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UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH

MINUTES

Board of Trustees Meeting
15-16 February 2000
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA

The duly convened meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees was held at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Present for all or portions of the meeting were:

Lennard Fisk, University of Michigan (Chairman)
Richard Anthes, President, UCAR
Otis Brown, University of Miami
Leo Donner, Princeton University
Richard Hallgren, American Meteorological Society
David Houghton, University of Wisconsin
Lyn Hutton, MacArthur Foundation
Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Conway Leovy, University of Washington
Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ronald McPherson, American Meteorological Society
Mary Jo Richardson, Texas A&M University
David Skaggs, Aspen Institute
Ronald Smith, Yale University
Dennis Thomson, Pennsylvania State University
Gabor Vali, University of Wyoming

Counsel and Corporate Officers:

Lise Carney, UCAR Counsel, Holland and Hart
Walt Dabberdt, Associate Director, NCAR

Jack Fellows, Asst. Secy. and VP for Corp. Affairs & Director of UOP
Susan Friberg, Asst. Secretary, UCAR
Kathryn Schmoll, Vice President, Finance and Administration, UCAR
Robert Serafin, Director, NCAR

National Science Foundation:

Ruzena Bajcsy, Ass't. Director, Directorate for Computers & Information Science and Engineering
Robert Borchers, Division Director, Division of Advanced Computational Infrastructure and Research, CISE
Rita Colwell, Director
Carrie Davison, Division of Contracts, Policy and Oversight
Jay Fein, Program Director, Climate Dynamics Program, ATM
Bernard Grant, Financial Operations Specialist, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM
Richard Hirsch, Dep. Division Director, Division of Advanced Computational
Infrastructure and Research, CISE
James Huning, Facilities Coordinator, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM
Cliff Jacobs, Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Sec., ATM
Margaret Leinen, Assistant Director, Directorate for Geosciences
Brian Mannion, Division of Grants and Agreements
Theodore Miles, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, OD
Jarvis Moyers, Division Director, ATM
Gracie Narcho, Division of Grants and Agreements
Stephan Nelson, Program Dir., Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology Program, ATM
Jewel Prendeville, Program Coordinator, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Sec., ATM

UCAR, NCAR, UOP:

Meg Austin, Program Manager, Visiting Scientist Programs, UOP
Harriet Barker, VP Emerita, UCAR
Rena Brasher-Alleva, Director, Budget & Planning, NCAR
Maurice Blackmon, Director, Climate & Global Dynamics Division, NCAR
Dave Carlson, Director, Atmospheric Technology Division, NCAR
Edna Comedy, Assoc. VP, Human Resources and Employee Relations, UCAR
Steve Dickson, Program Analyst, UCAR
Steve Hammond, Scientific Computing Division, NCAR
Al Kellie, Director, Scientific Computing Division, NCAR
Dale Kellogg, Executive Assistant to the Director, NCAR
Delaine Orendorff, Human Resources & Employee Relations, UCAR
Robert Roesch, Director, Human Resources & Employee Relations, UCAR
Steve Sadler, Director, Safety & Site Services, Finance & Admin., UCAR
Karyn Sawyer, Director, Joint Office for Science Support, UOP
Cindy Schmidt, Director, Office of Development & Gov’t Affairs, UCAR
Tim Spangler, Director, COMET, UOP

Betty Valent, Exec. Ass’t., Finance and Administration, UCAR
Susan Warner, Executive Assistant, Corporate Affairs, UCAR

Others:

Ghassem Asrar, Associate Administrator for Earth Sciences, NASA
April Burke, Lewis-Burke Associates
Mark Burnham, Lewis-Burke Associates
Frank Cushing, House Appropriations Committee
David Evans, Ass't. Administrator, Oceanic & Atmospheric Research, NOAA
Richard Greenfield, Director, Public Policy Program, AMS
J. Michael Hall, Director, Office of Global Programs, NOAA
General Jack Kelly, Director, National Weather Service
Ari Patrinos, Assoc. Director for Biological & Environ. Sciences, DOE
Kathy Peroff, Deputy Assoc. Director for Energy and Science, OMB



