Web Watch:

One-stop shopping for educational sites

The UCAR Education and Outreach Program has built a set of bridges between geoscience research and education. Its new home page on the NCAR Web site includes dozens of links to resources within and beyond UCAR. The goal is to help users sift through the array of education-oriented sites in atmospheric and related research.

Each set of links is arranged using a map motif. The youngest users can stroll through Kids’ Crossing, which covers global change, the water cycle, threatening weather, and other topics. Educator’s Bridge serves teachers at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Students from undergraduate to postdoctoral levels (and their instructors) can visit the Baccalaureate and Beyond page. The Geoscience Explorers Outpost offers links for science aficionados within the general public.

NCAR’s new EO site also includes a revolving set of news items of interest to educators, a feature article on current research, and a link to the online NCAR Science Store. Further upgrades will take shape over the next six months, says EO Webmaster Dennis Ward.

“For the first time, our Web visitors have a way to learn more about NCAR science in a manner appropriate to their education and interest levels, and they no longer have to be familiar with our divisional structure,” says Ward.

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How random is our winter weather?

North America's ozone: a closer look

Super-sizing a community data trove

Chasing mesoscale monsters

Larry Winter: NCAR's new Deputy director

President’s Corner: University roles in the weather and climate services partnership

UCAR Community Calendar

Governance Update