CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
of Trustees Meeting
October 9-10, 2000
and Corporate Officers:
Gregory Austin, UCAR Counsel, Holland & Hart
Lise Carney, UCAR Counsel, Holland & Hart
Walt Dabberdt, Associate Director, NCAR
Jack Fellows, Assistant Secretary, VP for Corporate Affairs
& Director of UOP
Susan Friberg, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Affairs, UCAR
Kathryn Schmoll, Vice President, Finance & Administration,
Grant, Financial Operations Specialist, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric
Oversight Section, ATM
Cliff Jacobs, Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities
Oversight Section, ATM
Jarvis Moyers, Division Director, ATM
Austin, Program Manager, Visiting Scientist Programs, UOP
Maurice Blackmon, Director, Climate & Global Dynamics,
Rena Brasher-Alleva, Director, Budget & Planning Office,
Eron Brennan, Multi-Media System Administrator, IT, UCAR
Dave Carlson, Director, Atmospheric Technology Division, NCAR
Al Cooper, Director, Advanced Study Program, NCAR
Laura Curtis, Office of Development & Government Affairs,
Steve Dickson, Director of Special Projects & Internal
Audit System, Finance & Administration, UCAR
Ben Domenico, Program Manager, Unidata Program Center, UOP
Janet Evans, Budget & Planning Office, NCAR
Dave Fulker, Program Director, Unidata Program Center, UOP
Bob Gall, Director, Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology,
Bob Harriss, Associate Director of Planning, NCAR
Roberta Johnson, Director, Education & Outreach, UCAR
Al Kellie, Director, Scientific Computing Division, NCAR
Dale Kellogg, Executive Assistant to the Director, NCAR
Tim Killeen, Director, NCAR
Mary Marlino, Director, PAGE/DLESE Program Center, UOP
Susan Montgomery-Hodge, Executive Assistant to the President,
Carol Rasmussen, Writer/Editor of UCAR Quarterly, Communications,
Bob Roesch, Director, Human Resources & Employee Relations,
Cindy Schmidt, Director, Office of Development & Government
Tim Spangler, Director, COMET, UOP
Kathy Strand, Manager, UCAR Office of Programs
Betty Valent, Executive Assistant, Finance & Administration,
Lucy Warner, Manager, UCAR Communications
Dan Wilson, Director of Treasury Operations, UCAR
Burke, Lewis- Burke Associates
Mark Burnham, Lewis- Burke Associates
AND AGENDA REVIEW
Board convened in Regular Session. Chairman of the Board
Otis Brown called the meeting to order at 1:00pm and welcomed
the Trustees, NSF officials and guests. Brown reviewed the agenda
and asked for adoption. It was moved, seconded, and passed
to adopt the agenda as presented.
Ronald Smith presented the minutes from the June 2000 Board of
Trustees meeting and asked for approval. It was moved, seconded,
and passed to approve the minutes as written.
Lyn Hutton presented the Consolidated Statement of Funding to
date. She reported that the apparent increase in funding is due
to timing of the receipt of some funds, the sale of WITI to Lifeminders,
Inc, and to the $8M for the Mesa Lab renovation. Hutton also reported
that there are some losses due to the correction in the financial
markets, but that the numbers are still ahead of projections.
It was moved, seconded, and passed to receive the treasurer’s
report as presented.
OF THE BOARD’S REPORT
Brown reported on the following activities since the June Board
Survey. There were nearly 600 respondents (almost 30%) to
the survey sent to the community. Details of this will be
further discussed at the Member’s meeting.
at 40. This document highlights the achievements of
UCAR over the past 40 years and includes excellent essays
by seven members of the community. This document is available
on the web; it can be accessed at http://www.ucar.edu/communications/ucar40/
UCAR-AMS "Awareness" Document. This document, produced jointly
with the AMS, will be distributed to the next administration
and Congress. Its purpose is to educate the new administration
on a national approach to natural hazards.
Ranking Study. Jack Fellows is monitoring this activity.
