by Susan Friberg, UCAR governance liaison
On 1516 April, the spring meeting of the University Relations
Committee was kindly hosted by Steve Monismith and the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. The committee
held very productive discussions on planning for the UCAR Forum sessions
at the upcoming October members meeting and on increasing the
intellectual interactions between UCAR and the universities.
Under the adept guidance of John Merrill (University of Rhode Island),
the URC subcommittee in charge of reviewing NCAR and UOP non-core/non-NSF
proposals reported on its thorough review of the last six months
worth of NCAR and UOP proposals. The subcommittee found that the proposals
adhered to the criteria developed to encourage university collaboration
and to ensure that the proposed research doesnt compete unfairly
with the universities.
In between these discussions, committee members enjoyed presentations
on some very interesting research being done by three Stanford graduate
students, and they toured Stanfords new green-built Jasper Ridge
field station for environmental and global change research. The field
station is a fascinating mix of high- and low-tech solar technologies
using new and recycled materials.
The URC chair is Eric Betterton, University of Arizona (email@example.com).
Members Nominating Committee
In its 20 May meeting, the Nominating Committee (chaired by Mary Jo
Richardson, Texas A&M University) selected the following slate of
candidates for the trustee elections in October. UCAR management and
the committee are very grateful that these candidates have agreed to
commit time to the governance of UCAR.
Trustee-At-Large (these candidates will run unopposed):
Barbara Feiner, Washington University in St. Louis
Franklin Nutter, Reinsurance Association of America
Institutional Trustees (four positions will be filled from this list):
Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan
Sara Graves, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
Steven Rutledge, Colorado State University
Soroosh Sorooshian, University of Arizona
Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado
The slates of nominees for member committees will be available later
this summer. Thanks to all who sent in nominations.
Board of Trustees
The UCAR Board of Trustees met on 2122 May at NSF headquarters
in Arlington, Virginia, the customary locale for its spring meeting.
Trustees heard from key staff in a number of agencies and on Capitol
Hill. The board approved promotions to senior scientist for NCARs
Maura Hagan (High Altitude Observatory) and James Hurrell (Climate and
Global Dynamics Division). Also, a number of trustees took the opportunity
to visit their representatives and senators in support of various pieces
of the federal science budgetin particular, funding for NSF and
The annual meetings of UCAR members and affiliates will be held the
week of 610 October. Travel and hotel information will go out
Please contact Susan Friberg with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chairing the board:
In February Leo Donner began a one-year term as chair of the
UCAR Board of Trustees.
Donner is a professor in the Department of Geological and Geophysical
Sciences at Princeton University and the Program in Atmospheric
and Oceanic Science, jointly run by Princeton and NOAA. He is
also a research scientist in NOAAs Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory (GFDL) and an affiliate scientist in NCARs Climate
and Global Dynamics Division. Donners main scientific interest
is in climate, with an emphasis on clouds and their role in Earths
Donners association with UCAR runs long and deep. He was
an NCAR postdoctoral fellow in 1983-84 and a scientist at NCAR
from 1984 to 1987. Serving on the board since 1997, he is in his
second term as a trustee; he served as chairman of the boards
Personnel Committee for five years. Leo is co-chair of NCARs
Atmospheric Model Working Group and the Scientific Computing Division
Advisory Panel. He served for three years on the UCAR Membership
Ive enjoyed the frequent visits to Boulder associated
with my administrative and scientific activities at UCAR and NCAR,
Donner says. Its great to see valued friendssome
of whom I met 25 years ago when I first visited NCAR prior to
starting graduate schoolas often as I do. Some of them still
trust my music, theatre, and restaurant recommendations for Boulder