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.


December 2,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Robert Robinson (The Catholic University of America), 'Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Lightning: Impulsive Electrical Energy Transfer During Geomagnetic Storms' (abstract)


The current schedule for 2016 is:

January 2016

January 15,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Heliophysics Director's Seminar, A. Koval (672) 'Initial Results from the DSCOVER Magnetometer' and S. Kanekal (672) (CuebSats and CubeSat Constellations to Study Charged Particle Dynamics in the Heliosphere'(abstract)
January 22,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Richard Collins (University of Alaska), 'Connecting small-scale turbulence to large-scale dynamics in the mesosphere using lidars, rockets, and satellites' (abstract)
January 29,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ryan Milligan (Queen's University Belfast), SDO/EVE (abstract)

February 2016

February 9, (Note special day and time)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Paul Cassak (West Virginia University), 'Magnetic Reconnection at the Dayside Magnetopause' (abstract)
February 12,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vanessa Polito (University of Cambridge), 'Spectroscopic observations and modelling of solar flares' (abstract)
February 19,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 674, R. de Wit 'Connecting the Lower Atmosphere and Geospace', and R. Pfaff Jr. 'Observing Lightning, Schumann Resonances, and Power Line Radiation in Space -- Using Electric Field Measurements as a Tool for Investigating Atmospheric Electricity on the Earth and Other Planets' (abstract)
February 26,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
670's Alex Young, Liz MacDonald and Karen Fox, 'Make Me Care: Tips on better science communication from conference talks to abstracts to reaching out to the media'(abstract)

March 2016

March 4,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lawrence Coy (Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA GSFC/SSAI), 'Middle Atmosphere Developments in NASA GMAO Reanalyses and Forecasts' (abstract)
March 9, (note special day)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Josh Semeter (Boston University), 'Structure and motion of the auroral plasma' (abstract)
March 11,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Robin Colaninno (Naval Research Laboratory) 'Using Multiple Viewpoint Observations to Determine the Interaction of Three Coronal Mass Ejections Observed on 2012 March 5' (abstract)
March 18,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Deirdre Wendel, 'Stressed Electrons on the Electric Roller Coaster of Magnetic Reconnection', Mark Adrian, 'The Search for Old Faithful in the Solar System - The Search for Life and Consumables: Imaging Hydroxyl as a Tracer of Water', and Alex Glocer, 'The Ionospheric Source of Magnetospheric Plasma' (abstract)
March 25,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Grant Stephens, (JHU/APL) 'New-generation empirical magnetic field models: Increasing resolution of equatorial and Birkeland currents and transition from modeling to nowcasting' (abstract)

April 2016

April 8, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (note special time) Klaus Schilling (University Wuerzburg, Germany), 'Pico-Satellite Formations for Space Weather and Earth Observation Applications' (abstract)
April 15,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 671), Sarah Jaeggli (NPP Fellow), 'Probing the structure of the solar chromosphere with the ultraviolet transitions of molecular hydrogen', Michael S. Kirk (NPP Fellow), 'The Origin of Sequential Chromospheric Brightenings', and Gordon D. Holman, 'X-rays from Giant Filament Eruptions'(abstract)
April 26,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (note special day)
Jay Pasachoff, (Director of Hopkins Observatory and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College) 'On Solar Coronal Eclipses' (abstract)

May 2016

May 6,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michael Hesse (NASA/GSFC 670), 'Key Kinetic Physics Aspects of Magnetic Reconnection' (abstract)
May 13,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kathy Reeves (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), 'Statistical Properties of Solar Filament Eruptions' (abstract)

June 2016

June 10,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Shaela Jones (NASA/CUA, 671), 'Optimizing Coronal Magnetic Field Models with Coronal Image Data' (abstract)
June 17,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (Hosted by Heliospheric Physics, code 672), Lan Jian, 'STEREO Observations of Solar Wind in 2007-2014', Jan Merka, 'Virtual Observatories as Tools for Quick Data Discovery and Reduction', and Brent M. Randol, 'Suprathermal plasmas from the Sun to the Interstellar Medium' (abstract)
June 24,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tibor Torok (Predictive Science Inc.), 'Modeling Eruptive Phenomena in the Solar Corona and Inner Heliosphere' (abstract)

July 2016

July 8,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Joe Davila (NASA GSFC 670), 'Milli-Arcsecond (MAS) EUV Imaging of the Solar Corona' (abstract)
July 22,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michael Crosley (Johns Hopkins University), 'The Search for Signatures of Transient Mass Loss' (abstract)
July 29,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Joel Dahlin (University of Maryland) (abstract)

August 2016

August 12,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Martin G. Mlynczak (Climate Science Branch, NASA Langley Research Center), 'Upper Atmosphere Energetics and Composition - Past, Present, and Future' (abstract)
August 19,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Heliophysics Director's Seminar, Hosted by the Space Weather Laboratory (674), Yaireska Collado-Vega, ' Data Mining for Vortices on the Earth’s Magnetosphere', Alexa Halford, 'A Sun to Mud View of the Heliosphere: The Little Mission that Could', and Sun Lee, 'Inverse Energy Dispersion of Energetic Ions Observed in the Magnetosheath' (abstract)

September 2016

Septmeber 9,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Betsey Mitchell (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory), 'The OVATION Models: Past, Present, and Future' (abstract)
September 16,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (hosted by 671), Barbara J Thompson, 'The Extended Magnetic Footprint of Coronal Mass Ejections', Vadim Uritsky, 'Image-Based Reconstruction of Coronal Ejecta Dynamics', and Shaela Jones, ' Image-Optimized Coronal Magnetic Field Models' (abstract)
Septmeber 23,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jamey Szalay (SWRI), 'The Dust Environment of the Moon' (abstract)
Septmeber 30,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bob Leamon (University of Maryland/ Code 672), 'Deciphering the Solar Magnetic Activity Cycle(s)' (abstract)

October 2016

October 21,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar (Hosted by the Geospace Physics Laboratory, 673), Denny Oliveira, Suk-bin Kang, and Colin Komar (abstract)
October 28,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
David Long (Queen's University Belfast), The Sun (abstract)

November 2016

November 4,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Larisza D Krista (CU/CIRES and NOAA/NCEI), 'Footpoint Dimmings' (abstract)
November 18,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
HSD Director's Seminar, Hosted by 672: D. Aaron Roberts, 'The Past, Present, and Future of the NASA Heliophysics Data Environment', Robert Candey, 'Many Faces of Data and Tools: The NASA Space Physics Data Facility', Lynn Wilson, 'Heliophysics Data Production and Use' (abstract)

December 2016

December 2,
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Robert Robinson (The Catholic University of America), 'Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Lightning: Impulsive Electrical Energy Transfer During Geomagnetic Storms' (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