SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 8

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 8

Aimee Norton, editor
15 April 2016

NASA/Heliophysics Call for ROSES16 Panel Volunteers

Arik Posner
04 April 2016

The 2016 ROSES competition of Heliophysics programs encourages volunteers for review panels to sign up on the NASA Service and Advice for Research and Analysis (SARA) web site. Sign-up is now open for several of the Heliophysics solicitations (see list below), while others will follow in a later call. Please make sure you sign up before April 30, 2016.

Signing up does not commit you to serve, nor will NASA be obligated to invite you to serve on a review panel. Instead, the availability of panel volunteers will aid the program officers to more efficiently fill panel vacancies, and it will enhance the quality of the peer review process with the identification of additional expertise. An additional goal is to shorten the time between proposal submission and selection/notification. The community benefits through broadening the peer review panel as well as broadening their own personal experience.

If you are an active researcher in the field of Heliophysics, Postdoc level and beyond, you are encouraged to sign up. We understand that your schedules fill up quickly, and therefore we ask you to identify which weeks of the review windows you would be available to serve. Typical review duration is 3–4 days.

The following programs currently solicit review panel volunteers for in-person (or virtual) reviews in the May/June, September through November and January time frame:

    H-SR (ROSES16 Appendix B.2 Heliophysics Supporting Research)
    >H-TIDeS (ROSES16 Appendix B.3 Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science)

  • H-GI Open (ROSES16 Appendix B.4 Heliophysics Guest Investigators – Open Element)
  • H-GCR TMS (ROSES16 Appendix B.5 Heliophysics Grand Challenges Research – Theory/Modeling/ Simulations Element)
  • H-DEE (ROSES16 Appendix B.7 Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements)
The following programs will solicit reviewer volunteers at a later date:,/div>

  • H-LWS (ROSES16 Appendix B.6 Heliophysics Living With a Star Science)
  • H-GI MMS (ROSES16 Appendix B.8 Heliophysics Guest Investigators – MMS)
  • H-GCT SC (ROSES16 Appendix B.9 Heliophysics Grand Challenges Research – Science Centers)
  • H-USPI (ROSES16 Appendix B.10 Heliophysics US Principal Investigators)

You will not be eligible to participate in panel reviews of those programs that you submit to as a PI, Co-I or Collaborator/Consultant. Therefore, you will be asked to self-select the program(s) you expect to be available and eligible for.

The sign-up process is simple, fast and confidential. You can sign up under the following URL:

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Metcalf Travel Awards – IAU Symposium 328

Sarah Gibson
07 Apr 2016

We are pleased to solicit applications for a Thomas Metcalf Travel Award to support the participation of two early­ career scientists in the upcoming IAU Symposium 328 “Living Around Active Stars”. This meeting will take place October 17 – 21, 2016, in Maresias, Brazil.  Further information about the meeting can be found at

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Solar Physics Division (, and be within 4 years post-PhD or no more than 1 year pre-PhD at the time of the meeting.  The criteria for selection will be scientific excellence, potential for future contribution to the field of solar physics, and relevance of the applicants work to the symposium topic.

We anticipate funding two Metcalf Lecturers via a $1750 grant for travel and local expenses, along with a registration waiver.  The successful candidates will give invited talks and be profiled in the meeting program and introduced as Metcalf Lecturers. After the meeting, the two lecturers must provide the SPD Metcalf committee with a one-page summary of their work suitable for public distribution on the Metcalf Award web site (

Please send applications consisting of a cover letter, abstract for a talk, a short CV, and name and email address of one reference whom we may contact. Please send these materials to sgibson-at-ucar-dot-edu, no later than May 7, 2016.

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Metcalf Travel Awards – SDO 2016 Meeting

Aimee Norton
14 Apr 2016

We encourage applications for the Thomas Metcalf Travel Award to support early­ career scientists in attending the upcoming SDO 2016 Meeting “Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity” to be held October 17­-21, 2016, in Burlington, Vermont. Meeting information is found at

We anticipate funding multiple Metcalf Lecturers by providing travel and lodging expenses, in addition to a registration waiver.  The successful candidates will give invited talks, be profiled in the meeting program and be introduced as Metcalf Lecturers. After the meeting, the lecturers must provide the SPD Metcalf committee with a one-page summary of their work to be made available at the Metcalf Award website (

To be eligible, applicants must be members of the Solar Physics Division of the AAS and be within 4 years post-PhD or 1 year pre-PhD at the time of the meeting. Selection of award recipients will be based on scientific excellence, potential for future contribution to solar physics, and relevance of the applicants work to the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission science objectives.

Please send applications consisting of a cover letter, abstract for a talk, a short CV, and name and email address of one reference whom we may contact. Please send these materials to Dean Pesnell no later than June 15, 2016.

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h3 id=’section_fleck’ style=”padding-top: 10px;”>IRIS Science Planners: 2nd ESA AO – Deadline for Proposals coming up (4 May)

Bernhard Fleck
10 Apr 2016

ESA solicits proposals for participation in the NASA-led IRIS mission from scientists working in ESA Member States, under the form of Science Planners.

The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and a Letter of Invitation by the ESA Director of Science can be found at

Proposals shall be submitted electronically in PDF format at above web site and must be received not later than 4 May 2016, 12:00 (noon) CEST.

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LWS TR&T Science Topics – Final Call for Community Input

Mark Linton
14 Apr 2016

The 2016 NASA Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Steering Committee will soon begin developing the next round of LWS focused science topics and strategic capability topics, for ROSES 2017. It is vital for the success of the LWS TR&T program that there be active community engagement in the development of annual TR&T science topics. We are therefore asking the Heliophysics community to provide input by April 26, 2016 for these topics.