The Board convened in Executive Session from 8:00-9:00am. (The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)

1. WELCOME AND AGENDA REVIEW

The Board convened in Regular Session. Chairman of the Board Lennard Fisk welcomed NSF hosts, Trustees and guests. He reviewed the agenda, noting a few scheduling changes, and asked for adoption. It was moved, seconded, and passed to adopt the agenda as presented.

2. SECRETARY’S REPORT

At the request of Secretary Ronald Smith, Asst. Secretary Jack Fellows presented the minutes of the October Board Meeting, and asked for approval. It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes as written.

3. TREASURER’S REPORT

Treasurer Lyn Hutton presented the report of the Consolidated Statement of Funding and Expenditures for FY1999 and for the first three months of FY2000. She reported that the corporation was fiscally healthy, noting especially the $8M increase in support of core programs and infrastructure. She also reported that the current fiscal year is off to a good start with investments showing a substantial increase due to the bullish stock market. It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to accept the report of the Treasurer.

Copies of the FY99 Audit Report from Deloitte and Touche were also made available to the Trustees.

4. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

Fisk reported that, in Executive Session held earlier in the day, the Board adopted the following resolution to approve hiring Dr. Timothy L. Killeen.

Resolved, that the UCAR Board of Trustees hereby authorize
President Richard A. Anthes to appoint Dr. Timothy Killeen
as Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and
that said appointment will be effective on or about 1 July 2000
subject to the formal approval of the National Science Foundation.

He then offered the following resolution of appreciation for Dr. Richard E. Hallgren whose term as Trustee expires at this meeting; it was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.

We, the members of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, resolve to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Richard Hallgren for his many years of service on the Board.

Dick has served since 1992 with his customary good humor yet seriousness of purpose. His broad and deep understanding of the goals and principles of our scientific community have helped shaped its course; he has been a persistent and key advocate for our science, a shrewd leader in policy matters, and a dear friend to us all.

We wish him a fond farewell, and sincerely hope that his and UCAR's paths cross again—soon and often.

We'll miss you, Dick!

Fisk reported on the status of the UCAR and NCAR 40th Anniversary events and outlined the activities taking place over the next 9 months, including a visit from Rita Colwell during the June Board Meeting. He reviewed some of the topics for this meeting, and reported on the following other items of interest:

  • The NRC university departmental ranking study is running into funding difficulty so the activity is uncertain at this point. UCAR will continue to check in with the NRC as to the status.
  • AMS/UCAR Congressional Fellowship. The first AMS Congressional Fellow will be chosen in 2001. Fisk reminded the Trustees that the AAAS finally agreed to administer the fellowship after UCAR agreed that, while we will provide support for the activity, the AMS only will be used in the formal title.

5. NSF REPORT

Dr. Cliff Jacobs, Head, UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, reported on the status of the NSF budget , the NSF Review of NCAR, and provided an Information Technology (IT) retrospective as background to the next agenda item.

Jacobs reported that the Federal Budget request for NSF funding in FY2001 was the largest ever request made to Congress. He reported that the NSF budget increase over last year was $675M—17.3% over the current level—for a total request of $4.6B. The Research and Related was up 19.7%, with the GEO request up 19.5%, and ATM up 17.7%. The 2001 areas of emphasis—NSF-wide—are Biocomplexity in the Environment, Information Technology Research, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and the 21st Century Workforce. The GEO focus areas are Natural Cycles within the Earth System, Natural Hazards, and Sustained Time-series Ocean Observations.

