Website for the 2023 SuperDARN Workshop in South Africa, May 29 - June 2 now open

By: miker  on: Fri., Feb. 10, 2023 11:49 AM EST  (6334 Reads)
The 2023 SuperDARN Workshop will be held, in-person, in South Africa at a resort in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), May 29 - June 2, hosted by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). The organizers, Michael Kosch and Judy Stephenson, have announced that the Workshop web page is now live and accepting registrations and abstracts: link)
Although virtual attendance is not possible, presentations may be submitted electronically.

Early bird registration: April 14, 2023
Abstracts deadline: May 1, 2023
Late bird registration: May 1, 2023
Upload video presentations: May 19, 2023

For a synosis of the SuperDARN Workshops, see 'Read More'
The Institute of Space Weather Sciences (ISWS) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2023 (May 22 to July 28, 2023), funded by the National Science Foundation.

Undergraduate students in STEM fields will be invited to Newark, New Jersey for 10 weeks to engage in cutting-edge solar physics, terrestrial physics, space weather, and big data research with space physicists, astronomers, and computer scientists. A list of research projects offered can be viewed at this link: link) Students will be provided a stipend of $6,000 for the 10-week program. Additionally, travel, meal allowance, and accommodation are provided to each student. Applications by members of under-represented groups are encouraged. For more information about the program and online application, please visit the ISWS REU website: link)

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2023
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Application deadline is January 27, 2023. See link)
The VSGC Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Application deadline is January 27, 2023. See link)
The VSGC STEM Bridge Scholarship Program provides scholarships of $1,000 to students who are rising sophomores or juniors majoring in STEM. 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. Application deadline is March 10, 2023. See link)

Release of pyDARN v3.1 announced

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 26, 2023 10:51 AM EST  (1474 Reads)
On behalf of the Data Visulaization Working Group, co-Chair Carley Martin has announced the release of a new version of pyDARN software, namely, pyDARN v3.1

The new version pyDARNio (with correction of patch release v1.2.1 dated 7-FEB-2023) can be installed via
pip3 install pydarnio​
or an existing installation can be updated via
pip3 install --upgrade pydarnio

A list of the new features via the 'Read More' link
In Carley's words: 'The DVWG is always looking for more help testing and developing, I'm more than happy to walk through how to test or review code from students/staff new to SuperDARN and python. If anyone is interested in helping out with development of pyDARN and/or pyDARNio, let me or one of the DVWG chairs know!

Thanks to all involved in the development of our new release,
Special thanks to Emma Bland, we wish you all the best in Australia!'

Release of Radar Software Toolkit v5.0

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 26, 2023 10:42 AM EST  (1092 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, the co-Chair Emma Bland has announced that a new major release of the SuperDARN Radar Software Toolkit has been published on Zenodo: link) . Click on 'Read More' to see a list of improvements.
Installation instructions and RST tutorials are available in the documentation: link)
To cite the software in publications:
SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Thomas, E.G., Reimer, A.S., Bland, E.C., Burrell, A.G., Grocott, A., Ponomarenko, P.V., Schmidt, M.T., Shepherd, S.G., Sterne, K.T., & Walach, M.-T. (2022). SuperDARN Radar Software Toolkit (RST) 5.0 (v5.0). Zenodo. link)
In Emma's words: 'We encourage users to contact us if they have questions or find problems with the software. New contributions to the software are also most welcome. You can contact us by opening an "issue" on Github (, or alternatively by email.

The RST 5.0 release is a major milestone for the Data Analysis Working Group, and I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed. This is also time for me to announce that I have stepped down as the co-chair of the DAWG as I will be starting a new job in January. We welcome Adrian Grocott (Lancaster University) as the new scientific chair of the DAWG, who will co-chair the group together with Kevin Sterne (Virginia Tech).'
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is accepting applications for its 2023 Space Weather Summer School, scheduled for June 5th-July 28th 2023. The school, which will be in-presence, combines lectures and summer research projects. Students receive a prestigious Vela Fellowship (worth $13,000 to cover travel and living expenses), technical training, and opportunities for professional development. Information about the school can be found at: link)

The details of the application process can be found at: link)

Application deadline: January 31st 2023
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