President's Annual Report to the Board, Members, University Relations
Committee, and Academic Affiliates
huge balloon is poised to launch the Bubble and Balloon Festival on 18
June, honoring UCAR and NCAR's 40th Anniversary.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
report covers some of the highlights of UCAR's corporate activities since
the October 1999 meetings. It covers an exciting time in UCAR's history
-- UCAR and NCAR's 40th anniversary, HAO's 60th anniversary and NSF's 50th
anniversary. It has been a year of celebration, reflection and looking
toward the future. Tim Killeen and Jack Fellows provide summaries of NCAR
and UCAR Office of Programs (UOP) activities over this period at:
Fellows' report: http://www.uop.ucar.edu/botoct00
addition, I refer you to the February 2000 reports from Bob Serafin, Jack,
and me to the Trustees. These reports contain additional information about
UCAR, NCAR and UOP during the past year and may be found at:
Anthes' report http://www.ucar.edu/governance/meetings/feb00/pres.html
Serafin's report http://www.ncar.ucar.edu/Board/feb00NCAR.html
Fellows' report http://www.uop.ucar.edu/botfeb00.html
activity over the past year has been the search for a new NCAR Director.
In July 1999, shortly after the announcement by Bob Serafin that he intended
to step down as NCAR Director, I appointed a Search Committee chaired by
NCAR Senior Scientist Joe Klemp. Other members of the Search Committee
included Dave Burridge, Edna Comedy, Len Fisk, Michael Knölker, and
Paola Rizzoli. Details of the search and selection process may be found
in my February report to the Trustees.
the approval of both the UCAR Board of Trustees and the National
Science Foundation, I appointed Tim Killeen on 16 February 2000,
and he officially joined NCAR on 1 July. Tim was born in Cardiff,
United Kingdom and is a citizen of the United States. He received
a B.Sc. (first-class honors) in Physics and a Ph.D. in Atomic and
Molecular Physics from University College London. Killeen joined
NCAR from the University of Michigan, where he was a Professor of
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences as well as Associate Vice-President
for Research. He also served as Director of the Space Physics Research
Laboratory and was Director of the Global Change Laboratory at Michigan.
Director Designate Tim Killeen and NSF Director Rita Colwell
at the Bubble and Balloon Festival, celebrating UCAR and
NCAR's 40th Anniversary and NSF's 50th Anniversary on
18 June 2000.
has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications in
refereed journals. He currently serves as President of the Space
Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union and
is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial
Physics. He has been honored with both the Excellence in Teaching
and the Excellence in Research awards from the College of Engineering
at the University of Michigan as well as two NASA Achievement Awards.
has been a frequent scientific visitor to NCAR and has served on a number
of NCAR and UCAR visiting and advisory committees. He is continuing his
research interests as NCAR Director, in collaboration with NCAR's High
Altitude Observatory (HAO). He is currently a Principal Investigator and
instrument developer on the NASA TIMED space-borne Doppler Interferometer
(TIDI) investigation. Killeen is a past chair of the Science Steering Committee
of the NSF Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions Program
(CEDAR). Killeen also has distinguished himself in the area of education
reform and was the Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Institution-Wide
Reform of Undergraduate Education Program at the University of Michigan,
as well as the founding Director of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates
site at Michigan.
In addition to Tim's appointment, we were fortunate to recruit his
wife, Dr. Roberta Johnson, who is also a scientist, educator and
administrator from the University of Michigan. Roberta joined UCAR
as a scientist in HAO for 50% of her appointment and Director of
UCAR Outreach and Education for the other 50% of her appointment.
attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where she received
her B.S. (cum laude), M.S. and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics. She
was a full Research Professor in the Space Physics Research Laboratory
within the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Department at the University
of Michigan and was Director of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Johnson's
research interests include observational and theoretical studies of the
Earth's upper atmosphere and ionosphere, studies of upper- and lower-thermospheric
dynamics and energetics utilizing ground-based radar, optical, and satellite
measurements and numerical modeling results. She coordinates the Lower
Thermospheric Coupling Study (LTCS), a component of the National Science
Foundation's Coupling Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)
program. She has authored or co-authored over thirty refereed papers.
was the Principal Investigator on the University of Michigan's Windows
to the Universe Project, a primarily NASA-funded project to develop an
educational web browser on the Earth and space sciences for the general
public. The web site http://www.windows.ucar.edu
has won over 50 web awards to date and thousands of web sites from around
the world link to it. During the past year, over 2.5 million users have
accessed the site. The Windows activity moved to UCAR with Roberta, though
collaborations with the University of Michigan and other institutions will
is a strong atmospheric scientist and will contribute to NCAR/HAO's scientific
program. Also, she has a very strong leadership record in education, and
UCAR has been considering for some time the need to create a position in
UCAR to lead and coordinate UCAR's education activities across the organization,
including NCAR and UOP. In fact, this appointment is consistent with the
recommendation of both the UCAR and NCAR Education Task Force, chaired
by COMET Director Tim Spangler, and an internal panel chaired by Steve
Dickson that more recently reviewed UCAR's education, outreach and communication
1.0 UCAR's Corporate Activities
UCAR and NCAR at 40th Anniversary Celebration
know, the annual meeting of the UCAR Members' Representatives in October
1999 kicked off a year of celebration for UCAR and NCAR's 40th anniversary
and planning for the future. UCAR management, the Board of Trustees, and
the UCAR and NCAR directors used this milestone as an opportunity to reflect
upon past achievements and to help set the agenda for the institution well
into the 21st century.