Jacobs reported on the NSF review of NCAR that is tentatively slated to begin in October of this year. He outlined the schedule, which many of the Trustees felt didn't change in length or complexity as recommended in the last review panel report. Discussion centered around the amount of time involved in the review—essentially the next three years. Jacobs noted that the science and management reviews will be more "closely coordinated and complementary." He outlined the NSF policy on re-competition, noting the procedures in place to address that issue, and said that the date for the recompetition recommendation is March 2002 before which the divisional and management reviews must be complete.

He outlined the general objectives of the review:

  • Assessment of the quality and productivity of the scientific/facility division or program for the past three years and plans for the future three years
  • Determination of the past and future extent of direct service of the division or program to the scientific community
  • Evaluation of division management and scientific leadership, including past and future priorities for the division or program
  • Assessment of the extent, quality and effectiveness of interactions with the scientific community and cross-divisional activities 
  • Determination that the process for setting priorities within the division or program reflects consideration of the NSF Merit Review Criteria, i.e., What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity? What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

Discussion followed on the schedule. Anthes suggested that the review time be compressed, and that there be one document, one panel, and one review rather than the complex and lengthy process proposed.

Jacobs then provided some background information on IT-related issues and UCAR and NCAR's past efforts for providing data services both within and for the broader atmospheric sciences community. He outlined UCAR's efforts, noting the recommendations from the last management review to develop an IT strategy, the recent Code Assessment Panel convened at NCAR, the new NSF-wide ITR (Information Technology Research) initiative and offered some personal reflections on NCAR's IT strategy and practices as they relate to NSF's future agenda.

He said that NCAR's viability will increasingly be governed by IT, and that "the relationship between quality science and service to the community and the institution's IT strategy and practices will be so tightly coupled in the future as to be indistinguishable."

6. NCAR HIGH PERFORMANCE SIMULATION STRATEGIC PLAN

Steve Hammond, Manager, Computational Support Section/SCD/NCAR , presented an update on NCAR's Strategic Plan for Scientific Simulation. He reviewed the background leading up to the development of the plan, including the findings of NSF code assessment panel in July of last year. He briefed the Trustees on the issues and outlined the themes of the plan—

  • NCAR reaffirms its commitment to be a major provider of computing capability to solve grand challenge problems;
  • NCAR will ensure a balanced end-to-end simulation environment, compute capability , storage systems, efficient models, data management, and collaborations.
  • NCAR will ensure that algorithms and structure of large simulation codes are both well suited to the application and efficiently use clustered systems.
  • NCAR will take a leadership role to guarantee model integrity.
  • NCAR will assess the algorithmic research within the organization and identify gaps to be filled.
  • NCAR and UOP will take a leadership role to define and establish metadata standards, and in the creation and use of databases for managing metadata.
  • Discipline, software, and computational specialists will be integrated to meet scientific and computational objectives.
  • NCAR will provide adequate resources to support the community users of major modeling systems, documentation, distribution and training.
  • NCAR will develop a state of the art computational infrastructure and facilitate collaborations.
  • NCAR will research, develop, and implement the infrastructure to support and facilitate working in a geographically distributed environment.

Hammond outlined the schedule, saying that the plan should be completed by mid-April with ample time and opportunity for input from the Advisory Group as well as NCAR staff and Trustees.

Charles Kennel remarked that this isn't an issue of physical scientists vs computer scientists; rather it is a "fusion" of science and computing. Jacobs said it involves a new paradigm working across traditional program and divisional boundaries, and that it's important to make sure that the tools and infrastructure developed can be a true community resource.

7. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE STAFF VISIT

Frank Cushing, staff member to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, joined the Trustees for discussion of the FY2001 budget outlook. He noted that the 17.3% increase for NSF is the largest Presidential request in history—a larger increase than the Department of Defense. He said that while he is 'upbeat" about the budget request, he is less than optimistic about receiving the full increase.

He expressed disappointment that the HIAPER initiative didn't show up in the budget this year, However, he said he was 99% sure that it would be funded by Congress.

