Solar Physics Division (SPD)
The purpose of the Solar Physics Division (SPD) is the advancement of the study of the Sun and the coordination of such research with other branches of science. The SPD holds annual scientific meetings, awards several different prizes, and supports students in various ways.
15th May 2022 - Family Travel Assistance Available for TESS
Anyone needing assistance for dependent care to enable their attendance at TESS may apply directly to firstname.lastname@example.org (currently David McKenzie). This can be used to pay for childcare or other dependent care at the meeting, or to help support a family member's travel for such a purpose. The amount available has recently been doubled to $800 per request. Your application should state the amount needed and how it will be used. Applicable expenses will be reimbursed via check at the meeting.
The Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is proud to announce the 2022 winners of its two most prestigious annual scientific prizes. Dr. Sami Solanki of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany, is awarded the George Ellery Hale Prize for his foundational studies of solar magnetism, its impact on the Sun–Earth system, and magnetic fields of other stars. Dr. Adam Kowalski, who is joint faculty at University Colorado Boulder’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory in Boulder, CO, is awarded the Karen Harvey Prize for his innovative research into stellar flares towards resolving long-standing problems relating to flares on both the Sun and other stars.
2022 Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Awards – Call for Applications from Meeting Organizers
Posted by Maria D. Kazachenko | November 15, 2021 | General
The Solar Physics Division (SPD) hereby announces the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program for 2022. The Thomas Metcalf Travel Fund was established in 2007 with generous contributions from his family and many others to help early-career scientists attend meetings relevant to solar physics. For this year, two or three meetings will be selected by the Metcalf Travel Award Committee (MTAC) on the basis of brief applications from Meeting Organizers. The total amount available this year is expected to be about $10,000. See the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award page for more details.
Winner of the SPD Popular Media Awards, 2021
The SPD is pleased to announce the winners of the SPD Popular Media Awards 2021, including the new student category award.
- Journalist: Monica Young: To Touch the Sun: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on a record-breaking journey to study our nearest star Sky and Telescope, November 2020. Terri Dube is also recognized for graphical design and layout of the article.
- Scientist: Monica Bobra: Crossing the Edge of Our Solar System Sky & Telescope, September 2020. Nicholle Fuller is also recognized for realization of the visualization.
- Student: Cosima Breu: You Spin Me Right Round: A Magnetic Avalanche in the Solar Corona Astrobites, 2020 March 30.
Sky and Telescope have a nice writeup on the what went into creating the articles by the two Monicas!
The 53nd meeting will be a Triennial Earth-Sun Summit (TESS) joint meeting of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union and the AAS Solar Physics Division, and will be held in Bellevue/Seattle, Washington, 8-11 August 2022.
Registration is now open with a regular fee deadline of July 7.
TESS welcomes participation by the entire Heliophysics community, including all four traditional sub-disciplines devoted to studies of the Sun, Heliosphere, Magnetosphere, and Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere. TESS not only promotes greater interaction and unity within Heliophysics, but also connections to astrophysics and planetary physics.
See the SPD Meetings page for more information about Family Travel Assistance Available for TESS.