A Farewell from Some of SCD's
Due to budget constraints, a number of staff in the Scientific Computing
Division were laid off late last month. A good-bye gathering was held at the
Damon Room on 9 June. We invited those who were moving on to send us a few
words on what they did while at NCAR and what they plan on doing next. Here
are the replies we received by press time:
Phylecia worked in SCD for more than 14 years. She was a systems
programmer in the Systems Section for the first ten years, working on the IBM
VM/CMS front-end system. When the Distributed Services and Scientific
Visualization Section was formed in 1991, she was given the opportunity to
manage the section. She writes, "DSSV was (since it is now history) the best
(sharpest, most hard-working and productive, and nicest) group of folks that
anyone could hope to work with! I've really enjoyed my career here at NCAR.
It has been an exciting and very rewarding 14-plus years!
"I'll be moving on to a completely different lifestyle. My husband and I
already live part-time in Summit County, where we have some real estate
investments. Last year, we started Apex Mountain Homes, a construction
company. I'll be living full time in Summit County now and will be more active
in Apex, our investments, and the real estate industry."
"I began working at NCAR in 1978 in the U.S. project office for the Monsoon
Experiment (MONEX), an international field project. I provided logistics
support for the Bay of Bengal Phase and Arabian Sea Phase of the Summer MONEX
and for the Winter MONEX in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After that project ended I
provided support for the first-ever repair mission successfully completed by
the crew of the NASA Columbia space shuttle in April 1984, while I was working
for the Solar Maximum Mission project in HAO.
"From 1985 to 1988 I worked as editorial assistant for Bob Serafin in ATD as
he edited the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. From 1988
until present I worked in the SCD Documentation Group as documentation
production coordinator and went through the evolution from hard-copy to on-line
Linda Keyser (formerly Linda Fraser)
"I began at UCAR four years ago in the Joint Climate Projects/Planning Office
as a temporary assistant during the exciting TOGA COARE and CEPEX days. I then
became a member of SCD nearly two years ago when I worked as administrative
secretary for both Phylecia Brandley and Gary Jensen. Eventually I supported
Phylecia's staff full time; there I met my husband-to-be, Brian Keyser. I
credit my wonderful experience to those great people I met during my time at
UCAR and NCAR. I will miss everyone dearly!"
JoAn provided administrative support for the office of the SCD director
from 1985 on. Serving as the primary contact for university-user applications
for computer resources and questions regarding related policy, she particularly
enjoyed developing good working relationships with many university professors,
postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. "I also appreciated all the
technical reviews written by NCAR scientists and university professors. The
SCD Advisory Panel meetings were also a highlight. For the past two years, I
have focused on SCD administrative duties, including division personnel,
computing sales and university-billable projects, and the proposal process. I
also provided notarial service for staff."
"I've worked in SCD computer operations from start to finish. I
started in August 1973 and worked with everything in storage from paper tape to
laser disc, from the smallest of minicomputers to the most advanced
supercomputers. My job was to ensure that the machines were in production
anytime a user anywhere in the world needed to use them. I monitored the
machines and supervised various shifts, mainly from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At
various times I've worked every hour of the day and every day of the week,
including holidays and all kinds of weather."
Jacque first came to NCAR in the summer of 1989, when she was hired to
work as a production assistant in the Documentation Group in SCD. Her
subversive nature soon manifested itself in the form of the cartoon character
Everymouse, who mysteriously started popping up on whiteboards around the
division and whose fame culminated in a starring role in the 1992 NCAR T-shirt.
She (Jacque, not Everymouse) then transferred to the NCAR Graphics Group in
SCD, where she spent the last two years learning the ways of the Web on behalf
of the on-line documentation effort. Jacque says she has greatly enjoyed her
time at NCAR and has ambitions of eventually showing her proposed series of
portraits of NCAR folks in the Mesa Lab gallery.
Edited by Bob Henson,
Last revised: Wed Mar 29 16:34:08 MST 2000