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JULY 2021
Dear UCAR community,

Last weekend we lost Francis Bretheron, a visionary in the field of Earth system science. Francis' long and distinguished scientific career included serving as both the UCAR president and NCAR director. (Francis is pictured below in his NCAR/UCAR office in 1978.)

An applied mathematician by training, Francis contributed to our understanding of how to represent the complex Earth system in mathematical models. He played an influential role in the formation of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth in the 1980s, which sought to study the Earth as an entire interconnected system. As part of his work in this area, he led a seminal NASA committee report that helped define and realize the vision of Earth system science and included an illustration of Earth’s connected nature, which has become known as the Bretherton diagram.

After leaving our organization, Francis went on to direct the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

While I am saddened to learn of Francis’ death, I know that his legacy lives on in the Earth system science community and here at NCAR and UCAR, where his research helped form the foundation of the work we are still undertaking. 

Sincerely,
Antonio Busalacchi
UCAR President

NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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OPPORTUNITY FOR UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS ON DERECHO SUPERCOMPUTER

NCAR will soon be accepting proposals from university-led teams to participate in the Accelerated Scientific Discovery (ASD) program on the new Derecho supercomputer. NCAR will deploy Derecho, its next-generation HPC system, later this year.

The ASD program provides a unique opportunity for a small group of large-scale computational projects to have nearly exclusive use of the Derecho system for a few months. Proposals are being accepted from July 1 through Sept. 3.


TRUSTWORTHY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (TAI4ES) SUMMER SCHOOL

The TAI4ES Summer School will be held virtually July 26-29. The event is being organized by NCAR in conjunction with the National Science Foundation's AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES). Registration is free and due July 22.

SCIENCE POLICY INSIDER

FY22 budget and appropriations update:

The House Appropriations Committee started to draft its FY22 appropriations bills in June, and has already held a series of markups. The House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee will markup its bill on July 12. A full committee markup on the CJS bill, which funds the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA, is expected to follow on July 15. The committee hopes to move all 12 bills through the House floor in July, likely in groups or “minibuses” as it did last year. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet announced when it will start markups on its versions of these FY22 bills.

NOAA budget and admin action:

NOAA finally released its detailed FY22 budget justification in mid-June, and the request focuses on increasing funding for NOAA’s climate research programs, climate observations and forecasting programs, and ecological restoration and community resilience. It also bolsters funding for offshore wind capabilities, vessels, aircraft, and satellites, as well as space weather observation and prediction services, and diversity and equity initiatives. Also in June the Senate confirmed Rick Spinrad to serve as NOAA administrator by a voice vote, demonstrating strong bipartisan support for his nomination.

Senate and House federal R&D bills status:

The Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260; USICA) in early June. USICA aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness with China on a number of fronts, and it also includes the Endless Frontier Act, which would expand and reimagine NSF. Meanwhile, the House recently passed its version of an NSF reauthorization, the NSF for the Future Act (H.R. 2225), on a 345-67 vote, as well as the DOE Science for the Future Act (H.R. 3593) by a vote of 351-68. The two pieces of legislation will now go to conference with the Senate-passed USICA as lawmakers try to reconcile their differences.

Infrastructure package update:

President Biden recently endorsed a bipartisan infrastructure proposal worth $579 billion that a group of Republican senators helped to develop. While this framework does not include the R&D initiatives in the American Jobs Plan, the White House indicated that provisions left out of this infrastructure package would be pursued in a separate effort through a technique called budget reconciliation that would not require any Republican votes. Congress will spend the next few months working on the legislative text for both the bipartisan package and the Democratic priorities reconciliation package.

House Science Committee hearings:

The House Science Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the state of wildland fire science and opportunities for future research and coordination. The committee has included a provision in its NSF for the Future Act that lists wildfire science as a focus area for NSF’s risk and resilience research program. Earlier in June, the House Science Committee held a hearing on defining a national “OceanShot,” which is a “bold, ambitious vision for advancing ocean science and technology to address major challenges such as climate change.”

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Many of our community events are hosted by the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science, or CPAESS. To learn how CPAESS can support your event, visit cpaess.ucar.edu.

PUNCH (Polarimeter to UNify the Corona and Heliosphere) Science Meeting
August 9-11
Registration is due by July 15

Workshop on Future U.S. Earth System Reanalysis
October 18-20
Boulder, CO, and virtual 
Abstract submission opening in early summer 2021.
 

NCAR | UCAR SCIENCE NEWS

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SCIENTISTS DEVELOP NEW METHOD TO ESTIMATE EXPOSURE TO INDOOR HEAT

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed an innovative method to estimate the health risks of older adults who spend time in hot indoor settings. The method, detailed in a new paper and available for other researchers to adopt, suggests that exposure to extreme indoor heat may be connected to a greater number of heat-related deaths than previously believed, especially among the elderly.

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