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In September UCAR signed a new Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation to continue management of NCAR for five years, beginning October 1, 2018. The new agreement is the outcome of UCAR’s successful competitive proposal to NSF for the management of NCAR. It represents a clear vote of confidence in UCAR from NSF and its oversight body, the National Science Board. We announced details of the new agreement in this news release.

We are grateful to NSF for providing new supplemental funding under the previous Cooperative Agreement to support several key initiatives that will continue over the next two years. One initiative, the Early Career Faculty Innovators Program, will support a cohort of early-career university faculty and their students to visit and collaborate with NCAR staff on broad interdisciplinary research projects. The theme for the first cohort has yet to be selected, but it is intended to align with strategic projects that span across NCAR’s laboratories and NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. For more information, please reach out to the Director of NCAR Education & Outreach, Rebecca Haacker. The other initiatives address upgrades to NCAR infrastructure, including refurbishment projects at the Mesa Lab and renovation of the NCAR Research Aviation Facility.

The agenda and supporting materials for next week's 2018 UCAR Annual Members Meeting are available online, including important pre-meeting materials for all Member Representatives. Held each year in October, the meeting brings together representatives from UCAR’s 117 member colleges and universities to discuss topics of mutual concern and provide input and guidance to both UCAR and NCAR. The first of two breakout sessions on Tuesday will focus on the next NCAR Strategic Plan, which is due to NSF in December 2019. The second, on opportunities for increasing engagement with federal programs enabling science, will be informed by a panel including representatives from NSF, the Department of Energy, NASA, and NOAA, among others. New this year are four optional breakout sessions after the formal meeting closes on Wednesday at noon, and before the American Meteorological Society’s Heads & Chairs Meeting convenes on Thursday morning. I look forward to seeing many of you next week in Boulder!

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 this recent addition:
  • John T. "Jack" Gosling (NCAR High Altitude Observatory, Los Alamos National Lab, University of Colorado)


▹ Graduate Visitor Program - NCAR Advanced Study Program

Now accepting applications

The NCAR Advanced Study Program's Graduate Student Fellowship is an excellent way for students to spend time at NCAR and work on parts of their thesis, or final project equivalent, with guidance from NCAR scientists and engineers. Students in the atmospheric and related sciences, engineering, and scientific computing are invited to apply.

Details: Graduate Visitor Program
Application deadline: November 5
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR Advanced Study Program

▹ Airborne Research Instrumentation Testing - ARISTO 2019

Now accepting applications for spring 2019 test flights

ARISTO is a flight test program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and conducted annually on one of the NSF/NCAR aircraft operated by NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory. ARISTO provides regular flight test opportunities for newly developed or highly modified research instruments as part of their development effort. The ARISTO 2019 flight test program is planned for spring 2019 at NCAR's Research Aviation Facility, located at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, CO. Please visit the website for eligibility, proposal submission, timelines, and instrument requirements.

Details: ARISTO Instrument Test Flight Program
Contact: Project Manager, NCAR Research Aviation Facility

▹ Collaborative Software for Lidar and Radar - LROSE Blaze

First formal release for the Lidar Radar Open Software Environment

LROSE is a collaborative, open source project between Colorado State University and NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory to help address the ‘big data" problem in the lidar and radar research community. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project develops new scientific analysis software while facilitating community development of new techniques and algorithms.
The first formal release version, called “Blaze," contains key applications in a "virtual toolbox" that holds pre-built LROSE tools for a core lidar/radar workflow, with no compilation required.

Website: LROSE Project (software, documentation, starter kits, support)
Background: Lidar Radar Software Environment
Contact: Michael Dixon, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory or Michael Bell, Colorado State University

▹ New from the COMET Program

Videos in Spanish

Daños de los vientos de huracanes: la escala Saffir-Simpson
Damage from Hurricane Winds: the Saffir Simpson Scale

La marejada ciclónica de los huracanes
Storm Surge from Hurricanes


GOES-16 GLM Case Exercise: Buenos Aires Tornado and Hail Event
This lesson introduces learners to the benefits of using Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) observations in assessing convection. Learners will explore a severe weather event near Buenos Aires, Argentina, and practice using GLM observations to determine initial convection, supplement other data tools in estimating tendencies in storm strength, and evaluate the potential for severe weather.

Details: All MetEd lessons, courses & translations

Contact: UCAR COMET Program
Follow COMET:
Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

▹ Professional, Technical, and Student Career Opportunities

On the web

Email - Opportunities in the UCAR community & beyond via OppsList

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▹ Reminders from our previous issue

Unidata Software Training Workshops - Fall 2018
Registration Deadline: October 5

Call for New US CLIVAR Working Group
Deadline: October 12

Bring an NCAR Expert to Campus - UVisit
Applications accepted year round.

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


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