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General News/UKSP Business:Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:Jobs/Studentships:Nuggets:

General News/UKSP Business:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Award

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [April 25, 2017]

We would like to congratulate Peter Keys who started his Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast on April 1st 2017.

Reminder: Nominations sought for ESPD prizes

from Tom Van Doorsselaere [April 13, 2017]

This is a reminder that the European Solar Physics Division will be awarding
three prizes: PhD thesis prize, Postdoc prize, Senior prize. The deadline for
submission of nominations in these three categories is the 1st of May 2017.

For the complete details and submission/evaluation process, please visit
http://www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304

http://www.eps.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=85203&id=641304

STFC COMMITTEE/PANEL APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS EXERCISE 2017 – call now live

from Dave Godfrey [April 6, 2017]

Dear colleague

A number of vacancies have arisen for outstanding individuals to become members of STFC’s committees and panels. The 2017 call for applications and nominations for STFC’s committees is now live.

Please feel free to bring this call to the attention of your colleagues.

If you have any queries about the call, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Best wishes

Trish

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Trish Mullins
Secretary, Science Board
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Polaris House
Swindon, SN2 1SZ
Telephone: 01793 442873
e-mail: trish.mullins@stfc.ac.uk

SunPy News

from Jack Ireland [March 30, 2017]

SunPy version 0.7.7 has been released. This is a bugfix release. With this release, SunPy now works with Numpy 1.12.

SunPy is looking for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) students! SunPy participates in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as part of the Open Astronomy organization (http://www.OpenAstronomy.org). GSoC pays students a stipend over the summer months to code for open-source projects. SunPy GSoC students have made many contributions to the SunPy codebase in previous years, and we look forward to working with new students this year. The closing deadline for student applications is April 3, 2017 16:00 UTC. Please see https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/ for more details.

SunPy and the IRIS team have begun a collaboration to provide IRIS data analysis capabilities in Python. The collaboration is looking for people to aid in the effort. Please email iris_python@lmsal.com to find out more.

The SunPy Board met on March 13, 2017 to discuss board roles and board membership. Andrew Inglis volunteered to resign, and his resignation was accepted by the board. Thomas Robitaille rotated off the board as planned due to his term expiring. Two new members were voted on to the board, Sabrina Savage (Marshall Spaceflight Center) and Monica Bobra (Stanford University). The minutes of the board meeting can be found at https://github.com/sunpy/sunpy/wiki/Minutes-of-SunPy-Board-Meeting-03-13-17.

Finally, to file a bug report or request a new feature in SunPy please go to https://github.com/sunpy/sunpy/issues.


Nuggets:

New EIS Nugget – `Plasma turbulence and the standard solar flare model’ by Eduard Kontar

from Deb Baker [April 24, 2017]

We are pleased to announce a new EIS nugget by Eduard Kontar entitled ‘Plasma turbulence and the standard solar flare model’. The nugget can be found here:

http://solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/nuggets/nugget_2017may.jsp

Previous nuggets are available here:
http://solarb.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/SolarB/eisnuggets.jsp

We welcome contributions from the community.

Dr. Deb Baker
UCL/MSSL

CESRA hightlight on plasma radio emission

from Eduard Kontar [April 12, 2017]

A new solar radio astronomy highlight is available online:

How Electron Beams Produce Continuous Coherent Plasma Emission
by H. Che, M. Goldstein, P. Diamond, and R. Sagdeev
http://cesra.net/?p=1310

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CESRA publishes Highlights of Solar Radio Physics aka CESRA Nuggets
approximately every two weeks
at http://cesra.net. These short communications are written in the
language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area and designed to
keep solar and heliophysics communities informed and up-to-date about
current research.
The highlights can be followed, discussed, commented and shared via
http://www.facebook.com/solarcesra/
http://twitter.com/CESRA_community
———————–

http://cesra.net/?p=1310

New UKSP Nugget #77

from Iain Hannah [March 30, 2017]

