UCAR 2000 October Meetings

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Convene. The UCAR annual Members meeting convened at 12:30PM, Tuesday, 10 October. Chairman Otis Brown welcomed all the Members. The agenda was adopted, the minutes of the October 1999 Members meeting were adopted, the financial report received, and Deloitte and Touche were elected to conduct the FY2001 Audit.

Reports. Reports were given by the UCAR Board Chairman Otis Brown , UCAR President Rick Anthes, the NCAR Director Tim Killeen, UCAR Education and Outreach Director Roberta Johnson, and UCAR Foundation Chairman John Dutton, and NSFís Javis Moyers and Cliff Jacobs, Academic Affiliates Chairman Rich Clark, University Relations Committee Chairman Kelvin Droegemeier, and UCARís Advocacy Activities.

Membership. Membership Committee Chairwoman Mary Jo Richardson presented the Membership Committee report, including:

  • New UCAR Members. UCAR membership was approved for Arizona State University, Howard University, and Rutgers University bringing UCAR membership to 66 institutions.
  • Membership Renewals. The following memberships were renewed for another eight year term:
University of Alabama at Hunstville Rice University
Drexel University Stanford University
Iowa State University Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology University of Wyoming
Ohio State University Yale University
  • Academic Affiliate. Mary Jo announced that Dalhousie University was approved as an Academic Affilateat the Membership Committee meeting in June, bringing the number of Affilates to 20.

Elections. Elections were held for Trustees, Nominating and Members' Committees, University Relations, and Scientific Programs Evaluation Committee.

  • Trustees. Eugenia Kalnay (University of Maryland) and Soroosh Sorooshian (University of Arizona) were elected new Trustees. Patricia Woodworth (University of Chicago) was elected Trustee at Large and Leo Donner (Princeton) and Gabor Vali (University of Wyoming) were re-lected for another three year term.
  • Membership Committee. Anthony Brazel (Arizona State University), Art Few (Rice University), and Robert Talbot (University of New Hampshire) were elected to the Membership Committee.
  • Nominating Committee. Otis Brown (University of Miami) Fred Carr (University of Oklahoma), Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli, Chairwoman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), John Merrill (University of Rhode Island), and Mary Jo Richardson (The Texas A&M University) were elected to the Nominating Committee.
  • URC. Eric Betterton (University of Arizona) was re-lected for another three term. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou (University of Minnesota), Everette Joseph (Howard University), and Pat Reiff (Rice University) were elected as new members of the URC.
  • SPEC. Susan Avery (University of Colorado), Eric Barron (Penn State), Robert Duce (Texas A&M), Franco Einaudi (NASA), Chris Fairall (NOAA), Daniel Jacob (Harvard), Bert Semtner (Naval Postgraduate School), and Lisa Sloan (UC-Santa Cruz) were elected to the SPEC.

Community Survey and Forum. Over this past year, we have been celebrating UCAR/NCARís 40th anniversary through a wide-variety of activities. This year-long dialogue began at the October 1999 Annual Meeting with a Forum focused on the following question:

How should the universities and UCAR/NCAR, working in partnership with the rest of the atmospheric sciences community, evolve to meet the highest priority challenges and opportunities of the next several decades?

The 1999 Forum drew on the findings from the 1998 BASC report The Atmospheric Sciences Entering the Twenty-First Century and the NSF GEO2000 report to set the framework for discussion of this question. A wide-reaching set of issues emerged:

  • Interagency interactions and cooperation.
  • the importance of interdisciplinary research and integration of research; data access and integration of data sets.
  • training for instrument users and users of the observational data
  • decrease in graduate student applications.
  • Changes in technology, new opportunities, and new but also new challenges to name a few.

These issues formed the basis for a Community Survey sent this past May to over 2000 members of the broad atmospheric and related sciences community. UCAR received roughly 600 responses to the survey (30 percent response rate). Survey responses sell into five key areas and became the topics of breakout sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Each of the breakout groups reviewed the community responses in these areas, listened to how UCAR/NCAR planned to respond to the survey, and then the members attending these breakout session provided feedback on the UCAR/NCAR planning. The chairs of each breakout session provided a summary on the session discussions. The summaries are linked below:

UCAR/NCAR will incorporate this community feedback into UCAR/NCAR planning and report on this planning to the Trustees. UCAR and NCAR would like to thank all those members of the community that participated in this year-long dialogue and look forward to many more years serving our community together.

UCAR Year 2000 Retrospective. A document entitled UCAR at Forty (Year 2000 Retrospective) was also part of the year-long dialogue. This document highlighted the many accomplishments UCAR and the community have made together over the past 40 years and included essays from community members Susan Solomon, Robert Rosner, Joachim Kuettner, T.N. Krishmaniurli, Richard Reed, Denise Stephenson-Hawk, and John Zillman. Each meeting participant was provided a copy of this document and many Members commented that this document could be used in their recruiting efforts.

40th Anniversary Banquet. Approximately 400 people attended this banquet where many of the founding members of UCAR and others were honored, including Harlan Cleveland, Tom Malone, Roscoe Braham, Reid Bryson, Quigg Newton, and
Earl Droessler. Paul MacCready was the speaker for the evening, highlighting many of the human-and solar-powered aircraft he has designed and the need to be good stewards of our fragile Earth.

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