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On December 7 we announced that the UCAR Board of Trustees voted unanimously and the National Science Foundation enthusiastically approved the appointment of Everette Joseph as the new Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He will join NCAR on February 4, 2019. 
Many of you know Everette and his many contributions to our community. At present, he is Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He also co-leads the $30.5 million New York State Mesonet for advanced weather detection and the New York State Center of Excellence for the Weather Enterprise. A former chair of the UCAR Board of Trustees, Everette has been tapped to direct atmospheric science activities at increasingly higher levels for nearly two decades. During his career, he has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on more than $90 million in research grants from NSF, NOAA, NASA, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center, and other agencies. His engagement with the national and international community began early, with his service as a UCAR Member Representative starting in 2000. He joined the UCAR Board of Trustees in 2011, where his Board colleagues elected him Vice Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2017. You will find more about his professional career in the news release we issued here
As NCAR Director, Everette will oversee all NCAR matters and serve as the senior NCAR liaison to NSF. He takes the helm with a long-time appreciation for the relationships among NCAR, NSF, and the university community. He has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in weather, water, climate, air quality and space weather and of the importance that NSF places on innovative and transformational research in our multidisciplinary field.
Everette’s vision and scientific leadership, along with his longstanding commitment to diversity and education, will be great assets to NCAR and our community as we work with NSF and other agencies, and with all of you - our university colleagues and members of the public and private research and applications sectors.
My sincere thanks go to all the members of the Search Committee, who so ably worked with executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to identify an outstanding slate of semifinalists and four finalists: Committee Chair Kristie Boering (University of California, Berkeley; UCAR Board Member) and Committee members Terri Adams (Howard University), Rita Colwell (Johns Hopkins; University of Maryland, College Park; and CosmosID), Chris Davis (NCAR), Charlette Geffen (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UCAR Board), Anke Kamrath (NCAR), Bill Kuo (UCAR Community Programs), Rachel McCrary (NCAR), Michael Morgan (University of Wisconsin–Madison, UCAR Board), Scott Rayder (UCAR), Yaga Richter (NCAR), and Kathy Sullivan (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum). 
My thanks as well to the NCAR Interim Directors: Vanda Grubišić, Director of the Earth Observing Laboratory; and Scott McIntosh, Director of the High Altitude Observatory. Scott will continue holding the interim position from December through early February, when Everette starts.
Everette has participated in UCAR events at the AGU meeting in Washington, DC, this week. He will also attend the AMS meeting in Phoenix in January, where I hope many of you will attend the NCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall. Your input as this plan develops is vital.
Please join me in congratulating Everette and welcoming him as the next NCAR Director.

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:
  • Jack Wainright (NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling)
  • Raymond Arritt (Iowa State University)


▹ NCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall at AMS

Please plan to join us for the NCAR Strategic Plan Town Hall at AMS in Phoenix, Arizona. Our organization can only be fully successful through a close and ongoing engagement with a wide variety of partners from across the Earth system science community. 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Convention Center -  North 226C
Add to your AMS schedule


▹ Scientific Software Conference & Tutorials - SEA

NCAR Software Engineering Assembly

The theme for the 2019 SEA annual conference will be Improving Scientific Software, with a focus on the following tracks and an emphasis on utilization:
  • Modern HPC architectures for Scientific Software
  • Machine Learning Techniques in Scientific Software
  • Software Engineering practices to improve Scientific Software
  • Containers and cloud for HPC
Details: SEA Scientific Software Conference and Tutorials 2019
Talks and tutorials submission deadline: January 13, 2019
Conference: April 8-12, 2019
Contact: Davide DelVento, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

▹ Okeanos Explorer-in-Training for Undergrads/Grad Students

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research Mapping

Current or recent undergraduate/graduate students interested in ocean mapping: Apply now for the 2019 Explorer-in-Training program and gain hands-on experience with seafloor mapping sonars, data analysis, and software technology while learning from the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Mapping Team on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

Details: Okeanos Explorer-in-Training
Application deadline: January 18, 2019
Contact: Gete Bond, UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ Heliophysics Summer School



Applications are invited for the 2019 Heliophysics Summer School. We are seeking approximately 35 graduate students - from masters through postdoctoral fellows - to join us this coming summer for a unique professional experience.

