By: miker  on: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020 09:53 PM EST  (432 Reads)
As reported on the SWPC website ( Solar Cycle 25 has begun. Quoting: "The solar minimum between Solar Cycle 24 and 25 - the period when the sun is least active - happened in December 2019, when the 13-month smoothed sunspot number fell to 1.8, according to the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, co-chaired by NOAA and NASA. We are now in Solar Cycle 25 with peak sunspot activity expected in 2025." The press release by the National Weather Service with more details is available at link)

Photo: Solar image obtained with Solar Ultraviolet Imager aboard GOES-East on Dec. 15, 2019. This is the sun at its least active. Credit: NOAA

VT SuperDARN PhD Graduate Nathaniel Frissell wins NSF CAREER Award

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 22, 2020 09:45 AM EST  (157 Reads)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that Nathaniel Frissell is an awardee of the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). Grants from this prestigious program are only available to early career, tenure track faculy members who have demonstrated an ability to integrate research and education. Dr. Frissell is also the PI of a $1.3M NSF grant to develop a ground-based network of equipment and software to study space weather using amateur radio: link) Nathaniel performed graduate studies in the VT SuperDARN group under the direction of Drs. Baker and Ruohoniemi and graduated in 2016: link) He is now faculty at the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania). See also link) and link)
Congratulations, Nathaniel!

Patricia Reiff's Comment on Diagnostics for Forecasting a 'Big Event' following a CME

By: miker  on: Fri., Dec. 11, 2020 11:04 AM EST  (341 Reads)
Following the fizzle of the geomagnetic 'Big Event' (G3 storm) forecast for Dec 9-11, 2020 due to the CME observed on Dec 7, Prof. Patricia Reiff at Rice University offered her thoughts on how to identify promising solar conditions to HamSCI mailing list subscribers ( Quoting from Pat's email:
>> I wasn’t alarmed enough to send out a special alert to my "spacalrt" system. Why?
Well, for the *really big* events, there is a halo CME, centered and expanding uniformly around the sun, saying the CME is pointed our way AND there is a HUGE amount of "snow" on the LASCO coronagraph, from the energetic particles hitting the detector. When I heard the announcement, I immediately downloaded the coronagraph movie and saw neither of these.<<
Pat has offered specific guidance on how to diagnose these conditions in SOHO coronograph observations - See 'Read More'.
The Rice space weather forecast and information on how to subscribe to the "spacalrt" email list are available at link)

Photo credit: SOHO LASCO C2 image from the NASA SOHO website

Information about STEM summer research & fully funded graduate programs (Opportunity: Open)

By: miker  on: Wed., Dec. 09, 2020 09:44 PM EST  (302 Reads)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. Towards this end, the IBP has created the website link) as a resource to help students find paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. The website currently lists
· 630 paid summer research programs for undergrads and grad students, including opportunities funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc.
· 138 fully funded STEM masters programs
· 160 fully funded STEM PhD programs
The website includes a search tool to help identify opportunities.

NCAR Advanced Study Program for postdoctoral fellows (Opportunity: Dec. 21, 2020)

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 08, 2020 03:24 PM EST  (294 Reads)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Co. sponsors postdoctoral fellowships tthrough the Advanced Study Program (ASP). The program provides successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their projects. The program website is link)
Virginia Tech graduate Dr. Dong Lin is a current ASP postdoc and is available to answer questions about the program.
Application deadline: December 21, 2020

2021 NASA Heliophysics Summer School (Opportunity: Jan. 22, 2021)

By: miker  on: Sun., Dec. 06, 2020 09:03 PM EST  (341 Reads)
The 2021 Heliophysics Summer School will be held June 15 - 22, 2021 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. The school is seeking approximately 35 graduate students, from masters through postdoctoral fellows. Participants will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. For more details see 'Read More'. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Heliophysics Summer School may be held in a virtual format.

Website: link)

Deadline for Applications: January 22, 2021
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