year of celebrations will come to a close on 10 October with a gala
reception and banquet for Trustees, Members' Representatives, and
special guests. Anniversary events were launched last 12 October
with a program entitled, Visualizing Our Planet: Digital Animations
on the Big Screen, presented to an overflow audience (approximately
700 people) in the National Institute of Science and Technology
auditorium in Boulder.
UCAR's 40th anniversary web site unveiled Web Weather for Kids
in time for the AAAS' National Public Science Day. For the University
of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs in April, UCAR and NOAA
(celebrating its 30th anniversary) teamed to present two panels
on space weather and climate change. Panelists were recruited from
across the country including Boston University, the World Resources
Institute, NASA, the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, and UCLA.
The panels were supported by Walter Orr Roberts Institute funds
in honor of the 40th. In May, UCAR/NCAR employees enjoyed the 40th
anniversary Spring Fling by twisting the night away to 1960's rock
and roll hits played by Chucky and the Cyclones.
major 40th anniversary public event was held in mid-June and was
attended by what we think may have been the highest ranking, largest
NSF contingent ever to visit Boulder. NSF Director Rita Colwell,
Deputy Director Joe Bordogna, and Geosciences Director Margaret
Leinen were accompanied by ATM Director Jarvis Moyers and the Head
of ATM's UCAR and Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section
Cliff Jacobs for several days of celebration that focused on NSF's
50th anniversary as well NCAR's and UCAR's 40th. Dozens of NCAR,
UCAR and UOP staff members participated in special sessions arranged
to showcase our facilities and inform the NSF visitors of our scientific,
training and educational programs. On 18 June, the Bubble and Balloon
Festival attracted over 5,000 visitors (many of them under
the age of four!) from neighboring Front Range communities. That
afternoon, Colwell and the Boulder City Manager, Ron Secrist, cut
the ribbon to officially open Atmospheric Odyssey, our new
40th anniversary atmospheric sciences exhibit. (During the year,
considerable corporate funding was raised to expand the scope of
the exhibit.) The Mesa Lab halls resounded as the Boulder Brass
played the Fanfare for NCAR. Following the Trustees' meeting
the next day, Colwell gave a UCAR-sponsored public talk at the University
of Colorado about the NSF's research expeditions in arctic regions.
60th anniversary symposium and banquet will be held on 9 October. AeroVironment
Chairman, Paul MacCready, will keynote the final NCAR and UCAR anniversary
event, the banquet at the Mesa Lab on the evening of 10 October. A retrospective
on completed activities and the schedule of upcoming events can be found
on UCAR's 40th anniversary web site www.ucar.edu/40th/.
effort to make widely available the content of 40th anniversary
special lectures and panels, Hill briefings, and future UCAR outreach
events, we are establishing the Roberts Forum. The Forum is a web-based
collection of recorded events that provide scientific information
of great importance to society. The very first Forum efforts are
now available on the 40th anniversary web site. By the time of the
October meetings, we should have completed a more user-friendly
demonstration site that we will use to attempt to raise outside
funding to continue this education project for students, the public
and policy-makers. The Forum web address is: http://www.ucar.edu/40th/Roberts/index.html.
method of seeking community input into UCAR activities and programs, in
May we conducted a survey of over 2000 members of our constituent communities,
with emphasis on the universities. We sought quantitative data to assess
the quality and number of interactions with UCAR programs and divisions
and to understand future needs and expectations from the broad community
of member and affiliate universities and colleges, sponsors, facility users,
and scientific collaborators and governance participants. The survey also
sought to elicit personal views and experience on the broader issues affecting
the research community. Some of these issues are:
- the place of inter-
and multi-disciplinary research in a primarily discipline-organized research
- the need for
more and better instrumentation development and education;
- the sources and
use of observational data;
- data access and
- opinions on how
research priorities are, and should be, determined;
- the appropriate
allocation of the nation's research resources among field research, modeling,
theory, and laboratory work; and,
- the quality and
quantity of graduate students attracted to the atmospheric and related
web-based survey consisted of four parts. Part I asked about the background
of the respondent and how he or she had interacted in general with UCAR
in the past. Part II asked the respondent to indicate all specific UCAR
programs or activities that he or she has had some significant association
with over the past 10 years. Part III included questions about challenges,
issues and future activities; these were developed based on the UCAR Forum
at the October 1999 UCAR Members' Representatives meeting.
Part IV asked questions about specific divisions or programs within
NCAR, the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP) and UCAR activities such
as advocacy on behalf of the community. It was tailored to the specific
experiences of the respondent (i.e., questions were included only
for programs or activities that the respondent had indicated in
response of the community was strong, with 599 people responding or 29.2%
of the 2048 people asked. Most of the respondents were from universities,
and most indicated atmospheric science/meteorology as their primary discipline.
