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June 2000

UCAR and NCAR celebrate their 40th this month

The culmination of nearly a year of planning takes place on the weekend of 16-19 June, when a series of events will mark the 40th anniversary of UCAR and NCAR. Here's a day-by-day guide. All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, 16 June

Sleeper
Boulder Public Library Auditorium,
1000 Canyon Boulevard
7:00 p.m.

With a bow to our 40th, BPL shows the classic 1973 Woody Allen comedy that features a segment filmed at the Mesa Lab and other scenes from the Boulder-Denver area. Freelance writer Henry Lansford, a UCAR alumnus, will help introduce the film; in 1973 he coordinated the use of ML as a movie set with the Sleeper producers.

Sunday, 18 June

Bubble and Balloon Festival
Mesa Lab plazas
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The whole family can celebrate Father's Day at UCAR's most ambitious public event in five years. Rain or shine, the festival will combine art, music, and science to explore the nature of bubbles and balloons. See the last issue of Staff Notes Monthly and watch This Week at UCAR for more on the day's performances and hands-on activities. NCAR's new science store (see page 6) will be open for business with weather-related books and gifts. Food and drink will be on sale.

Exhibit debut
Atmospheric Odyssey: Celebrating 40 years of discovery and partnership in the atmospheric sciences
Mesa Lab mezzanine
2:00 p.m.
A ribbon cutting will mark the official debut of the ML 40th- anniversary exhibit. With striking images and text, it covers UCAR and NCAR history, complexity in the earth system, the human- climate intersection, and other topics. Also included will be scale models of the NSF/NCAR research aircraft and a new kiosk with real-time weather access. The exhibit is partially funded by A. G. Edwards Investment Banking, Bank One, Deloitte & Touche, Faegre & Benson, Holland & Hart, Marsh, PacifiCare, TIAA-CREF, the U of C Federal Credit Union, and Friends of UCAR. Among those invited to speak at the ceremony are Boulder mayor Will Toor, Congressional representative Mark Udall, incoming NCAR director Tim Killeen, UCAR Board of Trustees chair Otis Brown (University of Miami), NSF director Rita Colwell, and assistant NSF director for geosciences Margaret Leinen. The musical piece Fanfare for NCAR, composed by Cecil Effinger for the Mesa Lab's dedication in 1967, will be played by an ensemble led by Dave Fulker (Unidata). It will be only the third performance of the piece on the mesa, following the ML dedication and the memorial service for Walt Roberts in 1990.

The stairwell leading from the ML mezzanine to the computer room got a face-lift in May before the arrival of the 40th anniversary exhibit. Here, Phyllis Darcy (PPS) paints the edging around the window above into the computer room. That's Andy Kohler working nonchalantly below. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Monday, 19 June

"Polar Connections: Research in the Arctic and Antarctic,"
a talk by NSF director Rita Colwell
Old Main Chapel, CU-Boulder campus
5:30 p.m.

A reception will be held immediately after the talk in the Heritage Center on the third floor of Old Main.


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