Applications are invited for the 2014 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We are seeking students and undergraduate faculty to join us this coming summer for a unique professional experience. Students and undergraduate faculty will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. At the same time, a goal of the Summer School is to provide a professional development opportunity for undergraduate faculty to incorporate heliophysics and astrophysics examples into physics, astronomy and earth science courses.
The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere of Earth and their counterparts around the other planets throughout the solar system. The solar system offers a wide variety of conditions under which the interaction of bodies with a plasma environment can be studied, while the rich variety of exoplanet systems being discovered and modeled offers an even richer ground to explore. Similarly rich is the variety of activity phenomena seen on stars like the Sun: where our limited lifespan offers us only a direct view of solar activity for its present-day evolutionary status, comparative stellar astrophysics enables us to effectively study solar conditions for ensembles of thousands of years of solar time, and thereby to explore solar and heliospheric activity in distant past and future.
The 2014 Summer School will focus on the foundations of heliophysics while exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our local cosmos: stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.
About 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. In addition, three to five undergraduate faculty will be recruited to attend the Heliophysics Summer School.
The school lasts for eight days, and each participant will receive the full set of three textbooks and full travel support for airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs.
This is an opportunity for these faculty to work with leading researchers in the field of heliophysics and develop course materials using heliophysics examples to illustrate important concepts in introductory and upper division physics, astronomy or earth science courses, as well as general science courses. During the summer school, recruited faculty will be expected to work with the summer school instructors, other educators and each other to outline and draft teaching materials that they can further develop and test during the school year. A strong evaluation plan will be an important part of the expected outcome of this work. The goal is for these materials to be submitted to NASA for product review and hosting on NASA repositories.