CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
of Trustees Meeting
21-22 February 2001
duly convened meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees was held in
the Walter Orr Roberts Board Room, Fleischmann Building, Boulder,
Colorado. Present for all or portions of the meeting were:
Brown, University of Miami, Chairman
Richard Anthes, President, University Corporation for Atmospheric
Leo Donner, Princeton University
David Houghton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
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
Patricia Woodworth, University of Chicago
and Corporate Officers:
Carney, UCAR Counsel, Holland & Hart
Steve Dickson, Associate Director of Operations, NCAR
Jack Fellows, Assistant Secretary, VP for Corporate Affairs
& Director of UOP
Susan Friberg, Assistant Secretary, Corporate Affairs, UCAR
Tim Killeen, Director, NCAR
Kathryn Schmoll, Vice President, Finance & Administration,
Jacobs, Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight
Brian Mannion, Acting Division Director, Division of Grants
Austin, Program Manager, Visiting Scientist Programs, UOP
Maurice Blackmon, Director, Climate & Global Dynamics,
Rena Brasher-Alleva, Director, Budget & Planning Office,
Tim Brown, High Altitude Observatory, NCAR
Dave Carlson, Director, Atmospheric Technology Division, NCAR
Laurie Carr, Human Resources Manager, UCAR
Al Cooper, Director, Advanced Study Program, NCAR
Dick Dirks, Assoc. Director of Field Operations & Data
Management, JOSS, UOP
Ben Domenico, Program Manager, Unidata Program Center, UOP
Janet Evans, Budget & Planning Office, NCAR
Michelle Flores, Office of Corporate Affairs, UCAR|
Susan Foster, Assoc. Director, Education and Outreach, UCAR
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
Michael Knoelker, Director, High Altitude Observatory, NCAR
Meg McClennan, Director, Legal Services, UCAR
Daniel McKenna, Director, Atmospheric Chemistry Division,
Linda Mearns, Environmental & Societal Impacts Group,
Susan Montgomery-Hodge, Executive Assistant to the President,
Pete Peterson, Deputy Director, Scientific Computing Division,
Jeff Reaves, Assoc. VP, Business Services, Finance & Administration.,
Bob Roesch, Director, Human Resources & Employee Relations,
Karyn Sawyer, Director, JOSS, UOP
Cindy Schmidt, Director, Office of Development & Government
Tim Spangler, Director, COMET, UOP
Betty Valent, Executive Assistant, Finance & Administration,
Randolph Ware, Director, GPS Science & Technology Program,
Susan Warner, Executive Assistant, UCAR
Dan Wilson, Director of Treasury Operations, UCAR
AND AGENDA REVIEW
Board convened in Regular Session. Chairman of the Board Otis
Brown called the meeting to order at 8:30am 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.
Brown reported on follow-up items and new activities since the
October Board meeting:
documents. Many of the Trustees expressed appreciation for the
work done by UCAR and AMS on these documents. Ron McPherson
agreed to explore publishing them in the Bulletin of the
American Meteorological Society (BAMS).
to BAMS and acceptance of the article on the community
survey and UCAR's 40th anniversary.
following recent community awards to UCAR, NCAR and UOP scientific
President Richard Anthes and HAO Senior Scientist Arthur D.
Richmond named Fellows of the AGU.
Award - Jim Hurrell (CGD) received the 2001 Clarence Leroy
Meisinger Award, one of the highest honors granted by the
AMS. The award is presented each year to a scientist whose
research achievement "is at least in part aerological [pertaining
to all levels of the atmosphere] in character and concerns
the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motion
on all scales."
Abbe Award - Rit Carbone, a senior scientist in MMM, given
to an individual for distinguished service furthering the
atmospheric sciences or their application to general, social,
economic, or humanitarian welfare.
G. Charney Award - Roger Daley holds the title of UCAR Distinguished
Senior Scientist in Visiting Scientist Program for "highly
significant research and development in data assimilation,
modeling, and numerical weather prediction."
Award - Rod Frehlich (RAP) for exceptional efforts as a scientific
reviewer for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, one
of nine AMS journals.
