40th Anniversary
Activities Schedule
UCAR 40th Anniversary Site Menu
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October 12, 1999
5:30 p.m.
Visualizing Our Planet: Past, Present, and Future

What happened?

National Institution of Standards
 and Technology (NIST)
Broadway, Boulder, Colorado
Presenters: Don Middleton, Manager, NCAR’s Scientific Computing Group and Fritz Hasler, Director, Earth Science Visualization and Analysis Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Flight Center

This program featured the visualization of scientific models developed at NCAR, as well as material produced from satellite observations and high-resolution simulations from institutions such as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Los Alamos, and the Jet Propulsion Lab.

October 19, 1999
5:00 p.m
From a View of the Grand Canyon to a Vision of Science in the Twenty-first Century

What happened?

John Firor

Boulder Public
Library Auditorium

Ninth and Canyon Rd. Boulder, Colorado
Presenter: John Firor, Senior Research Associate, National Center for Atmospheric Studies

The Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture Series honored John Firor for his exceptional achievements in science and public policy. Dr. Firor was introduced by former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth, President of the United Nation’s Foundation. A reception followed in the library gallery.

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January, 2000 Staff Notes Monthly - 40th Anniversary Issue and on-line Photo Album
A special 40th anniversary issue of Staff Notes Monthly features the history of scientific contributions developed at NCAR and UCAR. An on-line album tells the story in pictures.
8-14, 2000
National Public Science Day

Unisys Prize Winner

Web-based contest for kids predicts the weather.
Web Weather for Kids
National Public Science Day, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Unisys Corporation was celebrated in February as part of NCAR/UCAR’s 40th anniversary festivities.

A Web site open house for students, teachers, and the public unveiled Web Weather for Kids, a new Website offering hands-on activities for grades 5 – 8 about thunderstorms and tornadoes. The site also includes an online weather forecasting contest held on February 8 – 14 that awarded several young forecasters for their predictions. Congratulations to our contest winners!

The event was all the more exciting because Web Weather for Kids received the Unisys Prize for Online Science Education. The Prize recognized Web Weather for Kids as "a model for collaboration and a powerful example of how the web can meaningfully affect classroom practice."

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April, 2000 Panels on Space Weather and Climate Change

Space Weather

NCAR/UCAR and NOAA co-hosted anniversary tribute science panels during the 52nd Conference on World Affairs on April 12 & 13, at the University of Colorado in Boulder. NOAA is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Space Weather Panel - April 12, 2000 1:30 - 3:30 PM


Joan Burkepile, associate scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research


Jo Ann Joselyn, space scientist, Space Environment Center, NOAA, and secretary general, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (interplanetary medium and geomagetic field impact)

Barbara Thompson, space scientist, Solar and Heliosphere Observatory (SOHO) and the SERTS Rocket Program, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (structure of sun’s inner corona and the extension of solar phenomena to geospace)

Tim Fuller-Rowell, fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and senior scientist, Space Environment Center, NOAA (lower space interactions with earth and impacts of space weather on communications, navigation, and satellite drag)

Gang Lu, scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research (effects of solar activity on earth’s magnetosphere and electric grids)

Climate Change Panel - April 13, 2000 1:00 - 3:00 PM


Susan Avery, director, Cooperative Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Colorado


Don Middleton, Visualization Laboratory, NCAR (20 minutes of animations of scientific data from satellite images of earth and climate change models setting context for the discussion)


Nancy Kete, geographer/environmental engineer and director, Climate, Energy and Pollution Program, World Resources Institute (domestic and international climate change policy)

Tom Wigley, scientist, Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research (climate of the 21st century)

David Easterling, scientist, National Climatic Data Center, NOAA (manages the largest archive of climate data in the World)

Judit Pap, associate research astronomer, Mt Wilson’s 150-Foot Solar Tower; professor, Division of Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles; and Visiting Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado (earth-based observation of solar activities and solar influences on earth’s climate)

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May 12, 2000

2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

UCAR/NCAR Spring Fling

What happened?

Mesa Lab Tree Plaza
Boulder, Colorado
Friday, May 12, 2000

UCAR and NCAR employees and families celebrated NCAR’s 40th and HAO’s 60th anniversaries through outdoor activities planned by the Employee Activities Committee (EAC) and the 40th Anniversary Committee. Highlights enjoyed at this year's Spring Fling 2000 (F2K) included:

Snacks & Drinks
The World Famous Lip Sync Contest
Special - Door Prizes!
Live Band - Chuckie and the Cyclones.

Friday, June 16, 2000

7:00 p.m.

Screening of Woody Allen's classic movie, "Sleeper"

What happened?

Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Boulder, Colorado


Henry Lansford, formerly of NCAR, spoke briefly about the filming that went on for the movie at the NCAR Mesa Lab prior to the screening of "Sleeper" at the Boulder Public library.
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Sunday,June 18, 2000

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Bubble and Balloon Festival

What happened?

Bubble and Balloon Festival

NCAR Mesa Lab Tree Plaza and Fountain Plaza
Boulder, Colorado
UCAR families, trustees, and the Front Range Community celebrated Fathers Day at NCAR/UCAR's 40th Anniversary Bubble and Balloon Festival. Modeled after a highly successful event held each summer at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, this event was all about the properties of bubbles and balloons. The day included exciting, interpreted bubble and balloon demonstrations, fun hands-on activities, and a dance performance.
June 18, 2000

2:00 p.m.

"Atmospheric Odyssey" Exhibit Opening

What happened?

NCAR Mesa Lab Lobby
Boulder, Colorado
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and performance of "Fanfare for NCAR" officially opened this new exhibit that celebrates 40 years of discovery and partnership in the atmospheric sciences.
June 19-20 2000

7:30 p.m.

Conversations with Rita Colwell, Director,
National Science Foundation

What happened?
NSF Visitor's Album

Dr. Rita Colwell

NCAR/UCAR welcomed NSF visitors Rita Colwell, Director, Joe Bordogna, deputy director, and Margaret Leinen, director of GeoSciences. This visitors participated in UCAR's Board of Trustees meeting, the Bubble and Balloon Festival, and the Exhibit opening ceremony.

Dr. Colwell presented a public talk entitled Polar Connections about research in the Arctic and Antarctic in Old Main Chapel, University of Colorado at Boulder, on the evening of June 19.

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Sept. 20, 2000

7:30 p.m

Living with a Turbulent Sun: The History of Solar Research at NCAR's High Altitude Observatory

What happened?

Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Reception follows in the Gallery
A Public talk on the history of HAO by Tom Bogdan, HAO scientist.
October, 2000 UCAR/NCAR 40th Anniversary Commemorative Banquet

What happened?

Mesa Lab
Boulder, Colorado
The anniversary year officially closed with a reception and banquet held at the Mesa Lab in conjunction with the Fall, 2000, Members Representatives Meeting. Dr. Paul MacCready, chairman of Aero Vironment Inc. and renowned inventor, was the keynote speaker. Guests and speakers looked to the future of the atmospheric sciences made possible by the community’s distinguished legacy inspired by forty years of discovery and partnership.
NCAR/UCAR's 40th Anniversary activities are generously supported by:

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Faegre and Benson LLP
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Marsh USA, Inc.

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