Come join HamSCI at its third annual workshop! The workshop will be held March 20-21, 2020 at The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA and seeks to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2020 HamSCI Workshop is "The Auroral Connection: How does the aurora affect amateur radio, and what can we learn about the aurora from radio techniques?" Invited speakers include Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald, NASA Scientist and founder of Aurorasaurus, Dr. James LaBelle, Dartmouth Space Scientist and expert on radio aurora, and Dan Hallidy K2DH, an expert in ham radio auroral communication.
This workshop will also serve as a team meeting for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station project, an NSF-funded project to develop a citizen science instrument for studying space weather from your backyard. The PSWS is led by the University of Scranton, and includes participation from TAPR, Case Western Reserve University/W8EDU, the University of Alabama, the New Jersey Institute of Technology CSTR, MIT Haystack Observatory, Dartmouth College, and the ham radio community at large.
We are also excited to have the well-known contester, Tim Duffy, K3LR, as the 2020 HamSCI workshop keynote speaker at the Friday night banquet. Please come join us at this exciting workshop!
Cost and Registration
- Friday Registration: $100 (Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Banquet Ticket)
- Saturday Registration: $50 (Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
- Friday Banquet Ticket Only: $50
Student Registration (Saturday Only for K-12 and College Students)
- Saturday Student Registration (Breakfast and Lunch): $25
- Saturday Student Registration (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner): $40
Children under 5 are free with registration of a responible adult.
Travel funding may be provided for a limited number of participants who are presenting at the workshop based upon need and impact to respective citizen science communities. Please provide a statement if your attendance depends on this funding for consideration by the Organizing Committee.
We are especially looking for speakers with presentations showing analysis of ionospheric observations, ideas and proposals for the design of the Personal Space Weather Station and instrumentation for the 2024 eclipse. We will also accept other presentations related to amateur radio and science. Presentations will be in the form of oral talks, posters, lightning talks, and demo room tables. Abstract and acceptance and presentation format will be chosen by the Science Program Committee. If you would like to present, please e-mail your abstract to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2020. Presenters will be notified by March 1, 2020.
In your abstract e-mail to email@example.com, please include:
- Title of Presentation
- Name of Presenter
- Co-Author List with Call Signs and Affiliations
- Abstract, limited to 1 paragraph and 350 words
- Request of presentation or demo room table
You may request a poster presentation format.
The full program will be posted once all abstracts have been received. A summary program is as follows:
- Thursday, 7:30 PM: Informal gathering at historic Trax Platform Lounge
- Friday: Science and Engineering Oral Presentations in the Loyola Science Center
- Friday, 6:00 PM: Banquet and Keynote at Scranton Hilton
- Saturday Morning: Invited Aurora/Radio Talks in the Loyola Science Center
- Saturday Afternoon: Poster Session and Demo Room in the Loyola Science Center
- Saturday Evening: Ham Radio License Exam Session
Liz MacDonald's research has focused on experimental particle measurement techniques and data analysis in the magnetosphere and ionosphere for the last 15 years. Liz is currently a Co-Investigator (Co-I) on the Helium, Oxygen, Proton, and Electron Spectrometer on the NASA Van Allen Probes mission. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, Liz was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Z-Plasma Spectrometer on the DOE Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System (SABRS) geosynchronous payload. Liz also led the Innovative Research and Integrated Sensing (IRIS) team. In the recent past Liz led the DoE-funded Technology Infusion Project entitled Modular Advanced Space Environment Instrumentation (from 2009-2011) and served as the PI for the Advanced Miniaturized Plasma Spectrometer on the DOE SABRS Validation Experiment payload (2007-2008). Liz has a blend of expertise in both instrument development and data analysis and interpretation that comes from sounding rocket and satellite instrumentation experience. This experience ranges over the complete cycle of instrument production, including design and modeling, integration and testing, calibration, satellite operations, and in situ scientific data analysis. General interests include instrument technology development, basic magnetospheric science, and space situational awareness national priorities. Specific research interests include wave-particle interactions and the effect of plasma on radiation belt dynamics, mapping, coupling, and transport between the ionosphere and the inner magnetosphere, and the impact of heavy ions on geomagnetic storm processes. Liz holds Masters and PhD degrees from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor's in Physics from the University of Washington (largely funded by a NASA Space Grant scholarship). Liz is the founder and leader of Aurorasaurus, a citizen science project for the study of the aurora.
Meeting Location and Parking
Conference Meals and Friday Banquet
Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks are included with registration for both Friday and Saturday. Special dietary needs can be specified when registering.
The Friday Banquet Dinner will be hosted at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, with keynote speaker Tim Duffy K3LR. Banquet tickets are included with Friday registration. Separate/additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $50 each.
Lodging is available at a special rate at two hotels in walking distance to the workshop location. To get the conference rate, please call the hotel and tell them you are booking for the HamSCI Workshop at the University of Scranton. Room blocks are valid until February 25, 2020. Taxes, fees, and parking are not included in prices.
- Historic hotel located in converted Lackawanna Train Station Terminal
- Location of Thursday Evening Gathering
- Closest to Workshop Location
- $109.00: Thursday Night
- $139.00: Friday and Saturday Nights
- (570) 342-8300
- 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510
- Modern 3-Star Hotel
- Location of Friday Banquet
- $119.00: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Nights
- (570) 343-3000
- 100 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Flight Information and Ground Transportation
Easy access to the University of Scranton and the HamSCI meeting is available by flying to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), a 15 minute drive from the University. Complementary ground shuttles are available through the two conference hotels.
- Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, University of Scranton, Chair
- Dr. Phil Erickson, W1PJE, MIT Haystack Observatory
- Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, University of Bath
- Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Mr. Bill Liles, NQ6Z, HamSCI Community
Local Organizing Committee (University of Scranton)
- Dr. Mohammad A. Maktoomi, Chair
- Dr. Paul Fahey
- Dr. Declan Mulhall
- Prof. Nicholas Truncale
- Prof. Paul Pearson
- Ms. Laurie McCoy, Administrative Assistant
- Ms. Frani Mancuso, Executive Director of Conference & Event Services
For questions regarding logistics and registration, please contact Ms. Laurie McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org (570-941-7509). For questions regarding the scientific program, please e-mail Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF at email@example.com.