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March 2008

Upcoming conferences

Science and traditional knowledge, federally funded environments

A unique conference brings climate change scientists and Native American leaders together March 19–21 at Center Green. Planning for Seven Generations: Traditional and Scientific Approaches to Climate Change will ponder two different perspectives on climate change, one rooted in indigenous experience and the other informed by current scientific methods.

The conference’s name is a nod to the Native American tradition of making decisions with an eye toward how they will impact future generations—a practice that sprang from the Iroquois maxim, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

The conference, which is open to the public and will be webcast, aims to develop collaborative ways of learning about Earth’s environment by blending indigenous knowledge and practices with scientific findings and techniques.

It will feature climate change observations by Native American elders along with scientific presentations of new technologies for mapping climate change impacts. Traditional practices, such as talking circles and storytelling, will be incorporated into the discussions.

drought

Drought, as shown here on the Great Plains, is one expected impact of climate change. The Seven Generations conference will blend indigenous and scientific perspectives, incorporating climate change observations by Native Americans along with presentations by NCAR scientists.

UCAR’s Community Building Program, which builds and supports relationships that broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences, is organizing the conference in partnership with the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group.

Next month, UCAR’s Measuring Up conference returns for a second year to explore the best practices for federally funded environments. Held April 8–10, the conference is open to administrative and management staff from federal labs and public universities.
This year’s theme, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” reflects new realities faced by federally funded organizations, including:

  • increased obligation to providemetrics

  • new procedures for doing business

  • growing demands from the government with regard to various rules and regulations

  • pressure to conserve energy and reduce paper use

  • cutting benefits costs while still attracting an increasingly shrinking workforce

  • development and training of employees amidst constantly evolving technology

Measuring Up will feature speakers from NSF, the U.S. Department of Energy, and UCAR/NCAR, as well as motivational speakers Suzie Humphreys and D.J. Vanas. Breakout sessions will cover finance and accounting; contracts and grants; education and outreach; real estate and facilities; human resources; legal issues; risk management; and technology and tools.

On the Web

“Planning for Seven Generations: Traditional and Scientific Approaches to Climate Change”
UCAR Community Building Program
Measuring Up: A conference for best practices in federally funded environments


In this issue...

Tim Killeen to head geosciences for NSF

Project BudBurst blooms

Upcoming conferences

Ocean’s natural thermostat may protect some coral reefs

Let it melt

Delphi Question

Short Takes

Just One Look


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