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September 2007

Symposium salutes Warren Washington

Warren Washington

Warren (foreground) and his wife, Mary, take in one of the symposium talks. In the row behind them are ESSL/CGD's Kevin Trenberth (left), former NCAR scientist Stephen Schneider, now at Stanford University (center), and John Kutzbach, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (right).

One day in 1963, Akira Kasahara—one of the first scientists hired by NCAR, and now a senior research associate—discovered that a recent arrival fresh out of Pennsylvania State University named Warren Washington was interested in creating a global circulation model, something that only a couple of other research centers had dared attempt. "I was stunned, because he'd just graduated . . . but I was really pleased because I'd been wanting to do something like this," says Akira. Before long, Akira and Warren (now a senior scientist and head of ESSL/CGD's Climate Change Research section) were building the model that would help push NCAR into the world's top tier of climate research centers.

That saga and many others were recalled as an eminent group of scientists toasted Warren on August 8–9 at the Mesa Lab. The Warren Washington Symposium featured a mix of talks on Warren's keenest interests: climate modeling, public policy around climate change, and diversity in the atmospheric sciences. Among the speakers were several whom Warren advised or assisted during their graduate studies, including Gregory Jenkins (Howard University) and Jerry Meehl (ESSL/CGD), as well as national policy leaders such as former NOAA administrator D. James Baker and former NSF director Neal Lane.

There were plenty of lively discussions and fond reminiscences. "You've probably impacted hundreds and hundreds of students," Gregory said. NCAR director Tim Killeen noted, "Your NCAR colleagues hold you in deep love and respect," and added facetiously, "The committee met last week and decided you've passed the probationary period." The symposium was broadcast live on the Web and will be available on the UCAR Webcasts page once production is completed.

In this issue...

A smoother ride

HAO's Phil Judge returns full-time after cancer

More power for the TeraGrid

Summer school—but not the remedial kind

Planning for retirement

SOARS poster session

Symposium salutes Warren Washington

Art + Science: EcoArts returns to Boulder area

UCAR ranks high in Colorado's Best Companies contest

Just One Look


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