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 Errol Summerlin, 301-286-9579, errol.summerlin@nasa.gov), is always appreciative of ideas for seminar speakers. Please contact him EARLY to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Schedule

The current schedule for 2010 is:

January 2010


  • January 1
  • No seminar (Federal Holiday)
  • January 8
  • No Seminar
  • January 15,
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar - 3 speakers:Adrian Daw, Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy, and Nicholeen M. Viall (abstracts)
  • January 22,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • A Close Look at the Virtual Magnetospheric and Heliospheric Observatories: Their Design and Use (abstract)
    Jan Merka (GSFC)
  • January 29,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Thermal Ion Imaging: Technique and Results (abstract)
    David Knudsen (University of Calgary)

    February 2010


  • February 5,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The Role of the Y-component of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field in Transpolar Potential Saturation and Ring Current Response as found in Data and Simulation (abstract)
    Elizabeth (Betsey) J. Mitchell (University of Texas at Arlington)
  • February 9,
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    (Canceled due to weather)
  • Geomagnetic Field Observations at Concordia Station, Dome C, Antarctica (abstract)
    Domenico Di Mauro (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, ROMA, ITALY)
  • February 10,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    (Rescheduled due to weather)
  • Physical conditions in a CME from Hinode, STEREO, and SOHO observations (abstract)
    Enrico Landi (NRL)
  • February 12,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    (Rescheduled due to conflict)
  • Sarah Jones (University of New Hampshire) (abstract)

  • February 16,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Note: Room 242
  • Ionospheric irregularities in the low- and mid-latitude ionosphere: radar/rocket/satellite observations and numerical modeling (abstract)
    Dr. Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (Kyoto University and Cornell University)
  • February 17,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Lower Atmosphere Sources of Thermosphere Ionosphere Structure and Variability (abstract)
    Tim Fuller-Rowell (CIRES and NOAA)
  • February 18,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Structure of a Dense Expanding Plasma within a Background Magnetized Plasma (abstract)
    Andrew Collette (UCLA)
  • February 19,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar - 3 speakers: Adam Szabo, Yari Collado-Vega, and Errol Summerlin (abstract)
  • February 24,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Particle filter for time series modeling and its application to geophysical data (abstract)
    Hiromichi Nagao (Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan)
  • February 25,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Space and ground-based measurements of pulsating aurora(abstract)
    Sarah Jones (UNH)
  • February 26,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Ares V Unpressurized Cargo: Enabling Low-Cost Science & Technology with NASA’s Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (abstract)
    Ron Mink (GSFC)

    March 2010


  • March 3,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The Helioviewer Project, or how to enable discovery and exploration in the SDO era for everyone everywhere.(abstract)
    Jack Ireland (GSFC/ADNET)
  • March 5,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Understanding the interaction between Mercury and Saturn with the solar wind: combining multi-fluid simulations and observations (abstract)
    Ariah Kidder (University of Washington)
  • March 10,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Physical conditions in a CME from Hinode, STEREO, and SOHO observations (abstract)
    Enrico Landi (NRL)
  • March 12,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The properties and 3D structure of medium scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (abstract)
    Ilgin Seker (NASA Postdoctroral Fellow, Geospace Physics Laboratory, GSFC)
  • March 18,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Cluster and Double Star Observations of Magnetotail Transients (abstract)
    Andrew Walsh (Mullard Space Science Laboratory)
  • March 18,
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Multi-spacecraft observations of auroral electron acceleration by Cluster (abstract)
    Colin Forsyth (Mullard Space Science Laboratory)
  • March 19,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: Joo Hwang, Alex Glocer, and Bob Benson (abstracts)
  • March 22,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • A 3D Multi-fluid MHD Study of the Interaction of the Solar Wind with the Ionosphere/Atmosphere System of Mars. (abstract)
    Dalal Najib (University of Michigan)
  • March 22,
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Current and Future Approaches to Modeling Wave-Particle Interactions in the Radiation Belts (abstract)
    Jay Albert (AFRL)
  • March 26,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • MESSENGER Observations of the Plasma Environment Near Mercury (abstract)
    Jim Raines (University of Michigan)
  • March 31,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The Physics of Terrestrial Radiation Belts in the RBSP era: Energetic Particle Measurement with REPT (abstract)
    Shri Kanekal (University of Colorado)

