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MEMORANDUM

TO:
UCAR Members Meeting Participants

FROM:

Mary Jo Richardson (Texas A&M), Chairwoman
UCAR Membership Committee

SUBJ: 2000 Membership Committee Report

We are pleased to report on the Membership Committee’s activities since the last annual Meeting of the Members. During this 2000 cycle, we reviewed 10 UCAR Membership renewals and three new Membership applicants—Arizona State University, Howard University and Rutgers University. Recommendations on the renewals and new applications are contained in this report.

In addition, one new applicant for Academic Affiliation—Dalhousie University—was approved. While Members are not required to approve the AAP new applications, we have included it here for your information. There were no Academic Affiliate renewals.

Many thanks to the members of the committee: Keith Aldridge (York University), James Coakley (Oregon State University), Richard Gammon (University of Washington), Greg Nastrom (St. Cloud State University), Joyce Penner (University of Michigan), Walter Robinson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Sepidah Yalda (Millersville University of Pennsylvania).

I look forward to talking with you at the meeting and I will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

End of Memo

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A. NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS

1. Arizona State University

On April 17, 2000, the site visit team (Jack Fellows, Richard Gammon, and Jim Coakley) visited Arizona State University. They met with Jonathon Fink, Vice Provost for Research; Milton Glick, Provost; Peter Crouch, Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Applied Science; Greg Raupp, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Applied Science; and Milt Sommerfeld, Associate Dean for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They also met with various faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Geography and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. As part of their visit, they toured the Mars remote sensing facility in the Department of Geology, the Office of the State Climatologist, and the Environmental Fluid Dynamic Group's wave and fluid mechanics laboratory. Time did not permit visits to the Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscope Facility, which plays a prominent role in ASU's atmospheric sciences program. The site visit committee was duly impressed by the excitement expressed by graduate students, faculty members, and administrators for the developing atmospheric sciences program at ASU and their anticipated membership in UCAR.

ASU has no single academic unit devoted to the atmospheric sciences, nor does it, as yet, offer a degree program for a PhD in the atmospheric sciences. Instead, education and research in the atmospheric sciences and related fields are the responsibility of several academic units. Geography, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Math, and Plant Biology together offer 19 undergraduate courses including environmental chemistry, synoptic meteorology, dynamical meteorology, climatology, and statistical analysis, some of which can be taken for graduate credit, and 9 graduate level courses including geophysical fluid dynamics, remote sensing, and air pollution modeling. The courses are offered by 17 faculty distributed among the various departments. Between 1997 and 1999, ASU awarded four Master's and six PhDs in fields devoted to turbulent flows within environmental boundary layers and climatology. A major focus at ASU is the environmental quality of the Phoenix urban area. As an example of the degree of cooperation that has been achieved among the various academic units, major research projects have been launched which involve the deployment of instruments within the Phoenix basin and the analysis of micrometeorological data by climatologists in Geography, ultra-high resolution remote sensing of the urban environment using the Mars remote sensing facility in Geology, modeling and laboratory testing of flows within the Phoenix basin by the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group in Mechanical Engineering, and measurements of trace species and aerosols by other researchers in Mechanical Engineering.

ASU's administration recognized the talents of the individuals who built bridges between the various departments, and for at least the past five years, the administration has promoted their efforts by investing in the development and providing continuing support for the Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscope Facilities, the Mars Remote Sensing Facility, and the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Facility. In addition, the administration is augmenting the atmospheric sciences program through two new hires: one in atmospheric chemistry and one in mesoscale meteorology. Also, there are plans to formalize a PhD program in the atmospheric sciences. Students who meet the requirements of the new program will receive degrees from the existing academic units, Geography, Mechanical Engineering, etc., but the degree will have attached a Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences. This Certificate will be one of about a dozen such now offered in various disciplines at ASU. Students receiving this certificate will be required to take a prescribed set of courses and undertake a suitable research project. Plans call for the Certificate to be available within two years.