However, there was a significant number of respondents from other disciplines
such as oceanography, astronomy/solar physics, physics, computer science
and geology/geophysics. Many people provided thoughtful comments; these
totaled approximately 3000, covering over 250 pages of single-spaced text!
of the responses to the questions asking for quantitative responses is
presented at http://www.ucar.edu/may2000survey/PublicResults.html.
We assured the respondents that their replies would be kept confidential,
thus the statistical results are given without the comments. In general,
people wrote of their frustrations with graduate student recruitment, the
importance of interdisciplinary efforts and attendant difficulties in funding
for such efforts. They wrote about the need for student understanding of
observations, data sources and analysis; frustrations with low pay in our
field compared to others; the need for experimental science and basic research
as well as directed research.
I realize that every person who looks at these results may arrive at somewhat
different conclusions about what they mean, I would like to offer my personal
interpretation of some of the results. First, and most important, the high
response rate of nearly 30% and the very large number of comments indicate
that the community has strong interest in UCAR activities and programs
and in the issues raised in the survey. In addition, the results strongly
show the interest of the community in a broad UCAR program of science,
facilities, education and outreach.
asked to identify the relationship with UCAR over the past ten years
(in Part I), respondents indicated strong participation in all categories.
The largest number of responses were in the areas of: (1) user of
data sets or data streams, (2) visitor to UCAR, (3) collaborator,
(4) user of UCAR software, and (5) user of a community model. The
very strong showing of visitors, collaborators and users of UCAR
software and community models, which came out ahead of users of
UCAR computational and observational facilities (though these were
strong as well), indicates to me the importance of having a broad
scientific program at the National Center and UCAR Office of Programs
as well as first-class community facilities. This community interest
in a broad UCAR was confirmed in Part III. When asked what additional
or increased areas of service to the community should UCAR consider,
there was widespread interest in all of the categories presented.
Leading areas were: (1) data sets and data streams, (2) educational
and/or training materials, (3) community workshops on topics of
interest, (4) provision of real-time data to universities, and (5/6)
tied for fifth and sixth place, instrumentation and community models.
The community also indicated a strong interest in participating
in UCAR activities. Although strong interest in all areas was indicated,
the leading responses included: (1) collaboration with UCAR scientists,
educators or other staff; (2) user of community models; (3) UCAR
governance activities; (4) participation in UCAR educational activities;
and (5) user of UCAR computational facilities.
briefly summarize results from other parts of the survey, the community
perceives that research priorities are determined more by the needs and
priorities of the funding agencies than they should be. It also feels that
interdisciplinary research should be increased but that the federal agencies
and, to a lesser extent, the academic community are not organized adequately
to carry out interdisciplinary research. There is continued concern in
the community about the balance of research among observational, theoretical
and modeling research. While respondents indicated a significant, and I
suspect growing, interaction with the private sector, there is a perception
that the quality of these interactions could be improved.
greatest concern expressed in the survey is the quality of graduate students.
This result confirms those of a separate survey conducted by UCAR earlier
this year (see next section of my report). The UCAR Trustees have taken
a special interest in this issue and will continue to investigate ways
to address it by the community.
the community provided much input into the individual divisions and programs
on NCAR and UOP in Part IV of the survey. This input is being considered
by the senior management of the divisions and programs as they assess the
strengths and weaknesses of their programs and plan for the future.
our sincere thanks to the people who participated in the survey. It took
longer than we estimated, and we appreciate the time and thought invested
by the respondents. The survey results will be useful in the development
of a new NCAR strategic plan and a strategic plan for education and outreach
as they unfold over this next year.
Graduate Student Applications and "Recruiting For The Discipline"
the past year the UCAR Trustees, led by Gabor Vali, Dennis Thomson and
David Houghton, have spent considerable time studying an issue regarding
a decline in quantity, and possibly quality, of graduate student applications
to UCAR universities. My article in the Spring 2000 issue of the UCAR
Quarterly introduces this issue and provides some interesting demographics
about the atmospheric sciences workforce:
of the Board's concerns, UCAR carried out an anonymous survey of all UCAR
Members in March. We asked them to provide information over the past five
years on the number of graduate student applications, students admitted
and students actually entering. In order to get some idea of possible trends
in quality, we asked for the mean GRE scores of those students admitted
with and without support. Finally, we asked for an assessment, on a scale
of 1 to 5 with 5 being most serious, of the magnitude of the problem.
response of the UCAR Member institutions was good with 36 institutions
out of 63 (57%) providing the requested data. Vali analyzed and interpreted
these data and their trends; his report is available at:
analyzed trends for all 36 institutions responding. He also broke down
the results by the size of the institution (determined by the number of
students entering) according to the 3 largest, 6 large, 8 medium and 19
smallest schools. The most significant results, as discussed in Vali's
report, are that there is a significant decline in total applications (8.7%
per year), but there is no significant trend in the GRE scores of admitted
students. The respondents rated the seriousness of the problem as 3.3 on
the scale of 1 to 5, which indicates a moderate concern on the average.
