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2019 Conferences
The 2019 URSI Asia Pacific Radio Science Conference (AP-RASC) was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India from March 9--15, 2019. Please visit www.aprasc2019.com for details.
 
The 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (www.2019apsursi.org) was held July 7--12, 2019, at the Hilton in Atlanta, GA.

2019 National Radio Science Meeting in Boulder, Colorado
The 2019 NRSM, sponsored by the USNC-URSI, was held Wednesday through Saturday, 9-12 January, in Boulder, CO. The 2019 themes for plenary sessions were IEEE Smart AG Initiative: Technology Applied to the Food Supply Chain (organized by Commission C) and ATACAMA Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in 2030 (organized by Commission J). Using private funds, the URSI-URSI supported the travel of 109 students participating in the 2019 NRSM.
 
The 2019 NRSM was attended by 365 participants. As part of this conference, 341 papers were published and 46 sessions were held. The latest Hans Liebe Lecture was given at the 2019 NRSM by Dr. Domenico Cimini of the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (CNR-IMAA) in Potenza, Italy. His talk, titled "Fostering Ground-Based Microwave Radiometry: From Uncertainty to Networking," was sixth in the series. Click here for more information on the Hans Liebe Lecture series.

On January 10, a networking reception for Women in Radio Science was held in conjunction with the NRSM 2019. Dr. Anthea J. Coster from MIT discussed her career trajectory as well as how she overcame gender barriers and career challenges.
 
The USNC-URSI was also proud to host the Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition. More information on the competition is available at www.nrsmboulder.org or by contacting the Student Paper Chair, Professor Erdem Topsakal, at etopsakal@vcu.edu. Student papers and top three paper awards were presented as follows:

First prize ($1000): Jordan Budhu, University of California, Los Angeles
Paper Title: "A New 3D-Printed Electronically Scanned Spinning Spot Beam Inhomogeneous Dielectric Lens Antenna for Spaceborne Wind Scatterometer Weather Radar Satellites"

Second prize ($750): William J. Longley, Boston University
Paper Title: "Electron-Electron Collision Effects on ISR Temperature Measurements"
Award Amount:

Third prize ($500): Poorya Hosseini, University of Colorado Denver
Paper Title: "Remote Sensing of Radiation Belt Energetic Electrons Using Lightning Triggered Upper Band Chorus"
2018 National Radio Science Meeting in Boulder, Colorado
The 2018 NRSM, sponsored by the USNC-URSI, was held Thursday through Sunday, January 4 through 7, in Boulder, CO. The URSI-URSI supported the travel of 127 students going to this year's NRSM.

The fifth Hans Liebe Lecture was given at the 2018 NRSM by Dr. Maria P. Cadeddu of the Argonne National Laboratory. Her talk was titled "Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing Studies with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Ground-based Microwave and Millimeter-wave Radiometers: A Review of Accomplishments and Recent Challenges.".
Click here for more information on the Hans Liebe Lecture series.

The USNC-URSI was also proud to host the Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition. More information on the competition is available at 
www.nrsmboulder.org or by contacting the Student Paper Chair, Professor Erdem Topsakal, at etopsakal@vcu.edu. Student papers and top three paper awards were presented as follows:

First prize ($1000): Yahya Mohtashami, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Paper Title: "A balun-free hybrid helix/monopole antenna for microwave ablation"

Second prize ($750): Daisong Zhang, University of California, Los Angeles
Paper Title: "A novel flexible electro-textile 3T MRI RF coil array for stroke prevention: Design, characterization, and prototyping"

Third prize ($500): Wenyang Li, Brown University
Paper Title: "Comparison redundant and sky model based interferometric calibration: A first look with phase II of the MWA"

URSI GASS 2017 in Montréal, Canada
For the 32nd time since the inception of URSI, Radio Scientists from across the world gathered for the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium on August 19-26, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.  This event was a unique opportunity to learn about recent advances in all fields of Radio Science, as covered by all ten URSI Commissions. 

The USNC-URSI supported 85 total attendees of the GASS in three different categories: 17 graduate students, 32 early career scientists, and 36 commission members. URSI was able to award travel assistance as part of its Young Scientists Program, supported by the French and Japanese Member Committees. The complete list of award finalists 
is available on the GASS website. URSI was also proud to hold its 4th Student Paper Competition at the GASS, funded by U.S. National Committee (USNC-URSI). Five full-time university students had the opportunity to present their papers in front of a panel at the GASS, and the results are as follows:
  • First prize ($1500): Shubhendu Bhardwaj, The Ohio State University
  • Second prize ($1250): Satheesh Bojja Venkatakrishnan, The Ohio State University
  • Third prize ($1000): Takashi Nagasaka, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fourth prize ($750): Navid Rezazadeh, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Fifth prize ($500): Surajit Bose, CSIR Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India
URSI additionally announces the recipients of three prestigious awards. The Santimay Basu prize was awarded to Dr. Jamesina J. Simpson, Associate Professor at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Dr. Lotfollah Shafai, Distinguished Professor at Canada's University of Manitoba received the Booker Gold Medal. And Dr. John Pendry, Professor at Imperial College London in the UK, received the John Howard Dellinger Medal. 

The USNC-URSI hosted two events at the URSI GASS. The first was a U.S. Reception for all U.S. attendees at the GASS on Tuesday, August 22. The second was a Mentoring Luncheon for graduate students and early careers, on Wednesday, August 23, which five U.S. students were invited to attend.

Professor Piergiorgio Uslenghi (University of Illinois, Chicago) was elected as one of URSI's newest vice presidents. The USNC-URSI congratulates Dr. Uslenghi on starting his term with URSI.

For more information on GASS 2017, please visit the website: 
http://www.ursi2017.org/welcome_e.shtml.

2016 URSI David Jackson and Steven Reising
Steven C. Reising (right) receives an Outstanding Service Award from the Chair of USNC-URSI, David R. Jackson (left), for his three years of dedicated service as the previous Chair of USNC-URSI.

2016 URSI Student Paper Competition
Winners and mentors of the Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition. From left to right: John L. Volakis, Ushemadzoro Chipengo,
David R. Jackson, Erdem Topsakal, Mohammad A. Salem, Ningyu Liu, Ersin Yetisir.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number AST-1708170. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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