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Seminars are held on Tuesdays (unless indicated) in the ISR Conference Room,  202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus of Boston College. See below for schedule times and topics.   .

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NEW SEMINARS AND EVENTS:

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Speaker: Dr. John Cipar, Boston College ISR and Weston Observatory
Title: Why Are The Appalachian Mountains So High?
When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract: Cipar abstract

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PAST SEMINARS AND EVENTS:

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Speaker: Dr. Paulo Fagundez, Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, Brazil
Title: Space Weather research currently under investigation at this university at Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
When: Monday, April 07, 2014 at 11:00am.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.

Slides: SSW 2009 Seminar

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Speakers: Pei Chen Lai and William J. Burke
Title: Thermal Structures of the Topside Ionosphere at Low Latitudes: New Observational Opportunities
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract: PeiChenLai-WilliamBurke20140320_Abstract
Slides: COSMIC_BC-ISR_Seminar_19Mar2014.pdf

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Speaker:  Edisher Kaghashvili, Live Science and Technologies, LLC.
Title:  Effects of Driven Waves on Solar, Magnetospheric, Ionospheric and Laboratory Plasma Dynamics
When: Postponed -- Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract: Kaghashvili_Abstract

Slides: LBD-2014.pdf

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Speaker: Dr. Shunrong Zhang, MIT Haystack Observatory
Title: A New Class of Ionospheric Longitudinal Variations

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract: Zhang_abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Juha Vierinen, MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, MA
Title: Small Form Factor Ionosonde for Dense Instrument Networks
When: Tuesday, December 3rd, at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract: Vierinen_Abstract-20131203.pdf
Slides: sdiono.pdf

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Speaker: Endawoke Yizengaw, Boston College ISR.
Title:  Mid- and Low-Latitudes Ionospheric Phenomena: Potential Challenge to our Technological Systems
When: Tuesday, November 19th, at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus.
Abstract:  Yizengaw Abstract 20131119.
Slides:  YIZENGAW_ISR_SEMINAR_11_2013.PDF

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Speaker: Professor Jiannan Tu, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Center for Atmospheric Research (UMLCAR)
Title: Inductive-Dynamic Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling via MHD waves
When: Tuesday, November 5th, at 2:00pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract: Jiannan Tu Abstract
Slides: Jiannan Tu Presentation Slides

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Speaker: Dr. Brett Carter, Boston College ISR.
Title: On the Sources of Day-to-Day Variability in the Occurrence of Equatorial Plasma Bubbles: An Analysis Using the TIEGCM
When: Tuesday, October 22nd, at 1:30pm.
Where:
Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract: Carter_Abstract.pdf
Slides: Carter Slides.ppsx

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Speaker: Sunanda Basu, Boston College ISR
Title: A Couple’s Journey through Fifty Years of Ionospheric Space Weather Research
When:  Tuesday, October 8th, at 11AM.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:  Basu_Abstract.pdf
Presenation Slides:  Basu_CEDAR_2013_DL3.pdf
Video of the CEDAR Lecture (411MB):  2013_CEDAR_Distinguished_Lecture_3_Basu.mp4

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Speaker: Dr. Charles (Chuck) Rino,  Boston College Visiting Scholar
Title: Ramifications of intermediate-scale ionospheric structure for tomographic reconstruction using two-dimensional simulation
When:  Wednesday, October 2nd, at 1PM.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:  Rino_Abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Victor Pankratius, MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, MA
Title: Mobile Devices in Space Weather Monitoring
When: Friday September 27, 2013, 10:30AM.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:  Pankratius_20130927_Abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Chaosong Huang, AFRL/RVBXP
Title: Characteristics and occurrence probability of equatorial ionospheric plasma irregularities observed by the C/NOFS satellite
When: September 10th, at 2PM.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:  Huang Abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Dr. John Meriwether, Clemson University.
Title: New results on equatorial thermosphere dynamics from Brazil and Peru
When: August 19th, at 11am.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:  Meriwether_Abstract.pdf 

Notes:       Presentation slides are here

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Speaker: Dr. John Cipar, Boston College ISR.
Title: Temperature and Power Output of the Lava Lake in Halema’uma’u Crater, Hawaii, Using a Space-Based Hyperspectral Imager
When: June 5th, at 2pm.
Where:  Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:

