The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2014 Number 20
Yuhong Fan, editor
15 October 2014

Nominations for AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Second Call
Antoinette Galvin
01 Oct 2014

Nominations are sought for the 2015 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division George Ellery Hale Prize. This prize is awarded to a scientist for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy. This award is open to any living scientist who meets the professional experience requirements, without regard to country of residence or citizenship. Please see and for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of which must be from members of the Society), curriculum vitae, and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Nominations are also sought for the 2015 SPD/AAS early career Karen Harvey Prize. This award is 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 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 for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 15, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferable, and should be sent to 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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Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) Steering Committee
Madhulika Guhathakurta
06 Oct 2014

Dear Colleague, We are writing to enlist your help in finding well qualified candidates for the next Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) Steering Committee. This committee performs the vital role for the program of establishing and continually updating targets and top-level priorities, measuring progress in meeting science goals and objectives, and providing mechanisms for monitoring how well products that result from the program are transferred into societal benefits. We seek to fill a number of vacancies with members of the community with a solid understanding of the system science that is our goal. This position is for one year and further information can be found at You can become a candidate for the Steering Committee by writing to us at one of the addresses below. Please include in your submission a brief summary of the contributions you would make to the committee and your qualifications for doing so, as well as a copy of your vitae. We will accept submissions until the close of business on October 29, in order to establish the new Steering Committee by December 1. Please feel free to share this letter with anyone you think would be interested. Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

Madhulika Guhathakurta (LWS Lead Program Scientist) Robert Leamon (Discipline Scientist)

Mailing address: Mail Suite 3G83 300 E ST, SW Washington, DC 20546-0001

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New EIS Nugget - Measurement of outflow velocities in plumes from EIS observations
Deborah Baker
08 Oct 2014

Dear all,
A new EIS Nugget entitled ‘Measurement of outflow velocities in plumes from EIS observations’ by Hui Fu, Lidong Xia, Bo Li, Zhenghua Huang, Fangran Jiao and Chaozhou MouLen of Shandong University, China is available here:

We welcome contributions from the community.

Deb Baker

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RHESSI Science Nugget No. 238
Hugh Hudson
14 Oct 2014

“The Formation of Kappa Distributions in Solar Flares,” by Nicolas Bian and Duncan Stackhouse. It turns out that a kappa distribution can arise naturally from Coulomb collisions, as in a coronal thick target.


listing the current series, 2008-present, and

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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Employment Opportunities

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Position in Remote Sensing & Space Sciences
Mandy Wisehart
01 Oct 2014

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in remote sensing and space sciences,  with particular emphasis on high-performance scientific computing and numerical modeling and simulation of the space environment;  novel electro-optics and radio/radar technologies for probing the space environment; novel sensor technologies for distributed sensing of the space environment; and space flight hardware design and development. This position was created in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation for Faculty Development in the Space Sciences.  The ECE department has a rich history of pioneering research and education leadership in the development of radio and optical sensing technologies and their applications to studying the geospace and solar-terrestrial environments.  Candidates will be considered whose research program will continue and expand on this tradition of excellence and innovation.  Applications are encouraged from candidates whose research programs have potential to establish new directions and to form new collaborations within the department, college, and university.  The intended appointment is at the Assistant Professor level.  However, candidates with significant experience may also be considered.

The ECE Department has one of the very top programs in the United States, granting approximately 350 B.S. degrees, 100 M.S. degrees, and 60 Ph.D. degrees annually. This year the ECE Department has moved into its new 235,000 sq. ft. net-zero energy design building, which is a major campus addition with maximum space and minimal carbon footprint.  The University of Illinois is home to Blue Waters - one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, supported by the National Science Foundation and developed and operated by the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Qualified candidates may be hired as Blue Waters Professors who will be provided substantial allocations on and expedited access to the supercomputer.  To be considered as a Blue Waters Professor, candidates need to mention Blue Waters as one of their preferred research areas in their online application, and include a reference to Blue Waters in their cover letter.

Please visit to view the complete position announcement and application instructions.  Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2014, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  Enquiries may be directed to Professor Farzad Kamalabadi, Chair of the Faculty Search Committee; e-mail:; phone: 217-333-4406.

Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor positon at New Mexico State University.
James McAteer
01 Oct 2014

Tenure-track Faculty Position at New Mexico State University

The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Department of Astronomy invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in astronomy or astrophysics beginning in August 2015. We expect that this appointment will be filled at the level of Assistant Professor.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field. Outstanding candidates in areas that complement current department research will be considered.