He talked about continuity in terms of priorities from one administration to the next and the Committee's commitment to finishing projects slated to be funded over a number of years.

Discussion with the Trustees included the balance of core funding vs. new initiatives—how to enhance core programs. Cushing said Congress needs to do a better job ensuring more funding for grants in each of the NSF divisions.

8. UCAR ADVOCACY RELATED TOPICS

During a working lunch, topics related to UCAR's advocacy for the federal science budget were reviewed and discussed. Fellows reported on the distribution of the "Awareness Document" document which provided information on damage from natural disasters for every state. It was provided to the presidential candidates, Gore, McCain and Bush for use in their primary campaigns in South Carolina, since that state is the second most impacted state in the nation. He reported on the transition document being developed by UCAR and AMS that will recommend to the new administration how to respond to the information in the "Awareness Document".

April Burke, Lewis-Burke Assoc., outlined the FY2001 science budget and analyzed the chances of funding at the high levels requested. She said that Congress is likely to fund HIAPER, and that the controversy over its funding is essentially one between Congress and the Administration. Burke's associate, Mark Burnham, reported on NOAA's budget increase of $445M, including a decrease in weather research in that agency. He also said that "earmarks are out", that the National Weather Service and NESDIS "came out pretty well".

Cindy Schmidt, Director of the Office of Government Affairs, presented UCAR's advocacy priorities. Discussion centered around the general value and use of the document, and the appropriate language to convey our support of various programs and projects, and the appropriateness of publishing it on the web. Fisk asked that the document be re-organized to deal with linkages with other agencies and programs, expand it to include the entire spectrum of disciplines, and organize it around general themes. He also suggested that UCAR forge a strategy rather than outline tactics and post a general strategy statement on the website rather than these specific tactics. The document once revised could be sent to the Members Representatives. Houghton asked that management come back with a revision in June for Board review.

9. UCAR PRESIDENT'S REPORT

UCAR President Richard Anthes reported on the following items of interest since the last Board Meeting in October 1999.

  • NCAR Director Search. The search committee consisted of the following: Joe Klemp (NCAR/MMM) Chairman; Dave Burridge (ECMWF), Edna Comedy (UCAR Human Resources), Len Fisk (University of Michigan), Michael Knoelker (HAO), and Paola Rizzoli (MIT). He outlined the extensive selection process leading to the agreement by the Search Committee on the final candidates culminating with the selection of Tim Killeen as the new NCAR Director. He summarized Killeen's impressive scientific credentials, his long university connection, and his leadership experience.
  • Anthes also reported on the appointment of Roberta Johnson, Killeen's wife. She will join UCAR with a scientific appointment in HAO, and as Director of Education and Outreach, a new position in UCAR

  • NCAR and UCAR 40th Anniversary. Anthes outlined a number of upcoming activities, and announced that the Weather Works for Kids, a website created for the 40th anniversary, was just awarded a $10K prize from AAAS and Unisys. He reported that a document—a sequel to "UCAR at 25"—will be produced as part of the anniversary year's activities. It will lay out past accomplishments and future plans for NCAR and UCAR science and education activities and will emphasize partnerships.
  • Issues and Opportunities. Anthes summarized the upcoming challenges and opportunities for the coming year: the transition for the new NCAR director; the beginning of the NSF review cycle; support for the FY2001 budget, the management of the HIAPER funding issue, the strategic plan for large-scale simulation, and the COSMIC program.

10. NCAR DIRECTOR'S REPORT

NCAR Director Robert Serafin outlined a number of current activities.

