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35 Years of Discovery

A Special Issue Celebrating NCAR and UCAR History


The Mesa Lab gleams in the twilight during one of its first winters.

Dwight Eisenhower was president, Bonanza was the top-rated television series, and Studebakers rambled over those brand-new highways called interstates. It was indeed a different era in 1960, when the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research was facilitating the birth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The institution is now gearing up to celebrate our 35-year history. An open house for staff, their families, and friends will take place Friday, 21 April, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A public open house will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 22 April (Earth Day). Both days' activities--including exhibits, booths, on-line access, and demonstrations--will take place at the Mesa and Foothills Labs as well as at Jeffco. Visitors will be able to:

* take a ride on the information superhighway--visiting UCAR's 62 member institutions throughout North America--and find out how to get many kinds of information about weather and climate

* check out research aircraft (the high-altitude WB-57F twin jet, the large-capacity, four-engine Lockheed EC-130Q turboprop, and the smaller Beechcraft King Air)

* sit in on live weather briefings from around the country

The open house is being funded in part by a grant from Denver's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District as an activity recognizing Earth Day as well as National Science and Technology Week (21-28 April). UCAR and NCAR are collaborating with the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Collage Children's Museum on joint activities during the next two weeks. A separate grant from NSF was used by exhibits coordinator Steve Davis and colleagues to create educational kiosks; these will be on hand during the open house and used as springboards for similar systems at museums, libraries, and malls.

More than 3,000 people attended the last open house, held at the Mesa Lab in 1985, and organizers are expecting even larger turnouts this year. Volunteers are urgently needed; see "We Need You" for more details or contact Nita Razo (ext. 8606, razo@ucar.edu) to help out. You'll find a quiz elsewhere in this issue testing your knowledge of some offbeat facts from our 35 years of history. Check the World Wide Web address
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/ben/35th/homepage.html
for more open-house details, or call the special open-house hot line, ext. 8670. --BH


The Organizing Committee

Ned Chamberlain and Ben Domenico, cochairs
Harriet Barker
Susan Cross
Steve Davis
Linda Henderson
Vickie Johnson
Dale Kellogg
Karon Kelly
Dean Lindstrom
Rene Munoz
Cindy Nelson
Nita Razo


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Edited by Bob Henson, bhenson@ucar.edu
Last revised: Wed Mar 29 15:34:13 MST 2000