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On June 27, NCAR Director Jim Hurrell announced the appointment, after an international search, of Anke Kamrath as the new Director of NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, a role that includes joining the Center’s Executive Committee as an NCAR Associate Director. Anke has been serving as Interim CISL Director since November 2016, and Acting CISL Director since last September. She has an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Before coming to NCAR, she spent 22 years at UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center in a variety of both technical and leadership roles related to scientific computing. She joined NCAR in 2009 to lead the CISL Operations and Services Division where she has overseen the completion of the NWSC and the successful installation of both Yellowstone and Cheyenne, among other achievements. 

Also last week, I announced the results of another national search: the appointment of Michael Farrar as UCAR’s new Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Mike will join UCAR officially in early fall. The SVP/COO is a newly created position, which I established after assessing the ongoing and future needs of the organization — in particular, how UCAR can best deliver on its mission to be an exemplary steward of the National Science Foundation investment in NCAR. Mike comes to UCAR from NOAA’s National Weather Service, having served at NOAA since 2012. NSF’s management review of UCAR last year recommended implementing a planning, programming, and execution process. Mike has experience and demonstrated success with the performance measurement process (Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution, or PPBE) used by both the Department of Defense and NOAA. For more about Mike and the new position, see this news release.

In mid-July we will be announcing creation of the UCAR Distinguished Diversity Fellowships. This new program will provide financial support to graduate students from communities underrepresented in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Awardees will pursue a full schedule of studies for two years of graduate school and spend two summer internships with NCAR|UCAR on one of three tracks: Atmospheric and Related Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Atmospheric Sciences, and Public Policy. Please watch for details about this opportunity, which will be advertised on our University Relations website and via the OppsList email list (see below for how to sign up).

The next UCAR Update will go out in early September. Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable summer.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ Share Community Opportunities via UCAR OppsList

This moderated email list helps community members inform each other about position openings, grant opportunities, conferences, and other relevant activities. List subscribers also receive biweekly updates about positions available through NCAR and UCAR programs. To receive notices and/or post your opportunities to the list, send a request to OppsList.

Contact: Judy Skidmore, 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 a recent addition:

  • S.T. Wu (University of Alabama Huntsville; UCAR Member Representative & PACUR Member)
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Statistics Triple Crown 2017

Faculty, students, and professionals with an interest in statistics are invited to participate in an afternoon of statistics seminars at NCAR.

Event: July 13
Location: Boulder, CO
Details: The Triple Crown 2017 Statistics Edition
Contact: Michelle Patton, NCAR Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences,

▹ GLOBE Annual Meeting, Solar Eclipse Activities

21st GLOBE Annual Meeting

Scientists and educators are invited to follow the GLOBE Annual Meeting on line through live Facebook feeds from July 30 through August 3. The 2017 theme is "Coastal Resilience in Urban Environments."

Event: July 30-August 3
Location: New Haven, CT and online via live Facebook feeds
Details: 21st GLOBE Annual Meeting

GLOBE and the Great American Solar Eclipse

Find GLOBE research ideas, safety tips, student learning activities, and more on this eclipse website. 

Details: GLOBE's Eyes on the August, 2017 North American Eclipse

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCAR GLOBE Implementation Office,

▹ NSF Observing Facilities - Educational Deployment Program

Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities available for classroom instruction

A subset of NSF's Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities is available for classroom instruction and experiential learning for graduate and undergraduate education, including deployment to universities across the continental United States for limited time periods. Facilities managed by the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory, the Center for Severe Weather Research, Colorado State University, and the University of Wyoming can be requested through a short five-page proposal submitted four to six months in advance of the deployment. 

Deadline: Four to six months in advance
Details: NSF Facilities and Funding for Educational Deployments
Contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory,

▹ New from the COMET Program


New modules

Fire Weather Forecasting: Clear Communications, Second Edition
introduces National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to the communication strategies used for decision support services during wildland fire incidents. It also serves as a baseline for practices that leverage unique NWS capabilities to assist land management, firefighting, and emergency management entities in critical decision making. This lesson replaces an earlier edition produced in 2008.

Using the Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast Service (HEFS)
helps the NWS facilitate forecaster use of ensemble forecaster information in hydrology. It provides information about the benefits and limitations of HEFS, explains the sources of uncertainty (meteorological inputs and hydrologic modeling), and demonstrates how to interpret a HEFS product for hydrologic analysis and forecasting.

Communicating Impacts and Mitigation for Wind Chill and Extreme Cold
describes the potential impacts of cold wind chill values and extremely cold temperatures and explores ways forecasters can communicate the impacts of these weather events, along with mitigation strategies.

Translations - German

Vereisung während des Fluges
(Enroute Icing)

Translations - French

La prévision d’onde de tempête issue de cyclones tropicaux
(Forecasting Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge) - also available in Spanish

Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
Follow COMET on: Facebook | YouTube | Flickr
Contact: UCAR COMET Program,


▹ Professional, Technical, Postdoctoral Careers, Student Internships

On the web

Via email - OppsList, for the UCAR community & beyond

Subscribe to UCAR OppsList to receive timely announcements in your inbox of professional and student opportunities at NCAR|UCAR, at UCAR member colleges and universities, and in the broader atmospheric and Earth system science community.

▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop
Event: September 21-27
Location: Seattle, WA
Details: COSMIC & IROWG meeting
Contact: Becky Cotter, UCAR COSMIC Program,


Research and education news from NCAR|UCAR
Michael Farrar
Offshore turbines
Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts
MPAS simulation
Students with NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft
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