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UCAR Update

MARCH 2018



Since taking the helm as president of UCAR, I have elevated the level of resources and organization-wide activity dedicated to fostering diversity. The UCAR Office of Diversity & Inclusion has designed and led a portfolio of activities to engage and gather input from UCAR Members at the annual meeting and from NCAR/UCAR staff, and the outcomes of those activities will feed into UCAR’s Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion, which is entering the drafting phase throughout March and April. These internal, participatory efforts interact well with an important community effort: the NSF Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity program, or GOLD, which is being supported in several ways by UCAR’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Carolyn Brinkworth; SOARS Director Bec Batchelor; and other experienced UCAR staff. A set of five pilot projects, GOLD is aimed at broadening participation by people of color, people with disabilities, women, and others who have been traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences by focusing on developing leaders and enlarging the network of champions within our community working to advance these goals. A recent article, Reaching for GOLD, has more information about the projects.

This year we are also launching activities in support of strategic planning for NCAR, whose current plan runs through 2019 (PDF), and for UCAR, whose plan runs through the end of this year (PDF). As always, there will be opportunities to provide community input to these plans at several points in the process. Contributions from the community are indispensable, and I hope you will consider responding when calls go out for participation. 

The White House released President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 on February 12. That marked the formal starting point of a months-long process by the Trump administration and Congress to determine federal spending from October 1 of this year forward. UCAR issued a statement in response to the White House proposal that re-emphasizes UCAR’s unwavering message, that we believe it is essential that cuts do not occur in important research areas that could put U.S. scientific leadership at risk. You will find the full statement here.

To strengthen our work helping to raise the profile of the geosciences in Washington, my office has selected Clark Hill to provide counsel to the UCAR Government Relations team on federal budget and policy questions. The team will work closely with Kevin Kelly, Co-Leader of Clark Hill’s Government and Public Affairs Practice. Kelly’s previous experience includes serving the Senate Appropriations Committee as Chief Clerk and Majority Staff Director for the Subcommittee on the Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies — which includes NSF, NASA, and additional agencies with science-based missions. To learn more about Government Relations activities, contact Scott Rayder or Ari Gerstman.

On a related topic, please mark your calendars now for the launch of a series of quarterly UCAR Washington update webinars, a new community service created in response to requests from UCAR Members. For the first session on March 23, Scott Rayder will provide updates on the federal fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budgets, as well as major policy initiatives of concern to the community. He will also outline how to be a citizen-advocate in 2018. Because we are a geographically, culturally, and scientifically diverse community of researchers and educators, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our contributions to the nation’s well-being, and our shared determination to assure adequate resources to continue this important work going forward. You will find details about joining the webinar under “Community News,” below.

We have just opened the application period for the fall 2018 UCAR Next Generation Fellowships, an important opportunity intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities. Successful applicants receive financial support for two years of graduate school and two summer internships with NCAR and UCAR mentors. The program offers three distinctive tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Earth System Sciences, and Public Policy. Please help publicize this opportunity on your campus. Also please note that entries are still being accepted for the annual UCAR Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest. This opportunity to explore the intersection of science and policy is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric and Earth system science, and no prior policy experience is required. The deadline is Friday night, March 23. 

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ UCAR Washington Update Webinar

Join us for the first in a series of quarterly UCAR Washington Update webinars with Scott Rayder, Senior Advisor to the UCAR President and head of Government Relations. The first one-hour session, on March 23, will feature an update on the FY18 and FY19 federal budgets, as well as major policy initiatives of concern to the community. There will also be information on options for citizen advocacy for our research and education community in 2018. Future sessions will be announced here in the UCAR Update.

Webinar: Friday, March 23, noon to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Login online: via ReadyTalk - Then from a phone, dial 866-740-1260, and at the prompt, enter access code 4971655 

Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR University Relations,


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 this recent addition:
  • Tiruvalam Natarajan (T.N.) Krishnamurti (Florida State University, emeritus; longtime NCAR Visitor)
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Software Engineering Conference & Tutorials 2018 - NCAR SEA

Frontiers in Scientific Software

The theme of the 2018 NCAR Software Engineering Assembly conference is Frontiers in Scientific Software. In addition to a range of talk and tutorials, this year the conference will include full-day symposia on highly technical topics. The full program is available here.

