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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 24 Nov 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) Obituary for Dr. Paul Kintner of Cornell University. Reprinted from the URSI-Commission G mailing list 21 Nov sent by Michael Rietveld (mike at eiscat.uit.no).

(2) First Call to Propose Joint Workshops at the CEDAR-GEM Joint Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 26 – July 1, 2011. From Mike Ruohoniemi (mikeruo at vt.edu). See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2011_Workshop:Main

(3) AGU Chapman Conference on Modeling the Ionosphere/Thermosphere System Charleston, South Carolina, 9–12 May 2011, Abstracts due 19 January via http://agu-cc11mi.abstractcentral.com. From Shermonta Grant (sgrant at agu.org) and chapman-ionosphere@agu.org. See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2011/dcall/.

(4) Summer 2011 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at MIT Haystack Observatory - applications due 1 Feb. From K.T. Paul (ktpaul at haystack.mit.edu). See also http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/reu/.

(5) Tenure Track Faculty Position in Space Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. From John Olivero (oliveroj at erau.edu). See also http://www.erau.edu/omni/db/academicorgs/dbpsd/index.html.

(6) Postdoc position in space science at UT Dallas, TX. From Greg Earle (earle at utdallas.edu).


1) Obituary for Dr. Paul Kintner of Cornell University.


Reprinted from the URSI-Commission G mailing list 21 Nov sent by Michael Rietveld (mike at eiscat.uit.no).

The following obituary comes from his family.


Paul M. Kintner, Jr., professor of electrical and computer engineering and head of the Global Positioning Systems Laboratory at Cornell University, died at his home in Ithaca on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Kintner was an internationally recognized authority on the interaction of radio signals, both natural and man-made, with space environments, particularly the ionsophere and magnetosphere. His studies included the effect of the space environment on GPS signals. During the 2009-10 academic year, he served as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, advising the government on GPS, navigational satellite systems, space weather and other scientific topics with implications for defense and national security.

Kintner earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1968 and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of Minnesota in 1974, for work on the space environment of the northern lights. He continued this work with the Space Physics Group at the University of Iowa until 1976, when he moved to Cornell as a research associate. He was appointed to the Cornell faculty in 1981.

He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He chaired the Living with a Star/Geospace Mission Definition Team and NASA's Sun-Earth Connections Advisory Subcommittee. He served on National Research Council committees on Solar and Space Physics and the Economic and Societal Impacts of Severe Solar Storms. In 2007, he convened an American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference on Mid- latitude Ionospheric Dynamics and Disturbances, leading to a monograph by the same name. In September 2009, he delivered the Birkland Lecture to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

He was a mentor to generations of Cornell students and younger faculty members, often at pivotal points in their professional development, and continued to advise graduate students and colleagues preparing for a sounding rocket research campaign in Norway until days before his death.

He is survived by his wife, Constance Bart Kintner, with whom he shared the love of family and wilderness pursuits; four children: Douglas T.S. Kintner of Ithaca; Paul M.S. Kintner, at the University of Rochester; Robert Bart of Hood River, Oregon; Rebecca Bart of Berkeley, California; son-in-law Kater Murch and grandson West Bart Murch, also of Berkeley, California. Also surviving are his father, Dr. Paul M. Kintner, Sr. and mother Vivian Kintner of Hendersonville, North Carolina; brothers Douglas Kintner of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Christopher Kintner of Delmar, California, sister Victoria Kintner Griswold of Indianapolis, Indiana, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, many of whom he was able to visit in his final months. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet Rae Smith-Kintner.

The family wishes to thank Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County, his caregivers from Classen Home Health Services, and the many friends, family members, and colleagues who brought joy to his final months through their participation in his treatment and care. At his request, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of his life will be held within the next few months at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University or to Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County.


(2) First Call to Propose Joint Workshops at the CEDAR-GEM Joint Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 26 – July 1, 2011.


From Mike Ruohoniemi (mikeruo at vt.edu).

Theme: ‘Exploring Connections in the Geospace System’

In 2011 the annual CEDAR (Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) and GEM (Geospace Environment Modeling) workshops will be held as a Joint Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the interests of promoting meaningful scientific interaction and collaboration in areas of common interest, the two scientific steering committees have agreed to integrate significant portions of their scientific, student, poster, and social programs. The Meeting theme given above has been defined to emphasize this integrated aspect of the 2011 Joint Meeting. A CEDAR-GEM joint taskforce has been established to facilitate the coordination of shared activities. The members of the taskforce are listed at the end of this notice. Please direct questions regarding the joint program to any member.

The CEDAR and GEM meetings both conduct topical workshops that are focused on particular research objectives. The traditions differ in that GEM workshops are usually organized by the coordinators of empanelled Focus Groups of several years duration while CEDAR workshops are proposed and approved annually in the lead up to the meeting. With this notice we encourage GEM Research Area Coordinators and Focus Group Leaders and CEDAR attendees to begin to develop and propose joint workshops. These should have both GEM and CEDAR co-conveners. The following links may be helpful.

http://aten.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/index.php/GEM_Focus_Groups gives a listing of the current GEM focus groups and their leaders.

http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2010:Workshop:Workshop_List gives a listing of CEDAR workshop themes and their conveners from the 2010 meeting.