Fellows - NCAR senior scientists Rick Katz (ESIG), Tom Wigley
(CGD), and Jim Wilson (RAP), as well as the directors of two
UCAR programs: Dave Fulker (Unidata) and Tim Spangler (Cooperative
Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training).
Medal - Scott Doney. The medal recognizes significant contributions
to the geophysical sciences by a young scientist of outstanding
Astronomical Society (SEA) AwardHector Socas-Navarro (HAO)
was honored for his astrophysics thesis- A new technique for
examining the solar chromosphere. The HAO associate scientist
was recognized for producing the nation's best thesis in astrophysics
Site Visit. Brown noted that the Board has been sent copies
of the APS report and UCAR's response. The report has also been
discussed in the Personnel Committee Meeting. Leo Donner will
report later in this meeting.
offered the following resolutions of appreciation to honor the
outgoing Trustees for their years of service to UCAR. The
resolutions were moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.
Tolbert has been a UCAR Trustee for three years during which
time she served as a member of the Board Personnel Committee
and as the Board liaison to the SOARS program. Her participation
in Board activities and deliberations have been marked by a
keen intelligence, thoughtful interest, and good cheer.
completion of her term on the Board, the UCAR Trustees are pleased
to wish Maggie continued success and to express their appreciation
for her efforts on behalf of UCAR.
Leovy has served on the UCAR Board of Trustees for six years.
During that time he has brought his considerate and perceptive
insights to all Board deliberations. Conway has served with
a blend of good humor and serious purpose in the various Board
positions he has held during his tenure: Liaison to the URC
and to COSMIC, member and Chairman of the Nominating Committee,
and long-standing member and Chairman of the Personnel Committee.
His open and discerning manner and broad understanding will
be greatly missed.
completion of his term on the Board, the UCAR Trustees are pleased
to make public record of their sincere gratitude to Conway,
and their wishes for his continued success.
Hutton has served on the UCAR Board of Trustees for six years.
During her tenure, she has served most ably and expertly as
Treasurer of the Corporation, and as Chairwoman of the Audit
and Finance Committee. Under Lyn's watch, the fiscal health
of the corporation has progressed at an unprecedented rate due
to her outstanding leadership and firm guiding hand. Her sage
counsel and wise approach to investments and financing leave
UCAR on a much sounder financial footing than she found it.
the conclusion of her tenure, the Board and UCAR management
take the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for her
significant contributions and our best wishes for every continued
Ronald Smith presented the minutes from the October 2000 Board of
Trustees meeting and asked for approval. After some minor corrections
were noted, it was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the
Schmoll, Vice President for Finance and Administration, reported
on the fiscal health of the corporation to date. She reviewed the
consolidated financial statement for FY2000 ending on 30 September,
and the financial statements for the first three months of FY2001.
She said that investments are doing better than projected given
the performance of the market in the past six months.
AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
reported on the following items covered in the Audit and Finance
Committee Meeting held the previous day: the business continuity
plan; space issues and a feasibility study for a new building at
the Foothills campus; risk assessments.
Board asked that it be kept appraised of plans for the new building.
Donner, Chair of the Personnel Committee, reported on the Personnel
Committee Meeting held the previous day. The committee recommended
that the UCAR Compensation proposal be approved. The 3% salary range
movement, and the 4.5% salary cap as recommended by UCAR management
were discussed by the committee. They recommended that the proposal
be approved. The committee also discussed the salary comparisons
between academic and NCAR scientists. NCAR salaries are higher,
Donner said, but within one standard deviation. Donner noted the
usefulness of the UCAR salary survey. Discussion followed on the
philosophy of new hires, i.e., hiring at the mid-point of the range
or lower. Anthes said that there is flexibility to offer higher
salaries to new scientists. NCAR Director Tim Killeen said the goal
is to attract and keep world-class scientific talent.
was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the 2001compensation
proposal as recommended by the Personnel Committee.
presented the recommendation for Affiliate Scientist. Josh Wurman
(U of OK) is recommended for a three-year appointment. It was
moved, seconded, and passed to approve the appointment as recommended
by the Personnel Committee.
reported that the committee discussed the American Physical Society
report and the UCAR response at length. He said that, because of
the disparity in the way the NCAR divisions communicate with, mentor,
and generally support staff on the scientific ladder, the Committee
is recommending that an ombudsman be appointed. Much discussion
followed on the pros and cons of such a position. Donner said that
because of the dissimilar ways the divisions manage scientific talent
at NCAR, an alternative channel for information should be made available.
