (Deadline: May 15, 2013).


From Eftyhia.Zesta at nasa.gov.

The Basu United States Early Career Award for Research Excellence in Sun-Earth Systems Science is an addition to the original Basu Early Career award and will be awarded for the first time in 2013. This award seeks to recognize an individual early career scientist who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident within three years of obtaining a Ph.D. degree and for demonstrating scientific success in studying the plasma physical processes that couple Earth’s atmosphere to driving mechanisms in the magnetosphere, solar wind, and Sun. The individual should show the talent needed to complete future work in those areas of space weather and their applications for the benefits to society.

This award is open to US citizens and permanent residents that have completed their PhD after May 15, 2010 by a US institution. The recipient will be invited to present a paper at AGU's Fall Meeting at an appropriate session and will receive a $1,000 cash award. The award will be presented at the Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Section’s dinner so attendance at the Fall Meeting is mandatory. The awardee will also be presented with a certificate of appreciation, three years’ membership in AGU and a complimentary ticket to the SPA dinner.

Nominations should be prepared by an AGU member who is not the thesis advisor, but who is knowledgeable of the candidate's qualifications. Nominations should include:

  • Nominator's name and title, address, and contact numbers;
  • Nominee's name and title, institutional affiliation, and address;
  • A statement (not to exceed two pages) of the work for which the candidate is nominated
  • Three (3) letters of support from AGU members; and
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae (not to exceed 3 pages).


All nomination packets should be in conformance to AGU’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

Nominations must be submitted by deadline in electronic form (preferred as one combined PDF file) to Danica Williams (dwilliams at agu.org>) or in hard copy to:
American Geophysical Union
Attn: Danica Williams
Science Department
2000 Florida Avenue
NW Washington, DC, 20009, USA
Telephone: +1.202.777.7513

You can also contact the Chair of the Sunanda and Santimay Basu United States Award Committee with questions: Dr. Eftyhia Zesta (Eftyhia.Zesta@nasa.gov)

DEADLINE: May 15, 2013


(3) May 1 - Application Deadline for CISM Space Weather Summer School, 22 July to 2 August, Boulder, CO.


From Michael Wiltberger <wiltbemj at ucar.edu>.

Application Deadline May 1st!!

The CISM Space Weather Summer School is intended to give students a comprehensive immersion in the subject of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. Space weather is many things: beautiful when seen through the eyes of a sun-view telescope, fascinating when studied for its alien worlds of magnetic structures and phenomena, awesome when witnessed as a solar eruption or auroral storm, and devastating to the users of services it disrupts. Space weather links the Sun, the Earth, and the space in between in a branching chain of consequences. Weather systems on the Sun can spawn interplanetary storms of colossal size and energy that envelop the whole planet in electrical hurricanes. Such storms attack high-tech, complex, and expensive technological systems that provide much of the infrastructure that allows modern society to function.

Applications are welcome from upper level undergraduates and beginning graduate students interested in pursuing a career in solar and space physics, as well as professionals interested in broadening their understanding of the space environment. The school will provide support for travel and housing expenses for all US student participants.

This year’s school will take place from July 22nd to August 2nd in Boulder Colorado at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Center Green Facility.

For more information and instructions on how to apply please go to

http://www2.hao.ucar.edu/CISM-Summer-School/


(4) 2013 GEM Summer (17-21 June, Snowmass, CO) registration is now open.


From: Robert Clauer <rclauer at vt.edu> and Xia Cai <xcai at vt.edu> via 15 April SPA Newsletter.

The 2013 GEM Summer Workshop will be held from June 17-21 in Snowmass, CO. Student session is on June 16. The registration is now open at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/index.html .

The agenda is available online at the Workshop website: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gem/schedule.html .

Please note the following important dates:

  • Deadline for student applications for support: Monday, April 15, 2013
  • Deadline for poster submissions: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
  • Last day to pay the early registration fee: Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Last day to make lodging reservations and receive the discounted rate: Thursday, May 16, 2013

There is a joint GEM-CEDAR workshop in the Millennium Hotel on June 22-24, 2013, CO. GEM participants attending this joint workshop are needed to register on CEDAR website (http://vsp-rosebud.dls.ucar.edu/cedar/). There is no registration fee. The joint workshop agenda could be found at the GEM wiki website: http://aten.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/index.php/2013_GEM-CEDAR_Workshop .

Contact Xia (xcai@vt.edu) if you have any question regarding the Workshop.


(5) Post-doc at IRF in Uppsala research on ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling - applications due 15 May.


From: Hermann Opgenoorth <opg at irfu.se> via 21 April SPA Newsletter.

Post-Doctoral Position in Space Physics at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden for research related to scientific studies of ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling, primarily utilising data from the new ESA Swarm mission, in conjunction with coordinated Cluster- and ground-based observations.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position for studies of the magnetosphere of the Earth, and its interaction with the upper atmosphere, in response to solar wind variability. Of particular interest are energy- and plasma exchange between the two major regimes of plasma in the near- Earth environment and the related flow of electric currents in the high- latitude auroral zone.

Our research group is funded to carry out research utilizing the new ESA multi-satellite mission Swarm in low Earth orbit, in conjunction with the multi-satellite mission Cluster in magnetospheric orbit, and a variety of ground-based instrumentation. We are also a partner in an international research team which aims to create a data archive and portal for solar terrestrial data-sets to complement the Cluster Active Archive, currently set up by ESA.

The successful candidate will be involved in extensive international collaboration. Analysis of data is an important part of the work and it would be an advantage to have experience in combining advanced data analysis for the understanding of solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere interaction, in particular field line-tracing, and effects of field-aligned current flow on magnetic models. Interest and experience in coordination of scientific activities will also be considered an asset. The research group does parallel work on closely-related problems in the realm of the Martian induced magnetosphere interaction. It is expected that the new work on Swarm will have cross-fertilisation effects with the other ongoing research in the team at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) in Uppsala.

Candidates should have completed a PhD, no longer than 3 years ago. However if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The position is available at IRF Uppsala, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting as soon as the present position of the successful candidate allows. The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Board for an initial two years, with a possible extension as young research scientist for another (maximum) two years on a year-by-year basis.

Closing date for applications is 15 May 2013.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating the applicant’s research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates, description and proof of previous post-doctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than four selected publications.

Applications shall be sent to: Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden, or by email to: registrator@irf.se (Tel. +46 980 79061). Reference: Dnr 2.2.1-82/13

The Swarm Project at IRF in Uppsala is coordinated by Professor Hermann Opgenoorth (opg@irfu.se,Tel. +46-18-471 5912).

Last Application Date: 2013-05-15

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.