Full details are available at

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JAXA Aerospace Project Research Associate for solar physics
Toshifumi Shimizu
02 Oct 2014

JAXA calls for young researchers who want to work in solar physics with Hinode scientists at ISAS/JAXA. The application deadline is 31 October 2014. Details can be found at

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Faculty Position in Astrophysics at California State University, Northridge
Damian Christian
06 Oct 2014

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University, Northridge, invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in Fall 2015 at the Assistant Professor level in data driven computational astrophysics. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree, preferably with postdoctoral experience in Physics, Astronomy, or a closely related field, and a clear record of research accomplishments. Candidates should have a strong interest and ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and astronomy. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population. Those with experience working in a diverse student population are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous independent research program with strong potential for external funding, and make efforts to secure such funding. It is anticipated that the University will provide start-up funds and reassigned time from teaching during the first three years of appointment. The campus is located in a suburb of Los Angeles, in close proximity to other Universities and major research centers. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of research and teaching interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to: Search and Screen Committee – Astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8268. Applicants are encouraged to send all inquiries and application materials (in pdf files) via email to Screening of complete applications will begin January 15, 2015. Priority will be given to complete applications received by January 31, 2015 and open until filled. Filling the position is subject to budgetary considerations. At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. The University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. In compliance with the Annual Security Report &  Fire Safety Report of Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Department of Police Services and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

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NORDITA Fellowships 2015 - 2017
Axel Brandenburg
10 Oct 2014

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics in Stockholm, Sweden, invites applications for post-doctoral fellowships in theoretical physics. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2014. Appointments are for two years starting September 1, 2015 or some other date to be agreed upon. The fellowships are intended for scientists who have a recent PhD, completed less than 5 years before the starting date of the fellowship, and wish to carry out research in fields represented at Nordita. Candidates working in other areas will be considered when it is scientifically justified.

Nordita is located at the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm, where it is jointly hosted by Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Research at Nordita covers a wide range of modern theoretical physics including astrophysics and astrobiology, atomic physics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, gravitation and cosmology, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and statistical physics. The research activity of the local academic staff is supplemented by Nordita Scientific Programs, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. There is also ample opportunity for collaboration with faculty and research staff at local universities. Further information about Nordita can be found at

Application deadline: December 1, 2014.

Only online applications will be accepted. The application procedure is posted on

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Meeting Announcements

Final Announcement: SABID (Solar Astronomy Big Data) October 30 2014, Bethesda MD
Petrus Martens
08 Oct 2014

SABID (Solar Astronomy Big Data) is a workshop that will take place on October 30, 2014, as part of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, October 27-30, held in the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center in Bethesda MD.

Solar and space physicists with an interest in processing and analyzing huge data sets, e.g. those from The Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope are invited to attend this workshop and related IEEE sessions.  Walk-in registrations are welcome.

The workshop program, consisting of contributed talks and an informal round-table discussion, is available at

The IEEE Big Data 2014 conference website is at:

Piet Martens and Rafal Angryk, co-organizers

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Second announcement - 2nd SOLARNET Meeting: Solar and stellar magnetic activity
Fabio Reale
10 Oct 2014

2nd SOLARNET Meeting: Solar and stellar magnetic activity

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Via dei Cartari, 18 Palermo Palermo, 2 - 5 February 2015

Second Announcement:

The second SOLARNET meeting on Solar Physics will take place in Palermo, at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, from 2nd to 5th February 2015. This is the second meeting in the framework of the EU-FP7 funded project SOLARNET (Capacities Program, Grant Agreement number 312495). 
The meeting has the purpose to put in contact different solar physics communities and researchers involved in different fields and to foster collaborations between ground and space solar projects, in order to

Specific aims of this meeting are to review the current understanding of magnetic fields in the Sun and similar stars and to discuss future directions of research.

The scientific program includes the following topics:

  1. Global properties of the solar magnetic field;
  2. Solar dynamo and its applications to other stars;
  3. Solar differential rotation and meridional flow, stellar rotation;
  4. Solar and stellar magnetic fields;
  5. Activity and stellar properties;
  6. Stellar activity derived from high accuracy photometry;
  7. Sources of spectral and total solar irradiance variations, and two splinter sessions:
    S1) Effect of magnetic activity and internal rotation on solar and stellar pulsations
    S2) Synergies between solar and stellar research

Meeting website:


Registration fee: The registration fee is eu. 250 if paid no later than December 31, Eu. 300 thereafter. This includes the welcome reception, the conference dinner and coffee breaks. For the registration and payment you will be redirected to a secure website. Credit cards are accepted.

Financial support: Some grants will be available to reduce or waive the registration fee, mainly for young researchers. Applicants must submit an abstract for a talk or a poster and the applications will selected by the SOC depending on the abstract and on the relevance to the meeting topics. Applications should be sent to no later than November 30.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Community Science and Outreach Workshops
Shadia Habbal
14 Oct 2014

On 21 August 2017, the US continent will witness a total solar eclipse, which many are now calling the “Great American Eclipse”. Preparations for this cosmic event, and the unique opportunities it provides for solar, heliospheric science and astronomy education, have been undertaken so far through two workshops, at 2 years’ interval. The most recent one was held on 21-22 August, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri. A large number of amateurs are onboard. The third workshop is planned to start on the last day of the SPA/SPD meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, namely May 1, and continue on May 2, 2015. If you would like to get involved in this extensive community effort for the preparation of science and outreach activities, please contact Shadia Habbal (shadia at as soon as possible.

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Address Change

new address for Jacques M. Beckers
Jacques Beckers
14 Oct 2014

STARTING OCTOBER 30, 2014 MY ADDRESS WILL BE: Jacques M. Beckers 12000 North 90th Street, Apt. 2089 Scottsdale, AZ, 85260-8634         USA Email:     Phone: 480 451-2385

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Editor's Note

2014 SolarNews Instructions
Yuhong Fan
15 Jan 2014

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