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UCAR Board of Trustees
The board met 1213 June in Washington, D.C. Among the actions taken:
Six NCAR researchers were appointed to the rank of senior scientistGordon Bonan, Daniel McKenna, Linda Mearns, David Parsons, Roy Rasmussen, and Geoffrey Tyndall. Analogous to full professors, senior scientists are selected on the basis of individual competence in research and other activities that enhance NCARs interaction with scientists elsewhere. Three other researchers were appointed to the rank of Scientist III (Stephen Thomas, Bette Otto-Bliesner, and Steven Massie), and Jack Calvert was appointed senior scientist emeritus.
Barbara Feiner (Washington University) was elected trustee to replace Patricia Woodruff (formerly with the University of Chicago), who resigned from the board in January. Feiner became Washingtons vice chancellor for finance in 1999 and continues to serve as the universitys chief financial officer.
The board passed a resolution in favor of creating a collaboration fund for the U.S. Weather Research Program. This peer-reviewed, competitive fund and its extramural grants would be designed to increase university and private-sector participation in the USWRP.
The annual meeting of UCAR members will take place 89 October at the newly acquired Center Green campus (see related article, p. 6). It will be followed by the biennial meeting of heads and chairs of atmospheric science departments, 1011 October, sponsored by UCAR and the American Meteorological Society. This years heads and chairs meeting will be held jointly with the American Geophysical Union. For more details on this years meetings, see On the Web.
Office of Development and Government Affairs
To help spread the word about atmospheric sciences research and issues, ODGA coordinates timely briefings in Washington, D.C. In the first nine months of 2002, UCAR sponsored four briefings; three were cosponsored by AMS. Each was attended by 50 to 70 congressional staffers. Audio and PowerPoint presentations from each briefing can be found on ODGAs Roberts Forum Web site; see On the Web.
National Security and the Atmosphere: Current Examples of Research Applications, 11 February
Tom Warner (NCAR), Scott Swerdlin (NCAR), Walter Bach (Army Research Laboratory), Bruce Hicks (NOAA Air Resources Lab)
21st Century Dust Bowl? U.S. Drought: Prediction, Impacts, Mitigation, and Policy, 14 and 19 June
Part I: Tim Killeen (NCAR), Randall Dole (NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center), Lisa Graumlich (Montana State University), Robert Hirsch (U.S. Geological Survey)
Part II: William Hooke (AMS), Donald Wilhite (University of Nebraska/National Drought Mitigation Center), Steven Running (University of Montana)
Increasing Diversity in the Sciences: What Works, 23 September
Thomas Windham (UCAR), Judith Vergun (Oregon State University/University of Hawaii), Everette Joseph (Howard University), John Cortinas (University of Oklahoma/ National Severe Storms Laboratory
Edited by Bob Henson, email@example.com
Prepared for the Web by Carlye Calvin
Last revised: Monday, December 30, 2002 11:02 AM