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ISR Seminar Series

The ISR hosts a seminar series and sponsors conferences locally and around the world

Current Schedule   Previous Seminars

The ISR Seminar Series typically takes place on Thursdays at 10:30 am, in the ISR Conference Room,  202 Kenny Cottle Hall, 885 Centre St., Newton Campus of Boston College (click here for directions). Please join us for light refreshments at 10:15 am.  To be added to the email announcements for the current series, contact Kathleen Kraemer (kathleen.kraemer [at]

Our next seminar will be:

May 17, 2018 (DOUBLEHEADER) at 10 am

Olivier Obrou, Universite de FHB de Cocody

Space Science Activities in Côte d'Ivoire and Africa

FOLLOWED BY (at 10:30 am)

Wen Li, Boston University, Dept. of Astronomy & CSP

Understanding the Origin of Diffuse Aurora and Electron Butterfly Distributions at Jupiter: Initial Results from the Juno Mission


Latest Seminar Schedule (downloadable pdf)

September 5, 2017
Dr. Matthew Richter, UC Davis, Dept. of Physics
High-Resolution, Mid-IR Spectroscopy from the Ground and the Stratosphere

September 19, 2017 (pdf of slides available)
Mr. Dev Joshi, Boston College, ISR & Dept. of Physics
Spatial variations of low latitude irregularities in height and longitude as a function of
solar flux: Results from the C/NOFS satellite mission

October 3, 2017
Dr. Timothy Cook, UMass Lowell, LoCSST and the Dept. of Physics & Applied Physics
LITES: Ultraviolet Aeronomy from the Space Station

October 10, 2017
Dr. Toshi Nishimura, Boston University, Center for Space Physics & the Dept. of Elec. and Comp. Engineering
Auroral Imaging for Probing High-Latitude Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling Processes

October 17, 2017
Dr. Olusegun Jonah, MIT, Haystack Observatory
Analyses of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) Over South and North America

October 26, 2017 (Th)
Dr. Brian Walsh, Boston University, Dept. of Engineering & CSP
Small Satellites for Science

November 2, 2017 (Th)
Dr. Cecilia Garraffo, Harvard University, Center for Astrophysics
From Stars to Planets: Stellar Activity and Exoplanet Environments

November 9, 2017 (Th) (pdf of slides available)
Dr. David Webb, Boston College, ISR
CME Rates over 4 Solar Cycles

November 30, 2017 (pdf of slides available)
Dr. Shu Lai, Boston College, ISR
Deep Dielectric Charging and Physical Interpretation of Delays in Spacecraft Anomalies

December 7, 2017 (Th)
ISR Members
AGU Previews


February 1, 2018 (1 pm)
Dr. Endawoke Yizengaw, Boston Colllege, ISR
Longitudinal Variability of Ionospheric Irregularities and Forcing from the Lower Thermosphere

February 6, 2018 (T)
Dr. Robin Wordsworth, Harvard University, Eng. & Appl. Sciences
Resolving the Status of Oxygen as a Biosignature to Aid the Search for Life on Extrasolar Planets

February 15, 2018
Dr. Rezy Pradipta, Boston Colllege, ISR (pdf of slides, movie for slide 10, and movie for slide 14)
Using the 'GRAIT Detrender' to Study Bubbles/Irregularities over South America and the Caribbean (and the Prospect for Southeast Asia-Pacific)

March 1, 2018
Ms. Shradha Mohanty, Boston Colllege, Fulbright Scholar & ISR (pdf of slides available here)
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Ionospheric Scintillation Studies

March 15, 2018
Dr. Kerri Cahoy, MIT, Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Laser Communication with CubeSats

March 29, 2018
Dr. Michael Hecht, Haystack Observatory
MOXIE: The Real-Life Oxygenator goes to Mars

April 19, 2018
Dr. Alexander Koloskov, Nat. Acad. Sciences of Ukraine, Inst. of Radio Astronomy
Space Weather Monitoring Using the Radio Spectrum from ELF to L-Band

May 10, 2018 (NEW DATE)
Dr. Sovit Khadka, Boston Colllege, ISR & Dept. of Physics
Abnormalities in the Dayside Low-Latitude Ionosphere

May 17, 2018, 10 am (NOTE SPECIAL TIME)
Dr. Olivier Obrou, Universite de Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire
Space Science Activites in Côte d'Ivoire

May 17, 2018
Dr. Wen Li, Boston University, Dept. of Astronomy & CSP
Understanding the Origin of Diffuse Aurora and Electron Butterfly Distributions at Jupiter: Initial Results from the Juno Mission

Dr. Charles Carrano, Boston College, ISR
Reconciling Ionospheric Observations with Parametric Models using Nonlinear Optimization Techniques