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UCAR Update

MARCH 2019


Education has been integral to the mission of our organization from its earliest years. Since the launch in 1964 of the Advanced Study Program’s postdoctoral fellowships, NCAR and UCAR have developed a portfolio of programs that encourage the development of new Ph.D.s, K-12, undergraduate and graduate students, and early career scientists. These programs are designed to support the training provided by the Earth system science community, while bringing fresh ideas and inspiration to NCAR and UCAR experts, mentors, and collaborators.

This month’s UCAR Update provides details on a workshop for undergraduates considering careers in academia, public service, and private industry. Graduate students can explore unique opportunities via a new fellowship in NCAR’s Atmospheric Chemistry and Modeling Lab, the week-long Advanced Study Program Summer Colloquium, or UCAR’s Next Generation Fellowships in Earth system science, diversity and inclusion, or public policy..

Both undergrads and grad students are also encouraged to apply for the Capitol Hill Scholars Program, which this year asks that applicants submit a three-minute video essay.

Faculty interested in collaborative projects with specialists in high-performance computing, networking, visualization, data science, and the other disciplines represented by staff in NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Lab are encouraged to apply for CISL’s faculty visitor program by March 15. For scientific software engineers, there’s the national conference hosted by NCAR’s Software Engineering Assembly in April.

We rely on our higher education colleagues and the broader community to actively engage with and support the applications of a diverse cohort of promising students, faculty, and staff for these exceptional opportunities. Please help us reach prospective participants who are not yet familiar with NCAR and UCAR by considering new ways to help us get the word out. Forwarding this newsletter to departments of chemistry, physics, education, and other relevant disciplines helps, as does a post to Twitter (mentioning @NCAR_Science or @UCAR_News) or Instagram (@ncar_ucar).

Your encouragement and support of students as they complete their applications is another valuable contribution, and is very much appreciated.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


In recognition of the passing of organizational colleagues and leaders in our community, we provide links on our website to obituaries as we learn of their deaths. We are sad to report these recent additions:
  • Wallace Broecker (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)
  • Betty Bloom (NCAR Scientific Computing Division)
  • Lester "Bill" Zinser (NCAR Research Aviation Facility)


Mathematical Sciences Regional Research Conferences

Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS)

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, these five-day conferences provide opportunities to disseminate scholarly work widely, to reveal and plan new directions for research, and to engage and encourage students and junior scientists early in their careers. Support is provided for about 30 participants at each conference. Conference proposals are due April 26.

▹ GLOBE Zika Project Collaborates with Google Voyager 

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

To help prevent the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the GLOBE Program is enlisting students and citizen scientists to collect data on mosquitoes for a global mapping project. The story is now being told through the voices of GLOBE students on three continents using Google Voyager, a digital storytelling platform that embeds dynamic content into the geospatial tools of Google Earth. View the Google Voyager story or read more about the Zika Education and Prevention project.


CISL Faculty Visitor Program

NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL)

Applicants should have established a relationship and collaborative project with a CISL staff member prior to applying for a visit. Visits are expected to last from two weeks to three months. CISL will provide travel and local living expenses. Apply by March 15.

Ralph Cicerone Grad Student Fellowship

NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM)

The Ralph Cicerone Fellowship in Earth System Science is intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities. One fellowship will be awarded each year for a two-year period. Successful candidates will receive financial support for four months, divided over two years, working with NCAR in the ACOM laboratory. Please encourage grad students to apply by March 31.

Uncertainty in High-Impact Weather Prediction Colloquium

NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP)

This year's ASP Summer Colloquium for graduate students will focus on Quantifying and Communicating Uncertainty in High-Impact Weather Prediction. Approximately 25 students will be selected to participate. Please encourage grad students to apply by April 1.

Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

NCAR Education & Outreach (E&O)

This five-day immersion experience gives upper division college students a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences, meet with NCAR scientists and private-sector professionals, and connect with peers from around the nation. Please consider supporting the nomination of an undergraduate by April 1.

SEA Conference: Improving Scientific Software

NCAR Software Engineering Assembly (SEA)

A national conference, April 8-12, at NCAR in Boulder, with the following tracks:

  • Utilizing modern HPC architectures for Scientific Software
  • Utilizing Machine Learning Techniques in Scientific Software
  • Utilizing Software Engineering practices to improve Scientific Software
  • Utilizing containers and cloud for HPC
Register by March 24 to avoid the late registration fee.

UCAR Next Generation Fellowships

Office of the UCAR President

Intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities, including racial/ethnic groups, first-generation or low-income background, sexual/gender minorities, students with disabilities, and veterans. Fellows receive financial support for two years of graduate school and two summer internships with NCAR or UCAR on one of three tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity & Inclusion, or Public Policy. Please encourage graduate students to apply by June 3.

▹ New from the COMET Program

Land-SAF Products: A Practical Introduction

This lesson provides an overview of the products generated by the Satellite Application Facility on Land Surface Analysis (LSA-SAF) that may provide beneficial information to the agriculture community. It also discusses the application of satellite-derived products in regression analysis to model agricultural production.
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Career Opportunities

Find paid positions and opportunities for scientific visits, fellowships and internships with NCAR and with UCAR's community programs. You can also sign up on our opportunities website to participate in UCAR OppsList, the community information exchange of and by more than 750 subscribers in the broad Earth system science community.

▹ Reminders from Our Previous Issue

2019 Unidata Community Equipment Awards
Application Deadline: March 8

Capitol Hill Scholars Program
Application Deadline: March 29

NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


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