77. Just before an X-class flare
by Magnus Woods, Louise Harra, Sarah Matthews, Sally Dacie, David Long (MSSL) & Duncan Mackay (St. Andrews)

Fast flows along a flux rope in the pre-flare period.

http://www.uksolphys.org/?p=12750

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UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK.

http://www.uksolphys.org/uksp-nuggets

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

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http://www.uksolphys.org/?p=12750

RHESSI Nuggets in March 2017

from Hugh Hudson [March 27, 2017]

No. 296, “Suppression of Hydrogen Emission in an X-class White-light Solar Flare,” by Ondřej Procházka and Ryan Milligan. The absence of hydrogen signatures suggests an event buried in the deep solar atmosphere.

No. 295, “Radio Emissions from Double RHESSI TGFs”, by Andrey Mezentsev and Thomas Gjesteland: Lightning helps with microsecond timing calibrations, and is really interesting as a phenomenon of high-energy astrophysics.

No. 294, “Edward Chupp”
See
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/

for the original series, 2005-2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017

from Richard Morton [April 25, 2017]

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.
The hotel reservation system and meeting registration is now open on the SPD website: https://aas.org/meetings/spd48. You have to register before receiving a link via email for hotel reservations (this is to protect our block).
A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:
Standard Queen $194 + tax/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms is available at the government per diem rate: $169 + tax/night.

Bus transportation will be available from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University at a cost of $70 per person (includes food and water). The viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities. Buses will leave around 4am to account for potentially bad traffic. Bus tickets can be purchased for family members but a separate form needs to be submitted (see website).

There will also be outreach opportunities (more info forthcoming).

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, March 19-23 — Save the Date

from Vanessa George [April 24, 2017]

2018 Sun-Climate Symposium
“The State of the TSI and SSI Climate Records at the Junction of the SORCE and TSIS Missions”

March 19-23, 2018 * Lake Arrowhead, California, USA
http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/sorce/news-events/meetings/2018-scs/

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Sun-Climate Symposium, which is sponsored by the Sun-Climate Research Center, a joint venture between NASA GSFC and LASP at the University of Colorado.

Observations of the Sun and Earth from space have revolutionized our view and understanding of how solar variability and other natural and anthropogenic forcings impact Earth’s atmosphere and climate. Since 1978 – more than three solar cycles – the total and spectral solar irradiance (TSI and SSI) and global terrestrial atmosphere and surface have been observed continuously, providing unprecedented quality data for Sun-climate studies. The 2018 Symposium will convene experts from across the solar-terrestrial community and from various disciplines that include Sun-climate connections, atmospheric physics and chemistry, heliophysics, and metrology to discuss solar and climate observations and models during this crucial period near the end of the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and the start of the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS) Mission. Sessions will be organized around the following six themes:

1. Making accurate climate records
2. The state of the TSI and SSI climate records near the end of the SORCE Mission
3. What was learned about solar variability and impacts on the terrestrial environment during Solar Cycle 24?
4. What are the expectations for the next solar minimum and Solar Cycle 25?
5. Stellar variability and connections to the Sun
6. Next generation of solar and atmospheric observations

The format for this symposium consists of invited and contributed oral and poster presentations. The Call for Abstracts will come out later this summer. We encourage your participation and hope that you will share this announcement with colleagues.

Please save the date and join us!

http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/sorce/news-events/meetings/2018-scs/

IPELS Meeting, 19-23 June, San Diego

from Christopher Chen [April 15, 2017]

IPELS 2017, June 19-23, San Diego, CA

The 14th international IPELS meeting (Interrelationships between Plasma Experiments in the Laboratory and in Space) will be held June 19-23 near San Diego, CA, USA. The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to foster intellectual interaction and scientific collaboration between the ionospheric, magnetospheric, solar, heliophysics, and astrophysics communities and the laboratory experimental, theoretical and computational communities to address the fundamental plasma processes governing these extraordinarily complex and dynamic environments.

