Summer workshops are underway across the organization and this year’s cohort of student interns and fellows is energizing the labs and programs with their talent and curiosity. If you are not yet familiar with all the opportunities at NCAR and UCAR for faculty, undergraduates, and grad students, see ncar.ucar.edu/opportunities and www.ucar.edu/opportunities.
The June meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees in Washington, DC, included discussions and planning sessions with the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations, including an update from NCAR Director Everette Joseph on the progress being made in developing the NCAR Strategic Plan 2020-2024. PACUR also met to develop the agenda for the Annual Members Meeting in October, which will include a feedback session on the strategic plan before it is finalized in December. On June 5, 10 PACUR members joined this year’s five UCAR Capitol Hill Scholars as they fanned out to make seven group visits to their congressional members’ offices. At each stop, they discussed their research and its benefits to the members’ constituencies and the nation. Thanks to all who participated, and to UCAR’s Washington Office (Jillian Farkas, Ari Gerstman, and UCAR Next Generation Policy Fellows Linh Anh Cát and Johnny Quispe) for organizing and escorting the visits.
One of three groups making Hill visits on June 4 pauses for a photo opportunity outside Mass. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's office (left to right): Johnny Quispe (UCAR Policy Fellow, Rutgers), Dan Cziczo (PACUR Chair, Purdue), Paul Markowski (PACUR, Penn State), Tara Illgner (Hill Scholar, U.Va), Dennis Barrett (staffer for Rep. Pressley), Hannah Baranes (Hill Scholar, UMass), and Kelly Lombardo (PACUR, UConn).
In May, NCAR Director Everette Joseph, Head of Cheyenne Operations Gary New, UCAR Senior Advisor Scott Rayder, and I met with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon to discuss the valued relationship between the state, the University of Wyoming, and the NSF-sponsored NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). We discussed how high-performance computing advances weather and water research – important topics to the vast agriculture sector in Wyoming – as well as ways to collaborate on STEM education and training. These links provide more information about the NWSC’s Cheyenne system and how to apply for computational resources available to the university community.
On May 16 we announced the first cohort of researchers in the Early Career Faculty Innovator Program (see news release). This NSF-sponsored effort is bringing together university faculty, graduate students, and NCAR scientists and engineers to co-develop interdisciplinary projects focused on coastal regions and human settlements. Congratulations to the nine faculty researchers and their students as they begin their first summer in the program.
Antonio J. Busalacchi