Chairman Brown said the main point is to make sure the divisions
are consistent in their conduct. The Board and UCAR management will
keep working on this.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT
Leovy, in the absence of Chairwoman Julia Paegle, presented the
report of the committee. After he reported that liaisons to COMET,
COSMIC and SOARS no longer will be appointed, Leovy asked approval
of the following slate of officers and committees:
D. Fellows, Susan J. Friberg
Kathryn Schmoll, Dan J. Wilson
Members at large
Richard A. Anthes
Leo J. Donner
Ronald B. Smith
Patricia W. Woodworth
AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the slate of nominations.
8. NSF REPORT
Head of UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section-ATM,
reported on the following items:
and FY2002 Budgets. Jacobs reported that the final FY01 budget
is still unknown and that the FY02 plan will be released later
than usual, in April. He said that even with the sizeable
increase in the FY01 budget, it is uncertain how much how
much of ATM's base funding will benefit because of the number
of earmarked activities. With respect to the FY02 plan, Jacobs
said that growth is anticipated in all FY01 initiatives, a
new mathematical science initiative is likely, and possibly
two GEO "candidates" will be included in the MRE request.
Technology Research (ITR) Program. In discussing ITR's funding,
Jacobs said that after covering continuations from the previous
year, $163M will be available for FY01 awards. He reviewed
the number of proposals in each of the three areas (large,
group, and small), pointed out that four criteria were added
to the standard two evaluation criteria used by NSF in the
review process, and concluded that approximately 10% of the
proposals will make it through to the award stage.
Activities. Jacobs announced three new funding opportunities,
two in education and one in biocomplexity and, in the personnel
area, reported that Jewel Prendeville's responsibilities are
now in the Diversity and Education Programs, that a Geo deputy
Associate Director position is being planned, and that applications
are in for Ocean Sciences Division Director. He continued
by discussing the challenge of implementing the document Geosciences
2000 and of integrating this plan with existing activities,
and concluded that a clear picture needs to be painted.
Review of UCAR and NCAR. Jacobs explained UCAR's participation,
through SPEC, in the NSF review process, and added that it
was suggested that SPEC also serve as "integrators" looking
at cross-divisional work during the divisional reviews. He
briefed the Board on the process and schedule of the management
and divisional reviews, and pointed out that November 2002
is the submittal date for the proposal. It is still uncertain
if the proposal to manage and operate NCAR will be open to
competition or be directed solely to UCAR.
followed on the re-competition issue, and the fair amount of management
time required by these review.
Richard Anthes presented a draft of a letter to the Director of
OMB, Mitchell Daniels, Jr., in support of the FY 2002 federal science
budget. He asked for Trustee input over the next day of the meeting
and asked for their signatures. [After revisions were made later
in the meeting, the Trustees provided their signatures, and the
letter was send to Mr. Daniels office]
then outlined the status of the following current UCAR activities:
Two articles submitted to BAMS—the aforementioned 40th
Anniversary article, and the recently submitted article on the
graduate student survey.
The NCAR Strategic Planning process. Anthes said the complex planning
process has sparked exciting new cross divisional, and cross discipline,
The NSF reviews of NCAR. The review has begun with the NCAR divisional
review documents due to NSF on 1 May.
The APS panel response. The UCAR response to the report was submitted
on 27 November. Plans are underway to address the recommendations
in the following areas: recruitment of female scientists, mentoring,
communication, family friendliness.
Activities in Corporate Affairs, especially welcoming new Trustees
Kalnay, Soorshian, and Woodworth; and Finance and Administration,
especially the developing requirements for a new building.
Education and Outreach Strategic Planning process and workshop
conducted in January.
Office of Government Affairs Office, especially the transition
documents distributed to Congressional members; and UCAR Communications,
especially the recognition for the UCAR at Forty document.
The UCAR Foundation Board Meeting and Retreat.