Currently, funds need to be raised for the study and the
methodology of the study designed. Input from professional
societies is being sought. The tentative plan is to collect
the data in 2003 and publish in 2005. Concerns were expressed
about how to quantify the increasingly cross-disciplinary
nature of atmospheric sciences. Brown urged the Board to
transmit these concerns to colleagues connected with the
Chairman Brown thanked outgoing Board members Conway Leovy,
Maggie Tolbert, Lyn Hutton and Len Fisk for their effort,
time and contribution to the Board. Their service officially
ends at the February 2001 Board meeting.
Jacobs, Head of UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight
Section-ATM, reported on the following items:
2001 budget request. Jacobs reported that the NSF budget
shows an increase of 17.3%, with $45M proposed for the Terascale
Computing System, and $100M increase proposed for the Information
Technology Research--$90M of which will be distributed across
(Information Technology Research). Jacobs discussed the
ITR program awards and reviewed the five research areas:
system design and implementation; people and social groups
interacting with computers and infrastructure; information
management; applications in science and engineering; and,
scalable information infrastructure for pervasive computing
and access. He also discussed the anticipated size of the
grants, the pre-proposal deadlines, and the schedule for
the full proposals.
Grand Challenges report. In this recently released report,
the NRC, at the behest of NSF, highlighted the following
areas as important areas of scientific challenge: biogeochemical
cycles; biological diversity and ecosystem functioning;
climate variability; hydrologic forecasting; infectious
disease and the environment; institutions and resource use;
land-use dynamics; and reinventing the use of materials.
President Richard Anthes updated the Trustees on the status of
the following UCAR activities:
Nominating Committee met on June 20 to select candidates
for the Board of Trustees and the Member committees.
American Physical Society (APS) site visit occurred on July
13-14. The purpose of the visit was to assess and improve
the workplace climate for woman scientists at UCAR. The
final report was received on October 6. UCAR management
will consider the APS’s recommendations and send a response
to the APS panel.
year-long 40th Anniversary activities will culminate
at the October meetings with a banquet, a celebration of
HAO’s 60th anniversary, and the UCAR Forum sessions.
publication UCAR at 40 is a sequel to UCAR at
25, and is organized around the goal areas of UCAR 2001:
science; facilities; education/outreach; technology transfer;
and the future.
and Administration activities include: a move to a new Pearl
Street facility to make room for scientific activities at
FL1; the beginning of a study to possibly build another
facility at Foothills; the progression of the Phase I Mesa
Lab refurbishment project; the approval by NSF of the FY2001
Indirect rate; and the automation of the annual charitable
Johnson, the new UCAR Director of Education and Outreach,
is heading up the strategic planning for UCAR education
and outreach activites. A draft mission statement and goals
have been developed which will be further discussed at one
of the UCAR Forum breakout sessions. Anthes briefly reviewed
the current programs in education and outreach: Project
LEARN (Laboratory Experience in Atmospheric Research at
NCAR), CLIMATE (Collaboration Linking Mentors in Atmospheric
Science for Teacher Enhancement), COMET (Cooperative Program
for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training), DLESE
(Digital Library for Earth System Education), SOARS (Significant
Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science), and
informal education which includes visits to the Mesa Lab
Visitor Center, Web-Based outreach activities such as Web
Weather for Kids and Windows to the Universe, and special
events like Super Science Saturdays, Earth Day, and Career
SOARS program is recognized nationally as a success story
(82% retention rate) and a model for an education/outreach/mentoring
program. DOE has approved $637K for the next four years
and a proposal to NSF for $1.7M has been reviewed favorably.
Tom Windham has been appointed by Rita Colwell to the NSF
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering.
Anthes also reported that SOARS Protégé Lori
Levy has discovered an asteroid which will carry her name.
reviewed the results of the community survey and the relationships
and interactions with UCAR/NCAR/UOP. He noted the overwhelming
support for continuing the breadth of research, education
and facilities activities. A large number of the respondents
stated the need for more instrumentation development, and
education on the sources and use of observational data in
universities. Most of the respondents supported efforts
to increase diversity in the atmospheric sciences.
