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Our community lost an outstanding scientist, leader, mentor, and friend with the unexpected death of Michael Thompson on October 15, while he was visiting colleagues in Japan. It is still difficult to believe that he is gone. Michael was part of the NCAR and UCAR family since first coming to NCAR as a long-term visiting scientist in 1988. In his subsequent positions — Director of the High Altitude Observatory and NCAR Associate Director, NCAR Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, and, for 13 critical months, interim UCAR President — he served with dedication and excellence. Michael played a leading role in advancing virtually all organizational priorities, and it is in no small part due to his work that we are a more efficient and productive organization today. As a researcher, his landmark work in helioseismology contributed enormously to fundamental insights into the Sun. Those who were fortunate to know him well also learned of his love of music and the outdoors, his sense of humor, and his talented singing voice. He will be deeply missed.

We have received numerous tributes and remembrances from Michael’s colleagues within the organization and around the world. We have posted these, along with highlights of his interests and contributions, on our website. I invite community members who wish to share remembrances to do so via a message to

With appreciation for all the ways we truly are a community, best wishes for a Thanksgiving of warmth and connection.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


▹ NASA Division Director in Earth Science - Position Search

The NASA Office of the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate has begun the search for the next Division Director in Earth Science. Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen writes, “We are looking for an incoming leader who will see this as an opportunity to make a difference, working with the world’s biggest Earth Science-focused research program during a time of utmost importance for NASA, the U.S., and society as a whole [across the] world.” He adds that the new Division Director will join a fast-paced environment as part of a team “with a science portfolio of unprecedented breadth and depth anywhere.” Please review the qualifications and consider applying yourself, or encouraging a colleague to apply.

Details: Director, Earth Science Division 


▹ NCAR/UCAR Strategic Plan Town Halls at AGU & AMS

NCAR Directorate

New NCAR and UCAR strategic plans will be drafted by the end of calendar 2018. It is important that members of the university and broader atmospheric science community and program officers of the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies contribute to the development of these plans. Wide involvement in NCAR and UCAR planning is essential because of the collaborative nature of our work and because NCAR and UCAR can only be fully successful through a close and ongoing engagement with a wide variety of partners. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

AGU Town Hall
Monday, December 10, 2018
12:30-1:30 pm
Marriott Marquis, Liberty I-K, Washington, DC
Details: AGU - NCAR/UCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall

AMS Town Hall
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
12:15-1:15 pm
Phoenix Convention Center, North Building 226C, Phoenix, AZ
Details: AMS - NCAR/UCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall

Contact: Susan Chavez, NCAR Directorate

▹ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Short Course at AMS


In spring 2018, the UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion published a Harvard Business Review article about our staff professional development course on diversity and inclusion. We are bringing that course to the AMS 2019 meeting as a one-day intensive called "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Geoscientists." Everyone is welcome, no prior experience is needed. You can sign up for this short course when you register for the AMS Annual Meeting.

Details: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Geoscientists - AMS Short Course
Event: January 6, 2019
Contact: Kristen Luna Aponte, UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

▹ NCAR ASP Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications accepted for 2019 starting November 16

NCAR's Advanced Study Program will begin accepting applications on November 16 for postdoctoral fellowships in the atmospheric and related sciences. These fellowships provide successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Most fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their own projects.

Details: ASP Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application deadline: January 4, 2019
Contact: Scott Briggs, Advanced Study Program

▹ NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications now being accepted for 2019

This fellowship program is designed to train the next generation of climate research leaders. It provides an independent research opportunity to recently graduated Ph.D.s who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate Program Office. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.

Details: Climate and Global Change Fellowship Program
Application deadline: January 4, 2019
Contact: Kendra Greb, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ Call for US CLIVAR Panel Members


The US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Committee seeks qualified individuals to serve on its three subsidiary panels: These panels formulate science goals and implementation strategies, catalyze and coordinate activities, and work with agencies and international partners to advance the progress of the climate research community.

Details: US CLIVAR Panel Member Nominations
Application deadline: January 7, 2019
Contact: Mike Patterson, US CLIVAR

▹ NCAR Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Sciences

SIParCS now accepting applications for 2019

The NCAR SIParCS Program is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in such areas as application optimization, computer security and formal verification, data science, numerical methods, software engineering, supercomputing systems operations, and visualization. Graduate students and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2019) gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

Details: SIParCS Program
Application deadline: January 11, 2019, 4 pm.
Contact: SIParCS, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

▹ Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships in Heliophysics

Annual call for applications

These UCAR postdoctoral positions are generally for two years, with the second year based on continued program funding. Successful applicants to this program work under the mentorship of host scientists in areas of mutual interest. The basic job function is to conduct research in the emerging field of heliophysics (the broad field of Sun-Earth connections). The program is sponsored by the NASA Living with a Star Program.

Details: Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Application deadline: January 11, 2019
Contact: Kendra Greb, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ SOARS Research Internships in Atmospheric & Related Sciences

Annual call for applications

UCAR's SOARS program is a multi-year research internship and mentoring program aimed at increasing diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences. Based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the program includes real research opportunities, extensive mentoring, co-building a strong community, conference travel in the fall/winter season, and funding for undergraduate and graduate tuition. SOARS has 20-plus years of successful partnering with the university community to prepare students from underrepresented backgrounds for graduate school and careers in STEM. Please encourage your students to apply: help us find and support the next leaders in our community.

Details: SOARS Program 2019 Applications
Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Contact: Laura Duggan, UCAR SOARS Program

▹ New from the COMET Program


Location Science Improves Everyday Life
Suitable for non-scientists, this short video explores some of the ways that location science improves everyday life. It follows two characters, Jane and John, through the course of a typical day.

The Value of Accurate Water Levels
This short video, intended for decision makers and the general public, describes the value of accurate National Water Level Observation Network data provided by NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.

Hurricane Florence 360 VR Data Animation
GOES Ch16 data from September 12-14, 2018.

Spanish Translations

Los instrumentos y la medición de la temperatura atmosférica
(Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Temperature)

Caso de estudio y ejercicio para el GLM del GOES-16: tornado y granizada en Buenos Aires
(GOES-16 GLM Case Exercise: Buenos Aires Tornado and Hail Event)
Details: All MetEd lessons, courses, translations
Contact: UCAR COMET Program
Follow COMET on:
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