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October 2006

NCAR exhibit on permanent display at Twenty Ninth Street

A young visitor gives NCAR's Earth fountain a spin. Photo by Carlye Calvin, UCAR.

Visitors to Boulder's new Twenty Ninth Street retail district will find more than the usual assortment of clothing stores and restaurants. The mall, which opened to the public on October 13, features "The Wonders of Science at Twenty Ninth Street," a collection of permanent exhibits developed by seven local research laboratories. The exhibits are intended to highlight the importance of science to the Boulder area.

NCAR's exhibit, located on the northeast corner of Canyon and 29th Street, is a granite sphere fountain etched with outlines of the seven continents. The sphere is suspended on a thin film of water so that visitors can spin it in any direction.

The exhibit also includes an 8-foot-tall, lighted kiosk with dramatic photographs on all sides that demonstrate the scope of NCAR's scientific research. A touch-screen computer lets visitors learn more about the organization's mission, read profiles of individual scientists,
and obtain information for visiting the Mesa Lab.

"It's fantastic to have science and education as part of the new shopping district," says UCAR president Rick Anthes, emphasizing that many different partners collaborated on the project. "I'm really looking forward to seeing how the public reacts to our exhibit and all the others."

"There was a huge investment of time, design, and infrastructure from Twenty Ninth Street," adds EO's Susan Foster.

Each participating lab has its own unique exhibit along with a kiosk styled to match the others. The other labs are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Space Sciences Institute.

On October 12, several dozen UCAR/NCAR staffers, including UCAR community representatives in town for the annual members meeting, attended Twenty Ninth Street's grand opening preview benefit. Dubbed "When Worlds Collide," the event benefited Impact on Education, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization that leverages community resources to impact student learning and build support for public education, with an emphasis on science, technology, and math.

Also as part of its grand opening, Twenty Ninth Street hosted "Science Saturday" on October 14, with local scientists, live demonstrations, self-guided tours, and science-oriented face painting and balloon artistry. EO staffed a table with educational information about NCAR and atmospheric science.

• by Nicole Gordon

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