NCAR DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Director Tim Killeen discussed the following:
for NCAR. Killeen said that his priorities include developing
"the human capital; expanding the intellectual envelope
and building new capacities; and expanding partnerships
and creating new collaborations".
announcements: Bob Harriss accepted a one-year term as NCAR
Associate Director for Strategic planning; Danny McKenna
accepted the ACD Director position; Annick Pouquet accepted
the directorship of the Geophysical Turbulence Program;
and Walt Dabberdt recently announced his retirement from
NCAR to take a position with Vaisaila in Boulder.
noted his interest in renewing the value placed on NCAR’s
staff as demonstrated through the Diversity Task Force Report,
new Mentoring Guidelines.
Career scientists at NCAR. Killeen noted the demographic challenge
and importance of increasing the number of Scientist 1 positions.
He reported on the Scientist I Hiring Program, on offering increased
opportunities for scientific career development though the NCAR
Scientist Assembly and the Early Career Scientist Forum, and
on expanding the role for the ASP program in the mentoring of
early career scientists.
Strategic Planning. Killeen reported that the Strategic Plan
Steering Committee is comprised of the NCAR Directors, and that
sub- groups have organized into research topics including wildfire
research, a megacities initiative, quantifying precipitation
dynamics across scales, and planetary atmospheres and space
weather. All documentation and status reports will be available
on a website throughout the planning process. Emerging themes
for strategic planning include information technology, education
for the 21st Century, and advancing fundamental knowledge
of the earth system.
Plan for High Performance Computing: the plan was submitted
to NSF in May 2000. An internal workshop took place in August
2000 and an external workshop is planned for Winter 2001. A
new position for a distinguished visitor in computer science
has been created to provide leadership in implementing this
Budget Process: NSF requested two program plans from NCAR,
one at a flat level of funding, and one at a 10% increase
above FY2000. Killeen reported that program and budget reviews
of each division’s projects are planned for this fall. The
budget process will cover FY2000 accomplishments and FY2001
plans, new initiatives, and interdisciplinary activities.
Fellows, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Director of the
UCAR Office of Programs, stated the mission and focus of UOP and
then reported on the following programs:
–COMET won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the National
Hurricane Conference for their Community Hurricane Preparedness
module. Their MedEd website has over 900K hits and 46K user
sessions per month. Nine new modules are planned.
– At present, negotiations continue with National Space
Program Office in Taiwan. UCAR is still hopeful that COSMIC
will go forward with minimal risk to UCAR.
– supports the Earth System Science (ESS) community digital
library building effort by helping educators and learners
create, find, evaluate, and use educational resources. $3.8M
was awarded from NSF/GEO and NSF’s Human Ecology Research
Service. DLESE is community owned, governed, and designed.
There are strong collaborations with Unidata, COMET, and
other national digital library projects.
– Over 60 people attended the Unidata/COMET summer workshop
on "Shaping the Future: Unidata Users as Leaders".
There is great interest in Unidata’s Java software development.
– enhances UCAR’s capability to use data information and
software services. IITA’s primary activity is managing and
encouraging acceptance of Distributed Oceanographic Data
System (DODS) technologies in the research (including NCAR
and NOAA) and university communities.
– SuomiNet is a proposed network of GPS receivers to be
located at universities and other locations to provide realtime
atmospheric precipitable water vapor measurements and other
geodetic and meteorological information. 100 GPS receivers
have been purchased and delivery to universities will begin
the fall of 2000.
– Support for two field programs is planned for 2001: VEPIC2001,
which will study ocean-atmosphere processes and boundary
layer properties and ACE-Asia, which is an aerosol study
in eastern Asia and the northwest Pacific. JOSS is supporting
up to 50 U.S. university investigators.
– supports visiting scientist and post doctorate programs.
Currently, VSP has over 100 visitor appointments. In the
NOAA Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change,
50% of the appointees are women.
MEMBERS’ MEETING FORUM PREPARATION AND DISCUSSION
outlined plans for the Members Meeting, convening the next day,
reminding the Trustees that the Member's Forum began in October
1999 as part of UCAR’s 40th anniversary and continued
as a year-long community dialogue, starting with the BASC and
the GEO2000 reports to help set the agenda for the institution
well into the 21st century. The five break-out sessions
of the Forum include: Observational Facilities, Instrumentation,
and Field Program Support; Education and Training; Computing Facilities
and Community Models and; Real-Time and Archived Data, Data Sets
and Data Streams; and Recruiting Graduate Students.
