SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 10

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 10

Aimee Norton, editor
15 May 2016

Chair’s Chat

Gary Zank elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Dana Longcope
05 May 2016

In my own opinion, the National Academy of Sciences does not extend its prestigious membership to enough of our field.  I am very pleased to report that the number has risen by one this month.  Congratulations Gary Zank!

See the full list at

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SPD Public Writing Award Winners

Dana Longcope
05 May 2016

I am pleased to announce the winners of this year SPD public writing awards. Each year the SPD recognizes authors of popular articles about the Sun or the effects of the Sun on the Earth’s environment. Awards are made in two categories. One award for an article written by a scientist, and another for an article written by a science writer or journalist.

This year’s science writer/journalist winner is Jonathon Keats for his article “The 315-Year-Old Science Experiment” published in the March 2015 Issue of Nautilus. This is available online at

The winner of the prize for scientists is Neel Savani, for his article “New Solar Storm Forecasting Technique Breaks the 24-Hour Warning Barrier For Earth” published in the June 2015 Issue of Popular Science. This is available online at (The article originally appeared earlier the same year in .)

Please join me in congratulating both authors.  They will each receive a $500 cash prize as well as a certificate.

I wish to thank the Committee chair, Monica Bobra, and the committee’s members, Angela DesJardins, Cooper Downs, Timothy Ferris, and Kelly Korreck for all their hard work.

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JGR-Space Physics Updates at the GEMS Submission Site

Mike Liemohn
03 May 2016

JGR Space Physics uses a system called GEMS, the Geophysical Electronic Manuscript System, for paper submission, reviewer solicitation, and editorial activities.  To find potential reviewers, Editors are able to search the user database, filtering by similar papers as identified by keywords and AGU Index Terms, or filtering by Areas of Expertise.

I would like your help:  we have augmented the list of Areas of Expertise in GEMS, and I would greatly appreciate it if everyone in the solar and space physics community could log in and update their profile.

More information about this expansion of the Areas of Expertise list and how to update your GEMS profile can be found on my recent blog post:

JGR Space Physics GEMS Website:
JGR Space Physics Website:
JGR EiC Blog Website:

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RHESSI Science Nugget No. 273

Hugh Hudson
06 May 2016

“Electron acceleration and hard X-ray emission from SOL2013-11-09,” by Yuri Tsap and Galina Motorina. Testing the thick-target model in an interesting flare!

See 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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RHESSI Science Nugget No. 274

Hugh Hudson
10 May 2016

“Data-driven radiative hydrodynamic modeling of SOL2014-03-29,” by Fatima Rubio da Costa: RADYN modeling of multiple impulses.


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

Cofund Wales Research Fellowships

Huw Morgan
04 May 2016

Cofund Wales offers funding for 3-year research fellowships, based on a proposal-based competition. The scheme is open to researchers with a PhD and 3-5 years of Post-Doc experience. The Physics Department at Aberystwyth University welcomes expressions of interest from eligible candidates active in solar, coronal or solar wind research. Any successful fellowships will be based at Aberystwyth University, Wales. Please contact Huw Morgan ([email protected]) for more information: before May 27th.

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University of Dundee (UK) – Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Magnetohydrodynamics

David Pontin
07 May 2016

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). The position is available to work on a project within an STFC consolidated grant to study the behaviour of complex magnetic fields in the solar corona. Topics will include studying the topology of coronal magnetic fields and determining the effect of reconnection on the dynamics of these fields.

The successful candidates will join a dynamic MHD group at Dundee that consists of three permanent members of staff (Prof G. Hornig, Drs D. Pontin and A. Russell), a postdoctoral fellow, Dr S. Candelaresi, and three PhD students. The projects are funded as part of a Consortium that also includes Dr A. Yeates at the University of Durham. Further details about our group in Dundee can be found here

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and will have extensive experience in either one or both of the following: (i) computational MHD/hydrodynamics and code development, (ii) mathematical modelling of plasmas or fluids. Experience in solar physics observations would also be beneficial. Applicants must hold a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or applied mathematics by the start of the project.

The position is available for three years, from July 1st 2016. The starting salary will be on Grade 7 of the UK Universities’ pay scale, around GBP 30-35K, depending on experience.

For further details, or to make an application, please go to

Informal enquiries can be direct to Dr David Pontin [email protected]

Closing date: 5th June 2016

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HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, application deadline July 1, 2016.

Matthias Rempel
13 May 2016

The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces the availability of a Newkirk Fellowship, which will support graduate research until the completion of the Ph.D. degree (usually 2-3 years). The application deadline is July 1, 2016. The position is available starting from October 1 2016.