issue of graduate student recruitment will be discussed in the UCAR 2000
Members' meeting forum and in the AMS-UCAR Heads and Chairs meeting immediately
following the October meeting of the UCAR Members' Representatives.
of international and national issues regarding the ownership, use and exchange
of scientific data continue to concern the UCAR community. For background
on these issues and how they relate to the academic community, please see
my October 1999 report at:
database bills were introduced in 1999: The Collections of Information
Antipiracy Act Judiciary Bill (H.R. 354) and the Consumer and Investor
Access to Information Act of 1999 (H.R. 1858). As you may recall, academic
institutions are concerned that new database protections would limit access
to research information. H.R. 1858 is much more favorable to the academic
community than is H.R. 354.
bill made it to the House floor for a vote in 1999 or 2000. While H.R.
354 was at one point ready for House floor action, the Rules Committee
was unwilling to move the bill because of the academic community's concerns
about some problematic wording. There has been no action on the Senate
Legislation Affecting The Mission of The National Weather Service
year, the House approved the NOAA Reauthorization Bill, including
language directing NOAA not to provide services that can be provided
by the private sector. The Senate Commerce Committee passed its
version of the NOAA Reauthorization Bill without this provision.
Senator Brownback (R-KS) has vowed to offer an amendment on the
Senate floor to insert the House provision into the Senate version.
It is unlikely that this bill will be brought to the floor during
the current session, but this is one of those issues that continues
to surface annually, so you can expect to hear about it again next
year. Senator Stevens (R-AK), who holds a seat on the Commerce Committee,
has made it clear that he will oppose the amendment if and when
it is offered. We will continue to work with the Senate Commerce
Committee to oppose this provision.
Budget Doubling Legislation
Doubling Initiative. Senators Chris Bond (R-MO) and Barbara Mikulski
(D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the VA-HUD Appropriations
Subcommittee, circulated a letter to their Senate colleagues promoting
doubling the NSF budget over the next five years, which would bring the
agency's budget to $8B by FY2006. In order to reach this goal, the NSF
budget would need to increase 15% for each of the next five years. As of
the beginning of September, the Senate VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee
had not attempted to draft a bill for FY 2001 because it has so little
money with which to work. The House version does not include any attempt
to double the NSF budget. Recently, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS)
and Republican Senators Abraham (MI), Inhofe (OK), and Robert Bennett (UT)
sent a letter to Appropriations Chair and Ranking Member Ted Stevens (AK)
and Robert Byrd (D-WV) urging support for the Bond-Mikulski initiative.
This summer UCAR wrote a letter to all Senators endorsing this effort.
We will continue to work on this as the Senate prepares to draft their
version of the VA-HUD FY 2001 Appropriations Bill.
R & D Bill - Federal Research Investment Act - S. 296. This bill,
which recommends doubling federal basic research funding over 11 years,
was passed by the Senate after technical amendments were made by both Senator
Frist (R-TN) on the Senate floor and Senator McCain (R-AZ) in the Senate
Commerce Committee markup. It was then referred to the House Commerce Committee
on 27 July but has not moved because of the opposition for various political
reasons by House Science Committee Chairman Sensenbrenner (R-WI). We do
not anticipate House action this year, and long-term prospects for this
bill do not look good.
enormous growth in the technology sector of the economy has placed
a tremendous strain on the H-1B visa program as dot-com companies
seek more high-tech workers. In 2000, the cap on H-1B visas was
reached on 21 March, and there have been no new H1-B visas issued
since that date. Unfortunately, this is the same visa program used
by academic and scientific organizations to employ foreign experts,
researchers and professors. The result has been that universities
and UCAR have been unable to hire foreign personnel.
year the House Judiciary Committee approved the Lamar Smith (R-TX) version
of H-1B Visa Bill, which raises the cap on the number of visas that can
be issued but makes no provision for setting aside visas for the academic
community. Several additional bills have been proposed, two of which include
special provisions for the academic and research communities to ensure
that visas are available. The Dreier-Logren Bill, sponsored by David Dreier
(R-CA), who is Chairman of the House Rules Committee, provides 10,000 visas
for academic use. The H-1B Visa Bill S-2045 sponsored by Senator Orrin
Hatch (R-UT) goes even farther by providing a permanent exemption from
the cap for all academic visas.
House Rules Committee, chaired by David Dreier (R-CA), sponsor of the Dreier-Lofgren
Bill, is expected to find a way to pass the Dreier-Lofgren Bill on the
House floor without offending Chairman Lamar Smith. The Senate has yet
to consider the Hatch bill. The likely outcome this year will be passage
of some version of the Hatch bill which may be included in an end-of-session
Omnibus Bill. UCAR is writing letters of support and making targeted calls
to let key Congressional Members know that either the Hatch or Dreier-Lofgren
Bill will be acceptable to our community.
