A workshop honoring the life and work of Michael Thompson, “Dynamics of the Sun & Stars,” has been announced. It will convene in Boulder, September 24-26, to celebrate and build upon the scientific legacy of this influential and dearly missed leader of NCAR and UCAR. The organizers have put out the call for abstracts as well as student travel support requests. Please see details in the Opportunities section, below.
The UCAR Board of Trustees will meet in Washington, DC, June 4-5. Concurrently, five outstanding students will learn about the policymaking process and gain experience illustrating why Earth system science is important to society as part of UCAR’s Capitol Hill Scholars Program. Congratulations to the 2019 cohort: Hannah Baranes (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Tara Illgner (University of Virginia), Arthur Moses (University of Arizona), Amy Polen, (Louisiana State University), and Shadya Sanders (Howard University). I look forward to meeting with them in DC next month. You can view the scholars’ winning video essays here.
Video of the April 2019 UCAR Congressional Briefing, Forecasting the Road Ahead, which highlighted advances in weather research benefiting the transportation sector, is now available here.
UCAR Next Generation Fellow Aara’L Yarber (Pennsylvania State University) has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This NSF program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.” Learn more about the Next Generation Fellowships here.
The ceremony presenting this year’s Tyler Prize to Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University and Warren Washington (NCAR) took place on May 3 in San Francisco. The evening included presentations by Mann and Washington (left to right, with their medals in this official photo ). In addition to the live ceremony, the organization issued a video profile of this year’s laureates featuring remarks by several distinguished colleagues and community leaders (6:30), as well as a brief congratulatory video by Tyler Laureate Al Gore (1:47).
An important reminder: Anyone in the broad community, regardless of affiliation, may respond to the call for nominations to key UCAR leadership positions. UCAR depends on the Earth system science community to identify and nominate candidates to govern the organization, and your participation is much appreciated. The deadline is June 7; details below.
Antonio J. Busalacchi