2019 ISR Summer School to be held at Pikku-Syote, Finland, Aug. 12-17 2019

By: miker  on: Mon., Mar. 25, 2019 01:25 PM EDT  (71 Reads)
The 2019 ISR Summer School, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (U.S.) and the EISCAT Scientific Association (Europe) will be held August 12-17 at Pikku-Syöte, about an hour’s drive from Oulu, Finland. The school provides students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the EISCAT incoherent scatter radars (ISRs) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Arecibo and Jicamarca.

The ISR summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. For most students attending institutions within the United States, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the United States, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Link to the program web site at https://amisr.com/workshop(external link)

The deadline for application submission is 19 April 2019. Notice of acceptance will be sent to participants by 3 May 2019.

2019 NASA Space Grant Internship Opportunities - NASA Student Internships and Fellowships

By: miker  on: Wed., Mar. 20, 2019 04:59 PM EDT  (571 Reads)
Educational opportunities are available at NASA for students at all levels. Applications are now being accepted for 2019 summer internships with a deadline of April 1, 2019. NASA also makes competitive awards to support independent research by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students. A Pathways program offers paths to Federal interships for student from high school through post-graduate studies.
For more details and answers to specific questions regarding NASA Summer 2019 internships click on the 'Read More' to this News item. The NASA hosting web site is https://intern.nasa.gov(external link)

For a complete listing of posted student internships click on the menu item 'Student Opportunities' or directly on http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Student+Interest(external link)

Review Paper on the Accomplishments of the Mid-Latitude SuperDARN radars published

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 19, 2019 10:17 AM EDT  (132 Reads)
Dr. Nozoumu Nishitani has announced the publication of the paper "Review of the accomplishments of Mid-latitude Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) HF Radars" in the journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS). This represents the culmination of a three year effort by SuperDARN collaborators funded by the Joint Research Program of ISEE, Nagoya University (ISEE/CICR International Workshop). The main workshop was held January 10-14, 2017 with the participants pictured here (link to workshop news item via http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=257).(external link)
The link to the PEPS review paper is: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40645-019-0270-5(external link)
An ISEE news article is posted at http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/research-results/20190318.html(external link)
How to cite and other information is provided in the 'Read More' part of this news item.

Congratulations to Nishitani-san and collaborators on achieving this important milestone!

VT SuperDARN Graduate Dr. Nathaniel Frissell awarded 2019 Hamvention Amateur of the Year

By: miker  on: Thu., Mar. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EDT  (78 Reads)
The Awards committee of Hamvention, which organizes the world's largest convention of radio amateurs, has announced that Dr. Frissell has been recognized as the Amateur of the Year, which is considered the highest award in the amateur community. Nathaniel has been a licensed ham since 1998 and operates under the call sign W2NAF. He earned his graduate degrees at Virginia Tech working in the SuperDARN HF radar group and graduated in 2016, going on to take up a postdoctoral position at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). During his student days Nathaniel studied at the world's northenmost campus in Svalbard (UNIS, Norway) and participated in radar builds and repair trips to the Aleutian Islands (Alaska) and McMurdo Station (Antarctica). His research included the discovery of a surprising connection between the occurrence of medium-scale travelling ionospheric disturbances (MSTIDs) and the polar vortex. Nathaniel organizes the annual HamSCI workshop (http://hamsci.org/hamsci2019) that brings together radio professionsals and amateurs to discuss the science of ham radio.

Congratulations, Nathaniel!

Space@VT welcomes contributions on annual Virginia Tech Giving Day, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

By: miker  on: Sun., Mar. 10, 2019 12:02 PM EDT  (50 Reads)
The new director of the Center for Space Science and Engineering (Space@VT), Prof. Scott Bailey, is calling on industrial partners, alumni, and all interested parties to consider contributing to the goals of the space program at Virginia Tech by making a Giving Day contribution on Tuesday, March 19, that is targeted as a donation to Space@VT. In his words: 'Giving Day is a one-day fundraising event for all members of Hokie Nation. The goal is to engage our community to advance the mission of the university while raising critical funding to ensure we continue to build upon our foundations to provide big opportunities for our students. As part of Giving Day you have the option to make donations to Space@VT. These donations can help us in a number of ways, but first and foremost to help our students. The funds may be used to broaden their research experiences, support the student’s infrastructure needs, or to support our diversity initiatives. Any donation you are able to make will be very impactful to our center and students. The link to Giving Day is https://givingday.vt.edu/(external link) Select 'College of Engineering' from the left hand menu ('Area of Support'), then 'Space@VT' from the right hand menu ('Fund Designation'). Donations will be accepted starting at noon Tuesday March 19 and for the following 24 hours, though donations outside that period can be made by following instructions on the web page.
We are very grateful for all of your support!
Best regards, Scott
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Current freshman are invited to apply to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000. Students must be sophomores during the 2019-2020 academic year. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities are strongly encouraged to apply. The program web site is http://vsgc.odu.edu/stembridge/(external link) For information on eligibility see 'Read More'.

Application deadline: March 11, 2019
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