  • The installation of the COMPAQ ES0 distributed shared-memory computer. He reported that the computer is undergoing rigorous testing with mixed results.
  • ACD Director Search. He reported on the progress of the search for a director for the Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD). Susan Solomon (NOAA) is Chairwoman of the Search Committee, also comprised of Mario Molina (MIT), Mary Ann Carroll (University of Michigan), and Bill Randel and Brant Foote at NCAR. A short list of candidates will be selected later in the spring.
  • HIAPER. The RFP will be released 31 March 2000. An evaluation and selection team will be appointed with proposals due 30 April. A Community Planning Workshop is scheduled for this coming fall.
  • FY2000 Budget update. Serafin reported that this years budget is still in flux with the late Congressional recision of 0.38% in the NSF budget, and that since NSF is still determining how to take the reduction, there remains some uncertainty as to the impact on NCAR programs.

11. UOP DIRECTOR'S REPORT

UOP Director Jack Fellows updated the Trustees on UOP activities. He reported on the following new initiatives in the UCAR Office of Programs:

  • COMET. New CD, Web modules, and Webcasting presentations. COMET celebrated their 10th Anniversary in January at the Annual AMS meeting.
  • PAGE. The Virtual Exploritorium—a prototype geosciences learning tool using visualization, has had a very positive response. PAGE received a grant for a Geoscience Digital Library, which will help faculty find, evaluate, and use resources that support active learning in undergraduate Earth systems science.
  • UNIDATA. A new collaborative effort with CAP program at University of Oklahoma, NCEP, and University of Washington to provide raw radar data to the universities. Unidata will hold a summer workshop to showcase best Unidata practices from 19-23 June.
  • SUOMINET. GPS equipment tests underway. 170 sites have registered for the program.
  • JOSS. JOSS staff has provided operations direction and support for the Mesoscale Alpine Program (MAP).
  • VSP. A new Visiting Science Program in Space based Lidar Technology is under development with a proposed deadline date of Spring 2000.

12. NASA ASSOCIATE ADMINSTRATOR REMARKS

Ghassem Asrar, Associate Administrator for Earth Sciences, NASA, joined the Trustees for discussion. He summarized the NASA research budget and said that the research budget has grown from 18% to 21%. He reported that this is a challenging year for his department. The thrust of their work will be to forge stronger alliances with other agencies and the National Weather Service as the EOS program matures and moves into the next phase. He said Congress has asked for a 10-year plan for EOS, and that a draft of the EOS science priorities will be available by early March for distribution to the community.

13. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORT

Personnel Committee Chairman Leo Donner reported on the meeting of Committee held the previous day and brought the following items to the Board for approval:

  • Compensation proposal. Donner reported on the recommendations regarding the compensation salary range adjustments and salary budget . It was moved, seconded, and passed to adopt a 3% increase in the salary ranges, and a 4.5% overall increase in the salary budget.

(The rest of the report was continued until the next day but is reported here for convenience.)

  • Affiliate Scientists. It was moved, seconded, and passed to appoint Charles Zender (University of California at Irvine), and Martin Meluzak (NASA Langley) as Affiliate Scientists in CGD and HAO respectively.

Donner reported that the Personnel Committee, in their meeting, discussed UCAR's diversity efforts. There are four areas of review by the UCAR Diversity Task Force: recruitment, retention, promotion, and workplace environment. Donner said that procedures in the first three areas appear to be in order, but that it is difficult to assess the workplace environment. Thus the APS (American Physical Society) has agreed to come to NCAR to study the character of the environment here. Maurice Blackmon, Director of CGD and co-chair of the diversity taskforce said he hoped the study will be completed by 1 June.

14. NSF DIRECTOR REMARKS

Rita Colwell, Director of NSF, joined the Trustees. She expressed her enthusiasm for NSF's 17% budget increase, and asked the Trustees and, through them, the larger atmospheric sciences for their help to ensure it's passage in Congress. Other topics of discussion included the need for the scientific community to work in a more interdisciplinary way; the need to integrate computational science into the physical sciences; rationale for the four areas of emphasis in the budget; and math and science education. She said it was time to do some creative thinking about how and what science is funded. Colwell also expressed her deep interest in science and math education, in learning and the science of learning, i.e., in understanding cognitive approaches to learning. Dennis Thomson suggested the creation of a Science Corps—"SciCorps"—akin to other federal programs such as the Peace Corps.