While the PhD program in climatology within the Department of Geography has been a longstanding program, the bridges between the various departments in different colleges to undertake integrated research programs in air quality, flow over complex terrain, and atmospheric chemistry are relatively recent. ASU's administration saw the new opportunities that these bridges offered and moved quickly, through the support noted above, to solidify the collaborative efforts that were in their early stages. The administration would like to continue the rapid pace of development in the atmospheric and related sciences and sees UCAR membership as facilitating communication with atmospheric sciences programs at other universities. ASU is already contributing to UCAR programs. Jim Anderson in Mechanical Engineering is part of the community effort working with NCAR's RAF to develop and test the aerosol inlet for the C-130. The characterization of this inlet is crucial to the ACE and INDOEX projects.

The Membership Committee concludes that Arizona State University meets the membership criteria, and accordingly recommends that the Member’s Representatives elect ASU a UCAR member.

2. Howard University

On 24 April, 2000, the site visit team (Rick Anthes, Sepi Yalda and Keith Aldridge) visited Howard University (HU) in connection with its application for membership in UCAR. Persons visited included: Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, Provost of Howard University; Dr. Orlando Taylor, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Arthur Thorpe, Director of the Howard University Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres (CSTEA); Dr. Vernon Morris, Deputy Director, CSTEA; Dr. Demetrius Venable, Acting Associate Vice-President of Research and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, six faculty participating in the Howard University Program in Atmospheric science (HUPAS) ; Dr. Franco Einaudi, the chief of the Laboratory for Atmospheres at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC/NASA); Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of NOAA's National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP); three atmospheric scientists from GSFC/NASA ; four Ph.D. and eight M.S. candidates. During the site visit the visiting team was impressed with the professional and enthusiastic presentations by graduate students, faculty and administrators.

The HU application for membership is based on research activities of CSTEA, a NASA sponsored interdisciplinary Program, with participation of graduate students and faculty in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, and Mechanical Engineering. Achievement of research objectives is enhanced through a primary relationship with the Laboratory for Atmospheres at GSFC/NASA as well as collaborations with NASA Langley Research Center, the Naval Research Laboratory, NCEP and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Research in HUPAS is directed toward the chemistry and physics of the terrestrial atmosphere, space sciences and aeronautics and follows a multidisciplinary approach.

Since 1996 when the graduate program began, two doctorates and four M.S. degrees supervised by HUPAS faculty in Atmospheric Science related areas have been awarded. During the present year 2-4 degrees in Atmospheric Science are expected to be completed. Nine Ph.D. and ten M.S. candidates currently are enrolled in the program while the NASA sponsored CSTEA HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Academic and Research Consortium (CHARC) ensures an excellent stream of highly qualified graduate students. The HUPAS program offers a full curriculum which is supported by 16 core courses in Atmospheric Science, 14 electives within HUPAS , plus elective courses in its three streams: atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics and fluid dynamics.

Facilities include a CSTEA computer laboratory with workstations for UNIDATA access, NCAR Graphics, GEMPACK, IDL and NCEP visualization software; a 5000 sq. ft. laboratory for atmospheric chemistry; and the Beltsville Research Facility, which houses a 30 inch reflector telescope incorporated into the development of a KrF LIDAR for remotely determining ozone concentration through Raman scattering of Nitrogen and Oxygen.

Three Howard University administrators (the Provost, the Dean of the Graduate School in Arts and Sciences, the Director of CSTEA) were strongly supportive of HUPAS and acknowledged the special support that CSTEA has received from NASA over the past 7 years. HUPAS occupies a unique position as the first interdisciplinary graduate program at HU and as such is a model for the future growth of graduate programs at HU.

HUPAS faculty has conducted collaborative work with NCAR scientists, used MM5 and CCM3 models and given presentations to SOARS students. Installation of the UNIDATA system is planned for this year.

The Membership Committee concludes that Howard University (HU) meets the membership criteria, and accordingly recommends that the Members' Representatives elect HU a UCAR Member.

