JRO International Research Experience Program in Peru, Summer 2018

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 04, 2018 07:09 AM EST  (881 Reads)
The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) located near Lima, Peru is once again the venue for a summer school that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students with interests in atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques, electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science may apply. If you would like to discuss this possibility with interested VT faculty, contact Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi (mikeruo@vt.edu) or Dr. Jo Baker (bakerjb@vt.edu) or any faculty member in the Space@VT research center listed at http://space.vt.edu/people.html.(external link) The application deadline is February 15, 2018 and the JIREP web site is http://jro.igp.gob.pe/jirep/(external link)

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VT PhD Graduate and current VT student win an excellence award for 2017 solar eclipse experiment

By: miker  on: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 02:07 PM EST  (154 Reads)
The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has announced that Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, a former student in the VT SuperDARN group, and Magda Moses, a current Space@VT student, have received a Yasme Foundation 2017 Excellence Award. The award is for 'creating and leading the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) organization that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SQEP)...the largest Amateur Radio experiment ever devised.' Nathaniel is now an assistant professor at NJIT and is preparing to ship out to Antarctica. The full text of the citation can be found at
http://www.arrl.org/news/yasme-foundation-announces-excellence-awards-and-supporting-grant(external link) and a related HamSCI article is posted at http://hamsci.org/article/w2naf-and-km4ege-win-yasme-foundation-excellence-award(external link)

Congratulations, Magda and Nathaniel! (Photo from the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting.)
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VT SuperDARN Servers and Website brought down by Security Breach, service is now restored

By: miker  on: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017 11:32 AM EST  (261 Reads)
Update Dec. 6, 2017

With the restoration of davitpy's sftp server, the servers are now fully functional. Please send any continuing problems with accessing our servers to Kevin Sterne

VT SuperDARN student Xueling Shi passes PHD Preliminary Exam

By: miker  on: Thu., Nov. 09, 2017 12:40 PM EST  (126 Reads)
Xueling Shi successfully sat her PhD Preliminary Exam on Monday, November 6 before a committee of six professors. Xueling has authored and co-authored papers using satellite and radar data to study ULF pulsations in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. She is currently performing a comprehensive survey of Pc3-4 and Pc5 pulsations using data collected by the SuperDARN radars operating in the high-resolution THEMIS mode. Xueling is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 NASA Earth and Space Fellowship. She now passes into PhD Candidate status.

Congratulations, Xueling!

Photo credit: Dong Lin
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VT SuperDARN student Muhammad Rafiq passes PhD Qualifying Exam

By: miker  on: Wed., Nov. 08, 2017 01:19 PM EST  (152 Reads)
Muhammad Rafiq successfully sat his PhD Preliminary Exam on Wednesday, November 1 before a committee of six professors. Muhammad has authored and co-authored several papers on the drivers of ionospheric plasma convection at high latitudes and is currently leading on research into the nature of convection at subauroral latitudes using data from the mid-latitude SuperDARN radars. He is advised by Drs. Jo Baker and Mike Ruohoniemi. Muhammad now passes into PhD candidate status.

Congratulations, Muhammad!

Photo shows Muhammad pointing to a poster that describes some of his findings at subauroral latitudes (credit: Shibaji Chakraborty)
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Fort Hays Reflector Rebuild Trip Part 2, Aug. 2017

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Oct. 04, 2017 11:16 AM EDT  (593 Reads)
Following the May 2017 trip, the west main reflector array still needed to be rebuilt with a little over half of the wires still needing to be strung up. This trip would also serve as the last tune up of the radar prior to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
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