This cross-listing is not meant to be restrictive; attendees may propose novel and promising themes for joint sessions. Research areas that do not lend themselves to integration will be organized and conducted in the usual way by the CEDAR and GEM organizing committees, and will be solicited later.

Potential workshop conveners are asked to either (i) notify the taskforce that you have identified a theme for a joint workshop and colleagues in the other community to serve as co-conveners, or, (ii) notify the taskforce that you have identified a suitable theme and request that the taskforce assist you with the identification of potential co-conveners. At this stage, we are requesting that you provide the theme of your proposed joint workshop, a brief description, and at least the beginning of a list of conveners. Direct this information to a member of the taskforce by January 15, 2011 or submit the information via the appropriate link on the CEDAR Wiki at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2011_Workshop:Main.

Consideration of proposals for joint workshops including discussions with proposers will be carried out in January. The program of the Joint workshops will be finalized in March.

Looking forward to an exciting meeting in Santa Fe!

Mike Ruohoniemi (Taskforce chair) mikeruo@vt.edu

For CEDAR-GEM Taskforce members:

  • CEDAR
    • John Foster jcf@haystack.mit.edu
    • Barb Emery emery@ucar.edu
    • Tim Fuller Rowell tim.fuller-rowell@noaa.gov
    • Josh Semeter jls@bu.edu
  • GEM
    • Mike Liemohn liemohn@umich.edu
    • Bob Clauer rclauer@vt.edu
    • Bill Lotko william.lotko@dartmouth.edu
    • David Murr murrdl@augsburg.edu
    • Bob Strangeway strange@igpp.ucla.edu

(3) AGU Chapman Conference on Modeling the Ionosphere/Thermosphere System Charleston, South Carolina, 9–12 May 2011, Abstracts due 19 January via http://agu-cc11mi.abstractcentral.com.


From Shermonta Grant (sgrant at agu.org) and chapman-ionosphere@agu.org.

Abstract Submission Tool Now Open!

Abstract Deadline: 19 January 2011; 23:59 EDT/3:59+1 GMT – Late submissions after the deadline cannot be accepted. Abstract Submission Tool: http://agu-cc11mi.abstractcentral.com

Housing Deadline: 1 April 2011; 23:59 EDT/3:59+1 GMT – Housing Details: http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2011/dcall/travel/index.php

If you have questions, please contact chapman-ionosphere@agu.org


(4) Summer 2011 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at MIT Haystack Observatory - applications due 1 Feb.


From K.T. Paul (ktpaul at haystack.mit.edu).

Undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science students are invited to apply for summer research positions at the MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA. Research projects include radio astronomical studies, atmospheric physics investigations, and hardware and software development for data acquisition and processing. The program extends from June 6 to August 12, 2011 and carries a weekly stipend of $400.00. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For further information and application materials, see http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/reu/.

Application deadline is 1 February 2011


(5) Tenure Track Faculty Position in Space Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.


From John Olivero (oliveroj at erau.edu).

The Department of Physical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University invites applications for a Tenure Track position at the Assistant Professor level in all areas of Space Physics. Applicants in the area of Magnetospheric Physics are particularly encouraged to apply. We expect to have this position filled for Fall 2011.

We are seeking a well-qualified individual for a combined workload of research and teaching in our academic programs. The department has one of the leading undergraduate Engineering Physics programs in the US and is aggressively growing its research activities through its Ph.D. program in Engineering Physics. Other programs supported by the department are BS-Space Physics and MS-Engineering Physics. We also offer support courses in physics, chemistry, astronomy/astrophysics, biology, and environmental science.

The successful candidate will have a strong record of research that will continue here plus applicable teaching experience. Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. in one of the disciplines indicated above. For additional information, please see: http://www.erau.edu/omni/db/academicorgs/dbpsd/index.html.

The position is open until filled, however we will begin reviewing applications immediately. Interested candidates should send

  1. a letter of application,
  2. a full CV with a list of all publications,
  3. any additional information on teaching experience and a statement of teaching philosophy, and
  4. the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least four references to:


Chair, Physical Sciences Search Committee,
c/o Human Resources, Box B,
Corsair Hall,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Information: Mahmut Reyhanoglu; reyhanom@erau.edu; 386-226-7753.

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply.


(6) Postdoc position in space science at UT Dallas, TX.


From Greg Earle (earle at utdallas.edu).

A post-doctoral research position is available in the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. The appointment will commence in the spring of 2011 for a period of one year, with the potential for extension into a second year pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The focus of the position is to work with scientists and engineers within the Center on the specification, design, testing, and calibration of an ion velocity instrument for a future space environmental monitoring satellite mission by the US Air Force. The successful applicant must have an earned doctorate in physics or electrical engineering, plus a record of research accomplishment that includes:

  • Device testing in vacuum;
  • IV curve-fitting analysis;
  • LabView® programming;
  • Modeling experience relevant to space-based retarding potential analyzer and/or drift meter instrumentation.

To apply send a complete CV and a statement of interest to:


Professor G. D. Earle
Center for Space Sciences, WT-15
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75080

Applications will be considered as they are received until the position has been filled.