3. Rutgers University

On May 15, 2000 the site visit team (Mary Jo Richardson, Katy Schmoll and Walter Robinson) visited Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in connection with its application for full membership in UCAR. Persons visited included: Francis Lawrence, President of the University; Joseph Seneca, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Mike Carr, Dean of Mathematics and Physical Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; J. Frederick Grassle, Director of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS); Gary Taghon, Chair of IMCS; Judith Grassle, Curriculum Coordinator for IMCS; Roni Avissar, Chair of Environmental Sciences (ES)/Director of the Center for Environmental Prediction (CEP); Alan Robock, Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Option Coordinator; Robert Haneck, Environmental Meteorology Program Coordinator; David Robinson, State Climatologist; Ken Miller, Chair of Geological Sciences; Paul Lioy, Deputy Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, about 20 faculty in these units, and about 10 graduate students in Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences.

Rutgers is presently an Academic Affiliate of UCAR. Its application for full membership is based on the recent addition of PhD programs in Oceanography (1994) and Atmospheric Sciences (as an option in Environmental Sciences, 1992). The site visit team was impressed by the enthusiasm shown by faculty, staff, and students for their research and by the rapid growth in atmospheric sciences and related fields made possible by the very high level of institutional support. Research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences is of an interdisciplinary nature lying within several different units and apparently is unimpeded by complicated interdepartmental and inter-college arrangements:

Environmental Sciences

Education and teaching in the atmospheric sciences are primarily in this department. The department has 11 faculty, and the University is committed to adding 5 more. There is a healthy undergraduate atmospheric sciences program and a small but growing number of atmospheric science graduate students (three PhDs have been awarded since the program started). The CEP has support for nine graduate students and eight postdoctoral investigators. Course offerings in atmospheric sciences (21 undergraduate, 24 graduate), while more slanted to the environmental sciences than in a typical atmospheric sciences department, are sufficient for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students can supplement these with courses at Princeton. Eighteen students graduated with BS degrees in atmospheric sciences this year, an unusually high number (the average over the previous 4 years was 9). ES as a whole has 26 graduate students, most of whom are pursuing PhDs.

Research in the CEP includes high resolution mesoscale modeling nested within global models, studies of soil/vegetation/atmosphere interactions, studies of particulate transport, development of cloud parameterization schemes in the presence of heterogeneous landscapes, modeling climatic impacts from Amazonian deforestation, and coupling high resolution atmospheric models to models of lakes and the coastal ocean. Other atmospheric sciences research in ES includes studies of the influence of volcanoes on climate, studies of soil moisture - climate interactions, and efforts to detect human influences on the climate. ES houses a large student computer lab, and CEP supports clusters of workstations for its high-resolution modeling.

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

IMCS has 29 faculty and hosts a new undergraduate degree program in Marine Science (only one graduate so far), an undergraduate summer internship program, and a graduate program in Oceanography (21 courses offered), currently with 28 students (19 Ph.D.) . Research includes studies of estuary and coastal ocean contributions to atmospheric nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas), remote sensing of Arctic climate, the organic geochemistry of atmospheric aerosol, the role of airborne particulate iron on the global carbon budget, modeling studies of the terrestrial component of the hydrologic cycle, and high resolution ocean modeling coupled to models of ecosystem dynamics. Along with extensive wet laboratories, a key resource of IMCS is LEO-15 (Long-term Ecosystem Observatory at 15 meters depth) a heavily instrumented region of the coastal Atlantic, from which data is available in real time.

The Department of Geography is the home department for the State Climatologist. In addition to developing a statewide real-time automated meteorological observing network, he supervises Geography graduate students in research in snow cover and snow dynamics. Research at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute is primarily in the area of chemical and particulate air pollution emphasizing environmental problems affecting the State of New Jersey.

Faculty are funded by NOAA, NASA, NSF, ONR, EPA and other federal and state agencies.

As an Academic Affiliate the Rutgers faculty representative has regularly attended UCAR annual meetings. Rutgers faculty make use of NCAR computing facilities - there is an especially strong connection to physical oceanography - and Rutgers is co-sponsoring an Advanced Study Program postdoctoral investigator and will have an undergraduate in the UCAR SOARS program this summer.

The Membership Committee concludes that Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, meets the membership criteria, and accordingly recommends that the Members' Representatives elect Rutgers a UCAR member.

