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Plasma Group Welcomes Dr Zhonghua Yao

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Dr. Zhonghua Yao

The MSSL Space Plasmas Group warmly welcomes Dr Zhonghua Yao as a new colleague.  Dr Yao joins us from the School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University in China, where he recently completed a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Zuyin Pu, a longstanding and trusted colleague and a leading scientist in our field in China.  More specifically, Zhonghua's research work addresses one of the central issues of magnetotail physics, and one which has been of great interest to our group for some time, that of the role of fast flow enhancements in the transport of mass and energy within the magnetotail during magnetospheric substorms.

First Joint ESA-China Academy of Science Joint Scientific Space Mission Workshop

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Prof. Andrew Fazakerley and Dr J. Rae attended this workshop in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China on 25, 26 Feb 2014. They presented an auroral space mission concept targeted on substorm onset science questions, and made useful contacts with potential Chinese collaborators. They also supported posters concerning the Ravens and AXIOM mission concepts on behalf colleagues who could not attend the meeting. On a free day following the workshop, they visited the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and saw many giant pandas and red pandas. The famously spicy local cuisine was also sampled.

Cluster Science Operations Working Group meeting #60

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The Eberbach Monastery (photo by G. Watson)

Prof. Andrew Fazakerley (Cluster PEACE PI) and Gill Watson (lead of the PEACE Operations Team at MSSL) attended this meeting at the European Space Operatipons Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany on 4, 5 Mar 2014, and contributed 3 presentations. The recent progress of the mission was reviewed and forward planning was done for the coming year. Initial work was done on a longer range science plan, with a future mission extension in mind. In the evening, the retiring Cluster Spacecraft Operations Manager arranged a cultural and dining visit to the Eberbach monastery in the Rhinegau region (where some of the filming of "The Name of the Rose" was done).

Congratulations to Dr. Duthie

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Dr. Roger Duthie and Dr. Segheen Beyene

We congratulate to Roger Duthie of the Space Plasma Physics Group (SPPG) who successfully defended his Thesis in an oral examination at UCL on 04 December 2013. The Thesis title was "Multi-point observations of substorm-related phenoeman in the Earth's magnetotail", and it made extensive use of data from the Cluster and Double Star missions. Roger is seen here talking to Dr Segheen Beyene (also of the SPPG, who was awarded a PhD earlier this year) while having a celebratory pint! Roger is immediately taking up employment at the British Antarctic Survey and we wish him well in his new job.

Congratulations to Dr. Anekallu

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Chandra Anekallu, formerly a member of the PEACE Operations Team in the space plasma phsyics group will be awarded at PhD from the University of Helsinki following the public defence of his thesis on 25th October. He was given a hard time by his 'Opponent' (our own Prof. Chris Owen) but performed admirably in front of an audience of 30-40 people. We wish Chandra all the best and look forward to working with him in the future.

Space Plasma Physics Attendees at Cluster Workshop

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Prof. Andrew Fazakerley and Dr. Colin Forsyth both attended the 23rd Cluster Workshop, held in Tromso, Norway. Colin gave an invited talk on the sub-structure of the substorm current wedge and Andrew gave a contributed talk on new observations of electron phase space holes in the auroral regions. Andrew also gave a talk on behalf of Kirthika Mohan on electron "noses" in the inner magnetosphere and Colin gave a talk on behalf of Ali Varsani on high time resolution observations of flux transfer events.

Space Plasma Physics Welcomes 2 New Students

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The MSSL Space Plasma Physics group offers a warm welcome to our two new Ph.D students, Louise Cooper and Nadine Kalmoni. Louise joins us after having completed her degree at Aberystwyth and Nadine joins us from Imperial College.

13th Solar Orbiter SWT meeting held at Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, 24-26 September 2013

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Members of Solar Orbiter SWA consortium went to Brussels to attend the 13th Solar Orbiter Science Working Team meeting. 

UK Government Minister for Universities and Science views Solar Orbiter SWA EAS sensor STM in clean room at MSSL, 13 Aug 2013

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The right honourable David Willetts, member of parliament for Havant and Minister for Universities and Science, visited MSSL on the afternoon of 13th August 2013. 

SWA PI Team meet with new SWA DPU Partners, Naples, 5-7 Aug 2013

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Members of MSSL's PI team for the Solar Orbiter SWA investigation, together with Dr Roberto Bruno, SWA co-PI for the DPU, went to Naples to meet with the consortium which has recently won the new Italian industrial contract for the provision of the DPU.  

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