Development of the new NCAR strategic plan continues in earnest with NCAR leadership establishing a Strategic Plan Steering Committee to take the lead in gathering and integrating input from the organization’s staff. When finalized by the end of December, the plan will set the direction for NCAR over the next five years. This follows on the community input gathered at the October UCAR Members Meeting and at the meetings of the AGU and AMS. The plan website has the steering committee roster and a timeline of activities through the end of this year.
On March 11, the White House released the President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. As with prior years, the budget contains significant cuts in science funding and other non-defense discretionary spending. Also as with prior years, the proposal will encounter considerable alteration in Congress. You will find additional details here.
UCAR hosted a congressional briefing on Forecasting the Road Ahead: Advances in Weather Research and the Transportation Sector on April 3. Panelists Andy Alden (Virginia Tech), Kathy Ahlenius (Wyoming Department of Transportation), John Kwant (Ford Smart Mobility), and Bill Mahoney (NCAR) addressed how weather information is being used to address mobility and safety concerns, including challenges and opportunities with the rise of autonomous and connected vehicles. Some of their remarks are highlighted in this UCAR news release. Video is now available of the November 14 briefing, which addressed coastal impact prediction and featured panelists Kyle Mandli (Columbia University), Sally Yozell (The Stimson Center), and Chris D’Elia (Louisiana State University).
Also in Washington, UCAR staffed an exhibit during a reception to celebrate STEM on the Hill activities and to honor Senators Tim Scott (South Carolina) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia) with the George E. Brown Jr. Leadership Award, which they received for their strong support of federal research and STEM public policy.
Back in Colorado, UCAR is exhibiting this week at the 35th Space Symposium, where we are showcasing research at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory and relevant activities in UCAR’s Unidata, COMET, and COSMIC programs, as well as the organization’s science education programs.
UCAR is pleased to announce the three 2019 awardees of the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships for cross-disciplinary heliophysics research. The fellowships are sponsored by the NASA Living with a Star program, with support from UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science. Congratulations to this year’s cohort. Here are their projects and hosting institutions:
Terry (Zixu) Liu
Magnetic reconnection at the foreshock and the space weather effects of the associated accelerated particles. Hosted by Hui Zhang, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Investigating the nonlinear interaction between Landau damping and Coulomb collisions in Geospace plasmas. Hosted by Anthony Chan, Rice University
Understanding the evolution of the space weather drivers at Earth and Mars. Hosted by Christina Lee, University of California, Berkeley.
Antonio J. Busalacchi