Eligible candidates must have already passed their comprehensive exams and must have research interests that are compatible with current HAO research pursuits. During the period of thesis work it is expected that the student will spend at least six month per year in residence at HAO, and work closely with a HAO staff scientist that also serves on the student’s thesis committee (preferably as co-chair).

Please see for details on eligibility, benefits and the application process. Contact Matthias Rempel ([email protected]) or Megan Delaney ([email protected]) for further information.

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Meeting Announcements

“Solar Physics with Radio Observations” – (Sep. 9 – 10) @ Nagoya: First Circular

Kiyoto Shibasaki
02 May 2016

Solar Physics with Radio Observations – Continued Operation of Nobeyama Radioheliograph –

Date: September 9 (Fri.) and 10 (Sat.), 2016
Venue: Nagoya University
Campus map:

SOC: K. S. Cho, N. Gopalswamy, M. Ishii, S. Masuda, K. Shibasaki (chair), and Y. Yan
LOC: S. Masuda (chair), ISEE staff
Objective of the meeting: Nobeyama Radioheliograph (NoRH) has been observing the Sun since 1992. After March 2015, International Consortium for the Continued Operation of Nobeyama Radioheliograph (ICCON) took over the operation from NAOJ and operated successfully for more than one year. To enhance science output from NoRH, we wish to organize a symposium to discuss new science results from NoRH and future targets of NoRH. Recently, many new radio telescopes started solar observations. This symposium is also a good chance to learn about them and to discuss collaboration with NoRH.

Deadlines for abstract submission and registration: July 31, 2016

Sponsors: ICCON, ISEE (Nagoya U.)

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SDO 2016 “Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity” – Burlington, VT, Oct. 17 – 21: Abstracts, Registration, Funding

Vanessa George
02 May 2016

Living With a Star’s Solar Dynamics Observatory invites you to its 2016 Science Workshop “SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity,” October 17-21, 2016, at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, VT.  All members of the science community are welcome and encouraged to attend.  To submit your abstract, reserve your hotel room, register, apply for a Metcalf Travel Award, or review the science program details, please visit our website:

Important Due Dates:
Abstracts:  July 15
Metcalf Travel Award Applications:  June 15
Early Registration & Hotel Reservation:  September 16

Abstracts are solicited for presentations describing solar research in the following eight broad areas:  1) Motions Inside the Sun, 2) The Evolution of Active Regions, 3) Studies of Solar Eruptive Events (SEEs), 4) Motions Near and Above the Solar Surface, 5) Atmospheric Dynamics and Sources of the Solar Wind, 6) Solar Magnetic Variability and the Solar Cycle, 7) The Sun as a Star, and 8) Space Weather at the Earth and other Planets.

With a great science program and Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage in mid-October, we hope you make plans to join us. Submit your abstract today!

The Scientific Organizing Committee for SDO 2016: 
W. Dean Pesnell (chair), Charles Baldner, Mark Cheung, Frank Eparvier, Meng Jin, Aimee Norton, and Barbara Thompson

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SHINE 2016 Session “The Magnetic Nature of Solar Filaments”

James McAteer
02 May 2016

I would like to invite you to our session on magnetic fields in solar filaments at this year’s SHINE meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 11 – 15 2016.

We will discuss modern and future instrumentation and modeling of filaments, and their role in CME propagation and CME geoeffectiveness. SHINE presents an opportunity for an open and frank discussion on important research topics. As such we do not have a series of formal presentations. But if you would like to showcase how your research addresses this topic, send me an email with the details. We hope you can come along and provide input to this discussion on the magnetic nature of solar filaments, and play a role in all the SHINE sessions in Santa Fe.

James McAteer

The session description is below:


We propose a SHINE session to discuss the magnetic nature of solar filaments, focusing on two overarching science questions.

What is the magnetic field configuration of unstable solar filaments?

How does the magnetic field in erupting filaments manifest in disturbances at 1AU?

Given the impact of filament eruptions throughout the heliosphere, the objective of this session is to clarify where our understanding of filament magnetic structure and most importantly its destabilization, lies. We seek to engage experts in spectropolarimetry instrumentation, flux rope modeling, CME propagation observations, and Space Weather predictions in a discussion on solar filament magnetic fields. We seek to determine the future requirements in instrumentation and modeling that are necessary to replace ad-hoc (often missing) input of filament magnetic fields with near-realtime data. The interaction of the filament magnetic field (and that of the magnetic cloud) with the background solar wind plays a key role in predicting Bz at 1AU.

