Relocation of NCAR chemistry
The focus of the UCAR Board of Trustees winter meeting, 2526
February, was implementation of the strategic plan for UCAR space needs.
The plan, approved by the board last June, included five-year estimates
of space needs and three options for locating UCAR and NCAR programs
among the main campuses (Mesa, Foothills, and Center Green).
Improved lab space for NCARs Atmospheric Chemistry Division
is a critical piece of the puzzle. Now housed on the mesa, the chemistry
labs are in need of a safety upgrade. External consultants concluded
that the best option in terms of time, expense, and safety was to house
the labs in a new building on the Foothills campus. The board adopted
resolutions to approve construction of the new building and arrange
for its financing. The plan now awaits approval from NSF and the city
of Boulder. More details will follow in an upcoming issue of the Quarterly.
New affiliate scientists
The board approved five new NCAR affiliate scientists: Stephen Bougher
(University of Michigan), Haosheng Lin (University of Hawaii), David
Rees (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,
Sydney), Michael Thompson (Imperial College, London), and Fortunat Joos
(University of Bern).
The NCAR Affiliate Scientist Program allows qualified university and
research-community scientists to carry out highly interactive, collaborative
work with NCAR scientists. Terms are for three years, with the possibility
Board leadership and
Trustees elected Leo Donner (Princeton University) as their new chair.
For the full slate of new officers and committees, see On
The board also welcomed three new members: Lynne Talley (Scripps Institution
of Oceanography), Eric Barron (Pennsylvania State University), and Len
Pietrafesa (North Carolina State University).
Outgoing trustees Ron Smith (Yale University), Charles Kennel (Scripps),
and Otis Brown (University of Miami) were bid fond farewell. As a retiring
board chair, Otis will serve one additional year as an ex-officio member.
UCAR thanks Otis for all of his work chairing the board during three
very busy years.
The board approved UCARs advocacy plan for fiscal year 2004
in support of the federal science budgets. Given the countrys
economic situation, the threat of terrorism, and the volatile state
of world affairs, discretionary dollars outside of national defense
are likely to be far more limited than in recent years. Thus, UCAR will
work more closely than ever with member universities and will limit
its advocacy activities to those that have highest priority for the
community and reasonable potential for real influence.
The enhancement of NSFs budget is UCARs highest advocacy
priority. UCAR will advocate for the continued enhancement of the NSF
budget overall (with the goal of doubling in five years), and for the
Geosciences Directorate and the Education and Human Resources Directorate
specifically. Advocacy efforts will also focus on programs in NOAA,
NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Geological Survey,
as well as the Climate Change Technology and Research Initiatives.
Many of you soon will receive an e-mail soliciting nominations for
trustees and trustees-at-large to be elected at the
UCAR Annual Meeting in October. Please send any nominations to Susan
Friberg, email@example.com. The Members Nominating Committee, chaired
by Mary Jo Richardson (Texas A&M University) will meet on 20 May
to choose a slate.