FY2002 ADVOCACY PRIORITIES
Vice President for Corporate Affairs, asked the Trustees to review
and approve the proposed FY2002 priorities for UCAR's advocacy of
federal science budget and related matters. He outlined the UCAR
advocacy activities this past year in support of the nation's research
agenda, the Natural Hazards and Weather/Climate documents provided
to Congress at the transition to the new administration, visits
to the House and Senate Congressional members and staff, and agencies.
Fellows presented the FY02 Advocacy Priorities. The activities in
FY2002, for the most part, will focus on support of weather and
climate related research and education programs, supporting budgets
in each of the agencies, and monitoring policy issues such as data
exchange, ITAR regulations, and the like.
Conway Leovy and Dennis Thomson asked UCAR to address energy issues
in its future advocacy strategy. Leovy pointed out the value of
conveying the impacts of climate change, specifically global warming.
He asked UCAR not to shy away from communicating possible impacts
of the changing temperatures on energy resources. Trustee David
Skaggs asked if UCAR had considered working with the National Security
agencies on weather and climate impacts related to national economies.
He said it may be a potentially important area for resources and
STATUS REPORT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
Director Tim Killeen outlined recent activities at NCAR:
Priorities. Killeen emphasized the following priorities for the
institution: "developing the human capitol; expanding the intellectual
envelope; building new capabilities;
partnerships and creating new collaborations." He said he sees NCAR
as an integrating force for the atmospheric and related sciences
community, serving as the integrating center for IT capabilities,
atmospheric and earth system scientific research, and for research
and education connections.
introduced Annick Pouquet, recently appointed as a Senior Scientist
and leader of Geophysical Turbulence Program, and Danny McKenna,
new Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division.
highlighted many of the university interactions with NCAR, including
the number of collaborative publications, and the scientific visitor
trends. He commented on the increase in the number of short-term
visitors over the past eight years, and a decrease in the number
of long-term visitors, saying that this trend will be studied.
reviewed the status of the ITR proposals—1 large, 10 group, and
9 small proposals submitted to the NSF with 58 university collaborators.
He reported on the new NCAR Budget exercise, the strategic planning
process, and the following future thrusts:
The Trustees discussed
the importance of the operational and research nexus.
- NCAR becoming
more of a virtual center.
Interdisciplinary research, without moving away from the core
emphasis on research-enriched education at all levels
IT capabilities to facilitate the research
on "earth-system" science, centered on the atmospheric sciences,
including societal interactions
on individual professional growth, accomplishments and recognition
- New partnerships--e.g.,
Director for Strategic Planning, Robert Harriss discussed the development
of the NCAR Strategic Plan, and introduced the following scientists
to talk about new cross divisional intiatives.
Doney and Beth Holland - Biogeosciences and Climate Interactions
- Wildfire Behavior, Modeling and Atmospheric impacts.
- Geophysical Turbulence
Phil Judge -
HAO Enhanced Education
- Observational Technologies
Al Kellie -
said that NCAR welcomes the personal engagement of university colleagues
in these initiatives.
Board and Counsel convened in Executive Session in the Walter Orr
Roberts Board Room of the Fleischmann Building from 4:30-5:15pm.
(The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)
Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Director of the UCAR Office
of Programs, reviewed UOP's mission and focus and reported that
UOP will be updating their strategic plan, brochure, and logo by
October 2001. He briefed the Board on recent activities of the eight
programs of UOP:
- DLESE Program
Center. This new program, which was awarded a two-year $4M grant
by GEO/EHR six months ago, plans on displaying a working prototype
by August. Dave Fulker, Director of Unidata, is taking a year-long
sabbatical to work with DLESE and Ben Domenico has been appointed
Acting Director of Unidata.
- COMET. This
program's budget was cut $0.6M from FY00 and a staff decrease
has resulted. New courses and modules have been developed this
year and the development of a primer on mesoscale meteorolgy for
the Navy is in progress. COMET and Unidata are proposing a joint
international version of their programs.
It was reported that NEXRAD Level 3 products were free as of January
2001 and that the NWS DIFAX will end this April, but alternative
products are being generated and distributed by some universities
with the aid of Unidata.
The science contract between UCAR and Taiwan has been concluded,
yet the spacecraft and launch vehicle contracts are still under
negotiations. Launch is expected in 2005.