The meeting website is:
https://conferences.pa.ucla.edu/IPELS-2017/welcome.html
The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1.

Program Committee:
Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley
Troy Carter, UCLA
Christopher Chen, Imperial College
Masahiro Hoshino, U. Tokyo
Hantao Ji, Princeton
Nuno Loureiro, MIT
QuanMing Lu, USTC
Michael Mauel, Columbia University
Alessandro Retino, Ecole Polytechnique
Earl Scime, West Virgina University
Masaaki Yamada, Princeton

https://conferences.pa.ucla.edu/IPELS-2017

STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas – Second Announcement

from Danielle Bewsher [April 10, 2017]

Registration is now open for this years STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas, which will be held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston from 28th August – 1st September.

The school will provide advanced training for 2nd and 3rd year postgraduate students and PDRAs new to the field. It will allow participants to explore theory and the most recent observations in the field in great depth, and promote scientific and social interaction between the participants and the course tutors. Students will have an opportunity to give a short presentation of their PhD topic.
Fully funded places are available for STFC funded postgraduate students and self-supported students only, where priority is given to STFC supported students. Workshop fees for non-STFC funded students and PDRAs are detailed on the website.
For further details and registration go to
http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/summerschool2017/

http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/summerschool2017/

STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas – First Announcement

from Danielle Bewsher [April 3, 2017]

This years STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas will be held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston from 28th August – 1st September.

The school will provide advanced training for 2nd and 3rd year postgraduate students and PDRAs new to the field. It will allow participants to explore theory and the most recent observations in the field in great depth, and promote scientific and social interaction between the participants and the course tutors.
Fully funded places are available for STFC funded postgraduate students and self-supported students only, where priority is given to STFC supported students. Workshop fees for non-STFC funded students and PDRAs are detailed on the website.

For further details go to
http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/summerschool2017/

Registration will open shortly.

http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/summerschool2017/

NAM parallel session: ‘Latest Trends In Observing And Understanding The Dynamics Of The Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves To Small-Scale Transients’

from Christopher Nelson [April 3, 2017]

Abstracts are invited for the NAM 2017 session ‘Latest Trends In Observing And Understanding The Dynamics Of The Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves To Small-Scale Transients’.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 14th April

The Sun is a highly structured and dynamic body, exhibiting a wide range of waves, instabilities, and more transient phenomena (e.g., Ellerman bombs, swirls, spicules) which are all likely important for the transfer of energy to the chromosphere, transition region, and corona. The inference of properties (density, magnetic field) of wave-guides from models which assume small-scale perturbations against a static background has proved successful over recent years; however, if one observes the photosphere (specifically in Active Regions) using high-resolution ground-based data, one would find anything but a stable background at the foot-points of these magnetically dominated regions. How these two pictures (an unpredictable lower solar atmosphere and an upper atmosphere stable on time-scales of minutes) of the solar atmosphere couple is still unknown. This session will bring together experts from across the solar physics community to review recent advances in the field and discuss future improvements.

Further details can be found at the webpage below.

Chris Nelson, David Pascoe, Robertus Erdelyi, Gerry Doyle

https://nam2017.org/science/parallel-sessions/details/2/28

Second announcement of NAM 2017 session on “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather”

from Francesco Zuccarello [March 30, 2017]

We invite abstract submission for the National Astronomy Meeting 2017 session “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather: Formation, Eruption and Propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections”.

The aim of the session is to bring together solar and heliospheric physicists, both modelers and observers, to discuss the formation and evolution of magnetic flux ropes with particular focus on (1) what are the universal physical mechanisms responsible for triggering solar eruptions, (2) how and when magnetic flux ropes are formed, (3) how their structure evolves during their propagation through the inner heliosphere, and (4) how the structure of the interplanetary magnetic clouds relate to their source regions on the Sun.

