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Outstanding Accomplishment Awards - 2007

The themes of peace and award-winning work took on added meaning at this year’s all-staff holiday party, held on 7 December at the Center Green auditorium. As always, the party was the setting for the annual Outstanding Performance Awards, which went to 25 current and former staff in four categories. UCAR president Rick Anthes noted that this year marked the 40th anniversary of the Outstanding Publication Award, which launched the annual honors.

Nominations and winners:
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All Award Winners, 1967–present


2007 Winners

Administrative Achievement

Bev Broach (F&A), Jeff Custard (CISL/OSD), Lisha Kramer (F&A), Marla Meehl (CISL/OSD), Amy Bauer-Moore (CISL/AD), Gina Taberski (F&A), and David Waltman (CISL) for the development of the UCAR Point of Presence (UPoP) entity, a consortium of Colorado educational, nonprofit, and government entities that share wide-area networking services and access to the National LambdaRail. The economies of scale gained with this substantial and innovative achievement in networking service saves money for UPoP members and reduces costs for UCAR and other members of the Front Range GigaPop.

Education and Outreach

Laura Curtis, Jeff Fiedler, Gloria Kelly, and Cindy Schmidt (UCAR/OGA) for their role in educating Congress about our community’s scientific research through UCAR briefings on Capitol Hill over the past five years. These presentations, which began at a time when no other organization was offering targeted briefings on atmospheric science for congressional staffers, influence legislation of importance to the UCAR community on topics of high societal and environmental significance, including severe weather and climate change.

Outstanding Publication Award

Chris Snyder (ESSL/MMM) and Fuqing Zhang (Texas A&M University) for

Snyder, C. and F. Zhang, 2003:  Assimilation of simulated Doppler radar observations with an ensemble Kalman filter Mon. Wea. Rev., 131, 1663-1677.  

This study investigates the potential of the ensemble Kalman filter (EnkF) to assimilate  convective-scale radar data and thus improve short-term modeling of thunderstorms, whereas previously the EnkF had been applied only to larger-scale flows. The paper has stimulated several research efforts applying the technique to observations, and it now serves as the proof of concept for the use of the EnkF in assimilating radar data.

Scientific and Technical Advancement Award

Bill Kuo, Chris Rocken, Sergey Sokolovskiy, Stig Syndergaard, Bill Schreiner, Doug Hunt, Tae-Kwon Wee, Lidia Cucurull, James Johnson, Karl Hudnut, and Maggie Sleziak-Sallee (UOP/COSMIC), and Dave Ector (formerly with UOP/COSMIC) for UCAR’s portion of the design, execution and deployment of the six-satellite FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission. COSMIC is now averaging 1600 radio occultation soundings with global coverage to support atmospheric research and operational numerical weather prediction, climate monitoring, and space weather forecasting.

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Other Nominees

Administrative Achievement

Missy Boone, Lisha Kramer, Barb Holub, and Shelley Richards-Craig (F&A) and Jim Menghi (UOP/JOSS) for creating the UCAR E-Commerce Solution, a secure web-based method used to collect credit card and purchase information. This tool has eliminated the slow and largely manual bill-paying process UCAR formerly used, which had exposed the corporation to unnecessary and costly data entry and the associated potential for errors and loss of personal information. The E-Commerce Solution has saved significant staff time in bill collections, increased the revenue collected from services, and reduced risks of loss.

Education and Outreach

Gordon Farquharson and Tom Brimeyer (EOL/RSF) for promoting and implementing the EOL Summer Engineering Internship Program for undergraduate students. This effort, which provides high-level, hands-on engineering and educational opportunities, was restructured under Gordon and Tom’s leadership to recruit more diverse students, increase attention to mentorship and professional exposure to EOL staff, and solicit well-defined engineering projects from within EOL.

Eve Gruntfest (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), Julie Demuth (SERE and RAL), Jeff Lazo (RAL and SERE), Rebecca Morss (ESSL and SERE), Sheldon Drobot (University of Colorado at Boulder), Mary Hayden (SERE/ASP), Matt Kelsch (UOP/COMET), and Olga Wilhelmi (SERE/ISSE) for Weather and Society * Integrated Studies (WAS*IS), a series of workshops, education and outreach activities, and community building efforts aimed at improving the integration of weather and social science. More than 140 individuals from government, private, and nonprofit settings have taken part in WAS*IS, developing and sharing ideas and tools and producing a number of interdisciplinary papers and conference presentations.

Kevin Trenberth (ESSL/CGD) for his work in education and outreach activities related to climate change. Kevin is a prominent NCAR spokesperson in print and electronic media, as well as through many public lectures, testimonies before Congress, and leadership on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In each venue, Kevin has clearly explained the complex science behind climate change and emphasized the need for concerted action to address the threats posed by emissions of human-produced greenhouse gases.

Outstanding Publication Award

Mausumi Dikpati and Peter Gilman (ESSL/HAO) for

Dikpati, Mausumi and Peter Gilman, 2006:  Simulating and predicting solar cycles using a flux-transport dynamo The Astrophy. Journ., 649: 498-514.

By combining computations from a solar dynamo model with observations, this study simulates and forecasts solar-cycle attributes for the upcoming solar cycle 24, the first such prediction obtained from a dynamo-based model. The paper elucidates the physics underlying the basic dynamo mechanism that likely operates inside the Sun, and it convincingly demonstrates the skill of the resulting predictive techniques.