Details: Heliophysics Summer School 2019
Apply by: February 22, 2019
Contact: Kendra Greb, UCAR CPAESS

▹ Building Interannual to Decadal Capability for Decision Support

National Earth System Prediction Capability Workshop

This free, exploratory workshop will discuss the need for coordinated updating of 2- to 30-year physical Earth system predictions/projections to support a wide range of long-term decisions. The workshop will focus on the challenges of providing and maintaining an updating but non-operational capability, including the potential dual use of ongoing research efforts for decision support. The workshop is intended to build on the work of agencies involved in the USGCRP and USCLIVAR.

Details: National ESPC Workshop
Workshop: February 27-28, 2019
Contact: Jessie Carman, NOAA; Logistics: Heidi Allen, UCAR CPAESS

▹ 2019 Unidata Community Equipment Awards


These awards encourage new members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the geosciences to join the Unidata community and existing members to continue their active participation so as to enhance the community process. A total of $100,000 is available for awards this year. Proposals for amounts up to $20,000 will be considered.

Details: Unidata Community Equipment Awards
Application deadline: March 8, 2019
Contact: Equipment awards coordinator, UCAR Unidata Program Center

▹ Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report

US Carbon Cycle Science Program

View or download the new Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report. SOCCR2 is an authoritative decadal assessment of carbon cycle science across North America, developed by over 200 experts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in government, national laboratories, universities, research institutions, and the private sector.

Details: Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report
Contact: Gyami Shrestha, US Carbon Cycle Science Program

▹ Geoscience Digital Data Resource & Repository Service Report

National Science Foundation

The Geoscience Digital Data Resource and Repository Service (GeoDaRRS) workshop was held August 7-9, 2018, at NCAR. The workshop brought together over sixty individuals, including geoscience researchers, technology experts, scientific publishers, funders, and data repository personnel. Attendees explored whether new services are needed to complement existing data facilities, particularly in the areas of: 1) data management planning support resources, and 2) repository services for geoscience researchers who have data that do not fit in any existing repository. The final workshop report is now available.

Details: GEODARRS Workshop Report
Contact: Doug Schuster, NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab

▹ Introducing HPC-TV

NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab

HPC-TV is a website displaying real-time information about the work NCAR, UCAR, and our community partners are conducting on the Cheyenne supercomputing system. It provides a visually stunning window into the projects supercomputing makes possible, and into the impressive amount of high performance computing handled by the hardware itself. We invite you to share HPC-TV with colleagues and students.

Details: HPC-TV
Contact: AJ Lauer, NCAR Computational & Information Systems Lab

▹ New from the COMET Program



Satellite Signals from Space: Smart Science for Understanding Weather and Climate
This video introduces the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC), which is a set of six satellites orbiting near Earth to measure how the atmosphere affects signals from global positioning system (GPS) satellites. The observations offer scientists accurate information to improve weather forecasts, help monitor the ionosphere, and provide long-term records for understanding Earth's climate.

Spanish Translations

Engelamiento en vuelo
(Enroute Icing - also available in German)

Los instrumentos y la medición de la presión atmosférica
(Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Pressure)
Details: All MetEd lessons, courses, translations
Contact: UCAR COMET Program
Follow COMET on:
Facebook Page | Facebook Group | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

▹ Professional, Technical, and Student Career Information

NCAR & UCAR Opportunities

  • On the webVisitor Programs, Internships, Fellowships, Jobs
  • Via email: OppsList - Opportunities in the UCAR community & beyond
    Timely announcements of professional and student opportunities at NCAR, UCAR, UCAR Member colleges and universities, and in the broader atmospheric and Earth system science community. To help us prevent spam, please include a brief sentence describing your relationship to the community: UCAR OppsList Subscription Request 


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