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UCAR Update

MARCH 2017


In mid-February the President’s Office hosted the UCAR Board of Trustees in Boulder, where five new trustees elected at the 2016 October Members Meeting took their seats on the 18-member board. During the meeting, attendees gave hearty thanks to continuing board member Eric Betterton (University of Arizona) as he handed off the role of chair to Everette Joseph (University at Albany–SUNY). We issued a UCAR news release to mark the occasion.

The May board meeting in Washington, DC, will include visits by the board and the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. As mentioned in last month’s Update, UCAR is sponsoring an essay contest to select up to six undergraduate or graduate students to accompany these UCAR leaders to Capitol Hill, May 9-11. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to share information on your campus about this special opportunity to learn about the intersection of science and science policy. A PDF flier and more details are on the contest website

Below you will find a call for nominations for positions on UCAR’s governance committees and Board of Trustees. You need not be a UCAR member representative or at a member institution to participate in the nomination process (rules for nominees are outlined on the submission form). Please consider proposing candidates for these important roles in UCAR governance.

Within UCAR’s community programs, Digital Learning Sciences has been formally integrated into the UCAR Center for Science Education. DLS projects have included development of the National Science Digital Library for the National Science Foundation and of the open access service, OpenSky, for the NCAR Library, under the expert guidance of Mary Marlino. Mary continues as director of the NCAR Library and as a member of the SciEd team.

Antonio J. Busalacchi
UCAR President



In recognition of the passing of organizational colleagues and leaders in our community, we are providing links on our website to obituaries as we learn of their deaths. We are sad to report the most recent additions:

  • Edward Brown (NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory/Research Aviation Facility) - February 24, 2017 - Boulder Daily Camera
  • Keith Watson (NCAR High Altitude Observatory) - February 22, 2017 - Boulder Daily Camera
  • Stan Ruttenberg (NCAR Directorate and UCAR President's Office) - February 12, 2017 - Boulder Daily Camera
On the web: Colleagues We Will Miss



▹ Space Weather Workshop - Student Travel Support Deadline

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

Submit applications for student travel by Friday, March 10
There is still time to help a student give a poster presentation at the national Space Weather Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado. This annual event covering research, applications, operations, and users brings academia, government, and private industry together in a lively dialog at the cutting edge of space weather. Student travel support is being provided by NOAA and NSF.

The deadline for abstract submission by students not seeking travel support is also March 10.

Student abstract/travel support deadline: March 10
Professionals abstract deadline: April 14
Event: May 1–5
Details and registrationSpace Weather Workshop
Contact: Michelle McCambridge, UCAR CPAESS,

All Current CPAESS Opportunities: Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science

▹ Seeking Nominations - NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

This five-day summer workshop in Boulder gives upper division college students a chance to explore careers in the atmospheric sciences, meet with NCAR scientists, grad students, and private-sector professionals, and connect with peers from around the nation. Areas of scientific focus include weather research, forecasting, climate modeling, solar dynamics, and societal impacts of severe weather and of climate change. Professional development includes advice on résumés and elevator speeches.

Evaluations of the program, now in its 15th year, have found multiple long-term benefits (see for example this BAMS early release, “Long-term Impacts of a Career Development Workshop for Undergraduates”).
Application deadline: March 15
Workshop: July 9–15
Details: Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Contact: Tim Barnes, UCAR Center for Science Education,


▹ Judges Needed to Help Score Student Projects - GLOBE Program

The 2017 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium is an online science fair open to GLOBE K-16 students throughout the world. Last year 105 teams entered.

Once again, this year, GLOBE is recruiting volunteer STEM professionals to assist student researchers as they complete their research (through April 3), as well as judges to score the projects during the judging period, April 23-29. Even one hour of your time would be appreciated.

You will find more information and the volunteer form at the Mentor Participation link below. Volunteers will be contacted by the GLOBE Program in late March.