 

B. RENEWING MEMBER APPLICATIONS

1. University of Alabama at Huntsville

The University of Alabama-Huntsville has been a member of UCAR since 1992. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences has a program that is centered on physical, synoptic, and dynamical meteorology with specialization in satellite remote sensing, global climate change, atmospheric chemistry, cloud processes, lightning, and air pollution. In addition, the Center for Space Plasma, Aeronomic, and Astrophysics Research (CSPAR) offers opportunities for degree research programs in aeronomy and magnetohydrodynamics as pertains to the thermosphere and above, and stellar atmospheres. The department is collocated in the Global Hydrology and Climate Center with personnel from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's Earth Science division and the University Space Research Association (USRA) Earth System Science group. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences has nine research and tenure-track faculty and an additional nine adjunct and affiliates, most of whom are associated with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The faculty will shortly be augmented with a new hire in atmospheric chemistry. The department offers 20 undergraduate level courses, 11 of which can be taken for graduate credit, and 17 graduate level courses in the atmospheric sciences. Between 1997 and 1999, the department and CSPAR awarded two M.S. and four PhD degrees covering topics in space physics, convection, air pollution, and climate statistics.

Facilities include the Lightning Imaging Sensor, Geographic Information System, Visualization, and Multifrequency Imaging Microwave Radiometer Laboratories. These laboratories provide massive arrays of networked workstations and software for data visualization and GIS. A satellite receiving station collects and archives data directly from NOAA and GOES satellites. A Fluids Laboratory and an Electronics Laboratory are in development. The Global Hydrology Center, including the department, is moving to a new location in the National Space Science Technology Center. The new location offers more space and will allow some members of CSPAR to be collocated with the department.

Representatives from UAH have been active participants in the annual UCAR Members' Representative Meeting and one member has served as a Summer UCAR Lecturer (1997 and 1998). Faculty have served on the UCAR Membership Committee (1991-1996), on the UCAR UNIDATA Users Committee, and have reviewed applicants to the NOAA/EPA Post-Doctoral program administered by UCAR. One faculty member has worked actively with ACD scientists since 1998.

The UCAR Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members’ Representatives that the membership of University of Alabama at Huntsville be continued as provided by the bylaws.

2. Drexel University

Drexel University has been a member of UCAR since 1973. Research and educational activities are carried out in the new (1997) School of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy (SESEP), collaboratively with the Department of Physics (formerly Physics and Atmospheric Sciences), and the Department of Chemistry. Drexel offers MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Sciences, with specializations in atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, and air pollution control, including public policy aspects. There are thirteen (13) participating faculty (research/teaching) in these academic units. Twelve (12) undergraduate and eleven (11) graduate-level courses are presently offered. In the past seven years (1993-2000), nine students received master's degrees and six students earned doctoral degrees.

Drexel has recently reorganized its interdisciplinary atmospheric sciences program in the School for Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy (SESEP), with several recent faculty hirings and planned retirements. Laboratory analytical facilities are especially strong in chemical analysis (chromatographic separations, mass spectrometry), notably the state-of-the-art mass spectrometers developed in the Bandy group for aircraft-deployable eddy flux measurements for trace gases. Ongoing research funding is largely from NSF and NASA. An emerging research theme in SESEP is urban air quality and public health.

Drexel scientists have been regular users of the NCAR aircraft and ATD facilities, and have collaborated with NCAR scientists.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Drexel University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

3. Iowa State University

Iowa State University has been a member of UCAR since 1973. ISU offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees through the meteorology program in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. This program has nine faculty members plus several other resident research associates, adjuncts, and associated faculty from other departments who are engaged in activities closely related to the atmospheric sciences. From 1997 to 1999 five MS and five Ph.D. degrees were awarded. Approximately 14 graduate students are currently enrolled.

