6th IAGA Summer School to be held in Berlin in 2023 (Opportunity: September 30, 2022)

By: miker  on: Tue., Sep. 20, 2022 02:39 PM EDT  (60 Reads)
The 6th IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) Summer School will be held in early July 2023 at the Niemegk geomagnetic observatory of GFZ near to and just before the IUGG General Assembly (11-20 July, 2023) in Berlin, Germany. About 20 early career scientists will be sponsored for accommodation and cost of living (but not the travel cost to Germany). The definition of early career scientists is: 'Being an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or having received the highest degree qualification (e.g., BSc, MSc, PhD) within the last two years from 31 December, 2022.'

See https://iaga-aiga.org/iagaschool/(external link) for more details.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2022

Repair trip to the Blackstone radar nets dramatic photo

By: miker  on: Wed., Sep. 14, 2022 05:32 PM EDT  (224 Reads)
During a short repair trip with Kevin to the site of the Blackstone radar in southern Virginia Mike took this photo of a flock of birds tracing out the guying cables, antenna wires, and reflector wires at the western end of the main array near sunset. During this trip Mike and Kevin met the new director of the Southern Piedmont Agricultural and Extension Center (AREC), Dr. Arash Rashed. The Center is affiliated with Virginia Tech and the Blackstone SuperDARN radar is located on its grounds in the middle of cow pasture. Next year (2023) will mark 15 years of radar operation from this site.

Web site for the Southern Piedmont AREC: https://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/southern-piedmont.html(external link)

Information about paid summer research positions for undergrads and grads (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Wed., Sep. 14, 2022 11:02 AM EDT  (128 Reads)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers. Towards this end, the IBP has created the website www.PathwaysToScience.org(external link) as a resource to help students find paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. PathwaysToScience.org has over 70 portable scholarships and fellowships posted on the site. These include undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc level funding opportunities with an emphasis on increasing diversity in STEM.
Undergraduate scholarships and tips and resources for applying: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx(external link)
Graduate fellowships and resources for applying: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx(external link)
Postdoc funding and resources: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_Portal.aspx(external link)

VT SuperDARN student Ian Kelley successfully presented his thesis in support of earning a Master of Science degree to a committee of professors on July 28, 2022. The title of his thesis is 'Medium Scale Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances sensed with GNSS TEC and SuperDARN'. Ian has shown that there is a class of medium scale TIDs that is associated with very strong electric fields during storm times. This work has been submitted for publication in JGR. His official advisors are Drs. Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi while his primary mentor on the TID work has been Dr. Bharat Kunduri. He has also been mentored by scientists at MIT Haystack Observatory. During his time as a graduate student Ian has been very active on hardware under the supervision of Mr. Kevin Sterne and has worked extensively at Virginia Tech SuperDARN radar sites. Ian is a graduate of Virginia Tech's Undergraduate/Graduate (UG/G) Accelerated Master's Degree program.
Congratulations, Ian!
(Photo credit: Bharat Kunduri)
Dr. Atsuki Shinbori and colleagues at the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) at Nagoya University have published a paper in Earth, Planets, and Space (EPS) that uses data from the SuperDARN Hokkaido pair of radars to elucidate the physics of TIDs observed in TEC data following the 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption. It is shown that ionospheric effects reached the Japanese sector faster than atmospheric effects due to conjugacy. Here are links to press releases provided by the first author and coauthors including SuperDARN PI Dr. Nozomu Nishitani::
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/958792(external link)
https://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/news/research-results/2022/20220714.html(external link)
The potential significance of this finding for advance warning of disturbance in the coupled atmosphere-ocean system was picked up by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and reported here: https://www.preventionweb.net/news/shockwave-caused-tonga-underwater-eruption-may-help-scientists-predict-future-tsunami(external link)
Figure credit and citation: Shinbori, A., Otsuka, Y., Sori, T. et al. Electromagnetic conjugacy of ionospheric disturbances after the 2022 Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption as seen in GNSS-TEC and SuperDARN Hokkaido pair of radars observations. Earth Planets Space 74, 106 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40623-022-01665-8(external link)

PhD Fellowships in Geospace Data Analytics at Virginia Tech

By: miker  on: Sun., June 19, 2022 02:46 PM EDT  (392 Reads)
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech has funding available for students to enroll in its PhD program and pursue research in the emerging area of geospace data analytics. Successful applicants will work with faculty in the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT) to conduct fundamental research on space weather specification and forecasting using globally distributed ground- and space-based datasets and numerical simulations. Outstanding candidates with advanced computer programming skills and academic backgrounds in physics or engineering are encouraged to respond. Potential applicants should make the Fellowship sponsors aware of their interest by emailing a resume and statement of purpose to Prof. Joseph Baker (jo.baker@vt.edu). Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.
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