Education and Outreach Activities
educational and outreach mission is to use its unique resources to conduct
science education and public information programs dealing with the behavior
of the atmosphere and the global environment. These programs are conducted
in collaboration with other research and educational institutions including
UCAR's member universities, academic and international affiliates, and
they leverage scientific research and applications for the benefit of wider
audiences. Program elements include teacher training, informal science
education, exhibits and tours and a growing program of web-based outreach.
Many of these activities address the concern about the declining number
of graduate student applications in the atmospheric sciences by bringing
the excitement and importance of the discipline to a wide audience of young
Education and Outreach Strategic Planning
by Roberta Johnson, UCAR is in the process of developing a comprehensive
strategic plan for its education and outreach program. Building on the
strong program elements identified below as well as those existing in UOP
and NCAR, the plan will identify goals and objectives for achieving a comprehensive
education and outreach program that utilizes and leverages the unique resources
of UCAR, NCAR and UOP to address national priorities in science education,
public literacy and diversity. This effort should be completed by March
LEARN (Laboratory Experience in Atmospheric Research at NCAR) is
an NSF-funded enhancement program for fifth- through eighth-grade
teachers in rural Colorado. The overall purpose of this four-year
project has been to increase teachers' knowledge of and interest
in the atmospheric sciences so that they are better prepared to
present scientific content to all students in ways that are interactive,
relevant and meet the standards of the district, state and nation.
During the academic year 1999-2000, LEARN completed its final year
of teacher training and conducted training for over 330 teachers
in the rural districts. Atmospheric chemistry was the focus of the
science content, and activities were drawn from the LEARN teaching
module, Ozone in our Atmosphere. Additional training focused
on effective uses of the Internet and educational technologies.
has also received supplemental funding from NSF to develop a science education
web site based on the LEARN teaching materials. COMET staff will assist
in the web site design and conversion of the LEARN modules to the online
format. An additional proposal to expand the LEARN training model is Collaborations
Linking Mentors in Atmospheric Science for Teacher Enhancement (CLIMATE).
This proposed collaboration between NCAR and universities serving under-represented
populations will establish regional atmospheric science education at six
academic affiliate institutions. The purpose of the centers is to advance
teaching and learning about the atmosphere at the middle school level.
Environmental Stewardship Awards
Stewardship Awards, jointly sponsored by NCAR and Boulder's Collage
Children's Museum, are funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities
District. Their purpose is to promote environmental awareness and
stewardship among school populations. In 2000, awards were granted
to three elementary and three middle schools for environmental projects.
Informal Science Education
collaborates with area schools, museums and science centers to conduct
education programs for educators, students and the general public.
Activities often include jointly-sponsored education programs and
consultation on exhibit development. Special events over the past
- 12 October 1999,
Visualizing Our Planet: Digital Animations on the Big Screen was
presented to an overflow audience at the National Institute of Science
- A week later,
John Firor delivered the second Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture
at the Boulder Public Library, speaking on A View of Grand Canyon
to a Vision of Science in the Twenty-first Century.
- 18 June, Fathers
Day, drew over 5,000 families and friends from neighboring Front Range
Communities to the Mesa Lab's Bubble and Balloon Festival for fun, science
activities and performances of bubble and balloon artists.
- 19 June Dr. Rita
Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, gave a public talk
at the University of Colorado about NSF's research expeditions in arctic
- 20 September
HAO scientist, Tom Bogdan, will speak at the Boulder Public
Library about Living with a Turbulent Sun: The History and
Scientific Discoveries of NCAR's High Altitude Observatory.
Super Science Saturday
Science Saturday is a day of activities at NCAR's Mesa Lab designed
to promote public science literacy and enrich the science experiences
of area students and teachers. Last year's event on 30 October drew
a record crowd of more than 2,000 members of the public. With a
Halloween theme, NCAR and UOP staff demonstrated "Frighteningly
Good Science" including Halloween chemistry. Boulder's Collage
Children's Museum, the Wild Bear Nature School, Denver Museum of
Natural History, and Science Discovery Program of the University
of Colorado hosted activity tables with a "creepy crawly"
theme. The NCAR Chromakey exhibit provided visitors the opportunity
to perform their own live weathercast on closed-circuit TV. Workshops
for kindergarten through eighth-grade students offered ideas and
methods for creating meaningful science-fair projects and photography
for science. Super Science Saturday was funded by Friends of UCAR
and a grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Exhibits and Tours
visitor center at NCAR's Mesa Laboratory features exhibits that demonstrate
scientific principles underlying the atmospheric sciences and describe
research programs at UCAR. Open 365 days a year, the center hosts an estimated
74,000 visits annually for guided and self-guided tours. Students comprised
the majority of visitors taking guided tours given in the last year - about
9,600 of the total 12,800. During April, public galleries showcased student
art reflecting environmental themes. Other special events included a number
of "Days at NCAR" offered as science fair or auction prizes,
in-service training for teacher groups, the annual Egg Drop contest, and
the Friends of UCAR Junior Scientists' picnic.
new Science Store opened to the public in June, providing visitors and
staff with the opportunity to obtain books including UCAR staff publications,
as well as other scientific and educational products related to the atmospheric
sciences and UCAR. The goal of the Science Store is to extend and enrich
NCAR/UCAR's public and educational outreach efforts. Profits from sales
will go to Friends of UCAR to support additional education programs.
corporate traveling exhibit highlights the variety and breadth of UCAR
programs. During the last year, the exhibit has been displayed at the annual
meetings of the AGU, AMS, AAAS and the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA). This exhibit has drawn significant interest in UCAR's education
and visitor programs.