Faculty members at ISU conduct research across a broad spectrum of topics in the atmospheric sciences including agricultural meteorology and climatology, mesoscale meteorology, dynamic meteorology and numerical weather prediction, boundary layer meteorology, and physical meteorology. A wide variety of federal, state, and private funding agencies support this work. Unique research facilities include the Earth System Simulation Laboratory operated under UNESCO sponsorship, a parallel processing computer available through cooperation with a DOE laboratory at ISU, and laboratories with extensive facilities for the study of the influence of weather processes on environmental quality. Planned program changes in the atmospheric sciences’ home department will emphasize Earth System Science by means of new hires to replace retirements.

ISU faculty and administration members have participated extensively in UCAR/NCAR activities through memberships on the UCAR Board of Trustees, the UCAR University Relation Committee, the UNIDATA Users Committee, the Executive Committee and the Advisory Board for PAGE, the UCAR/AMS Ad Hoc Committee on Instrumentation, special COMET and NCAR workshops, and attendance at annual UCAR Members Meetings. ISU has made extensive use of NCAR computing facilities and data archives. ISU students have participated in NCAR colloquia and workshops. Two NCAR staff scientists are adjunct faculty members at ISU.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members’ Representatives that the membership of Iowa State University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

4. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) has been a UCAR member since 1973. New Mexico Tech's UCAR membership materials have usually focused exclusively on the Physics Department where three undergraduate and four graduate courses are taught and 11 masters and four doctoral students have graduated from 1995 through 1998. Scholarly work in atmospheric sciences and related fields is expanding and now occurs in the departments of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mineral Engineering, and Physics and at the Geophysical Research Center. Twenty-two faculty members participate in course studies and research programs in the atmospheric sciences and related fields.

New Mexico Tech has analytical laboratories in the above departments and a newly developed 3-D lightning mapping array. Faculty use the nearby National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very large Array radiotelescope. In addition, the state-funded Geophysical Research Center (GRC) supports research in atmospheric physics and chemistry, air quality, seismology, and groundwater hydrology. Langmuir Laboratory for atmospheric research specializes in lightning, cloud physics, and water chemistry. Faculty research is funded by NSF and NASA.

The faculty at New Mexico Tech have served as representatives to UCAR's members meetings, participated in an NCAR/ATD workshop, attended UCAR organizational meetings, panel meetings, and workshops. A number of faculty have also collaborated with NCAR on a variety of projects and have used the NCAR facilities and computer resources extensively.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' representatives that the membership of New Mexico Tech be continued as provided by the bylaws.

5. Ohio State University

Ohio State University has been a member of UCAR since 1972. There is a program in atmospheric sciences with 14 faculty in atmospheric science as well as cooperating departments. They offer 26 courses for undergraduates and 34 graduate-level courses. These include, for example, courses in civil and environmental engineering, aerospace engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as atmospheric science, physics, chemistry, and geology. Between 1997 and 1999, there were 17 Bachelors degrees awarded, two Master's and four Ph.D.'s.

The faculty research areas cover the simulation of atmospheric systems at a variety of scales, as well as ice sheet analysis and the impacts of ice sheets on regional phenomena. The main facilities for atmospheric science are provided by cooperating departments. There are laboratories for studies of fluid dynamics, for remote sensing, for studies of air pollution damage and micrometeorology. The Byrd Polar Research Center is home to a Class 100 Clean Room with a variety of instruments. The Ohio Supercomputer Center provides computer facilities and the Byrd Center provides UNIX workstations and a Beowulf cluster.

Several faculty have collaborated with NCAR researchers, have attended UNIDATA workshops, use the NCAR computing facilities, and sent graduate students to attend the NCAR MM5 workshops. One faculty member is a member of the Polar Working Group for the NCAR CSM.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Ohio State University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

6. Rice University

Rice University has been a member of UCAR since 1972. Scholarly work in atmospheric sciences and related fields occurs in the departments of Space Physics and Astronomy, Geology and Geophysics, Environmental Science and Engineering, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology which together have 41 faculty members. The Environmental Programs Steering Committee, established in 1998, acts as an oversight, advisory and coordinating committee for all of Rice University's scholarly activities in the Earth's environment including courses and curricula on environmental topics. Thirty-seven faculty participate in interrelated environmental courses, degree programs and research. Forty-three undergraduate courses, including three university-level environmental courses and 67 graduate courses are offered in atmospheric and related sciences. From fall 1997 through summer 1999, 28 master’s level and 30 doctoral level degrees were completed in the four departments listed above.

