Summary of the Joint CEDAR-GEM 2016 Workshop
Eldorado Hotel and the Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 19-24, 2016
by Barbara Emery, HAO/NCAR, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The NSF Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) upper atmospheric community met jointly with the NSF Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) magnetospheric community from Sunday June 19 through Friday June 24 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the Eldorado Hotel and in the Santa Fe Convention Center. We last met with GEM in Santa Fe in 2011, and then before in 2005. The joint CEDAR-GEM Student Workshop was held Sunday in the Anasazi Ballroom of the Eldorado Hotel. Non-students could attend starting with the first Faculty Tutorial at 1055AM. Most of the Student Tutorials were earlier in the morning. The GEM Student Workshop is traditionally given by students, and is not open to non-students, while the CEDAR Student Workshop is traditionally given by faculty, and is open to all. This joint CEDAR-GEM Student Tutorial was a blend of our two traditions.
A total of 347 participants registered via the CEDAR website among them 127 CEDAR students or CEDAR Postdocs. The number of participants is slightly higher as for 2015 but not significantly higher. The CEDAR participants came from 76 different institutions, 13 located outside the United States and Puerto Rico. There might be a steady decline of different international institutions with 25 and 17 foreign institutions in 2014 and 2015, respectively, however not necessarily foreign participants. There were 50 universities, 20 laboratories, and 6 small businesses. Overall 69 participants were new to the CEDAR workshop, and, 51 of them were students (approximately 40% of attending students). 16 were undergraduate students, and 19 students came from 11 foreign institutions and with one student from the Jicamarca Observatory. While the number of undergraduates is almost the same the number of foreign students increased from 15 in 2015 to 19 in 2016 which might indicate that CEDAR is a prime meeting for students in the field. The students who did not present posters had an oral presentation or did not receive travel support.
Since funding depended on presenting a poster, all students but 3 students presented posters at the poster sessions, where 1 students presented 2 posters. All poster presenters got wiki logins to be able to upload their posters, which was required for the 93 students in the student poster competition. 55 non-student posters (50 in 2015) were presented about 35% of total CEDAR posters.
(39 of 67 posters in competition, 10 NOT, 18 Non-student, 4 second-third posters or 64 presenters) (58 of 106 posters in competition, 21 NOT, 27 Non-student, 4 second posters or 102 presenters)
There were 173 CEDAR posters at two poster sessions from 4-7 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, where the CEDAR posters were separated into 67 Mesosphere-Lower-Thermosphere (MLT) on Tuesday and 106 Ionosphere-Thermosphere (IT) posters on Wednesday. There were 123 CEDAR student presenters, including 18 undergraduate posters, where 97 posters were in the student poster competition. Prizes were a certificate, and the text book "Ionospheres: Physics, Plasma Physics, and Chemistry" courtesy of co-author Bob Schunk (USU) or books from the "Heliophysics" series (edited by Karel Schrijver, George Sisco, Fran Bagenal, and Jan Sojka) for the first place winners. The judges picked first place IT winner Ryan McGranaghanof the University of Colorado with DATA-04. The second place IT winner was Brian Harding of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with ITIT-21. The competition was tough and the judges decided that there will be no honorable mention. The undergraduate honorable mention for the MLT session went to Jacob Engle from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with SPRT-01. The graduate honorable mention for MLT went to Levi Boogs from Florida Institute of Technology with STRA-02. The second place MLT winner was Cornelius Csar Jude Salinas for National central University, Taiwan with COUP-01. The first place winner in MLT was Vu Nguyen from the University of Colorado, Boulder with COUP-05 Thanks to the chief judge Ed Mierkiewicz and Astrid Maute, and thanks to the 16 IT judges and 10 MLT judges who spent so much of their time judging the posters. Thanks to all the students who participated in the student poster competition and to their advisors. Here are pictures of the poster sessions and the winners.
The Student Workshop on Sunday on "Basic Questions of the Atmosphere" was run by Lindsay Goodwin from the University of Saskatchewan, the most recent CEDAR student representative, with help from the second year student representative, Leda Sox of Utah State University. After the afternoon break, Katelynn Greer discussed how to get good governmental science policy, and the workshop ended with a panel discussing "Is there Life after Graduation?". The annual soccer game followed. The new CEDAR student representative joining Lindsay is Victoriya Forsythe from the University of Alaska. The students also had breakfast with Paul Shepson, AGS Division Director of NSF on Monday, and a Student Pizza Lunch with a Question-Answer Panel at the By George Café, where panel members included CSSC chair Josh Semeter.
The 26th CEDAR Prize Lecture was given in the Monday plenary session by Jonathan Makela of the University of Illinois. His title was “Thermospheric dynamics as observed through the lens of networked FPIs”. This was followed by our fifth Distinguished Lecture given by Michael Mendillo from Boston University on "There's an Ionosphere in Each Hemisphere". We heard an update about the NSF Geospace Portfolio Review from Bill Lotko, the chair of that committee, followed by a Town Hall meeting so the community could ask questions. Our banquet speaker Monday evening was Bob McCoy from the University of Alaska speaking on "Geophysics in Alaska", where we learned the average rainfall in Fairbanks was about the same as that in Arizona, but with very different flora. We ended the week with a special lecture by Rich Behnke, former head of Geospace at NSF, with his talk "CEDAR: The Past, the Present, Some Recommendations for the Future". The community really appreciated all Rich has done for us, and honored him with a standing ovation at the end of his talk, when he also received a special award.
2015 was the second year of Grand Challenge (GC) Workshops. A third GC workshop was chosen in 2015 by the CSSC, "Storms and Substorms Without Borders" headed by Naomi Maruyama of the University of Colorado. Their tutorial speaker was Bill Lotko of Dartmouth College speaking on "Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling During Storms and Substorms". As in 2014, Grand Challenge workshops met 4 hours total, while all but two other workshops met 2 hours.
The Distinguished and Prize lectures, the GC tutorial, the Special Lecture, and three Science Highlights by Han-Li Liu (HAO/NCAR), Dave Fritts (GATS Inc) and Gary Swenson (University of Illinois) were videotaped. These 5.5 hours of plenary talks are all available at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:CEDAR_Videos on-line as .mp4 files for the sixth year. The .pdf and .mp4 files of the video-taped talks are also linked on the 2015 Agenda along with .pdf files of other plenary talks.
Some workshop talks are linked to individual workshop pages, where workshop conveners and speakers are encouraged to add .pdf files their talks to the wiki to make the meeting archive more complete and useful. Apart from the Sunday Student Workshop, there were 26 individual workshops, including the three Grand Challenge workshops. We had 31, 24, and 32 individual workshops in 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Participants are encouraged to add content to the Workshop URL at http://cedarweb.vsp.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2016_Workshop:Main, especially to individual workshop pages and the poster session lists.
For 2018, the CEDAR Workshop will be held in Santa Fe from ????. join with the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) NSF magnetospheric community from Sunday June 19 for the joint CEDAR-GEM Student Workshop to Friday June 24 ~6PM. We last met with GEM in Santa Fe in 2011, and then before in 2005. We look forward to a dynamic meeting.