Heliophysics Science Division Seminar

About the Seminar

The Heliophysics Science Division conducts weekly science seminars. Heliophysics is a new division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It has been formed out of portions of the old Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics (LEP, 690), Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics (680), and Space Science Data Operations Office (630). It was previously known as the Laboratory for Solar and Space Physics (LSSP). At the present time, seminars are held on Fridays at noon in the Conference Room (Room 183) in Building 21 at Goddard. The topics cover the interests of the Laboratory, including astrochemistry, interplanetary physics, solar physics, planetary systems, planetary magnetospheres, and electrodynamics.

Have an Idea for a Speaker?

The seminar organizer (currently Holly Gilbert, Holly.R.Gilbert@nasa.gov), is always appreciative of ideas for seminar speakers. Please contact her EARLY to avoid scheduling conflicts.


The full current schedule for 2008 is:

January 2008

  • 11 @ noon
  • Search for Thermalization of Na+ Pickup Ions in Mercury's Magnetosheath and Magnetosphere via Observation and Hybrid Simulation (abstract)
    Scott Boardsen (UMBC)
  • 24 @ 1pm
  • Changes to Plasmasheet Composition During Geomagnetic Storms and Substorms (abstract)
    Lynn Kistler (UNH)
  • 25 @ noon
  • Langmuir Probe Measurements in the Ionosphere (abstract)
    Aroh Barjatya (Emery Riddle Univ.)
  • 31 @ 10am
  • Advances in Time-Distance Helioseismology (abstract)
    Tom Duvall (GSFC)

    February 2008

  • 8 @ noon
  • Modeling Radiation Belts and Ionospheric Outflows With the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) (abstract)
    Alex Glocer (University of Michigan)
  • 22 @ noon
  • Using Plasma Physics to Understand Billions of Daily Meteor Impacts (abstract)
    Lars Dyrud (Center for Remote Sensing, Inc)

    March 2008

  • 4 @ noon
  • Reversed flow events in the winter cusp ionosphere (abstract)
    Prof. Joran Moen (university of Oslo)
  • 6 @ 1pm
  • SuperComputing at Goddard: the NASA Center for Computational Sciences
    Phil Webster (NASA/GSFC)
  • 7 @ noon
  • Initial Acceleration of CMEs: Theory and Observation (abstract)
    James Chen (NRL)
  • 14 @ noon
  • Dynamical data-based modeling of the storm-time geomagnetic field with enhanced spatial resolution (abstract)
    Mikhail Sitnov (JHU - APL)
  • 21 @ noon
  • A multi-equation turbulence model based on a statistical theory featuring the large-scale evolution of the solar-wind turbulence(abstract)
    Nobumitsu Yokoi (Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo)
  • 28 @ noon
  • Solar Wind Electron Distribution Functions Inside Magnetic Clouds(abstract)
    Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla (NPP)

    April 2008

  • 4 @ 11am
  • Why Do We Need to Know the Spectral Properties of Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves?(abstract)
    George V. Khazanov(NASA/MSFC)
  • 16 @ 11am
  • When Magnetized Winds Collide: The Role of Interstellar Magnetic Field in the Interaction of the Solar System and the Interstellar Medium (abstract)
    Merav Opher (GMU)
  • 18 @ noon
  • Magnetohydrodynamic simulation of interplanetary coronal mass ejection and its application to space weather prediction of geomagnetic storms (abstract)
    Chin-Chun Wu (CSPAR/UAH)
  • 25 @ noon
  • On the generation and topology of Flux Transfer Events (abstract)
    John Dorelli (Univ. New Hampshire)

    May 2008

  • 2 @ noon
  • 3D numerical simulation and stereoscopic observations of coronal jets (abstract)
    Etienne Pariat (GSFC/NRL/GMU)

    June 2008

  • 6 @ noon
  • Magnetic Turbulence/Intermittency in the Magnetosphere (abstract)
    Fouad Sahraoui (NASA/GSFC)
  • 13 @ noon
  • Solar Prominence Formation by Thermal Nonequilibrium (abstract)
    Judy Karpen (NRL)
  • 20 @ noon
  • Multiscale Intermittency and Avalanching in Nature and Simulations (abstract)
    Vadim Uritsky (Univ. of Calgary)

    July 2008

  • 25 @ noon
  • South Africa and the International Reference Ionosphere: Contributor and User (abstract)
    Lee-Ann McKinnell (Rhodes University)
  • 29 @ noon
  • Techniques to collect data and meta-deta of satellite and ground-based observations (abstract)
    Ken T. Murata(Ehime Univ. & ISAS) and Iku Shinohara(ISAS)