    April 2010


  • April 2,
    12:00pm - 1:00 pm
  • Strong Particle Heating at an Atypical Interplanetary Shock (abstract)
    Lynn Wilson (University of Michigan)
  • April 9,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The 27-Day Recurrence Index: Its Development and Use (abstract)
    Howard Sargent (NOAA (retired))
  • April 15,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Electron Acceleration by Multi-Island Coalescence (abstract)
    Oka Mitsuo (UC Berkeley, SSL)
  • April 16,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar:Guan Le, Michael Hesse, Seiji Zenitani(abstracts)
  • April 19,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • A Multi-Point Perspective on the Solar Wind at a Small Scale (abstract)
    Eileen Chollet (Caltech)
  • April 23,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Exospheric environments of Mercury and the Moon: findings by MESSENGER and outlook for LADEE (abstract)
    Menelaos Sarantos (University of Maryland/GSFC)
  • April 26,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Note: Rm 242
  • Approximating the Stormtime Dst Index and Thermospheric Using DMSP Magnetometer Measurements (abstract)
    Bill Burke (AFRL)
  • April 29,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Note: Room 242
  • Effects of Weak Collisions on Nonlinear Kinetic Plasma Dynamics (abstract)
    Carrie Black (University of New Hampshire)
  • April 30,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The Ins and Outs of Martian Mini-magnetospheres (abstract)
    Dave Brain (UC Berkeley, SSL)

    May 2010


  • May 7,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Solar-Wind Structure and the Kolmogorov Spectrum (abstract)
    Joe Borovsky (LANL)
  • May 14,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • No Seminar (rooms unavailable)
  • May 19,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • The first measurement of the effective adiabatic index in the corona gives surprising results (abstract)
    Tom Van Doorsselaere (University of Warwick, UK)
  • May 20,
    10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Space-borne radio sounding using whistler-mode waves (abstract)
    Vikas Sonwalkar (University of Alaska)
  • May 20,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Comparing white light observations and in situ measurements of solar wind structures using STEREO. (abstract)
    Alexis Rouillard (George Mason University/NRL)
  • May 21,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: Albert Y. Shih, Ryan O. Milligan, Stephen Bradshaw (abstracts)
  • May 28,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Jupiter’s Magnetotail: Plasma Composition and the Location, Structure and Dynamics of its Dusk Flank Boundary (abstract)
    Rob Ebert (SWRI/UTSA)

    June 2010


  • June 4,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Measuring and understanding muliscale transients in a turbulent space plasma environment (abstract)
    Vadim Uritsky (Physics and Astronomy Dept , University of Calgary)
  • June 11,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Determining non-thermal velocity distributions from spatially-averaged EUV spectra observed with SERTS and Hinode/EIS (abstract)
    Aaron Coyner (Catholic University of America)
  • June 14,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Note: Room 242
  • Twist in Coronal Magnetic Fields (abstract)
    Anna Malanushenko (Montana State University)
  • June 18,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: D. Aaron Roberts and Eric Christian (abstract)
  • June 25,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Before and after: What can subsurface flows and coronal dimmings tell us about CME/flare initiation and early evolution (abstract)
    Alysha Reinard (NOAA)
  • June 28,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Asymmetric Flux Emergence in Active Regions: Truth and Consequences (abstract)
    David Alexander (Rice University)

    July 2010


  • July 2,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • No Seminar
  • July 9,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Evolution of magnetic flux ropes at Earth’s magnetopause (abstract)
    Hiroshi Hasegawa (ISAS)
  • July 16,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: John Dorelli and Mei-Ching Fok (abstract)
  • July 16,
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Coronal Mass Ejection Initiation and the Partial Torus Instability (abstract)
    Oscar Olmedo (GMU)
  • July 30,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Peta-scale Global Kinetic Simulations and Visualization Strategies for Analysis of Very Large Data Sets. (abstract)
    Homa Karimabadi (SciberQuest, Inc.)