15. FOUNDATION DIRECTORS ELECTION

Lise Carney, UCAR Counsel from Holland and Hart introduced the following resolution which, as required by the UCAR Foundation bylaws, would approve of the election of the slate of Foundation officers.

The following resolution was moved, and seconded.

Election of UCAR Foundation Directors

WHEREAS, the bylaws of the University Corporation For Atmospheric Research Foundation (the "Foundation") provide that the Board of Directors of the Foundation shall be elected by the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research ("UCAR Board of Trustees") and that the Board of Directors of the Foundation may provide to the UCAR Board of Trustees, for its consideration, the names of one or more persons whom the Board of Directors of the Foundation nominates to serve as elected directors of the Foundation; and

WHEREAS, by unanimous written consent, the Board of Directors of the Foundation has nominated the following persons for election to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to serve until the annual meeting of the Foundation in the year indicated below for each such nominee, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified:

Name of Nominees Term Ending
Haradon Beatty 2003
Gene Keluche 2001
John A. Dutton 2001
Richard Hodgson 2002
Najeeb Halaby 2002
Darius Gaskins 2003

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED that the following persons are elected as members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to serve until the annual meeting of the Foundation in the year indicated below for each such person, and until their respective successors are elected and qualified:

Name of Nominees Term Ending
Haradon Beatty 2003
Gene Keluche 2001
John A. Dutton 2001
Richard Hodgson 2002
Najeeb Halaby 2002
Darius Gaskins 2003

Discussion ensued as to the status of the Foundation. Anthes said that it has been in "hibernation" for the past few years, but now there is an upswing in its activities and, while he is not able to talk about it yet, he is very optimistic about a new opportunity recently presented to the Foundation. Kennel asked as to the strategic vision or plans, and others expressed concern about the Foundation in general since it has been some time since the Trustees have been briefed. The question was called and the motion passed with one abstention.

The Board asked for copies of the strategic plan, and a full briefing on the Foundation activities and status at the June Board Meeting.

16. BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

Conway Leovy, Chairman of the Board Nominating Committee, presented the report of the committee and asked for approval of the following slate of officers and committees:

OFFICERS

Chairman

Otis B. Brown
Vice Chairman Ronald D. McPherson
Secretary Ronald B. Smith
Treasurer Lyn Hutton
Assistant Secretaries Jack D. Fellows, Susan J. Friberg
Assistant Treasurers Kathryn Schmoll, Dan J. Wilson

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairman

Otis B. Brown
Members

Richard A. Anthes
Lyn Hutton
Ronald D. McPherson
Ronald B. Smith

Members at large

Leo Donner
Charles F. Kennel

AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

Chairwoman

Lyn Hutton
Members

David D. Houghton
Linda Martinson
Ronald D. McPherson
Mary Jo Richardson
David E. Skaggs

 

PERSONNEL COMMITTE

Chairman

Leo Donner
Members

Julia Nogues-Paegle
Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli
Dennis W. Thomson
Margaret Tolbert

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Chairwoman

Julia Nogues-Paegle
Members

Lennard A. Fisk
Conway B. Leovy

 

TRUSTEE LIAISONS

COMET

Gabor Vali
COSMIC

Conway B. Leovy

SOARS Margaret Tolbert
UNIDATA Dennis W. Thomson
URC Ronald B. Smith

 

It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the slate of nominations.

Anthes then read the following resolution of appreciation for Len Fisk. It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.

Resolution of Appreciation for Len Fisk

We, the members of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, resolve to express our gratitude and appreciation to Lennard Fisk for these past six years he's served as UCAR Trustee with thoughtful attention to all matters of the corporation. We are grateful for his steady guiding hand during his chairmanship of the Audit and Finance Committee, and most recently as Chairman of the Board. Len has consistently taken the high road, considered the long-view, and UCAR has benefited greatly under his wise counsel, and appreciated deeply his gentlemanly approach to potential roadblocks as we move the corporation further along its path.