The NAM 2017 will be hosted at the University of Hull (UK) during the 2nd-6th July 2017. We note that this is shortly before the IAU Symposium on Space Weather of the Heliosphere in Exeter (UK), and that this perhaps provides an opportunity for colleagues from further afield to combine two meetings.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.
For more information, please visit the conference website: https://nam2017.org/

https://nam2017.org/

Second announcement – The dynamics of Solar-Stellar atmospheres: Winds, Flares, & CMEs – SolWind parallel session at NAM2017

from Richard Morton [March 29, 2017]

We welcome abstract submissions to ‘The dynamics of Solar-Stellar atmospheres’ parallel session at the National Astronomy Meeting.
The atmospheres of the Sun and many other stars are known to be highly volatile, throwing out plasma and radiation into their surrounding helio-(astro)spheres. In solar-like cool stars, magnetic fields and convective motions play a key role in Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and flaring activity, and associated ejecta are guided through the helio-(astro)sphere by extended magnetic fields as they ride in the continuous stream of fast and slow solar winds. For hot stars there is evidence that magnetic fields and convective motions structure the radiatively driven winds, although the amount of influence magnetic fields have on driving and channelling the winds is still an open question.

In this session, we aim to bring together researchers working across a broad range of topics, and from diverse but interrelated fields, in order to try and draw upon progress in the study of atmospheric phenomena from the Sun and other stars. The session focus is primarily on solar and stellar winds but we are keen to incorporate discussion of recent advances in the study of flares and CME’s.

We are happy to announce that we will have invited review talks from Victor See (Exeter University) and Hugh Hudson (Glasgow University/ Berkeley, USA).

Any questions regarding contributions please send emails to richard.morton@northumbria.ac.uk

The deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017. More information can be found at the conference website: https://nam2017.org/science/parallel-sessions

Convenors: R Morton, E Scullion, D S Bloomfield (Northumbria University) L Harra (MSSL/University College London), M Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast), J Vink, G Ramsay (Armagh Observatory), J Mackey (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) S Matt (University of Exeter)

Submission to the session at NAM17 ‘Conversion of magnetic field energy and energetic particles in the Sun and heliosphere’

from Valentina Zharkova [March 29, 2017]

We encourage submission to the session at NAM17 ‘Conversion of magnetic field energy and energetic particles in the Sun and heliosphere’

Conveners: Zharkova V., Browning P., Kontar E., Matthews S. and Parnell C.

Summary:
Magnetic field energy conversion and energetic particles in the Sun and heliosphere.
The session would be dedicated to exploring the evidence – both observational and theoretical – concerning how magnetic field energy is converted into both thermal and non-thermal particle energy in various events in the solar atmosphere and heliosphere. Understanding these physical process is essential to solar activity and its effects through “space weather”.

Topics covered will include various types of magnetic reconnection scenarios, their detection from observational topologies, and conversion of magnetic energy into energetic particles via various types of acceleration mechanisms. Observational studies of energetic particles, both near the Sun and in situ space measurements, will be welcome, as well as theoretical and computational models of energy release and particle acceleration and transport.

The NAM 2017 will be hosted at the University of Hull (UK) during the 2nd-6th July 2017. We note that this is shortly before the IAU Symposium on Space Weather of the Heliosphere in Exeter (UK), and that this perhaps provides an opportunity for colleagues from further afield to combine two meetings.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.

For more information, please visit the conference website: https://nam2017.org/

STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics – Second Announcement

from Richard Morton [March 29, 2017]

We are pleased to announce that the registration is opened for this year STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics, which will take place from 10-15 September 2017 at the Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The course is aimed at 1st year PhD students but open to students of any year. There are some fully-funded places available for STFC-funded PhD students including a hotel room and catering, available on a first-come first-serve basis. Non-STFC students and PDRA’s are welcome to attend but will have to pay a registration fee for the whole meeting or for a day they plan to attend.