Weather for Kids
web site for middle school students based on activities in the LEARN teaching
module, Atmospheric Dynamics, features weather forecasting competition
and hands-on science inquiry activities about tornadoes, thunderstorms,
and lightning. Web Weather for Kids received the Unisys Prize for Online
Science Education in a nation-wide competition and has been awarded funding
from NSF/GEO to add more information on meteorological principles and develop
additional hands-on activities. The web site address is:
to the Universe
award-winning web site that spans the Earth and space sciences for
students, educators and the general public includes a rich array
of images, movies, animations, and data sets that explore the Earth
and space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between
science, exploration and the human experience. Serving over 3 million
users per year, 45% of whom are pre-college students, the Windows
to the Universe project has been adopted by thousands of K-12 teachers
around the world as a tool for engaging and deepening their students
understanding of the Earth and space sciences. With the recent appointment
of Roberta Johnson as UCAR Director of Education and Outreach, Windows
to the Universe will continue to develop at UCAR, providing a high
leverage vehicle for UCAR to share NCAR science advances with a
wide audience. The project has recently been awarded continuation
funds from NASA, as well as additional targeted support from JPL
and NSF. The web site is at:
Global Change Instruction Program
Global Change Instruction Program provides materials on global change
topics for undergraduate, survey-level classes. This activity has
been funded by NSF EHR, Undergraduate Curriculum Development. The
ninth publication in the series, Effects of Changing Climate
on Weather and Human Activities by Kevin Trenberth et al. was
published by University Science Books in July. Stratospheric
Ozone Depletion by Ann Middlebrook and Maggie Tolbert (CU) is
due out in September. A video introduction to climate modeling was
completed this summer, and we are negotiating a contract with a
3.0 Corporate Affairs
Corporate Affairs activities include three components: governance, communications
and development and government affairs.
Corporate Affairs Governance Activities
Governance office activities include planning, coordination and support
for the Board of Trustees and its Committees, the Annual Members' Meeting
as well as the meetings of the University Relations Committee, the Membership
Committee, and the Nominating Committee. UCAR governance activities undertaken
since the October 1999 meeting have been as follows:
Board of Trustees (Otis Brown, University of Miami, Chairman).
Board held three regular meetings over the past year: October 1999
in Boulder, February 2000 in Washington D.C and June 2000 in Boulder.
The minutes from these meetings are available on the web at:
to thank Lyn Hutton, Conway Leovy and Maggie Tolbert for their service
on the UCAR Board these past years. Lyn and Conway have served two
full terms and are not eligible to run this year. Maggie has chosen
not to run again because of her heavy schedule. I have enjoyed working
with each of them and hope they will stay active in UCAR matters,
or at the very least stay in touch with us.
Relations Committee (Kelvin Droegemeier, University of Oklahoma, Chairman).
Committee met in Boulder last October immediately following the Members'
Meeting. In April, Rich Clark and the faculty of the Meteorology Department
at Millersville University in Pennsylvania graciously hosted the URC at
their campus. During the upcoming meeting on 11 October, the URC will further
discuss its role in strengthening communications between the universities
and UCAR and NCAR.
report on non-NSF funding at NCAR and UOP will be available at the meeting,
and the URC report containing summaries of each of their meetings can be
found in the meeting materials.
please note that the URC supports liaisons to each of the NCAR divisions.
The url to find out more about this activity is:
further information on the URC, the Committee web site can be found at:
The Membership Committee (Mary Jo Richardson, Texas A& M, Chairwoman).
Committee met in Boulder this past May to review renewal applications from
ten Member institutions, three new Member applications and one Academic
Affiliate. We are pleased that Arizona State, Howard University and Rutgers
have applied for UCAR Membership.
Dalhousie University was approved as an Academic Affiliate by the Committee
in May. We are very pleased that there continues to be interest in this
program as well.
The Committee's report can be found at:
Members' Nominating Committee (Paola Rizzoli, MIT, Chairwoman).
Committee met in May to determine the slate of candidates you will vote
on during the election of Trustees and Member Committees. The slates the
committee created are a fine set, and I look forward to the Trustee elections
and working with the new additions to the Board and Member Committees.
Nominating Committee Report can be found at: http://www.ucar.edu/governance/meetings/oct00/nom_report/index.html
at 40, a retrospective look at some of UCAR's greatest achievements
focusing on the last 15 years, was issued in September. This full-color,
60-page publication features a narrative history, time-lines, and commentary
from some of UCAR and NCAR's most eminent collaborators, accompanied by
many historical photographs. The graphic design, including original art,
points up the artistry inherent in scientific creativity. This document
will serve in lieu of the usual Highlights brochure for the next
40th anniversary thread has also run through our periodicals this year.
