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Winter 2000

UCAR members now total 66

by Carol Rasmussen

At the October meeting of the UCAR Members' Representatives, three new member universities and a new academic affiliate were approved. Mary Jo Richardson (Texas A&M University), chair of the UCAR Membership Committee, reported to the members' reps on the programs at these institutions.

Arizona State University. ASU has no single academic unit devoted to the atmospheric sciences; it offers education and research on the subject in five departments. The university does not yet offer a degree program for a Ph.D. in the field, but with recent new hires, it plans to do so. It has a longstanding Ph.D. program in climatology within its geography department and has also granted advanced degrees in fields related to turbulent flows within environmental boundary layers. ASU's administration promotes interdepartmental efforts and offers several interdisciplinary facilities, including the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Facility and Mars Remote Sensing Facility. ASU is already a contributor to UCAR programs; for example, one professor is working with NCAR's Research Aviation Facility to develop and test a new aerosol inlet for the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft.

Howard University. Howard's application is based on research activities in its Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres, a NASA-sponsored interdisciplinary program. The university has a close relationship with the Laboratory for Atmospheres at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and also collaborates with other centers and universities. The Howard University Program in Atmospheric Science (HUPAS) is the first interdisciplinary graduate program at Howard and is considered a model for the growth of such programs in the future. HUPAS faculty have supervised two Ph.D.s and four M.S. degrees since the graduate program began in 1996, and 19 graduate students are currently enrolled. Faculty use NCAR's Climate System Model and Mesoscale Model 5, collaborate with NCAR scientists, and give presentations to students in UCAR's Signficant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program.

Rutgers University. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is the first school to make the transition from an academic affiliate to a full member. In the early 1990s, it added Ph.D. programs in oceanography and atmospheric sciences; with a very high level of institutional support, these programs have grown rapidly. As with ASU, research and education in these fields is spread among various academic units, "unimpeded by complicated interdepartmental and intercollege arrangements," according to committee chair Richardson. A key resource for oceanography is the Long-term Ecosystem Observatory (LEO-15), a heavily instrumented lab at 15 meters' depth in the coastal Atlantic, from which data are available in real time. Through affiliate representative James Miller, Rutgers has long participated in UCAR affairs. The university cosponsors an NCAR Advanced Study Program postdoctoral fellow and will have an undergraduate in the SOARS program this summer.

The Membership Committee approved Dalhousie University, the new academic affiliate (an action that does not require a member vote). Dalhousie offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science, with six advanced courses and four professors, and also a one-year Diploma in Meteorology within the physics and oceanography departments. Over the last three years, four students have graduated with master's and three with Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science.

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