2006 - January 2007
2006 Outstanding Accomplishment
On December 8, staffers packed the Center Green auditorium
for the annual holiday party and awards ceremony.
This year’s Outstanding Accomplishment Awards
featured 17 nominations, comprising a record 138 individuals,
including university collaborators. UCAR president Rick Anthes
congratulated the winners and nominees, and thanked the jury
members for their thoughtful deliberations.
Prior to the awards ceremony, the UCARolers warmed up the
crowd with a session of a cappella carols, as well as a clever
tune called “Up to the Cloud Tops” that described
HIAPER flying through the atmosphere. The UCARolers were
followed by the Sizzle String Band (see Just
One Look), who
played a rousing bluegrass set.
After the winners were announced, staffers dined on a spread
provided by Event Services and listened to the music of Cari
Dell and the Hard Drives.
Following are the winners in the four categories in which
awards were given. (There were no nominations this year in
the Distinguished Achievement and Administrative Achievement
categories.) For a list of all nominations, click
Scientific and Technical Advancement Award
ESSL/ACD’s MOPITT team, winners
of the Scientific and Technical Advancement Award,
clockwise from upper left: John Gille, Gene Francis,
Shu-peng (Ben) Ho, Valery Yudin, David Edwards,
Jean-François Lamarque, Merritt Deeter,
Charles Cavanaugh, Barb Tunison, Louisa Emmons,
Debbie Mao, Dan Packman, Gabriele Pfister, and
The winners were ESSL/ACD’s John Gille, David Edwards,
Merritt Deeter, Dan Ziskin, Barb Tunison, Dan Packman, Gene
Francis, Juying Warner, Jean-François Lamarque, Valery
Yudin, Boris Khattatov, Louisa Emmons, Shu-peng (Ben) Ho,
Gabriele Pfister, Jean-Luc Attie, Debbie Mao, Jarmei Chen,
Cheryl Craig, and Charles Cavanaugh of the MOPITT (Measurement
Of Pollution In The Troposphere) team.
The MOPITT team was recognized for outstanding leadership,
from the conception of the project through instrument design,
algorithm development, and operational data processing, to
the resulting significant scientific analysis. The MOPITT
instrument was placed on the Terra satellite in late 1999
to measure carbon monoxide. Since that time, the MOPITT team
has produced more than six years of validated carbon monoxide
global measurements for use by the international scientific
community. The project’s measurements have helped advance
scientific understanding of the sources of this pollutant
gas, the amount of carbon monoxide produced regionally, and
how and where the gas spreads around the globe over time.
The mission continues to expand our knowledge of tropospheric
transport, chemistry, and the sources of pollutants that
affect air quality and climate.
Outstanding Publication Award
ESSL/CGD’s Jeff Kiehl and Christine
Shields, winners of the Outstanding Publication Award.
The winners were ESSL/CGD’s Jeffrey Kiehl and Christine
Shields for the article “Climate simulation of the
latest Permian: Implications for mass extinction,” published
in 2005 in Geology.
Around 251 million years ago, an estimated 95% of all marine
life and 70% of life on land died off in the relatively short
time of a few thousand years. Numerous causes for the extinction
have been proposed, including an asteroid impact, a large
buildup of carbon dioxide in the oceans, and massive volcanic
explosions that led to cooling.
It is known that a large region of Siberia was the site of
volcanic activity that, although not explosive, emitted carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere. One hypothesis for the mass
extinction is that the volcanic carbon dioxide led to global
warming, which slowed ocean circulation and resulted in very
low oxygen levels in the deep oceans that suffocated marine
life. Previous attempts to model the climate of this period
in history, however, failed to produce results that made
sense with this hypothesis.
Using the fully coupled Community Climate System Model, Jeff
and Christine produced a result that matches the geological
evidence. In doing so, they demonstrated the importance of
ocean circulation to life on Earth and the value of coupled
ocean-atmosphere modeling. Their multidisciplinary work connects
atmospheric and ocean sciences, biogeochemistry, and geology.
More importantly, it provides a convincing example of the
calamitous results of massive carbon dioxide release
to the atmosphere. It may well have an impact on public policy.
Education and Outreach Award
Winners of the Education and Outreach
Award (left to right): Jeff Weber (Unidata), Janine
Goldstein (EOL), William Bradley (ESSL/ACD), Dolores
Kiessling (COMET), Linda Carbone (EO), Tim Barnes
(EO), and Dennis Ward (EO).
The winners were Linda Carbone (EO), Tim Barnes (EO), William
Bradley (ESSL/ACD), Janine Goldstein (EOL), Dolores Kiessling
(COMET), Dennis Ward (EO), and Jeff Weber (Unidata) for hosting
Super Science Saturday.
For the past 10 years every October, UCAR has welcomed thousands
of children and their families to Super Science Saturday,
an event that supports UCAR’s mission to educate the
public about the atmospheric and related sciences. During
the event, participants experience innovative and fun hands-on
science activities as well as the original, captivating science
demonstrations in the “wizards” shows. The impact
of Super Science Saturday on the community and future scientists
is clearly evident from enthusiastic feedback and the ever-increasing
attendance that surpassed 4,000 this year.
The jury reached its decision in part for the immense organizational
efforts, creativity, and commitment to excellence on the
part of the organizers. Children leave Super Science Saturday
with stories to tell, experiments to do, and the knowledge
that science can be very interesting to study and rewarding
as a career. In addition, families gain a positive impression
of our organization.
Mentoring Award winner Al Cooper
The winner was EOL’s Al Cooper. From 1996 to 2005,
Al was director of the Advanced Study Program (ASP), where
he mentored a long stream of postdoctoral fellows who are
still deeply indebted to him.
The jury felt that Al is a master at helping graduate students
orchestrate smooth transitions to becoming mature scientists.
He uses creative and effective mentoring techniques that
have lifelong impacts on the careers of his protégés,
including one-on-one conversations, weekly group tea sessions,
postdoctoral seminars, mentoring committees, retreats, and
social events. He was also the driving force behind the creation
of NCAR’s Thompson Lecture Series as well as the Junior
Faculty Forum on Future Scientific Directions.
In this issue...
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