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Speaker: Mr. Don Norquist.
Title: Preliminary Results of Diagnosing Flares from Solar Dynamics Observatory Extreme Ultraviolet Experiment Irradiance Measurements
When: May 21st, at 2pm.
Where: Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:

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Speaker: Dr. Cesar Valladares, Boston College ISR.
Title: Toward a Distributed Observatory
When: April 30th, at 2pm.
Where:  Conference Room, ISR, 202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus
Abstract:

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Speaker: Dr. Michael Naughton, Chair of the Physics Department, Boston College
Title: Small scale science for energy, sensing and communication.
When:  Tuesday, April 2nd, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract:

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Speaker: Dr. John Ebel, Boston College Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Director of the Weston Observatory
Title:  Earthquake Prediction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
When:  Thursday, March 21st, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract:

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Speaker:  Dr. Eftyhia Zesta, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Title:  Solar Wind – Magnetosphere – Ionosphere Interactions.
When:  Friday, March 1st, at 10:30am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract: Zesta_abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Mr. John Bosco Habarulema, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) of Hermanus, South Africa
Title: Modeling TEC from Physical and Geophysical Parameters: Overview and Progress
When: Feb. 19th at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract:  Habarulema_abstract.pdf

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Speaker: Dr. Charles Carrano of ISR
Title: “Characteristics of Polar Cap Patches and Shear Flows Inferred from GPS Scintillation Spectra Following the CME Impact on 22 January 2012.”
When: Feb. 5th at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract: Carrano_Abstract_20130205.pdf

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Speaker: Dr. Endawoke Yizengaw of ISR
Title: “Instrument Deployment Experiences in Africa From the AMBER Magnetometer Network Perspective”
When: Jan. 22nd, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Speaker: Dr. Cesar Valladares of ISR
Title: “The installation of a LISN VIPIR in Tupiza, Bolivia”
When: Dec. 11th, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: Presentation Slide 1 is here.

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Speaker: Dr. Rezy Pradipta of ISR
Title: “Generation of Acoustic-Gravity Waves in Ionospheric Heating Experiments.”
When: Nov. 20th, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus.

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Speaker: Dr. Noe Lugaz, University of New Hampshire.
Title: “New View on Coronal Mass Ejections from SDO, STEREO and Numerical Modeling”.
When: Oct. 23th, at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract: Presentation Abstract is here.
Notes: Presentation Slides are here.

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Speaker: Dr. Don Norquist, AFRL (ret.)
Title: Forecast Performance Assessment of a Kinematic and a Magnetohydrodynamic Solar Wind Model.
When: Oct. 9th, at 2:30pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract: Norquist Presentation Abstract is here.
Notes: Norquist presentation slides are here.

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Speaker: Dr. Paul Song of the Center for  Atmospheric Research and Dept of Environment, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Title: Next Generation of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Models.
When: Sept. 25th, at 10:30am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Abstract: Song Presentation Abstract is here

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Karolina Cyburt, BC 2014.
Title: Coronal Mass Ejections and Commercial Airlines: Geoeffective Factors for Forecasting Methods and Financial Impact of Space Weather on Airlines.
When: August 28, 2012 at 11:00am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: 

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Dr. David Cooke, AFRL
Title: The Spacecraft Plasma Interaction and Lessons for Space Physics (and a small problem with Drell)
When: August 3, 2012 at 10:00am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: D. Cooke Presentation Notes are here

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Dr. John Meriwether of Clemson University
Title: Measurements of winds and temperature in distant lands with a Fabry-Perot interferometer
When: July 31, 2012 at 11:00am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Dr. P.V.S. Rama Rao, Andhra University, India
Title: Informal talk by a world renowned scientist specializing in the low-latitude ionosphere
When: July 26, 2012 at 2:30pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Dr. Ashish Dasgupta, University of Calcutta
Title: Satellite Beacon Studies from a Station Near the Crest of the Equatorial Anomaly
When: July 13, 2012 at 10:00am.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Special Seminar.
Speaker: Dr. Shin-Yi Su, Institute of Space Science at National Central University, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Title: Studies of Ionospheric Irregularities and Radiowave Scintillation with ROCSAT Data
When: July 10, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where:  ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Speaker: Kathleen Kraemer, Senior Research Physicist
Title: Dust & Gas around Stars Young & Old, Near & Far
When: June 5, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: Kraemer Presentation slides are here

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Speaker: Neil Grossbard, Senior Research Analyst
Title: Monte-Carlo Techniques and Power Spectral Analysis
When: May 22, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: Grossbard Presentation slides are here.