Mentoring period: through April 3
Judging period: April 23–29
Details: Mentor Participation
Contact: Jan Heiderer, GLOBE Implementation Office,

▹ Call for Nominations to UCAR Governance Committees & Board

It's time to submit your nominees for positions on the UCAR Board of Trustees, the President'a Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), the Membership Committee, and the Members Nominating Committee. The positions will be filled at the Annual Members Meeting in October. When making your nominations, please keep in mind the following:
  • Institutional Trustees must be from a member university, but they do not have to be a Member Representative.
  • Trustees-at-large are traditionally from the public or private sector, but can also be from a member university.
  • Members of the Nominating Committee must be a Member Representative.
  • Members of PACUR and the Membership Committee are usually from a member university, but it's not a requirement.
Deadline: June 16
Details: Submit your nominations here
Reference: List of UCAR Member Universities and Member Representatives
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR Governance,

▹ Educational Deployment Program - Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities  

Educational deployments offer unprecedented opportunities for project-based learning, real-time research, and teamwork in observational meteorology. A subset of NSF's Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities is available for classroom instruction and experiential learning. Facilities are available for graduate and undergraduate education, including deployment to a university for a specific time period.
NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory, as well as the Center for Severe Weather Research, Colorado State University, and the University of Wyoming are in a unique position to provide hands-on training opportunities and exposure to several mobile surface, sounding, and remote sensing instruments, at no cost to the educator. Nine different facilities can be requested through a short five-page proposal submitted four to six months in advance of the deployment. Those facilities include:
  • NCAR Mobile Integrated Sounding System (MISS)
NCAR Integrated Surface Flux System (ISFS)
  • NCAR High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL)
  • CSWR Doppler on Wheels (DOW)
  • CSWR Rapid-Scan Doppler on Wheels (Rapid-Scan DOW)
  • CSWR Storm Pods
  • CSWR Mobile Mesonet
  • CSU CHILL Radar
  • University of Wyoming King Air (UWKA)  - requestable with special consideration
Details: NSF Facilities and Finding for Educational Deployments
Contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR Earth Observing Lab,

▹ New from the COMET Program

Video introduces radio occultation and COSMIC-2 

Atmospheric Remote Sensing for Weather, Climate, and the Ionosphere
Hosted on COMET's YouTube channel, this video introduces COSMIC, the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate and previews the COSMIC-2 mission. COSMIC uses a technique called radio occultation to profile temperature, water vapor, and ionospheric information within Earth's atmosphere. These high-quality, high-resolution data contribute to improvements in numerical weather prediction, hurricane forecasts, climate studies, and ionospheric analyses.

New lesson series on basic concepts in meteorology and oceanography

Met 101: Introduction to the World's Oceans provides an overview of the world's oceans, including information about geography, physical properties, major currents, and the effects of oceans on weather and climate.

Met 101: Basic Weather Processes presents an overview of basic weather processes including how the distribution of incoming solar energy helps to establish Earth's atmospheric circulations and the differences between weather and climate. Also included are introductions to atmospheric stability, clouds, precipitation processes, thunderstorm characteristics, and weather impacts affecting aviation operations.

Met 101: Introduction to the Atmosphere includes an overview of Earth's atmosphere, its vertical structure, the fundamental forces acting on air, and how the atmosphere's composition affects the colors we see in the sky.


Details: All MetEd lessons, modules & translations
Contact:, The COMET Program, UCAR


▹ Professional, Technical, Postdoctoral Careers, Student Internships

On the web


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▹ Reminders

From our previous issue

Climate & Health Webcast - NCAR Explorer Series
Dates: April 8 & 12:
Details: Emergence of Zika and Other Climate-Sensitive Viruses in the Americas

Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR Directorate,

Cheyenne Supercomputing System Opportunities - Climate Simulation Lab & Large Allocations
Deadline: March 20
Details: CSL and CHAP
Contact: CISL Help Desk,

Student Essay Contest - Win a UCAR-hosted trip to DC
Contest deadline: March 24, midnight MT
Details: Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest 2017
Contact: Aneka Finley, UCAR University Relations,

Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo - Cash Prizes!
Deadline: May 13
Details and to Register: Forecast Rodeo
Contact: Ken Nowak, Bureau of Reclamation,


Research and education news from NCAR|UCAR
view of Earth and moon by GOES-16
Hawaii students with DOW
Mentoring opens doors to a geoscience career
snowpack in the Rockies
An ICAR model simulation of Colorado

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