April  2016


Issue 73

Cosmic Dust IX Meeting
Will be held at Tohoku University, Aramaki aza Aoba 6-3, Aoba-ku Sendai 980-8578, JAPAN
on Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19, 2016


OBJECTIVES: This series of Cosmic Dust meetings aims at establishing 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. Also welcome are dust-related topics, for example, grain surface chemistry of molecules; precursors of cosmic dust such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces; dusty plasmas. 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.
James Bauer (NASA/JPL, USA) Volatile and dusty: The NEOWISE comet survey
Adwin Boogert (NASA Ames Research Center, USA) Interstellar ices
Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University, Japan) Structure and chemistry of dust from laboratory perspective
Frédéric Galliano (CEA/Saclay, France) The dust properties of nearby galaxies as seen by Herschel
Ann Nguyen (JSC/NASA, USA) Laboratory analysis of silicate stardust grains of diverse stellar origins
Ralf Siebenmorgen (ESO, Germany) Dust in the diffuse interstellar medium and around active galactic nuclei
Greg Sloan (Cornell University, USA) Dust around carbon stars
Christopher M. Wright (UNSW Canberra, Australia) Silicate mineralogy of embedded YSOs and the ISM as revealed by mid-IR spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry
Arnaud Zaslavsky (Observatoire de Paris, France) Nano dust in the Solar System
ADMISSIONS APPLICATION: It is compulsory to complete online application by the deadline date of May 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time (GMT+09:00). Neither a late application nor a walk-in attendee will be accepted. 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 on-site discussions throughout the meeting. For further details, please visit the Cosmic Dust website https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/Application.html
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.
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)
CONTACT INFORMATION: <dust-inquiries@cps-jp.org> Please mind that any email attachment will be blocked.

The 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference

First Announcement

The 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference (ELS-XVI) will be held at the University of Maryland/College Park, MD, USA from 19-25 March 2017.

ELS-XVI will build on the remarkable success of the previous ELS conferences held in Amsterdam, Helsinki, New York, Vigo, Halifax, Gainesville, Bremen, Salobrena, St. Petersburg, Bodrum, Hatfield, Helsinki, Taormina, Lille, and Leipzig. The main objective of the conference is to bring together scientists and engineers studying various aspects of light scattering and to provide a relaxed atmosphere for in-depth discussions of theoretical advances, measurements, and applications.



The specific topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to) the following:

-new theoretical developments and numerical simulations of light scattering by nonspherical and morphologically complex particles and particle groups

-laboratory and field experiments in light scattering by natural and artificial particles

-light scattering by cloud and aerosol particles in the terrestrial atmosphere

-scattering of light by solar system objects, exoplanets, and exoplanetary environments

-scattering of light by various astrophysical objects

-light scattering in densely packed particulate media

-near-field and coherent effects in light scattering optical trapping and manipulation

-micro and nano-optics applications of light scattering in remote sensing, particle detection, laboratory and field particle characterization

-applications of light scattering methods in biology and biomedicine

-light scattering methods to control material properties and technological applications


Conference Conveners
Ludmilla Kolokolova, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Michael Mishchenko, NASA GISS, New York, USA
Gorden Videen, Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA


Program Committee
Matthew J. Berg, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, USA
Anthony Davis, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Oleg Dubovik, CNRS/University of Lille, France
Jay D. Eversole, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA
Gerard Gouesbet, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rouen, France
Joop Hovenier, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Olga Kalashnikova, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Nikolai Khlebtsov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov, Russia
Alexei Lyapustin, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
Hal Maring, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, USA
Alexander Marshak, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA
M. Pinar Menguc, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
Karri Muinonen, Observatory, Helsinki, Finland
Vijay Natraj, NASA/JPL, Pasadena, CA, USA
Thomas Wriedt, University of Bremen, Germany
Ping Yang, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA


For more details see http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mmishchenko/ELS-XVI/


Further information:
Ludmilla Kolokolova, ludmilla@astro.umd.edu
NASA contact:
Michael Mishchenko, michael.i.mishchenko@nasa.gov


Call for nominations


The 2015-2016 Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Awards


This Elsevier young-scientist award in the category of Radiative Transfer is named after Professor Raymond Viskanta of Purdue University, Indiana, USA to honor his profound contributions to the field of Radiative Transfer since the late 1950s. He is a W. F. M. Goss Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Purdue and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has written more than 500 papers, has guided more than 85 graduate students, and has influenced many engineers and researchers during his stellar career.


The Viskanta Award will be competed among early-career scientists and engineers who work on the theory and application of radiative transfer (including thermal sciences, atmospheric radiation, optical sciences, near- and far-field radiation transfer, remote sensing or all other relevant areas). Two Awards will be presented at the 8th International Symposium on Radiative Transfer (RAD-16) which will be held in Cappadocia, Turkey from June 6-11, 2016. The details are available at the conference website.


A nominee

-can be an undergraduate, a graduate or a post-graduate student, or in his/her early career path with an outstanding record of scholarship and/or applications;

-has not received a JQSRT Young Scientist Award previously;

-has published in JQSRT previously, although this requirement may be relaxed in exceptional cases;

-must be under 37 years of age on June 1, 2016 and must have finished his/her PhD within the 10 years preceding that date;

-must present a paper at RAD-16;

-must attend the award ceremony at RAD-16.


The recipients of the award will receive a monetary prize of USD 750 and an official certificate. The winner will be selected by two JQSRT Editors-in-Chief (M.P. Menguc, M. Mishchenko) and the RAD-16 Chairs (B. Webb, D. Lemonnier), and will be announced during the conference dinner.


The complete nomination package of a candidate should be e-mailed to M.P. Menguc (pinar.menguc@ozyegin.edu.tr) by April 15th, 2016. The package, in the form of a single PDF file, should include a cover letter, the CV, up to three letters of support, and up to 5 best peer-reviewed journal papers. Please note that any nominee to be considered for the Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award must present a paper at RAD-16. 


Other nominations:

The 4th Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award for fundamental lifetime contributions to the discipline of electromagnetic scattering (announcement).

The 2016 and 2017 Peter C. Waterman Awards presented to early career scientists in the category of electromagnetic scattering (announcement).

The 2016 and 2017 Richard M. Goody Awards presented to early career scientists in the category of atmospheric radiation and remote sensing (announcement)


ADDA is moving to GitHub


Dear ADDA users,


As some of you have noticed, the Google Code platform has stopped functioning, and so is the ADDA website. It is now in archived state at https://code.google.com/archive/p/a-dda . All links to previous site (wiki pages, etc.) should be automatically redirected to archived ones, but the formatting of some wiki pages is now broken.


The good news is that ADDA has been moved to GitHub - https://github.com/adda-team/adda , and you can find the current source and issues there. And if you want to contribute to ADDA, GitHub makes it extremely easy. Unfortunately, the move is not yet complete, in particular the wiki pages are not yet at its intended position - https://github.com/adda-team/adda/wiki . Instead, they are currently available at https://github.com/adda-team/adda/tree/wiki . While formatting of these pages is fine, some details of old pages (related to Subversion) may not apply to GitHub.


Once the move is complete, I will send additional announcement. All the changes will also be reflected in the next release of ADDA.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to address them to adda-discuss@googlegroups.com


Best regards, Maxim Yurkin.