Solar filaments remain an enigma in the three important interconnected aspects of formation, structure, and stability. They form suddenly and quite spontaneously, sometimes in regions of preexisting magnetic flux and sometimes in regions of quiet Sun, but always over magnetic neutral lines. As they are cold dense chromospheric plasma surrounded by the hot, low density corona, their structure should both thermalize and collapse soon after formation. However they can be stable for several complete solar rotations. Conditions postulated to explain this stability, must simultaneously allow for the sudden and rapid removal of this stability as a large scale energy release in the form of a coronal mass ejection.

It is clear that magnetism plays a fundamental role in all three stages: it is the nature of magnetism to form linear, sheared structures that allows for their formation; the lack of cross- field drift in the structure shields the filament plasma from the rest of the corona; magnetism can suddenly rearrange its structure with a sudden loss of stability. However this magnetic field is currently only included as an ad-hoc input in our models (and is often ignored altogether). In this session we will address the key elements of what data we can currently input into models, how this could be implemented, and what future data may become available over the next few years.

R.T. James McAteer, NMSU
Valentin Pillet, NSO


Details on all the SHINE session are available at

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SHINE 2016 Session “The Origin of Non-Eruptive Large Flares”: Call for Abstracts

Xudong Sun
12 May 2016

In this year’s SHINE workshop session “The Origin of Non-Eruptive Large Flares”, we solicit discussions focusing on the conditions that determine whether large flares are eruptive (i.e. associated with a CME) or non-eruptive. Questions of particular interest include:

—What are those conditions and can we predict them based on photospheric magnetograms and other observations?

—Are different initiation and energy dissipation mechanisms responsible for eruptive and non-eruptive flares?

—How can we effectively compare results from theoretical, numerical, laboratory and observational works?

We welcome poster presentations as well as contributions to the discussion (Tuesday morning, July 12th). Our invited scene-setting speakers will provide brief reviews on observations, numerical modeling, and laboratory experiments. The abstract deadline for poster presentations is June 9th. Please contact the conveners if you like to present 1-2 slides at the discussion.

Conveners: Xudong Sun, Tibor Torok, & Nariaki Nitta

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SOLARNET – 4th Meeting “The Physics of the Sun from the Interior to the Outer Atmosphere”

Elena Khomenko
09 May 2016

The 4th SOLARNET Meeting “The Physics of the Sun from the Interior to the Outer Atmosphere” will be taking place in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) from 16th to 20th of January, 2017.

The scientific program will include the following topics:
1) Solar internal structure: tachocline dynamics, seismology, sub-surface structure and chemical composition; 
2) Large-scale dynamics: convection, rotation, dynamo, and flux emergence, solar cycle;
3) Surface dynamics and magnetism;
4) Chromospheric structure and dynamics;
5) Dynamics and magnetic topology of flares and CMEs;
6) Coronal magnetic field and dynamics;
7) Sun-Earth connections

More about the conference themes, the program and the venue will be available soon at the conference website.

SOC of the meeting:
E. Khomenko (chair), Marian Martinez Gonzalez (co-chair), Alina Donea, Mausumi Dikpati, Natasha Shchukina, Francesca Zuccarello, Aimee Norton, Lindsey Fletcher, Ineke de Moortel, Emilia Kilpua

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SOLARNET – 5th School and Workshop: 1st Announcement

Peter Keys
12 May 2016

Queen’s University Belfast will host the 5th SOLARNET summer school and workshop from the 25th of August to the 2nd of September 2016. The theme of the school is ‘Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere’ and is open to PhD students and early career researchers. A workshop on ‘Heating in the Solar Atmosphere’ will directly follow the school. In line with previous SOLARNET schools, financial support is available for students.

The deadline for applications for financial support is the 30th of June 2016.

The registration deadline for both the school and the workshop is the 15th of July 2016. Please be aware that, due to space restrictions, numbers will be capped for both events.

Full details of the scientific program, the registration process and financial support can be found at our website:

For any further queries please email: [email protected]

Peter Keys and Mihalis Mathioudakis

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SPD 2016: Important Information & Reminders

Valentin Martinez Pillet
14 May 2016

Dear Colleagues,

An important reminder that the deadline for online registration is Monday, MAY 16 (firm). After this date, you can register only in person at the meeting. During online registration, you can sign up for the social dinner (BBQ) and excursion (

If you are already registered but would like to make changes, such as add the BBQ and/or excursion tickets, please send an e-mail with your name and requested change(s) to [email protected]; or call 303-492-5151, by MAY 16.

The full scientific program, a list of splinter meetings and social events (including some new ones!), and other information are available at the meeting webpage,

Also, note that rooms at the SPD-meeting rate are still available at the Millennium and Marriott Hotels (

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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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