Aside from the taught programme, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising with other students and lecturers with an ice breaker event, reception at Northumbria University and conference dinner, plus an excursion to the historical Tynemouth Priory, located on one of Northumberland’s glorious beaches.

For more details please see www.northumbria.ac.uk/ICSSPP17. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2017, however, the fully funded places will be gone much earlier.

We ask kindly the supervisors of STFC-funded and other PhD students to highlight this opportunity to their students.

Best wishes,

The LOC

www.northumbria.ac.uk/ICSSPP17


Jobs/Studentships:

PhD position in (Astro)statistics at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

from Dr. L. Lefevre [April 18, 2017]

The Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Sciences (ISBA) of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, has a vacancy for a PhD position in (astro)statistics, in collaboration with the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), in Brussels.

Financed by a grant from the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO, https://www.belspo.be), the supervision of the PhD student will be assumed by Prof. Rainer von Sachs (ISBA), in collaboration with researchers of the ROB. Support will also be given by the Statistical Methodology and Computing Service (SMCS, http://www.uclouvain.be/smcs.html).

We are looking for candidates with knowledge in methodological statistics: nonparametric statistics, multivariate analysis, regression, time series analysis, quality control. The candidate should have a keen interest in stellar and solar physics, quantitative data analysis and/or climate sciences.

More information can be found at https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/198006 and http://valusun.oma.be

The closing date for application is June 15, 2017 (applications received after this date will be considered as they arrive, until the position is filled). Starting date would be September 2017 or another date to be agreed on by all parties.

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/198006

NASA/MSFC Postdoctoral Position (NPP)

from Laurel Rachmeler [April 12, 2017]

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Solar Physics Sounding Rocket group is seeking an NPP postdoctoral researcher to participate in multiple projects. Our ongoing projects include: CLASP2, which measures polarization of the upper chromosphere in the Mg II h&k lines to explore the magnetic field; MaGIXS, a slit X-Ray spectrometer to study hot coronal plasma in active regions; and Hi-C2, a high resolution EUV coronal imager. We will have at least three launches in the next three years, and we also have several additional proposed projects and ideas in the works. The goal of our sounding rocket program is to develop and test new instrumentation to advance our understanding of the solar atmosphere through improved remote sensing techniques.

We are searching for a dynamic postdoc to participate in designing, building, testing and flying these instruments. The postdoc may simultaneously work various roles on multiple projects. Instrumentation experience, especially with sounding rockets, is desirable. There are also opportunities to analyze data taken during flight, though a solar physics background is not required. We work closely with domestic and international partners on all of our projects, and the candidate should expect to travel for meetings, instrument work, and launches.

This position is sponsored through the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) and is based in Huntsville, Alabama. Applications are due on July 1, 2017 and include research and education history, three letters of recommendation, and a research proposal of no more than 15 pages. Detailed application and eligibility information is available on the NPP website (https://npp.usra.edu/).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sabrina Savage sabrina -dot- savage -at- nasa -dot- gov in the sounding rocket group soon to discuss suitability and project ideas prior to submitting an application.

[Note: US citizenship is not required and most foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, MSFC does not currently accept NPP applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. The Designated Countries List is available at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/]

https://npp.usra.edu/

Job Opportunity at Dstl

from Helen Christie [April 6, 2017]

Dstl has an exciting opportunity for you to join the Space Systems Group as a Team Leader.

If you have experience/awareness in one or more of the following then we would like to hear from you:

– Leadership & People Management
– Space Systems Engineering
– Space Systems Operations
– Communications Technology
– Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance activities
– Defence Business

For further information please visit the civil service jobs website and search for vacancy 1518550 or email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi

Postdoctoral position at Leeds

from David Hughes [March 27, 2017]

We are advertising a 2 year postdoctoral position, funded by STFC, to work on planetary dynamos in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds. The project forms part of the STFC Consolidated Grant awarded to the department. Further details of the post, including application details, can be found at https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=MAPMA1053

https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=MAPMA1053