October 2015

Issue 71

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Poynting Award

We are very pleased to announce that Elsevier issues a Call for Nominations for the 2016 Poynting Award on Thermal Radiative Transfer.


The Award is to celebrate the life-time achievement of an individual scientist who has made a landmark contribution to the research field of radiative transfer and its applications. The Award will be administered by the Editorial Board and Publisher of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. Nominations of scientists of all nationalities and all ages will be considered. The selection committee will consist of one Editor-in-Chief of JQSRT, three Associate Editors of the Journal, and four distinguished members of the radiative transfer community. On behalf of the Poynting Award Committee, we invite you to nominate a deserving candidate for the 2016 Award. Each nomination (as a single pdf file) must consist of a two page summary of the nominees accomplishments written in narrative format by the nominator, the nominee`s CV and publications list, and at least three 2-page letters of support.


Nominations should be submitted by December 01, 2015 to Chair of Committee, Professor John R. Howell at jhowell@mail.utexas.edu. Self-nominations will not be considered.

The award will be presented at the forthcoming International Symposium on Radiative Heat Transfer (RAD-16) during 5-11 June, 2016, at Cappadocia, Turkey.

The nomination details are available at the Award section of the JQSRT journal homepage.

See the full announcement here:



Sincerely yours,


Jose Stoop, JQSRT Publisher

M. Pinar Menguc, JQSRT Editor-in-Chief



Cosmic Dust IX meeting


WEBSITE: https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/

VENUE: Tohoku University, Aramaki aza Aoba 6-3, Aoba-ku Sendai 980-8578 JAPAN

DATE: from Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19, 2016


OBJECTIVES: This series of Cosmic Dust meetings aims at finding a consensus among experts on the formation and evolution of cosmic dust: where it comes from and where it goes. The meeting is organized by dust freaks who are very enthusiastic not only to make the goal achievable but also to establish a dust community across every scientifically relevant discipline for the development of cosmic dust research. For this reason, the primary objective of the meeting is to bring together professionals who deal with cosmic dust as well as provide an opportunity for participants to develop interpersonal relationships and scientific interactions among themselves.


SCOPE: All kinds of cosmic dust such as intergalactic dust, circumnuclear dust, interstellar dust, protoplanetary disk dust, debris disk dust, cometary dust, interplanetary dust, circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates,

presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids, meteors, regolith particles, planetary aerosols are the subject of discussion. The meeting is open for any aspects of dust research by means of different methods of studies (in-situ and laboratory measurements, astronomical observations, laboratory and numerical simulations, theoretical modeling, data analyses, etc.). All dust-related topics, for example, the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of dust particles, are also welcome. Publishing the proceedings of this meeting is currently planned as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, while paper submission to the proceedings is not obligatory.


ADMISSIONS APPLICATION: Please complete online meeting application at the CPS website in order to attend the meeting. The deadline for the application is May 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time (GMT+09:00). Because the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50, the online application does not guarantee admission to the meeting. Participants will be determined at the discretion of the SOC and all applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by May 31, 2016. Priority will be given to those who contribute to oral or poster sessions and retain enthusiasm for discussions throughout the meeting. For further details, please visit the Cosmic Dust website. https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/Application.html


REGISTRATION FEE: The early bird rate of 10,000 JPY is available for those who complete both admissions application and abstract submission by April 30, 2016. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after May 1, 2016 is 15,000 JPY. While no payment is required at the time of admissions application and abstract submission, the registration fee should be paid by cash on arrival at the venue. No matter what circumstances are specified, the registration fee will not be waived.


BEST POSTER AWARD: The best poster award will be given to the most excellent content and presentation of a poster at the Cosmic Dust meeting, although higher priorities are given to posters by students and junior scientists. The award winner will be announced at the end of the meeting.



30 April 2016, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

13 May 2016, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2016, Notification of Admissions Decision

15-19 August 2016, Cosmic Dust


SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SOC): Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France), Cornelia Jaeger (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany), Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University, Japan), Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe University, Japan) [Chair], Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA), Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)


LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC): Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University), Takayuki Hirai (JAXA/CAC), Akio Inoue (Osaka Sangyo University), Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University), Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe University), Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University), Takaya Nozawa (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC),Takashi Shimonishi (Tohoku University) [Chair], Ryo Tazaki (Kyoto University), Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC)




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The Cosmic Dust meeting started in 2006 as a session called Cosmic Dust of the 3rd AOGS (Asia-Oceania Geoscience Society) annual meeting in Singapore. Dust freaks have kept on organizing the session at subsequent AOGS meetings in Korea (2008), India (2010), and Taiwan (2011). The Cosmic Dust series has been recognized as the most successful session of the AOGS Planetary Sciences Section. In 2012, the time was ripe to be free from organizing restrictions on the AOGS meeting. From that time on, the Cosmic Dust meeting is totally independent of any international conference. The past meetings on Cosmic Dust have been held in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. So will be the coming one!


Position Open: Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the field of physical meteorology, with an emphasis on radiative transfer and atmospheric remote sensing. Candidates are sought with research expertise in one or more of the following areas: radiative transfer, atmospheric remote sensing, and applications of remote sensing observations to broader areas such as climate study, physical meteorology, and atmospheric chemistry. A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral experience is desirable but is not required. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a prominent research program and to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is one of the largest such departments in the U.S., offering degree programs at all levels and research activities across the full spectrum of the atmospheric sciences. Resources available for teaching and research include the Texas A&M Supercomputing

Center; the Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications, and Technology; the Texas Center for Climate Studies; and the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment.

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is part of the College of Geosciences, which also includes the Departments of Geology and Geophysics, Geography, and Oceanography. Texas Sea

Grant, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, and the International Ocean Discovery Program are also part of the College of Geosciences. Texas A&M University, a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, is located in a metropolitan area with a dynamic and international community of over 250,000 people. Texas A&M University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage applications from minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Texas A&M University also has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career partners.

To apply, please send a CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for at least three references to:

Prof. Kenneth P. Bowman

Chair, Faculty Search Committee

Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843-3150

Email: k-bowman@tamu.edu

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015.