The UCAR Quarterly features columns by Richard Reed, Susan Solomon,
T.N. Krishnamurti, Robert Rosner and Paul Crutzen describing what NCAR
has meant to their careers. In December, Staff Notes became a family
album, with formal photographs and informal snapshots of people and programs
from the '60s through today.
video introduction to NCAR and UCAR, completed in the fall of 1999, received
the Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards program in January.
This is a juried awards program and is open to video productions of all
Relations this year, the topics of greatest interest have been climate
change and its relation to weather (particularly the warm winter of 1999-2000
and this summer's droughts); HAO's technique for verifying the existence
of planets around stars; aviation safety, particularly RAP's turbulence
and icing work; and hurricane forecasting and damages.
(the Severe Thunderstorm Electrification and Precipitation Study) received
a lot of publicity this summer. Following a media day we organized in June,
this Kansas-Colorado field study of lightning and low-precipitation storms
was featured on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC and ABC nightly
news, the BBC, German television, The New York Times, USA Today,
the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, and many regional
newspapers and television stations.
funded by the EPA, brings video footage on climate issues to weather broadcasters
and other television producers. This public service continues to be extremely
popular with the media. We issued an updated compilation of the series
for Earth Day in April. A final product in the series will be distributed
Office of Development and Government Affairs (ODGA)
of UCAR government affairs activities are accomplished with the extensive
involvement and/or guidance of Lewis-Burke Associates in Washington, D.C.
April Burke and her staff (Mark Burnham, in particular) provide assistance
with and advice concerning UCAR events held in Washington, advocacy strategy,
and agency and Hill contacts. They alert us to relevant issues concerning
legislation, as well as provide us with analysis of (pending) bills.
UCAR provided written testimony on the President's FY 2001 request
regarding the budgets of NSF, NASA, NOAA, DOE and the FAA. Both
the House and Senate versions of these documents may be found on
the web at: http://www.ucar.edu/oga/testimony.html.
Campaign. On behalf of the community, UCAR communicated with Congress
via formal correspondence on the following:
- Proposed FY 2001
budgets allocations/appropriations for NSF, NOAA, NASA, and DOE - letters
supporting and commenting on the proposed budgets were sent to all Members
of the VA-HUD, Commerce, and Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittees.
FY 2001 request for NSF - a letter from the UCAR Board of Trustees urging
support for the requested 17.3 percent increase was sent to the Congressional
Leadership and to all members of the Appropriations Committees and the
- Initiative to
double NSF's budget -- letters were sent to all Senators asking them
to support the Bond/Mikulski initiative that would double NSF's budget
in five years.
- Increased funding
for R&D -- letters of appreciation were sent to those Congressional
Members who supported increased FY 2001 funding for R&D.
legislation - letters were sent concerning H-1B visa legislation, database
legislation, and efforts to privatize some National Weather Service
Alerts. As of the beginning of September, eight Action Alerts had been
generated including five to the entire UCAR community and three to UCAR
Member Representatives with House or Senate Members on key appropriations
or budget committees. The alerts requested that recipients make phone calls
or visits or write letters urging their Congressional Members to support
the highest possible appropriations budget numbers for science (major focus
on NSF, NOAA, NASA) and issues of importance to our community such as increased
budget allocations and doubled funding for NSF over the next five years.
persons in the community who have either communicated with Members of Congress
directly, and/or forwarded the Action Alerts to appropriate colleagues
and kindly copied their letters to us include:
We thank these people for their efforts and encourage more of you to join
Hill Briefings. In an effort to continue to spread the word about atmospheric
sciences research and issues, UCAR held four Capitol Hill luncheon briefings
for Hill staffers. All were sponsored by Congressional Members and were
well attended. The House Science Committee has become very involved in
helping us to arrange these events, which is a good sign that they are
finding the information useful. From comments we have received, we believe
that the briefings are succeeding in spreading the word about the community's
research. This year's briefing topics and participants included:
East Coast Storm of 24-25 January: What Happened and What Can be Done
to Improve Future Forecasts, Louis Uccellini (NCEP), Lance Bosart
(University of Albany, SUNY), Chris Davis (NCAR) and Bob Gall (NCAR)
Weather Research: What is Being Done to Improve Safety and Reduce Delays,
Bruce Carmichael (NCAR), Tom Carney (Purdue), Bruce Landsberg (Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association, Air Safety Foundation), Carl Knable (United
Clues: The State of Wildfire Research, Terry Clark (NCAR),
Don Latham (Forest Service's Fire Behavior Research Unit of the
Fire Sciences Laboratory), Janice Coen (NCAR), Larry Radke (NCAR)
Weather: Living with a Turbulent Sun, Joan Burkepile (NCAR), Barbara
Thompson (NASA), George Siscoe (Boston University)
also organized a breakfast briefing in Denver for Colorado delegation
district directors and staff. Participating institutions included
the members of the Colorado Federal Relations Coordinating Council
(UCAR, University of Colorado, NOAA, NIST, NREL, Colorado State
University, University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines).