Suggested science topics should be organized around achieving the goals set out in the strategic science areas (SSA’s) articulated in the LWS Ten Year Vision (

Physics-based Understanding to Enable Forecasting of:
  • SSA-0, Solar Electromagnetic, Energetic Particle, and Plasma Outputs Driving the Solar System Environment and Inputs to Earth’s Atmosphere
  • SSA-1, Geomagnetic Variability
  • SSA-2, Satellite Drag
  • SSA-3, Solar Energetic Particle
  • SSA-4, Total Electron Content
  • SSA-5, Ionospheric Scintillation
  • SSA-6, Radiation Environment

The structure of a topic should indicate a target description, the targeted SSAs, goals and measures of success, types of investigations, interactions with user communities and expected deliverables.

Input may be entered through the LWS TR&T website at:

Topics submitted to date may be viewed and commented on at:

We greatly look forward to your input and to continuing on the path of innovation and scientific exploration in the LWS program.

LWS Steering Committee Members: Eftyhia Zesta (Co-Chair), Mark Linton (Co-Chair), Yuri Shprits, Scott McIntosh, Nathan Schwadron, Jim Slavin, Chadi Salem, Alexa Halford, Pontus Brandt, Tim Bastian, Kent Tobiska

Liaisons: Terry Onsager, Rodney Veireck, Ilia Roussev, Vyacheslav Lukin, Masha Kuznetsova, Mona Kessel, Dean Pesnell, Dave Sibeck, Adam Szabo, Chris St Cyr

Ex Officio: Elsayed Talaat, Jeff Morrill, Shing Fung

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Employment Opportunities

Stockholm University – PhD Position in Solar Physics

Jaime de la Cruz Rodriguez
06 Apr 2016

The Institute for Solar Physics at Stockholm University is seeking for applicants for a PhD position in solar physics. The project would relate to modelling of spectropolarimetric observations of the solar chromosphere from the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope on La Palma in concert with the IRIS satellite observatory.

To be accepted for the PhD programme, the applicant must have an advanced level (e.g. a Masters) University degree in Astronomy or Physics.

The deadline is 2nd of May.

The full announcement and instructions for applying can be found at

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) – Support Scientist Position

Kathy Reeves
14 Apr 2016

The Solar and Stellar X-Ray Group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is hiring for a support scientist position. Duties include data calibration, telescope operation, data verification, and scientific research. The typical candidate has an undergraduate or Master’s degree in Physics or Astronomy. Knowledge of IDL or Python a plus. Note that we will not consider PhD scientists for this position. More details can be found in the Job Announcement, at The deadline to apply is April 29, 2016.

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Meeting Announcements

Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity – Splinter Session at the Cool Stars 19 Meeting in Uppsala, Sweden.

Rosaria Simoniello
13 Apr 2016

“Variability of Solar/Stellar Magnetic Activity”
splinter session at the Cool Stars 19 meeting in Uppsala, Sweden.

June 7th and on June 9th, 2016

Co-chairs: Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello
Additional splinter SOC members: R. Collet; S. Criscuoli; H. Korhonen; N. Krivova; K. Olah; A. Shapiro; A. Vidotto; N. Vitas

We are pleased to announce that a two-afternoon splinter session on solar and stellar variability and activity will be held within this summer’s CS19 meeting.

The topics to be addressed include magnetic variability as a key to explore solar/stellar connection, and the origin of magnetic activity and variability throughout evolution.

Key questions/scientific motivation:
– How does the Sun’s variability and activity compare to that of other solar-like stars?
– What do we know about magnetically-driven variability and activity in FGK-type stars of different evolutionary stages?

In particular, the different sessions will focus on:

1. Solar/stellar variability: observational properties and theory
2. Stellar magnetic fields and their impact on the surrounding environment
3. Rotation/Activity relation from stellar survey and theory
4. Constraining Solar/Stellar dynamo theory

Sami K. Solanki, Mark S. Giampapa, Gibor S. Basri, Stephen Marsden, Suzanne Aigrain and L. Jouve are our confirmed invited speakers.

We kindly invite solar and stellar astrophysicists to present their latest results on this topic, in particular in relation to the solar-stellar connection and on the peculiarities and common features between magnetic activity and variability of our Sun and cool stars.

Please consider attending and contributing and save the dates to your diary.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday April 29th, 2016

For contributed talks, you can already send your abstract through the splinter webpage (,

For posters, please note that abstracts should be submitted during the compulsory registration to the plenary session via the CS19 website at

Further announcements about this splinter session will follow soon including: additional confirmed invited speakers and other relevant instructions.

Damian Fabbian & Rosaria Simoniello
(on behalf of the SOC of the “Solar/Stellar Variability and Activity” splinter session)

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SHINE 2016 Workshop in Santa Fe, NM: Upcoming Student Support Request Deadline

Noé Lugaz
13 Apr 2016

The 2016 Solar, Heliospheric, & Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) workshop will take place from July 11th to 15th (student day July 10th) in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the ElDorado hotel ( ). The scientific program (19 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website ( ).

The deadline for receiving applications for student support is April 29, 2016. Interested graduate students in solar-heliospheric physics should use the following link to apply for financial support:

Limited support is available for young post-doctoral researchers working in the US (within 2 years of graduation), and request for financial support should be made using the same link.

Important deadlines:
Student support request deadline: April 29th (through the SHINE website)
Early-bird registration ($425) deadline: May 20th – extra fee of $50 afterwards
Abstract Submission deadline: June 9th
Hotel Reservation deadline: June 9th (link provided on the SHINE website)

Looking forward to seeing you in Santa Fe in July.

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Editor’s Note

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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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