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Speaker: Sean O'Connell, Technology Specialist
Title: New Technology Ideas for ISR
When: May 8, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus
Notes: O'Connell Presentation slides are here

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There Were No Seminars in April 2012

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Speaker: Greg Bishop, Visiting Scholar
Title: Operational Assessment of Ionospheric Data Sets
When: March 7, 2012 at 2:00pm
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Speaker: Dr. Paul Noah, Research Scientist
Title: Modeling the Celestial Background
When: February 21, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Speaker: Dr. Keith Groves, Senior Research Physicist
Title: The NASA Shuttle Columbia Mishap: A Space Weather Connection?
When: February 7, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St. Brighton Campus

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Speaker: Dr. Andrew J. Mazzella, Research Physicist
Title: TEC Measurements for the Ionosphere and Plasmasphere
When: January 24, 2012 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.
Notes: Mazzella Presentation Slides are here.

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Dr. Bamandas Basu, Senior Research Physicist, ISR, Boston College
Title: Kappa Distributions: Theory and Application in Space Plasmas
When: December 12, 2011 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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Dr. John Ebel, Professor - Dept of Earth and Environmental Science
Director of the Weston Observatory of Boston College
Title: Using Wavelet Transforms and Bayesian Probabilities for Automatic Earthquake Detections, Identifications and Locations in New England and Vicinity
When: November 29, 2011 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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Speaker: Dr. Frank Marcos, Senior Research Physicist, ISR, Boston College
Title: Thermospheric Space Weather Modeling
When: November 15, 2011 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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SPECIAL EVENT
Speaker: Dr. Baylie Damtie, President of Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
Title: Highlights of space physics research activities at the Bahir Dar University and the future prospects
When: October 31, 2011 at 3:30pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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Speaker: Dr. John Jasperse, Senior Research Physicist, ISR, Boston College
Title: Anomalous Trans Effects in Auroras
When: October 25, 2011 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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Speaker: Dr. Sunanda Basu, Senior Research Physicist, ISR, Boston College
Title: Global Space Weather Impacts of a Moderate Magnetic Storm on 3 August 2010
When: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at 2:00pm.
Where: ISR Conference Room, St. Clement's Hall, 4th Floor, 201 Foster St.

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Speaker: Dr. John Retterer, ISR
Title:  Scintillation Modeling
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, 3:00pm EDT.
Where: ISR Conference Room

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Speaker: Dr. Lee Ann McKinell, Managing Director, SANSA
Title:  South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Efforts to Develop Space Science Research Programs Over Africa
When: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, 2pm EDT.
Where: ISR Conference Room

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Technical Interchange Meeting on C/NOFS Results and Equatorial Dynamics

The C/NOFS Science TIM was held for 2 ½ days on 12-14 March 2013 at the Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The overall objective of this meeting was to address questions related to the dynamics of the equatorial ionosphere from solar minimum to solar maximum.  Results from the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite, as well as other ground and space instruments, were presented.  The meeting also addressed research opportunities during solar maximum and before C/NOFS reentry when the orbit circularizes, as well as future programs, including the Space Situational Awareness Environmental Monitoring (SSAEM) mission planned for 2015 on COSMIC 2 and upcoming CubeSat flights. Link to CNOFS 2013 TIM website.

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The ISR  co-sponsored the  "Workshop on Science Applications of GNSS in Developing Countries" on 11-27 April 2012, and the "Seminar on Development and Use of the Ionospheric NeQuick Model" on 30 April-1st May 2012, in Trieste, Italy. More details are available in the link above.

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The ISR hosted the "AMISR in Africa" Workshop at BC, March 1-3, 2012.

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The first International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) summer school was held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia during 28 October – 4 November, 2010.  

The ISR hosted the International Beacon Satellite Symposium in 2007.  The 2010 Beacon Satellite Symposium was held in Barcelona, Spain on June 7-11, 2010.

The ISR co-hosted the first Satellite Navigation Science and Technology Workshop for Africa at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy March 23 - April 9, 2009.   The 2010 Conference was held in Trieste, Italy April 6-24, 2010.