below for then-and-now photos of UCAR member representatives
The October meetings
by Susan Friberg, UCAR
governance liaison, and Bob Henson
The weather in Boulder cooperated beautifully for the UCAR annual
meetings, held the second week of October, with warm days and spectacular
autumn colors. UCAR member and affiliate representatives and the Board
of Trustees dedicated the newly acquired Center Green campus, where
the meetings were held this year (see photo, p.11). Clifford Jacobs
(head of UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities for NSFs Division
of Atmospheric Sciences, or NSF ATM), board chair Otis Brown (University
of Miami), and UCAR president Richard Anthes planted a Colorado blue
spruce to dedicate the new facilities.
The ceremony kicked off a week of meetings for the members and affiliates,
the University Relations Committee, and department heads and chairs
from the atmospheric and related sciences, this year including geosciences
for the first time. Meeting highlights are noted below. See On
the Web for the follow-up Web site, including links to presentations.
The spacious auditorium at Center Green hosted over 100 member and
affiliate representatives during the annual meeting, 89 October.
Members elected three new trustees for three-year terms: Eric Barron
(Pennsylvania State University), Lynn Talley (Scripps Institution of
Oceanography), and Leonard Pietrafesa (North Carolina State University).
Mary Jo Richardson (Texas A&M University) was reelected. Ten member
institutions were renewed for regular eight-year terms. Also approved
was a bylaw change that increases the number of trustees-at-large from
three to six over the next three years.
Members heard an update on legislative issues and the federal science
budget from April Burke (Lewis-Burke Associates, Washington, D.C.),
as well as reports from Anthes, NCAR director Tim Killeen, UOP director
Jack Fellows, and Education and Outreach director Roberta Johnson.
Jacobs updated members on the NSF budget and on the past years
NSF reviews of NCARs programs and of UCAR and NCAR management.
He outlined the schedule for the upcoming site visit and review of the
UCAR proposal to manage NCAR for the next five years (20032008).
Jacobs also informed the members that, in keeping with NSF policies
and practices, the next five-year cooperative agreement (20082013)
may be competed.
Members were introduced to a new Web site developed by UCAR and the
American Meteorological Society to interest high school students and
undergraduates in studying careers in the atmospheric sciences (see
On the Web). The meeting ended with discussion of the dire
budget climate at some universities, and of the value of strong intra-university
communications among the many departments that may be carrying out atmospheric,
oceanic, or related research at a given institution.
Discussion focused on intra-university communication and UCARs
role in enhancing such exchanges, possible UCAR contributions
to the educational component now required in most proposals, and
university involvement in NCARs new interdisciplinary research
At the URCs request, a PowerPoint presentation summarizing UCAR,
NCAR, and UOP programs has been placed on the meetings follow-up
Web site (see below), for university faculty and students to download
and use as desired.
During a breakfast meeting on 8 October, Rajul Pandya (UOP Digital
Library for Earth System Education Program Center) provided an update
on DLESE. The dialogue centered on how to increase the number of meteorology-related
holdings in the DLESE collection. Also discussed were bidirectional
sabbaticals, early-career faculty workshops, the new NCAR Undergraduate
Leadership Workshops sponsored by Education and Outreach, and access
to the NCAR Librarys online resources. The representatives also
discussed undergraduate enrollment numbers and the fairly strong relationship
between orientation sessions for lower-division students in their major
departments and retention in those majors.
Heads and Chairs
For the first time, two related meetings were held jointly: the 13th
Meeting of the Heads and Chairs of Programs in Atmospheric, Oceanic,
Hydrologic, and Related Sciences (held every other year by the American
Meteorological Society and UCAR); and the American Geophysical Unions
4th Meeting of Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Science Departments.
About 75 people attended the combined meeting at Center Green, 1011
Jarvis Moyers (director, NSF ATM) and Jack Kaye (director of research,
NASA Office of Earth Science) presented information on their respective
budget and program activities. Other updates came from AMS executive
director Ronald McPherson; William Hooke, director of the societys
Policy Program; and AGU executive director Eugene Bierly. Fellows summarized
UCAR activities relevant to the geosciences as a whole.
Roman Czujko (American Institute of Physics) presented recent data
on student diversity. The proportion of women among recipients of bachelors
degrees in the geosciences now stands at 40%, he said. However, the
comparable figures for African Americans and Latino Americans remain
low, at 1.3% and 3.1%, respectively.
Two breakout sessions were held: one on diversity, and the other on
the importance of evaluation metrics for NSFs Criterion
2one of two recently added criteria in the NSF proposal
process. Criterion 2 asks researchers to outline the broader impacts
of the proposed activity. Breakout participants discussed the
extent to which high or low rankings in Criterion 2 metrics could affect
funding decisions at NSF.
Topics in general discussion included the increasing problem in obtaining
visas for foreign students in the wake of September 11th and issues
related to private sectoruniversity interactions. Presentations
from the heads and chairs meeting are online at the October meetings
the community grows: then and now
Taken more than 40 years apart, these photos illustrate the broadening
of the network that sustains and guides UCAR. The first meeting of
the UCAR Board of Trustees (above) took place at the University of
Arizona in April 1959. These men represented the original set of 14
universities that proposed the creation of UCAR and NCAR. Last October,
the annual meeting of UCAR members brought over 100 representatives
to the new Center Green campus in Boulder, where the group assembled
for a class photo (below). (Bottom photo by Carlye Calvin.)
Click on each photo to obtain a larger version
with group IDs.