    August 2010


  • August 6
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • No Seminar
  • August 13,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Super-hot (T > 30 MK) Thermal Plasma in Solar Flares (abstract)
    Amir Caspi (UC, Berkeley, SSL)
  • August 20,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: Canceled
  • August 27,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Helioseismology and the roots of solar activity (abstract)
    Michael Thompson (HAO)

    September 2010


  • September 10,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Propagation of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection in three dimensions (abstract)
    Shane Maloney (Trinity College Dublin)
  • September 17,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Note: Bldg. 26, Rm. 212
  • Modeling Coronal Streamers and the Slow Solar Wind at Solar Minimum (abstract)
    Leon Ofman (CUA/NASA GSFC)
  • September 20,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Latest news about the bashful ballerina (abstract)
    Kalevi Mursula (University of Oulu, Finland)
  • September 24,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • GPU Accelerated Simulations of Magnetic Reconnection (abstract)
    John Dorelli (GSFC, Geospace Physics Laboratory)
  • September 28,
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Plasma Heating Rates and Asymmetric Magnetic Reconnection During Coronal Mass Ejections (abstract)
    Nick Murphy (CfA)

    October 2010


  • October 1,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Vladimir Airapetian (GSFC, Solar Physics Laboratory) (abstract)
  • October 8,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Solar Cycle Effect in Strong Turbulence in IMF Bz (abstract)
    Sonya Lyatskaya (Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL)
  • October 15,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • HSD Director's Seminar: Spiro Antiochos and Peter Macneice (abstract)
  • October 18,
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • Stellar Opacities and Atomic Processes (abstract)
    Werner Eissner (Universität Stuttgart)
  • October 18,
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • High Accuracy Radiative Data from the Iron Pro ject for Solar Opacities (abstract)
    Sultana Nahar (OSU)
  • October 28,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Examining the ion context of neutral upwelling events in the Earth's cusp (abstract)
    David Olsen (University of Maryland)
  • October 29,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Benefits of Large Geometric Factor, High Energy-Resolution, Low-Energy Charged Particle Analyzers for Heliophysics Research (abstract)
    Luke Goembel (Goembel Instruments)

    November 2010


  • November 2,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Ionic Composition Structure in 2.5D MHD CME Simulations(abstract)
    B. J. Lynch (Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley)
  • November 3,
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Interaction of AGN jet with intra-cluster plasma: Simulation study of cooling flow clusters and kinetic effects(abstract)
    Fathallah Alouani Bibi (GMU)
  • November 5,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Shock-driven variation in ionospheric outflow during the 11 October 2001 moderate storm (abstract)
    Jichun Zhang (Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire)
  • November 8,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Progress on Modeling Wave-Particle Interactions in the Radiation Belts (abstract)
    Jay Albert (AFRL)
  • November 18,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    (Canceled due to illness)
  • The Concept of Moving Field LInes (abstract)
    Carl-Gunne Falthammer

    December 2010


  • December 1,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Global Quantification of Lighting-induced Electron Precipitation using VLF Remote Sensing (abstract)
    Ben Cotts (Stanford University)
  • December 3,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Atomic Data, Modeling, and Spectroscopy of Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas (abstract)
    Arati Dasgupta (NRL)
  • December 10,
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Peter Young (NRL) (abstract)

    Space & Solar Physics Meetings

    Year 2010


    Information for Speakers and Visitors

    Speakers interested in speaking at the Heliophysics Seminar are encouraged to contact the organizer, currently Errol Summerlin (301-286-9579, errol.summerlin@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. Visit the Heliophysics Science Division Home Page for a more complete summary of interests

    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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