TESS 2015 Meeting


Annual Meeting for Solar Physics Division
Indianapolis, IN
26 – 30 April 2015

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The Triennial Earth-Sun Summitt was held in Indianapolis, IN, 26-30 April 2015.

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Welcome Reception Sunday, 26 April 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Agency Town Hall Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 12:45 - 2:00 pm

Networking Mixer Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Town Hall Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPD Business Meeting Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Plenary Speakers

  • Bart DePontieu (Lockheed- Martin) - Sun
  • Tim Fuller-Rowell (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) - Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere
  • Justin Kasper (University of Michigan) - Heliosphere
  • Janet Kozyra (University of Michigan) - Magnetosphere

Invited Speakers

Inter-Disciplinary Sessions

  • Space Weather
    • Tom Berger (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    • Janet Luhmann (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Tony Mannucci (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
    • Geoffrey Reeves (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Plasma-Neutral Coupling
    • Pontus Brandt (Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab)
    • Tom Cravens (University of Kansas)
    • Michael Goodman (Advanced Technologies)
    • Jeffrey Thayer (University of Colorado)
  • Magnetic Reconnection
    • Jiong Qiu (Montana State University)
    • Brian Walsh (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Ben Lynch (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Mike Shay (University of Delaware)

Discipline Specific Sessions

  • Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG)
    • Nick Arge (AFRL)
    • Jon Linker (Predictive Science Inc.)
    • Michael Thompson (NCAR)


Solar Viewing in Multiple Frequencies
Sunday, 26 April - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Solar Activity Astronomical Association is a group of pro-am solar enthusiasts who share their love of solar astronomy, solar imaging and solar outreach efforts through the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +. Our global community, (over 19,000 members strong) hosts numerous annual outreach events as we bring our love of all things solar to all the people of the world.

SAA members will be setup on the Club Lounge Patio at the Westin Indianapolis. They will have state of the art Hydrogen Alpha scopes on hand, a Calcium K telescope and a white light scope for convention goers to view the sun in multiple frequencies. See sparkling views of Solar Prominences, Filaments, Sunspots, Granulation Cells and even Super Granulation Networks with your own eyes through our SAFE Solar Telescopes. We will even have solar viewing glasses and a spectroscope on hand. Stop by and chat with our presenters and see the sun like you've never seen it before!

Nonlinear Statistics & Self-Organized Criticality
Monday, 27 April - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Nonlinear dissipative systems in the solar corona, the heliosphere, magnetosphere and Earth's atmosphere are often governed self-organized criticality. Recent large databases of extreme events of solar, heliospheric, and magnetospheric phenomena can be analyzed and modeled with power law distributions that reveal physical scaling laws of the underlying dissipative systems. A major goal of this workshop is to compare datasets and to discuss quantitative models that help us to understand the statistics and to enable predictions of extreme events.

Introduction to Solar Data Analysis in Python
Monday, 27 April - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Through tutorials and presentations we will demonstrate how free and open-source Python and SunPy library can be used to analyze solar data. Depending on interest, dinner may be ordered after the main presentation (roughly an hour) and a hands-on help session will take place for the remainder of the evening.  Installing the following software is recommended but not required: Anaconda Python and SunPy.

Please email Dr. Christe if you have any questions.