Dr. Thomas R. Metcalf was widely respected for his work in the observation, analysis, and interpretation of solar magnetic fields, as well as solar flare hard x-ray imaging and energetics. A patient mentor, Tom helped establish an undergraduate summer research program in Boulder, Colorado, and he expertly advised post-docs and graduate students through the years. He was a prolific researcher who has been described as "one of the nicest guys in science." Dr. Metcalf passed away in July, 2007 at the age of 45.
In consultation with Dr. Metcalf's family, the Solar Physics Division (SPD) has established the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Fund. The fund helps support newer members' expenses for attending meetings relevant to solar physics.
The 2018 Thomas Metcalf Lecturer Program
Final reminder for meeting organizers to apply for the 2018 Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program. The fund helps newer members of the solar community to attend relevant meetings.
Two or three meetings will be selected on the basis of brief proposals from Meeting Organizers. Meeting Organizers select Metcalf Lecturers who can make significant contributions to the meeting. Grants are provided by the SPD directly to the Metcalf Lecturers. The program is not limited to meetings of the SPD. The amount available this year for all awards is expected to be about $10,000. See Application Guidlines for details.
Organizers of solar physics meetings that will take place before 1 March, 2019 are encouraged to submit proposals to the Chair of the Metcalf Travel Award Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals of no more than two pages must be received by 4 March 2018.
The 2018 Thomas Metcalf Travel Awards support travel costs of those with PhDs received after 1 January 2014 to enable them to participate in a meeting relevant to solar physics. Metcalf Lecturers will be selected based on their potential for future contributions to the field of solar physics and relevance to the topic of the meeting. Recipients will be expected to present results relevant to their thesis or current work in solar physics and must be members of the Solar Physics Division of the AAS.
Applications for travel award funds will be accepted from organizers of meetings relevant to solar physics that will take place before 1 March, 2018. As detailed in the application, proposals should be no more than two pages in length and should include the name, location, date, and topic of the meeting. Organizers should indicate how they plan to use the Metcalf Awards to maximize the impact on the field of solar physics. The application should also include a plan for how Metcalf Lecturers will be selected and provide a budget. Lecturer awards must be approved by the Metcalf Travel Award Committee chair, and awards will be paid directly to the recipients by the SPD.
The Metcalf Travel Award Committee for 2018 is Todd Hoeksema (chair), Marc DeRosa, Mark Miesch, and Kathy Reeves. Applications are due to the committee chair by 28 February 2017 for meetings taking place before 1 March, 2018. The committee plans to announce the selections by 5 March 2017. For 2017 about $10,000 is expected to be available.
Metcalf lecturers must present their work at the meeting they attend and must provide to the committee a one-page summary of their work suitable for public distribution on the Metcalf Lecturer website.
More Information about the Metcalf Lecturer Program
- General Policy for the Metcalf Program
- 2017 Program Rules
- Application Guidelines
- SPD Metcalf Travel Award Committee
Metcalf Lecturer Reports
- Nancy Narang, Joint Hinode-11/IRIS-8 Science Meeting, Seattle, WA, 30 May - 2 June 2017.
- Johannes Loehner-Boettcher, High Resolution Solar Physics: Past, Present, Future, Sunspot, NM, 6-11 August
- Tom Schad, High Resolution Solar Physics: Past, Present, Future, Sunspot, NM, 6-11 August
- Illa Losada, IAUS 327: Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 9-14 Oct, 2016
- Nick Nelson, IAUS 327: Fine Structure and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 9-14 Oct, 2016
- Jack Carlyle, SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun's Complexity, Burlington, VT, 17-21 Oct., 2016
- Christina Kay, SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun's Complexity, Burlington, VT, 17-21 Oct., 2016
- Ying Li, SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun's Complexity, Burlington, VT, 17-21 Oct., 2016
- Michael Kirk, IAUS 328: Living Around Active Stars, Maresias, Brazil, 17-21 Oct., 2016
- Ricky Egeland, IAUS 328: Living Around Active Stars, Maresias, Brazil, 17-21 Oct., 2016
- Bidya Karak, Solar Dynamo Frontiers Workshop, Boulder, CO, 2015 June 9–12
- Maria Weber, Flux Emergence Workshop, Boulder, CO, 2015 June 15–19
- Adam Kowalski, Hinode 9 International Science Meeting, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2015 September 14–19
- Adam Kobelski, LWS/SDO/Hinode/IRIS/Van Allen Probes Workshop, Portland OR, 2014 November
- Sarah Jaeggli, IAU Symposium 305, Polarimetry: From the Sun to Stars and Stellar Environments, Punta Leona, Costa Rica, 2015 November 30–December 5
- Lucas Tarr, IAU Symposium 305, Polarimetry: From the Sun to Stars and Stellar Environments, Punta Leona, Costa Rica, 2015 November 30–December 5
Donations to the fund may be made electronically to the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Fund or sent to the headquarters of the American Astronomical Society at the following address:
Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Fund
American Astronomical Society
1667 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006, USA