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2002-28 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2002

UCAR Recognizes Outstanding Staff Accomplishments of 2002


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER--The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research recognized the efforts of outstanding staff at a year-end celebration on December 13. Richard Anthes, president of UCAR (which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research) handed out awards to UCAR and NCAR staff for ingenuity and scientific accomplishment during 2002.

Winners in each of the four Outstanding Accomplishment categories listed below received cash awards and medals.

Administrative Achievement Award—for outstanding leadership and professional excellence--efforts that result in substantial, innovative achievements in service or foster excellent customer service.

Winners: Marla Meehl, Scot Colburn, and Pete Siemsen for founding and operating the Front Range GigaPOP, a consortium of 12 Colorado and Wyoming universities, nonprofit corporations, and government agencies that share wide area networking services.

Education And Outreach Award—for efforts leading to improvements in science, mathematics, or technical education, or for other efforts that significantly enhance the public's understanding of scientific or technical issues.

Winner: Cynthia Schmidt, for over a decade of creative initiatives to enhance the public's understanding of scientific, technical, and societal issues in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Outstanding Publication Award—for original research published as papers or books, or for works that connect atmospheric science with other disciplines or public policy.

Winners: Richard Carbone, John Tuttle, David Ahijevych, and Stanley Trier, for a paper published in 2002 revealing a systematic pattern of rainfall across the continent in summertime. Nominating letters termed the potential impact of the research on forecasters' ability to predict warm-season rainfall "huge." ("Inferences of predictability associated with warm season precipitation episodes," Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 59, pp. 2033-2056.)

Scientific And Technical Advancement Award—for efforts leading to substantial improvements in scientific and/or technical capabilities, including advances in hardware or software engineering, computer science, and applied science.

Winners: A 14-member team including William Mahoney, Michael Dixon, Deirdre Garvey, Frank Hage, Celia Chen, David Johnson, Niles Oien, Susan Dettling, Carol Park, Jordan Powers, Ying-Hwa Kuo, James Bresch, Dale Barker, and Alfred Bourgeois. The team designed, developed, and implemented the Advanced Operational Aviation Weather System for Taiwan's airports, composed of advanced wind shear detection systems, a communications infrastructure that spans the island, several product display systems serving local and remote end users, and other components. The system provides Taiwan with "state- of-the-art aviation weather technology that far surpasses international safety standards," according to the nominating letters.

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More about the 2002 Outstanding Accomplishment Awards

Visuals: Color photos of the award winners are available. Contact Carlye Calvin (303-497-8609; calvin@ucar.edu).

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