Board convened in Executive Session in the Walter Orr Roberts
Board Room of the Fleischmann Building from 4:00-5:00 pm. (The
minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)
following Resolution of Appreciation was moved seconded
and passed to acknowledge Walt Dabberdt's recent decision
to step down as NCAR Associate Director:
Walt Dabberdt has announced his decision to step down as Associate
Director of NCAR on 13 October 2000; and
this will mark Walt's 15th year at NCAR and five
years of service in the Director's office, and
during his service, Walt has steadfastly supported NCAR's
science and service programs for the laboratory and the UCAR
community, and his unique perspective of observational science,
and the orgaization's and the community's needs has greatly
facilitated, nationally and internationally, the accomplishments
of so many scientists.
THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that the members of the UCAR
Board of Trustees, along with the UCAR staff who have worked
closely with Walt, express to him their deeply felt thanks
for his support and leadership in ATD and the NCAR Director's
office, and wish him now all the best as he takes on new responsibilities
in the corporate sector of our community of atmospheric scientists.
ADVOCACY AND FEDERAL SCIENCE BUDGET
Burke and Mark Burnham of Lewis-Burke Associates reviewed the
proposed budgets for the Federal agencies and then discussed the
legislation. Burnham said that although the bill died in
the House this year, it is expected to brought up again
visa bill: Burnham reported that "this was a big win" for
the community. Non-profits, government labs, and academia
are now exempt from the previous cap on visas.
Weather Service (NWS). The House approved a bill that included
language restricting the NWS from providing services that
the private sector could do. The Senate version of the bill
did not include this provision, although it most likely
will be brought back next year. There is a call for the
National Research Council to do a study on private and public
partnerships, especially in regard to the NWS.
of the science budget. Burke said that the universities
and UCAR have contributed significantly this year to the
support of science and the support for doubling the funding
Gabor Vali reminded the Board that this is one of the breakout
session topics. The recent community survey indicated that there
has been an 8% drop in graduate applications to the atmospheric
sciences graduate programs per year over the last 5 years. "Large"
and "medium" schools experienced the worst decline.
The atmospheric scientist faculty is aging – about 3% need to
be replaced every year o maintain a steady state. Discussion ensued
on the low starting salaries compared with the computer sciences.
Trustee Denny Thomson added that undergraduates are entering the
environmental science field in record numbers, and that the atmospheric
sciences need to paint a positive vision of the future of the
the field to attract these undergraduates into the atmospheric
proposed the following as next steps:
the survey results and analysis in the Bulletin of the
American Meteorological Society.
a recruiting site on the web for the atmospheric and related
link it to the AMS/UCAR Curriculum Guide.
- document relevant careers, future needs, and summer employment
- route interested students to the appropriate university
a presentation about our discipline that everyone can use.
ways to stabilize the classifications of NSF statistics.
Brown thanked Trustees Vali, Thomson, Houghton for their work
on this issue.
Anthes presented a scenario/assumption/results formula that would
calculate how many replacement Ph.D.’s would be needed to counter
those retiring in the field. He then reviewed some additional
highlights from the community survey.
distribution of respondents indicated that most were in
mid to senior level positions.
relationship with UCAR over the past 10 years indicates
that many people come here to interact with other scientists.
Unidata and COMET had the higher interaction rates.
majority of respondents felt that research priorities should
be determined by the needs of society, but that they are
actually determined by the priorities of the agencies.
community is strongly interested in UCAR maintaining a broad
program of science, facilities, education and outreach.
overwhelming number felt that interdisciplinary interactions
should be increased.
felt that there has been too great of a shift to numerical
modeling and not enough emphasis on theory and observational
Houghton thanked Anthes, Fellows and staff for so effectively
creating and conducting the community survey.
Brown asked the Board to please review the draft transition document
"Weather, Climate, and National Hazards" and send their
comments to the AMS or Bill Hooke, who is chairing this effort.
announced the upcoming Board meetings: February 20-21 in Boulder;
June 12-13 in Washington, D.C.; and October 8-9 in Boulder.
regular meeting of the Board adjourned at 11:00 am.
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