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Earlier this week the members of the search committee charged with recruiting  the next Director of NCAR were announced. The committee of 12 diverse and highly regarded scientists from across the community is being chaired by Kristie Boering. A UCAR trustee, Boering is the Lieselotte and David Templeton Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. To learn about all the committee members, please see this news release. For information about the search, including how to submit names of potential candidates, please see the search website.

June was a productive month for UCAR, and especially for students, in Washington, D.C. The students joined UCAR leadership and staff in several engagement activities on Capitol Hill that were timed to coincide with the spring meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees.

It was a pleasure to introduce the inaugural cohort of UCAR Next Generation Fellows and this year’s winners of our Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest to some of our activities and to involve them in our efforts to raise awareness about the importance of Earth system science education and research to the nation’s well-being. Thanks to the trustees, members of the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), and the NSF and Capitol Hill staff who welcomed the students to Washington. 

Here are a few photo highlights from our time in Washington:

UCAR Community Reception

France Cordova and UCAR Next Generation FellowsNational Science Foundation Director France Córdova (center) poses for a photo June 13, 2018, with the inaugural cohort of UCAR Next Generation Fellows (left to right): Aara’L Yarber (Diversity and Inclusion track), a meteorology doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University; Tania Lopez (Earth System Science track), a civil and environmental engineering doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon; Director Cordova; Linh Anh Cát (Public Policy track), an ecology doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine; and AJB.

The UCAR Next Generation Fellows met Córdova at a community reception hosted by UCAR at the Hart Senate Office Building. Other attendees included Gary Geernaert, Director of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division at the Department of Energy; Jack Kaye, Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division at NASA; Barry Myers, President and CEO of AccuWeather; Ralph Stoffler, Director of Air Force Weather; Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service; and many other representatives of the weather enterprise from the university community and the public and private sectors.

Learn more about the three fellows and their research interests here.

Capitol Hill Visits

2018 UCAR Capitol Hill Visits EssayistsThe winners of the 2018 UCAR Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest (left to right): William Cassell, University of Arizona; Lauren Dennis, Pennsylvania State University; Jacob Vos, Iowa State University; Emily Yang, University of Michigan; Joshua Alland, University at Albany, SUNY; and Shaowen Amy Chen, University of Illinois.

The six winning students, joined by ten PACUR members, began the morning of June 13 with a visit to meet with Fern Gibbons and Alicia Brown, two Senate Commerce committee staffers. After splitting into three groups, they spent the rest of the day visiting the offices of 20 Senate and House members and meeting with their staffs.

This is the second year of the essay contest program, which is open to undergraduates and graduate students. The students attend a briefing on how Congress works and engage with staffers in dialogue about the importance of atmospheric and Earth system science to economic and national security. The students, who are close in age to many of the staffers and connected easily with them, did a great job explaining the value of our community’s work and building bridges between the science and policy community. Please direct potential candidates for next year’s Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest here.

Science of Food Security Exhibition

Nihanth Cherukuru with Meteo ARNCAR postdoc Nihanth Cherukuru, lead designer of the Meteo AR and VR apps, demonstrates how the AR app allows users to explore ENSO data during the exhibition.

On June 20, Hill staffers explored and asked questions at UCAR exhibits during the Capitol Hill exhibition on the Science of Food Security, which showcased the connections between Earth and space science and agriculture. Organized by the American Geophysical Union and supported by the Earth & Space Science Caucus Alliance, the exhibition  had more than 177 attendees, including representatives from 63 House offices and 7 Senate offices; two members of Congress also took time to tour the event.

Linh Anh Cat presentingUCAR Next Generation Fellow Linh Anh Cát presented a policy brief on “Protecting human health and agriculture from airborne disease” during the event. She describes her summer internship with the UCAR Washington Office in this guest blog post for the AGU Blogosphere.

The next issue of UCAR Update will come out in early September. In the meantime, I wish you all a good summer.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President


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 these recent additions:
  • Roger Barry (Founding Director of the National Snow & Ice Data Center)
  • A. F. "Fred" Spilhaus Jr. (American Geophysical Union)
  • Douglas Lilly (NCAR Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences; University of Oklahoma)

On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Upcoming Community Events - CPAESS

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Details: UCAR CPAESS - Events

▹ New from the COMET Program


COSMIC: Atmospheric Remote Sensing for Weather, Climate, and the Ionosphere
This video provides an introduction to the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) and its use of radio occultation to obtain profiles of temperature, water vapor, and ionospheric information within Earth's atmosphere. The data contribute to improvements in numerical weather prediction, hurricane forecasts, climate studies, and ionospheric analyses.

COSMIC-2: New Generation Atmospheric Sounding Capabilities
The COSMIC-2 mission will provide high-quality, high-resolution observations that will contribute to advancements in several weather, climate, and other applications, including improvements in hurricane forecasts. (Note: This video was updated in June 2018 to replace an earlier February 2017 release.)

Thermobytes: Atmospheric Thermodynamics
This playlist of 91 short videos explaining key concepts related to the title theme is now available on the COMET YouTube channel. With narration by Mick Pope of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the series covers topics ranging from "adiabatic process" to "wet bulb temperature" and more.


Mei-Yu Front, Part 1: Ingredients for Heavy Precipitation and the Forecast Process in Taiwan
This lesson (also available in Traditional Chinese) introduces the Mei-Yu Front characteristics and forecasting methodology used by the Central Weather Bureau to forecast precipitation over Taiwan.

Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Pressure
This lesson provides information about current science and technologies for measuring atmosphere pressure.

New Spanish Translations

Fundamentos de PNT: estructura y dinámica
(NWP Essentials: Structure and Dynamics)

Meteorología básica: procesos atmosféricos fundamentales
(Met 101: Basic Weather Processes)


Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations
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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Unidata Software Training Workshops - Fall 2018
Workshops: October 15-30

High Performance Computing in Earth System Modeling Workshop (2018 MultiCore 8)
Abstract submission deadline: July 15
Workshop: September 18-19

Geoscience Digital Data Resource & Repository Service Workshop
Workshop: Scheduled for August 7-9

NOAA/NCEP Research Collaboration Opportunities - Request for Proposals
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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