Rice University has well equipped laboratories for research and instructional purposes. Rice's faculty and students use their access to national research facilities and spacecraft platforms for their data for research and theses. Special university-wide facilities include the Data Applications Center, and Center for Conservation Biology Network, and Fondren Library GIS/Data Center, Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, Center for the Study of Science and Technology, Citizens' Environmental Coalition, and Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Faculty are funded for research in atmospheric and related sciences mostly by federal agencies including NSF, EPA and NOAA.

Rice University, since joining UCAR, has played an active role in UCAR governance with faculty serving on UCAR's URC, and Board of Trustees, including service as chair. Rice faculty have enjoyed collaborations with UCAR/NCAR scientists over several years and served on advisory committees.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership Rice University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

7. Sanford University

Stanford University has been a member of UCAR since 1973. Doctoral and masters degree granting programs associated with the atmospheric sciences or related fields are in Environmental Engineering and Science, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Marine Biology. Courses that relate to these disciplines are offered in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences. Six faculty members directly participate in the instruction of courses and supervision of graduate students in these sub-fields. Annually, 20 MS and eight PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering, 5 PhD degrees in Marine Biology and 3 PhD degrees in Climate Modeling are awarded.

Research programs at Stanford that relate to UCAR activities are in Environmental Engineering, Marine Biology and Climatology. The Hopkins Marine Research Station is internationally recognized. These research programs are heavily involved in field, laboratory and computational research and teaching. Between 1997 and 2004 more than 20 research grants have been awarded to the participating faculty from a variety of agencies including NASA, NSF, ONR and another ten proposals have been submitted.

Present and past students from Stanford have used the NCAR computing facility in carrying out their research. Several students have visited NCAR as summer research students and faculty members from Stanford have given presentations at NCAR. Students and faculty at Stanford have been using NCAR codes, including the Mesoscale and Boundary Layer models as well as the NCAR graphics package.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Stanford University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

8. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been a member of UCAR since 1973. Research and educational activities are carried out in the Departments of Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geophysics and Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. WHOI offers master's, doctoral and engineer's degrees jointly with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). WHOI is also authorized to grant doctoral degrees independently. One hundred and fifty seven research scientists work in the above departments. Forty-six graduate level courses are presently offered. These courses are part of a larger curricula offered by the combined staff and faculty of WHOI and MIT. From Fall 1995 through Summer 1997, 44 students received master's degrees and 68 students earned doctoral degrees.

WHOI scientists pursue oceanographic and related research at on-shore laboratory facilities in the Village of Woods Hole and at the nearby Quissett campus. The institution operates three government-owned research vessels, a submersible and coastal research vessels. WHOI houses the NSF-sponsored National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility. WHOI has a yearly-operating budget of approximately $80 million with about 80% provided by federal agencies, largely from NSF, ONR and NOAA and 20% from foundations, industry and private donations. WHOI is strengthening its research capabilities in climate change and has recently established a cooperative center with NOAA (Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research (CICOR). WHOI is building a permanent coastal observatory off Martha's Vineyard and is developing three new areas of focus: nearshore processes, paleooceanography and climate research and biocomplexity.

WHOI scientists have been involved as members and as a co-chair of working groups in the Climate System Modeling (CSM) group at NCAR. WHOI scientists have also collaborated with NCAR scientists on joint proposals and projects.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution be continued as provided by the bylaws.

9. University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming has been a member of UCAR since 1976. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered through the Department of Atmospheric Science. There are currently 8 faculty members with expertise in the following areas: cloud physics, cloud and mesoscale dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, weather modification, boundary layer meteorology, and dynamic meteorology. There are also 3 resident postdoctoral research associates. 21 graduate courses in atmospheric sciences are offered. From 1997 to 1999 7 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. degrees were awarded. There are currently five graduate students enrolled.