The Trustees express their sincere gratitude, and note their pleasure to have his involvement in UCAR deliberations for the next year, and hope it continues much beyond.

Thank you, Len!

Fisk then passed the gavel to Otis Brown as he begins his tenure as Chairman of the Board.


The Trustees convened in Executive Session from 4:00-5:30. Minutes of this session are kept in the Corporate Offices.


Wednesday, 16 February

 

17. NSF GEO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR REMARKS

Margaret Leinen, Assistant Director, Directorate for Geosciences/NSF, joined the Trustees for discussion. She said her office is the focal point for "the environmental portfolio" across the Foundation. She outlined the Biocomplexity in the Environment initiative which forms the core of her portfolio, and said that an advisory committee will be appointed, and a staff person will be hired soon to coordinate these related activities at NSF.

She also spoke about the following topics:

  • The need for broad and deep community support for the President's request for NSF.
  • The special role NCAR plays in interdisciplinary activities. She said the high performance simulation strategy is important in that it is a plan for the whole community—NCAR can leverage the capabilities of the community as a whole, and thereby enhance our service to, and benefit the entire community.
  • She called for educating students in a more balanced way to ensure that they are agile in the current career climate.

18. NOAA REMARKS

David Evans, Assistant Administrator, NOAA, General John Kelly, Director of the National Weather Service; and Michael. Hall, Director, Office of Global Programs, joined the Trustees for discussions.

Evans spoke on the following topics: 1) Climate Observation and Services; 2) USWRP; and 3) the role of the NOAA labs in research and operations.

Kelly discussed the status of the National Weather Service and asked for more advocacy for research and support for an advanced hydrology prediction system and for the US Weather Research Program.

Hall talked about recent reports such as the NRC Pathways, Jane Lubchenko's report to the Science Board and others, which call for more intellectual and cross agency integration. He called for local/regional as well as national assessment efforts, like the IPCC. He said that it is necessary to redefine science in a more holistic way, and that within the next 10 years things will be very different in our field.

19. DOE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR REMARKS

Ari Patrinos, Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Sciences, US Department of Energy, joined the Trustees. He spoke of the need for more funding for environmental modeling, the need to "demonstrate our maturity" by embracing a new paradigm of partnership between computational science, engineering and physical sciences, and the need to invest resources to make this shift a reality.

20. OMB DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR REMARKS

Kathy Peroff, Deputy Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science, OMB, joined the Trustees for discussion. She outlined the FY2001federal budget, and explained the surplus leading up to the increased science budget request for FY2001. Peroff also outlined a 10 year history of research and development funding in this country and said that for FY2001 research and development funds for universities are up 8%.

21. UNSTRUCTURED DISCUSSION

The Trustees revisited the student recruitment topic. David Houghton asked whether there was real interest for them to continue working on this issue. Brown said that the Board needs to decide what "it" is—and what is its scope. Gabor Vali said that the Board shouldn't undertake this as a long-term project but should develop a questionnaire, define the mechanisms to deal with it, and ask the AMS, for example, to carry on with it. Kennel said there needs to be a six-month plan, and a parallel track involving the policy discussions to isolate certain issues appropriate for Trustees to deal with. After extensive conversation about the experience at many of the Trustees' universities, it was decided that UCAR should help facilitate this survey, with Thomson, Vali and Houghton developing the questionnaire for UCAR to distribute. The results will be examined at the June meeting of the Board.

22. ADJOURN

The meeting adjourned at noon.

End of Minutes

Minutes approved by:

 

Ronald B. Smith
Secretary of the Corporation

 

Minutes prepared by:

 

Susan Friberg
Secretary of the Corporation