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 former 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 present, seminars are held on Fridays at 1:00pm 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 Nicki Viall, 301-286-4054, nicholeen.m.viall@nasa.gov),always appreciates suggestions for seminar speakers. Please contact her EARLY to avoid scheduling conflicts.


Heliophysics Seminars will resume January 2016,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heliophysics Directors Seminar, Jan 15, Code 672 (abstract)


The current schedule for 2015 is:

January 2015

January 9,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sam Krucker (UC Berkeley & FHNW Switzerland), 'Co-spatial White Light and Hard X-ray Flare Footpoints seen above the Solar Limb' (abstract)
January 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, 'Dynamics of the Sun-Heliosphere Connection', by J. Allred (671), S. Antiochos (670), A. Higginson (670), L. Kepko (674) & N. Viall (671) (abstract)
January 30,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Micah Weberg (University of Michigan), 'Elemental fractionation of the solar wind as indicators of coronal source regions and physical processes' (abstract)

February 2015

February 6,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Steve Eckermann (Space Science Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC),'Navy and the Near Space' (abstract)
February 13,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sarah Jaeggli (Montana State University), 'The Weird Sun: Molecules in the Chromosphere and Large Magnetic Fields in a Sunspot Penumbra' (abstract)
February 20,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, 'Comparative Magnetospheres: Understanding Geospace by Exploring the Solar System' Hosted by 673 (abstract)
February 27,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leon Ofman (671), Acceleration and heating of the fast solar wind plasma (abstract)

March 2014

March 13,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Leon Golub (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), 'Filling the Gap: Viewing the Corona from the Disk to the Source Surface' (abstract)
March 27,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yi-Hsin Liu, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (670), 'Scaling of Magnetic Reconnection in Relativistic Collisionless Plasmas' (abstract)

April 2015

April 10,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lauren Blum, UC Berkeley, 'Investigating the dynamics of Earth's radiation belts through new CubeSat measurements ' (abstract)
April 17,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 674): Hyunju Conner, 'Dayside Reconnection and Dispered Cusp Ion Signatures'; Kyle Murphy, 'Tracking the Aurora to Diagnose Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling'; and Peter Wyper 'Bending Bullets - Coronal Jets in Closed Fields' (abstract)

May 2015

May 8,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Drew Turner (The Aerospace Corporation) 'Understanding the variability of Earth's outer radiation belt electrons: New perspectives from the THEMIS and Van Allen Probes era' (abstract)
May 15,
10:00 am - 11:00 am *note special time*
Jonathan Cirtain (NASA/MSFC) 'Fine structure EUV observations of the Solar atmosphere with the HiC sounding Rocket' (abstract)
May 15,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 673) Fast Plasma Investigation on the Magnetosphere Multiscale Mission (abstract)
May 29,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Joe Burt, GSFC (460) (abstract)

June 2015

June 5,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vladimir Airapetian (671) , 'Window of Opportunity For Life On Earth and Its Twins: Mission to Young Earth 2.0' (abstract)
June 19,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 671). (abstract)
June 26,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
David Martinez Gomez, Department of Physics, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, 'Effects of partial ionization on solar prominences study of Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and charge exchange collisions' (abstract)

July 2015

July 10,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christian Breil and Rich Phiboonphanuvat (NASA/HQ), Counterintelligence Special Agents, Counterintelligence Awareness Brief (abstract)
July 17,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 672). (abstract)
July 24,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barbara Thompson (671), 'Some New (and Sometimes Unusual) Results Regarding CME Dynamics (abstract)

August 2015

August 14,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Raymond Greenwald, Virginia Tech, 'Using IRI and Ray Tracing to Test New Algorithms for Geolocating SuperDARN Data and Identifying the Refractive Index in the Scattering Volume' (abstract)
August 21,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 674) (abstract)

September 2015

September 4,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tongjiang Wang (CUA.GSFC code 671), 'Evidence of thermal conduction suppression in a solar flaring loop by coronal seismology of slow-mode waves' (abstract)
September 18,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 673) (abstract)
September 25,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
David Sibeck, 674 (abstract)

October 2015

October 2,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Andrew Gerrard (New Jersey Institute of Technology), 'Recent observations of Earth's ring current made by the RBSPICE instrument on the NASA Van Allen Probes mission' (abstract)
October 9,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
John Meriwether, National Science Foundation, 'Recent observations of thermospheric dynamics: the advance in imaging detector technology produces exciting science' (abstract)
October 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, hosted by the Solar Physics Laboratory. The CHIANTI Database - Enabling Heliophysics Science for 20 years, Peter Young; Predictions of Solar Cycle 24, What Went Wrong, What Went Wright, Dean Pesnell; The Neupert Effect, Brian Dennis (abstract)
October 23,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christopher Moore, University of Colorado, Boulder, 'The Effects of Magnetic Field Morphology on the Determination of Oxygen and Iron Abundances in the Solar Photosphere' (abstract)
October 30,
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Alessandra Pacini, Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, 'Studying the heliospheric variability and atmospheric dynamics using cosmogenic tracers' (abstract)
October 30,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Amy Winebarger, NASA MSFC, 'Advancing Knowledge of the Coronal Heating Problem using the Sounding Rocket Platform' (abstract)

November 2015

November 6,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Juan Carlos Gomez Martin, West Virginia Universtiy 'Experimental simulation of the atmospheric ablation of IDPs: implications for detection of micrometeoroids by HPLA radars' (abstract)
November 13,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Weichao Tu, West Virginia Universtiy 'Quantitative Modeling of Radiation Belt Dynamics: Overview and Challenges' (abstract)
November 20,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 672) (abstract)

December 2015

December 6,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bill Burke (abstract)
December 18,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar' 674 (abstract)
The schedule for last year is archived here, but is no longer being maintained.

Space & Solar Physics Meetings

Year 2013

Information for Speakers and Visitors

Speakers interested in speaking at the Heliophysics Seminar are encouraged to contact the organizer, currently Nicki Viall, 301-286-4054, nicholeen.m.viall@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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Last revised: January 9, 2014