ISWI Newsletter - Vol.8 No.14
30 July 2016

Dear ISWI Participant:

If you wish to announce workshops, scholarships, post-doc openings, etc., please consider using this newsletter.

George Maeda
Editor of ISWI Newsletter


[1] Book review by Whitham D. Reeve. (read it)

[2] Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (SCOSTEP President) becomes AGU Fellow. (read it)

[3] INSPIRE Workshop, 20-22 July 2016, NCU, Taiwan (read it)

[1] Book review by Whitham D. Reeve

Title: Very Low Frequency Space Radio Research at Stanford 1950–1990:
Innovation and Analysis, Supported by Field Work Extending from Antarctica to Alaska

Author: D. Carpenter
Publisher: Published by Lulu Press for the author
ISBN: 5800114-056925
Date published: 2015
Length: 215 pages, no index, 12-page bibliography
Status: In print
Availability: Hardcover 53 USD, softcover 50 USD, copies may be ordered from:

See Review here

(Sent in by Whitham D. Reeve)

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[2] Professor Nat Gopalswamy Announced a 2016 Fellow of American Geophysical Union

A letter from Prof Babatunde Rabiu
President, African Geophysical Society.

Join me to celebrate an eminent scientist who has made meaningful contributions to the global development of our science including in Africa.

The American Geophysical Union just announced the 2016 class of fellows made up of 60 individuals that constitute less than 0.1 % of AGU members, and on the list is our own Professor Nat Gopalswamy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre.

Professor Nat Gopalswamy
Excursion time at CAWSES,
Nagoya, November 2013,

He was at the forefront of the highly successful International Heliophysical Year IHY campaign alongside Joe Davila and Hans Haubold as far back as 2004 all through 2009. On resignation of Joe Davila, he took the lead of the successor program to IHY, International Space Weather Initiative ISWI, and ever since, it has continued to be great with us in Space Weather Community.

He has been to a number of African countries on Space weather programs including Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and host of others. He has organised and rallied support for many African Scientists, space weather schools and workshops in developing nations.

He just successfully supervised and graduated an Ethiopian female PhD student in Astronomy whom he assisted with support from his grants in an American University few weeks ago, the 1st in the history of that great nation and 2nd most populous nation in Africa.

He is serving his second term as President of SCOSTEP.

At this moment, all of us at African Geophysical Society celebrate our own Professor Nat and wish him greater heights even as we recognised this well deserved AGU fellowship honour.

Read more at:

Congratulations to our own Professor and to every member of space weather community in Africa....

(Sent in by A.B. Rabiu)

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[3] INSPIRE Workshop, 20-22 July 2016, NCU, Taiwan

Last week, the Editor of the ISWI Newsletter had the pleasure of participating in this workshop. The goal of INSPIRE is to do, teach, and inspire, great science through building small satellites -- which is university research, development, and education on its own. In addition, INSPIRE is multi-year and international.

The following text is heisted from its website ( )

Initially conceived as an educational tool, CubeSats are fast becoming an important platform for both scientific and commercial missions. Initiated in 2015, the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) is a multiyear academic program in small satellite development providing hands on training for students in science mission planning, flight hardware development, testing, and post-launch mission operations and science data analysis.

The first INSPIRE Workshop will be held at National Central University in Taiwan from July 20 - 22, 2016, and will focus on the planning and execution of CubeSat projects in the academic setting, the use of CubeSats to address outstanding scientific questions, CubeSat payload selection strategies, as well as preliminary designs for INSPIRESat-1, and related panel discussions. We encourage participation from institutions already involved in the INSPIRE Consortium, as well as other institutions with an interest in CubeSat science mission development.

Institutions currently participating in the INSPIRE Consortium include:

  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, USA
  • Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Taiwan
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Indian Space Research Organisation, India
  • Satellite Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

In a future issue of this newsletter more details on INSPIRE will be provided by the organizers:

Amal Chandran
Project Manager, INSPIRE
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO, USA
Loren Chang
Associate Professor
Institute of Space Science
National Central University
Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

For today, I leave you with 47 photos that I took.

(Sent in by G. Maeda)

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(1) Book review by Whitham D. Reeve, 148 KB pdf, two pages (click link to document)

(2) Letter ftom Prof Babatunde Rabiu, 836 KB pdf, one page (click link to document)

(3) Collage of 47 photos from INSPIRE Workshop, 20-22 July 2016, NCU, Taiwan 727 KB pdf, one page (click link to document)