Research projects are currently supported by 17 grants and contracts funded by NASA, NSF, ONR, and through collaboration with other universities and UCAR. UW operates a twin-turboprop aircraft that is instrumented for atmospheric sampling and data recording and which serves as a national facility through NSF. Other special research facilities include the Elk Mountain Observatory, the High Altitude Balloon Launch Facility, extensive cloud physics laboratories, fabrication and testing facilities and a wind tunnel shared with another department. Computing capabilities include a network of local workstations plus access to NCAR and other national computing facilities. The W.M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles awarded recently an $800,000 grant to the University of Wyoming to enhance aerosol instrumentation for a research laboratory and aircraft. The department is currently reviewing the curriculum offered and may soon revise it, perhaps adding content in the areas of broader earth systems science and global change.

The University of Wyoming faculty have been active in UCAR governance, having served on the UCAR Board of Trustees, the UCAR/UNIDATA Policy Committee, the NSF/NCAR Observing Facility Advisory Panel, and through regular attendance at the annual UCAR Members Meetings. Faculty have also made extensive use of UCAR/NCAR facilities and programs such as Unidata, Comet, NSF/NCAR research flight facilities, and have participated in various workshops.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled, and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of the University of Wyoming be continued as provided by the bylaws.

10. Yale University

Yale University has been a member of UCAR since 1984. The primary teaching and research activities related to the atmospheric sciences at Yale reside in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, which has a program that encompasses atmosphere and ocean dynamics, paleoclimate and geochemistry. The department is home to 16 faculty who offer 10 undergraduate courses and 25 graduate courses. Several faculty from other departments are also affiliated with the program. From 1997 through 1999 there were 18 Bachelors awarded, two Masters, seven Masters of Philosophy and eight PhD's.

Research is conducted in isotope geochemistry, paleoclimate, micrometeorology, satellite remote sensing, and several areas related to solid earth geology. Yale has started a major program to replace and upgrade their buildings and laboratories that house their science faculty. In addition, they are building a new facility, the Environmental Science Facility that will be adjacent to the building that houses the Geology and Geophysics department. This will allow hydrologists and atmospheric scientists from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to be housed closer to their colleagues in Geology and Geophysics. The department has also started a major program to replace retiring faculty and add new faculty.

Yale faculty have collaborated with NCAR and have served on the UCAR Board of Trustees. They have taken leaves at NCAR, sent students to workshops, and used NCAR's computers and software, as well as the aircraft facilities of NCAR. They have been active in UCAR member meetings as well as serving on UCAR review panels.

The Membership Committee concludes that the membership criteria are fulfilled and recommends to the Members' Representatives that the membership of Yale University be continued as provided by the bylaws.

C. NEW ACADEMIC AFFILIATE APPLICATION

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science, as well as a 1-year Diploma in Meteorology within the Departments of Physics and Oceanography. The Atmospheric Science Program offers ten first-year graduate or diploma courses and six advanced graduate courses. From 1997 - 1999 four M.Sc. and three Ph.D. students graduated in Atmospheric Science. There are twelve current graduate students. Dalhousie University has four tenured or tenure-track faculty positions designated for the Atmospheric Science Program within the Departments of Physics and Oceanography. Faculty specialize in research on aerosols, clouds, radiation, marine meteorology, air-sea interaction, climate and atmospheric chemistry. The Atmospheric Science Program benefits from collaborations with scientists doing related research in the Departments of Physics and Oceanography enhancing efforts in atmospheric-ocean interaction and coupled ocean-atmosphere models. Atmospheric scientists are funded through National Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Meteorological Services Canada (MSC) – formerly Atmospheric Environment Services (AES), and other governmental and industrial sources. Collaborations exist between Dalhousie faculty and students and NCAR scientists.

The Membership Committee concludes that Dalhousie University meets the Affiliate criteria, and approves their admission to the Academic Affiliates Program.

D. 2001 MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CYCLE

Members

Memberships for the following institutions are due to be renewed in 2001.

University of Arizona
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Chicago
Cornell University
Florida State University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Iowa
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Rhode Island

Academic Affiliates

There are no Academic Affiliate institutions up for renewal in 2001.

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