Jean-Francois Lamarque (ESSL/ACD), Jeff Kiehl (ESSL/CGD), Christine Shields (ESSL/CGD), Byron Boville (posthumously, ESSL/CGD), and Doug Kinnison (ESSL/ACD) for

Lamarque, J.-F., J.T. Kiehl, C.A. Shields, B. A. Boville, and D.E. Kinnison, 2006 Modeling the response to changes in tropospheric methane concentration:  Application to the Permian-Triassic boundary Paleoceanography (AGU), 21, PA3006.

This study discusses model experiments that simulate the Permian-Triassic boundary, around 250 million years ago, to explore the impact of changes in surface methane concentration. It is the first paleochemistry study to employ a comprehensive three-dimensional model of the troposphere and stratosphere that allows for feedbacks between chemistry and climate.

Gerald Meehl (ESSL/CGD) and Claudia Tebaldi (SERE/ISSE) for

Meehl, Gerald A. and Claudia Tebaldi, 2004:  More intense, more frequent, and longer lasting heat waves in the 21st century Science, 305, 994-997.

While most climate change projections have focused on changes in globally averaged temperature and precipitation, this paper employs the Parallel Climate Model to examine how the likelihood, magnitude, and location of heat waves may change in a warming climate By exploiting ensemble simulation techniques, it provides a framework for examining changes to the statistics of extreme events.

Rita Roberts (RAL/HAP) and Steven Rutledge (Colorado State University) for

Roberts, Rita D. and Steven Rutledge, 2003:  Nowcasting storm initiation and growth using GOES-8 and WSR-88D Data Weather and Forecasting, 18, 562-584.

This paper outlines the incorporation of operational radar data into an automated nowcasting system for consistent and reliable improvement in short-term forecasts of thunderstorm behavior. The technique is now being incorporated in the production of National Weather Service warnings and in research at NOAA, NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Scientific and Technical Advancement Award

Byron Boville (posthumously, ESSL/CGD), Ray Roble (ESSL/HAO), Rolando Garcia (ESSL/ACD), Hanli Liu (ESSL/HAO), Doug Kinnison (ESSL/ACD), Dan Marsh (ESSL/ACD), Jadwiga Richter (ESSL/CGD), Fabrizio Sassi (ESSL/CGD), Stacy Walters (ESSL/ACD), Ben Foster (ESSL/HAO), Andrew Gettelman (ESSL/CGD), Maura Hagan (SERE/ASP), Katja Matthes (formerly with ESSL/ACD), Astrid Maute (ESSL/HAO), Art Richmond (ESSL/HAO), Joe McInerney (ESSL/HAO), Stan Solomon (ESSL/HAO), Liying Qian (ESSL/HAO) and Simone Tilmes (SERE/ASP) for the development of, and scientific leadership associated with, the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), which simulates processes through the depth of Earth’s atmosphere. Built on the software framework of NCAR’s Community Climate System Model, WACCM now encompasses a community of users and developers inside NCAR and at universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit research groups.

Thomas Hopson (RAL and SERE/ASP); Hai-Ru Chang, Carlos Hoyos, Jun Jian, and Peter Webster (Georgia Institute of Technology); and Selvaraju Ramasamy and A.R. Subbiah (Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre) for developing and implementing the Climate Forecasting Applications Program to provide operational flash flood forecasts for the country of Bangladesh. In 2007 the system provided skillful forecasts and warnings of two extremely large flooding events, leading to the early evacuation of thousands of vulnerable citizens.

Krista Laursen (CISL/AD), Dick Friesen (EOL/RAF), Jennifer Oxelson (UOP/Unidata), Carla Hassler (formerly of EOL), Mike Spowart (EOL/RAF), Gordon Maclean (EOL/CDS), Grant Gray (formerly EOL/RAF), John Wasinger (EOL/CDS), Chris Webster (EOL/CDS), Gary Granger (EOL/CDS), Charlie Martin (EOL/CDS), Chris Burghart (EOL/CDS), Susan Stringer (EOL/CDS), Kurt Zrubek (EOL/RAF), John Cowan (EOL/RAF), Bill Irwin (EOL/RAF), George Nicoll (formerly EOL), Allen Schanot (EOL/RAF), David Rogers (EOL/RAF), Jorgen Jensen (EOL/RAF), Pavel Romashkin (EOL/RAF), Teresa Campos (ESSL/ACD), Jack Fox (EOL/DFS), Steve Rauenbuehler (EOL/DFS), Mark Lord (EOL/RAF), Henry Boynton (EOL/RAF), Ed Ringleman (EOL/RAF), Bob Olson (EOL/RAF), Bob Maxson (EOL/RAF), Brent Kidd (EOL/RAF), Bob Beasley (EOL/RAF), Kip Eagan (EOL/RAF), and Gerry Albright (EOL/AD) for the acquisition, modification, and initial instrumentation of the HIAPER aircraft. As a result of this team’s efforts, NCAR has a facility that will serve the atmospheric science and geoscience communities for decades, enabling fundamental research in many areas.

Bruce Lites, Hector Socas-Navarro, Greg Card, David Elmore, Alice Lecinski, Ron Lull (ESSL/HAO), and Kim Streander (formerly with ESSL/HAO) for the design and development of a spectropolarimeter to collect observations of solar magnetic field structure from the Hinode satellite. This instrument is now obtaining data of unprecedented quality, giving the world’s solar research community insight into the behavior of vector magnetic field structures that have never before been studied.

Jeff McWhirter and Don Murray (UOP/Unidata) for the design, development, support, and advancement of the Integrated Data Viewer (IDV), a freely available Java-based visualization and analysis tool for geoscience data. IDV is now used worldwide in diverse disciplines, bringing high-end visualizations and multidimensional datasets to the desktops of researchers, educators, and students.

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