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.


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New Student Category for SPD Popular Media Awards

In addition to the regular scientist and journalistic SPD popular media awards, SPD is pleased to add a new student category.

AAS Solar Physics Division Announces 2021 Hale and Harvey Prizes

The Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is proud to announce the 2021 winners of its two most prestigious annual scientific prizes. Dr. Russell Howard of the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC, is awarded the George Ellery Hale Prize for his seminal work on the discovery, measurement, and understanding of coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Dr. Lucia Kleint of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, is awarded the Karen Harvey Prize for her contributions to solar polarimetry, radiative transfer modeling, and leadership in next-generation solar instrumentation.

2021 SPD Meeting

The 52nd 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, 9-12 August 2020.

Solar Physics Grad Programs

The SPD committee has put together a list of institutions offering Solar Physics Graduate Programs. For any additions, corrections, or additional information, please contact Bin Chen and Adam Kobelski.

2021 SPD Meeting

The 52nd 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, 9-12 August 2020.

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.

 

Russel Howard, 2021 Hale Prize winner

2021 HALE PRIZE: RUSSELL HOWARD

 

For his seminal contributions to the discovery, measurement, and understanding of Coronal Mass Ejections and their role in Space Weather and for his outstanding leadership in innovative space instrumentation that forms the foundation of much current Heliophysics research.

Lucia Kleint, 2021 Karen Harvey Prize winner

2021 HARVEY PRIZE: LUCIA KLEINT

 

In recognition of her broad contributions to solar polarimetry, radiative transfer modeling, and leadership in next-generation solar instrumentation.

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