- GPS Science
and Technology. 100 GPS receivers have been purchased by UCAR
for SuomiNet, the network of receivers to provide realtime atmospheric
precipitable water vapor measurements along with other information.
Tests will be completed the end of February.
- JOSS. The
intensive field program phase of Aerosol Characterization Experiments
(ACE)-Asia, will begin in March-April 2001. 50 universities and
90 scientists will participate in ACE.
- VSP. Current
recruitments in the visiting scientist programs were reviewed
including 8 new appointments in the Climate & Global Change
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and 3 in the International Research
Institute for Climate Prediction Postdoctoral Scientist Program.
- IITA. Though
the Distributed Oceanographic Data System (DODS) project is no
longer managed by IITA, this program is currently coordinating
between the DODS project and the UCAR community in the use of
the DODS data access protocol.
followed on the usefulness of Trustee liaisons to UOP programs,
especially to DLESE, and Unidata. Smith, liaison to the University
Relations Committee (URC), requested that a more detailed presentation
on these three programs be given to the URC. Brown added that the
archiving of data is a continuing problem and suggested that, as
a starting point, the URC look into this problem.
reported the article recently submitted to BAMS which reports on
the results of the survey of application for graduate schools in
and enrollment numbers of graduate students. He outlined the motivation
for the article and UCAR efforts on behalf of the community. He
noted the lower numbers of applications to graduate schools in atmospheric
and related sciences, the graduate student survey conducted last
year to gather enrollment data on UCAR Member departments, and the
recruiting website under development by UCAR.
Brown and John Robinson from ProMotif, Inc, a web-design firm contracted
to build the recruiting site, presented the current design. Brown
noted plans for a focus group discussion with CU undergraduate students
to be held in early April. The Trustees provided their input to
the design. The next version will be reviewed with a subset of the
Board, Eugenia Kalnay, Leo Donner and Gabor Vali.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH STRATEGIC PLAN
Johnson, Director of the UCAR Office of Education and Outreach (E&O),
presented the draft strategic plan. She noted that the E&O office
was created in response to UCAR's community survey where significant
interest was shown in UCAR taking a larger role in education and
outreach. She reviewed current successful activities in this arena—a)
Project LEARN which after 10 years will end this month; b) events
and exhibits, such as Super Science Saturday and the Roberts Distinguished
Lecture Series; c) Windows to the Universe which she initiated at
the University of Michigan, d) Web Weather for Kids which was developed
in support of the 40th Anniversary; and e) the SOARS Program which
is funded through FY04.
E&O Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of UCAR/NCAR people,
has been charged to develop a mission, prioritize goals, and integrate
their plan into the NCAR strategic plan. After presentation and
discussion at the October 2000 Members' Meeting, the AMS Heads and
Chairs Meeting, and other workshops, a draft plan was developed
by the planning committee. Johnson announced that the final plan
is to be completed by the end of March 2001. At this time, she asked
the Board for additional input into this draft document.
pointed out that the plan is a combination of programs already in
existence and of programs that will be created in the future. Smith
remarked that the activities need to be prioritized in order to
be effective; otherwise the challenge would be overwhelming. Vali
noted that the programs are heavily weighted to K-12 audience and
asked for more emphasis on postgraduate activities. Donner asked
if resource requirements have been assessed and added that activities
should be developed that can most effectively use the research expertise
of UCAR/NCAR staff.
commented that a survey of all geosciences educational activities
that are now being done by AGU, AMS, NASA, etc., would be helpful
in prioritizing programs and in filling the holes that now exist.
Anthes said that this planning document needs to focus on the long-term
Houghton added that providing a database of all projects now going
on, both regionally and locally, would be helpful to the community.
brought up the question of regionally or locally centered programs.
He continued by saying that the policy needs to be nationally focused
because NCAR is a national center; therefore the prioritization
should be done nationally. Thomson requested a more interactive
role in forming this strategic plan. Brown concluded the discussion
period by asking that the Board give their marked-up versions of
the plan to Johnson for her consideration in revising the plan.
centered on the graduate student survey and posting the recently
submitted paper on the web. The paper will be sent to the Members
for their information.
reviewing the schedule for the Trustee and committee meetings in
June, the regular meeting of the Board adjourned at 11:15 am.
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