Registration deadlines: Regular - March 18; Late - April 2 (online only)
Conference: April 2–6
Location: NCAR, Boulder
Details: SEA Software Engineering Conference
Contact: Cecilia Banner, NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab


▹ NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop - Nominate Students by 3/30/18

This five-day summer workshop in Boulder gives upper division college students a chance to explore careers in atmospheric science, meet with scientists, and connect with peers from around the nation. Students learn about different leadership styles, recognize leadership qualities in themselves, and polish their skills in workshops on topics such as communication styles, building collaborative networks with colleagues, and creative problem-solving. Further topics include scientific leadership, science and society, and diversity and inclusion. The ULW is a great opportunity for your students to meet NCAR scientists and private-sector professionals, and to connect with peers from around the nation. 

Faculty nominations (and student applications) deadline: March 30
Workshop: June 3–9
Location: NCAR, Boulder
Details: Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Contact: The ULW Team

▹ UCAR Next Generation Fellowships - Call for Applications

The UCAR Next Generation Fellowships are intended for graduate students from underrepresented communities. Successful candidates receive financial support for two years of graduate school and the opportunity to spend two summers in internships with NCAR and UCAR. The program offers three distinctive tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Earthy System Sciences, and the Public Policy.

Submission deadline: June 1
Details: Next Generation Fellowships
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR President's Office

▹ NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals

Short-term projects at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Applications are accepted at any time, and are reviewed on a rolling basis. We are seeking research project proposals from scientists in academia, government laboratories, nonprofits, and the private sector to interact with colleagues at NCEP. This program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully integrated within a national scale operational environment for discrete periods of time.

Details: NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities
Contact: Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer, or Meg Austin, Senior Advisor, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: UCAR CPAESS - Upcoming Events

▹ New from the COMET Program

Correction: YouTube Video

Geodetic Control in Surveying: Active vs. Passive (updated link)


SatFc-J: The AMSR2 Microwave Imager
part of the Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) series, this lesson describes the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) on board next-generation polar-orbiting satellite platforms. AMSR2's primary mission is to improve understanding of climate by providing estimates of precipitation, water vapor, cloud water, wind velocity, sea surface temperature, sea ice concentration, snow depth, and soil moisture.

SatFC-J: Orbits and Data Availability
presents a brief overview of NOAA's operational low-Earth-orbiting satellites. It focuses on how their orbits define observational coverage and how ground receiving capabilities affect data latency, from the observation time to product availability.

SatFC-J: The VIIRS Day/Night Band
introduces the VIIRS Day/Night Band (DNB) and its low-light imaging capability. The instrument views reflected moonlight from clouds and Earth's surface, surface light emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources, lightning, and other atmospheric sources The lesson explores benefits and key features.

Rapid Scan Applications and Benefits
introduces the capabilities of rapid scan imaging from geostationary orbit, with a focus on Meteosat Second Generation satellites. Products and nowcasting applications include those focusing on convection as well as fog and low stratus, wildfires, tropical cyclones, and atmospheric motion. Includes a look at new international data and improvements for advancing weather analysis and prediction.

Spanish Translations

Fundamentos de PNT: la física del modelo
(NWP Essentials: Model Physics)

Fundamentos de PNT: asimilación de datos
(NWP Essentials: Data Assimilation)

Señales de radar características de tiempo convectivo severo
(Radar Signatures for Severe Convective Weather)

SatFC-G: Bandas IR, excepto las de vapor de agua
SatFC-G: IR Bands, Excluding Water Vapor)

SatFC-G: introducción al GLM
SatFC-G: Introduction to the Global Lightning Mapper)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Space Weather Workshop
Student Abstract Deadline: March 2
Speaker/poster Abstract Deadline: March 16

International Conference on Subseasonal to Decadal Prediction
Abstract Deadline: March 16

UCAR Capitol Hill Visits 2018 - Student Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: March 23

Large-Scale University Allocation Requests for Supercomputing
Request Deadline: March 26

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: April 6


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