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U.S. National Committee for URSI

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the International Union for Radio Science (URSI), and NAS manages the relationship with URSI through the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for URSI. URSI is a non-governmental and non-profit organization under the International Council for Science, responsible for stimulating and coordinating, on an international basis, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science. 
 

WHAT'S NEW  

2017 URSI GASS Accepting Submissions Until February 13
The deadline for submissions of abstracts, papers, and awards to the 2017 URSI GASS has been extended until Monday, February 13. Submission guidelines and restrictions are located here: http://www.ursi2017.org/side_program/scientific_program/call_for_submissions_e.shtml.

The 32nd URSI General Assembly & Scientific Symposium (GASS) will be held in Montreal, Canada from August 19 through August 26, 2017. The USNC-URSI will be offering travel fellowships for early careers to attend the GASS, and more information will be posted here as it becomes available.

PAST EVENTS

2017 USNC-URSI Meeting Held January 4--7 in Boulder, Colorado
The most recent annual National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM) was held from Wednesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 7 in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting offered Student Travel Grant awards to both graduate and undergraduate students, and featured the 120 Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition. The three winners of the competition all received a prize of $750 each. For more information, visit http://www.nrsmboulder.org/.

2016 USNC-URSI Meeting: January 6-9
This open scientific meeting was sponsored by the USNC-URSI. Through technical co-sponsorship of the meeting by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the authors of summaries that were presented at the meeting had the option of archiving their summaries on IEEE Xplore.

The USNC-URSI awarded a total of 106 travel fellowships to Boulder. On Wednesday, January 7, the committee held a student luncheon and a Reception for Women in Radio Science. Sixteen women attended the reception, and were able to network and exchange their experiences working in a highly male-dominated field.

The Ernest K. Smith Student Paper Competition is organized at each National Radio Science Meeting. Papers are reviewed by representatives of the 10 USNC-URSI commissions and the top three authors are invited to present their research at a special plenary session. The 2016 winners were:

First Prize: Experimental Validation of Mode Dominance Reversal in Novel Slow Wave Structure for High Power Backward Wave Oscillators (Commission B)
Ushemadzoro Chipengo and John L. Volakis (Advisor)
ElectroScience Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Second Prize (tie): Modification of the Lower Ionosphere Conductivity by Thunderstorm Electrostatic Fields (Commission H)
Mohammad A. Salem, Ningyu Liu (Advisor), and Hamid K. Rassoul
Geospace Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Second Prize (tie): A Novel Array with 6:1 Bandwidth and 70° Scanning using FSS Superstrate (Commission B)
Ersin Yetisir, Nima Ghalichechian, and John L. Volakis (Advisor)
ElectroScience Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
 

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.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number AST-1440105. 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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