    August 2008

  • 1 @ noon
  • Concerning the Interaction of Interplanetary Shocks with the Earth's Magnetosphere (abstract)
    Andrey Samsonov (St. Petersburg State Univ.)
  • 15 @ noon
  • Experimental Studies of Non-linear Processes in Space Physics (abstract)
    Misha Balikhin (Univ. of Sheffield)
  • 18 @ 11am
  • Generation of whistler-mode chorus emissions and acceleration of relativistic electrons in the inner magnetosphere (abstract)
    Professor Yoshiharu Omura (Kyoto University)
  • 21 @ noon
  • Measurements of Atomic and Molecular Parameters of Heliospheric Ions (abstract)
    Adrian N. Daw (Appalachian State University)
  • 29 @ noon
  • Electrostatic solitary waves in space plasmas(abstract)
    Gurbax Lakhina (Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai)

    September 2008

  • 5 @ noon
  • Observations of Nonlinear Processes in Space Plasmas (abstract)
    George Parks (UC Berkeley)
  • 12 @ noon
  • The Flare Irradiance Spectral Model (FISM) and its contributions to space weather research, the flare energy budget, and instrument design (abstract)
    Phillip Chamberlin (University of Colorado)
  • 19 @ noon
  • Development of a General Relativistic Particle-in-Cell Code (abstract)
    Michael Watson (Fisk University)
  • 26 @ noon
  • Decadal Solar Activity Prediction, and a Shallow Solar Dynamo (abstract)
    Ken Schatten (Ai-solutions)

    October 2008

  • 3 @ noon
  • Semi-Empirical Studies of Solar Supergranulation and Related Phenomena (abstract)
    Peter Williams (GSFC/NASA)
  • 10 @ noon
  • The Connection between the Corona and Chromosphere during a Multiple Event Observation (abstract)
    Jonathan Cirtain (MSFC/NASA)
  • 17 @ noon
  • Using the SWMF to Investigate Magnetospheric Plasma Sources (abstract)
    Dan Welling (University of Michigan)
  • 24 @ noon
  • Reawakening the great debate of reconnection in energetic eruptions in the corona (abstract)
    Laurel Rachmeler (University of Colorado)
  • 30 @ 3:30*
  • (Note special day and time) Statistical Image Segmentation of NSO Multidimensional Magnetograms (abstract)
    Harrison Jones (NSO)
  • 31 @ noon
  • Formation of Helium Lines in Solar Prominences (abstract)
    Nicolas Labrosse (University of Glasgow)

    November 2008

  • 7 @ noon
  • Space Radiation Trasport and Protection for Space Exploration (abstract)
    Sukesh Aghara (Prairie View A&M University)
  • 12 @ noon*
  • (Note special day) Thermospheric Heating by Magnetospheric Electric Fields (abstract)
    William Burke (AFRL & Boston College Institute for Scientific Research)
  • 12 @ 2:00*
  • (Note special day and time) ULF Wave Simulations at Mercury's Magnetosphere (abstract)
    Eun-Hwa Kim (Princeton University)
  • 14 @ 11:00*
  • (Note special time) Auroral current systems at Jupiter and Saturn: Observations from Cassini and predictions for Juno (abstract)
    Emma Bunce (University of Leicester)
  • 14 @ noon
  • Flux Rope Instabilities at the Onset of CMEs (abstract)
    Bernhard Kleim (UCL/MSSL)
  • 21 @ noon
  • Space Electrodynamic Tethers (abstract)
    George Khazanov (GSFC/NASA)
  • 28 @ noon
  • No seminar

    December 2008

  • 5 @ noon
  • Director's Seminar
    Antti Pulkkinen, Joe Davila, Vladimir Osherovich
  • 12 @ noon
  • Title TBA (abstract)
    Thomas Moore (GSFC/NASA)
  • 19 @ noon
  • No scheduled speaker yet
  • 26 @ noon
  • No seminar

    Space & Solar Physics Meetings

    Year 2008

    Information for Speakers and Visitors

    Speakers interested in speaking at the Heliophysics Seminar are encouraged to contact the organizer, currently Holly Gilbert (Holly.R.Gilbert@ nasa.gov). The duration of the seminar is typically one hour, with questions asked during and after the seminar. The audience is usually diverse, including scientists with interests ranging throughout the heliosphere.

    As most of you know, in the last few years it has become harder to get visitors from outside of NASA on center, and the number of days needed to get unescorted access is subject to change. Thus we ask that if a visitor wants to attend a talk and needs a non-escort badge they should request one as soon as possible. We will help to the best of our ability, but can't make any guarantees.

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    Last revised: January 3, 2008