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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 31 July 2013. Meetings and jobs are listed at 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) AGU Outstanding Student Paper Awards – Sign Up Now! From <jenni.kissinger at>. See also

(2) Optics job at Puerto Rico Photonics Institute. From: Jonathan Friedman <jsfriedman at> or <jonathan at>. See also Posting # M0OPN371622 at

(1) AGU Outstanding Student Paper Awards – Sign Up Now!

Brian Welsch, Jenni Kissinger <jenni.kissinger at>, Allan Weatherwax.

At the AGU Fall Meeting in December, students can elect to have their presentation judged for an Outstanding Student Paper Award. The Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) are awarded to promote, recognize, and reward undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. This award is available for both poster and talk presentations. The student’s presentation of the work is the main focus. By being critiqued and receiving constructive criticism as they present results early in their careers, students will gain presentation skills needed later in life.

If you are an SPA student planning to attending the AGU Fall Meeting, we strongly encourage you to sign up to participate in the Outstanding Student Paper Award competition. When you submit an abstract, you’ll have the option of participating in the OSPA--please do! If you are an adviser, please encourage your students to sign up. It's important to note that students cannot be added after the abstract deadline, so now is the time to sign up. After the conference, the anonymous feedback will be sent to you, so it's a great way for every student to improve their presentation skills.

In addition, the OSPA committee will soon be soliciting judges for student posters. The OSPA program cannot succeed without judges, so we urge SPA members to volunteer to judge a few student posters at the Fall Meeting.

For more information visit:

(2) Optics job at Puerto Rico Photonics Institute.

From: Jonathan Friedman <jsfriedman at> or <jonathan at>.

The Puerto Rico Photonics Institute is pleased to announce the opening of its first faculty position at the Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. The job posting is in English (just in case you wondered) and the link is below. Please direct any questions to me at jsfriedman at

Posting # M0OPN371622 at

Some more detail: PRPI is a new institute in Puerto Rico and will be located on the Barceloneta campus of the Ana G. Mendez University System. The site is a 35 minute drive to the Arecibo Observatory and 30 minutes west of San Juan. As described in the ad, we are open to all applications in the fields of optics and photonics, although greater weight will be given to applicants in the fields of atmospheric remote sensing, especially lidar, and to aerospace photonics (laser gyroscopes and their applications).