SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2014 Number 18
Yuhong Fan, editor
15 September 2014


Nominations for AAS/SPD Harvey Prize: First Call
Antoinette Galvin
02 Sep 2014

Nominations are sought for the 2015 SPD/AAS early career Karen Harvey Prize. These awards are open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence, citizenship, or membership in the SPD. Please see spd.aas.org/navbar_prizes.html for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

The early career Karen Harvey Prize has age restrictions on eligibility. The eligible candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria for the 2015 Harvey Prize:

1) Must be less than age 36 at the end of calendar year 2015; and/or

2) Must have had their PhD (or equivalent degree) conferred no more than 10 years prior to the end of calendar year 2015; that is the degree award date is on or after January 1, 2005.

A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement, curriculum vitae, and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection. Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents is November 15, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferable, and should be sent to toni.galvin@unh.edu . Paper material (USPS or FedEx) should be sent to: Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, c/o Prof. Toni Galvin, Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, 8 College Road, Durham, NH 03824, USA.


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RHESSI Science Nugget No, 234
Hugh Hudson
03 Sep 2014

“RHESSI Resumes Observations,” by Albert Shih and S"am Krucker. Back to normal, the anneal was a success!

See
sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

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.


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SSALMON - Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network – First announcement
Sven Wedemeyer
04 Sep 2014

We intend to organize an international scientific network for simulating solar observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). This effort is connected to the two currently ongoing international development studies “Advanced Solar Observing Techniques” (A project within the North American Study Plan for Development Upgrades of the ALMA, PI: T. Bastian, NRAO, USA) and “Solar Research with ALMA” (A project carried out at the Czech ARC node of the European ALMA Regional Center, EU ARC at Ondrejov, Czech Republic, in the frame of the ESO program “Enhancement of ALMA Capabilities/EoC”, PI: Roman Brajsa, Hvar Observatory, Croatia). These studies aim at the successful implementation of solar observing modes that are scientifically useful.

The activities of the SSALMONetwork will focus on all related simulation and modelling aspects ranging from calculating models of the solar atmosphere, producing synthetic brightness temperature maps, applying instrumental effects, comparisons with real ALMA observations of the Sun to developing optimized observation strategies.

Key goal 1: Raising awareness of science opportunities with ALMA. Simulations can demonstrate what could be possibly observed with ALMA and which scientific problems could therefore be addressed in the future, also in combination with other ground-based and space-borne instruments.

Key goal 2: Clear visibility of solar science within the ALMA community. A demonstration of potentially important scientific results will help to allocate a fair share of the observing time for solar campaigns.

Key goal 3: Constraining ALMA observing modes through modeling efforts. Simulations in comparison with ALMA observations will help to develop optimal observation strategies and to plan and analyze solar observations.

The network is open to everybody who has a professional interest in contributing to potential ALMA solar science, which include or require simulations.

More information and registration at ssalmon.uio.no


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Employment Opportunities

Reminder: Postdoctoral Position in Solar Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Johannes Stecker
10 Sep 2014

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar physics. The successful candidate is expected to join the “Solar Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism” group of the Solar Department at the MPS. The research fields concentrate on the physics of the photosphere and chromosphere, with special emphasis on the investigation of the magnetic field in these layers (further details can be found at www.mps.mpg.de/1763793/SLAM).

This group has great competence in the analysis of spectro-polarimetric data obtained from ground-based, balloon- and space-borne observatories. First scientific campaigns using the new infrared spectro-polarimeter GRIS mounted at the largest European solar telescope, GREGOR, delivered a wealth of excellent quality data sets with high spatial resolution in the wavelength range from 1080 to 1600 nm. The second flight of the Sunrise balloon-borne observatory
extended the rich data sets from the first flight with measurements at higher solar activity levels. In combination with space-borne observatories such as Hinode or IRIS these data will allow for studies of the physics in the solar atmosphere from the deep layers of the photosphere up to chromospheric heights with unprecedented accuracy. Besides the observational aspects, the research project will also provide outstanding opportunities for theoretical and numerical work in the field of radiative transfer. Opportunities to work with state-of-the-art MHD simulations are also available.

The institute is located in Goettingen, Germany, a lively and scenic university town, in a striking and well-equipped new building on the northern campus of the University, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and relevant experience in data analysis or theory/numerical modeling.

Review of applications will begin September 29, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The position is offered initially for a period of up to two years and may be extended by one more year depending on performance.

Applications including a CV, a statement of research interests and plans, and a publication list should be sent to pds@mps.mpg.de. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to Sami K. Solanki (solanki-office@mps.mpg.de).

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and disabled persons.

For further information please contact Sami. K. Solanki (solanki@mps.mpg.de) or Johannes Stecker (stecker@mps.mpg.de).


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Sun-Earth Modeler
Debbi Bardsley
10 Sep 2014

Adv. undergrad/grad student interested in modeling of Sun-Earth connection. Good w/C++  & knowledge of relational SQL databases needed.  F/T, P/T.  Must be a “U.S. Person”.  See www.nwra.com/jobs to apply. CV &  Cover Letter required.


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Fixed Term (6-month) PDRA in Solar Physics at DAMTP, Univ of Cambridge, UK
Helen Mason
11 Sep 2014

A position exists for an STFC-supported Research Assistant/Associate to work on Solar Physics, as part of the Atomic Astrophysics research group, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. This will be for a period of six months (possibly extended to nine months) to work with Dr Helen Mason and Dr Giulio Del Zanna.

The heating of solar active regions and flares is an area of intensive research activity. It is important to match up the theoretical models with the observations (both imaging and spectroscopic). The successful candidate will compare predictions from state-of-the-art models with solar space observations (e.g. from Hinode, SDO, RHESSI and IRIS). The nature and duration of the energy release and the subsequent cooling by conduction and radiation will be probed for specific datasets, together with the possibility of non-equilibrium processes (e.g., time-dependent ionisation).

Expertise in the modelling of solar plasma and/or handling of solar datasets would be advantageous. For further information contact Helen Mason. Closing date: 23rd September 2014. See: www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/4821/

www.uksolphys.org/jobs/fixed-term-6-month-pdra-in-solar-physics-at-damtp/


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Meeting Announcements

Loops7 - 2015 - Cambridge, UK
Helen Mason
13 Sep 2014

Hold the date, week starting 20th July 2015,
Loops7 will be hosted at Cambridge University, UK.


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Editor's Note

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Yuhong Fan
15 Jan 2014
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