Visits to UCAR. Washington visits to UCAR over the past year included:
- Staffers from
the House Science Committee, Technology Subcommittee
- D.C. staffer from
Congressman Mark Udall's office
- D.C. staffer from
Senator Wayne Allard's office
- Members of the
Russian Leadership Program, a Library of Congress initiative
- NSF contingent
including Rita Colwell, Joe Bordogna and Margaret Leinen.
to the Hill. UCAR administration and staff and the Lewis-Burke
staff were involved in many visits to the Colorado Delegation, Appropriations
Committee staffers, House Science Committee staffers, the Office
of Management and Budget, and the Office of Science and Technology
Policy. All meetings were focused on the federal R&D budget
and issues of critical importance to the atmospheric sciences community
including the entire NSF and NOAA budgets, the NOAA non-compete
issue, database legislation, and funding for the U.S. Weather Research
Program. Our relationship with the Colorado Delegation has become
very productive, and staff in the Udall, Campbell and Allard offices
have been very active on our behalf.
- UCAR participated
in the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibit and
Reception for Members of Congress and staff on the Hill. NSF-sponsored
programs and projects were highlighted.
- UCAR participated
in the first Natural Hazards Caucus Forum and reception for Members of
Congress. UCAR is a member of this new caucus that addresses how the
social and environmental costs of natural hazards might be reduced.
UCAR produced a number of government affairs-related communication tools
throughout the year including:
Updates. These are distributed periodically to the UCAR community by
ODGA via e-mail. Updates provide information on appropriations activities
as well as updates on relevant bills and initiatives.
Briefs. This quarterly publication highlights atmospheric sciences
research and its relevance to society. It is sent by ODGA to over
1,000 congressional members, staffers, agencies and briefing attendees.
Web Page. This site includes current federal budget information and
may be found at: http://www.ucar.edu/oga/index.html.
This year, UCAR Trustee, David Skaggs, a former U.S. Representative from
Colorado, was kind enough to record for the site a message on how best
to communicate with congressional representatives. The message is available
Also new this year is a UCAR Federal Relations document addressing advocacy
activity procedures and priorities. It may be found at: http://www.ucar.edu/oga/oga_priorities.html.
Should You Care About Weather and Climate? Good or Bad: Weather and Climate
Cost Our Society! This was a joint UCAR/AMS document distributed to
the campaign directors for presidential candidates (before the field narrowed).
The document may be found at: http://www.ucar.edu/oga/awareness_2000.html.
Friends of UCAR
Friends of UCAR 40th anniversary fund drive raised approximately $10,000.
The funds were used to support Super Science Saturday, the Mesa Lab Student
Art Showcase, the Junior Scientists program (which included a tour of the
C-130 aircraft), and expansion of Web Weather for Kids. Many thanks
to those of you who have joined Friends. Contributions from Trustees, Members
Representatives, Academic Affiliates, staff and others are most welcome
as we start our FY 2001 campaign. A brochure for Friends of UCAR can be
found at: http://www.ucar.edu/friends/
and will be available at the October meetings.
4.0 Finance and Administration
Boulder Research and Administration Network (BRAN)
discussed in my February report, the BRAN is an 11-mile fiber optic
network that runs through the City of Boulder, linking several major
research facilities. Construction, operation and maintenance of
the BRAN is accomplished through a unique partnership between the
City of Boulder, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Department
of Commerce Boulder Labs and UCAR.
construction is complete and became operational in May; a map and further
information may be found at: http://www.branfiber.net.
efforts are underway to address the need for increased and sustained
diversity in our scientific and technical workforce. We commissioned
a review by the Committee on the Status of Women in Science (CSWS)
of the American Physical Society, and that review was conducted
on site in July 2000. The Committee also distributed a survey to
a subset of UCAR staff. The final report is in preparation, and
we look forward to receiving it.
commissioned an internal Diversity Task Force. This group has just
completed two out of three of its planned reports. The two completed
reports, with recommendations on recruiting and mentoring, were
accepted in principle by the President's Council, and implementation
is underway. The third, workplace environment, is in process.
Mesa Lab Refurbishment
on left shows Tree Plaza before construction began in July.
Photo on right shows construction underway.
reconstruction of the Tree Plaza began in July. The new design is intended
to be more inviting than the previous design and will include grassy areas
as well as new trees. Refurbishment activities next year will include the
main drive and entrance to the Mesa Lab. We recognize that there has been
and will continue to be considerable disturbance to our employees and visitors,
but we think the end result will make it all worthwhile!
Finance and Administration Move
increases required that roughly half of the Finance and Administration
employees move out of the Foothills Lab. Temporary space at below-market
rates was found on Pearl Street just off the Foothills Parkway; the location
makes it easily accessible for the shuttles to service. It is clear that
we have and will continue to outgrow our existing space; this fall we will
conduct a requirements study to look at the need for and feasibility of
constructing a new building on the Foothills Campus.
Business Continuity Plan
to staff turnover, the Business Continuity Plan was significantly delayed.
We are now back on track and expect the plan to be completed by the end
of March 2001. The Business Continuity Plan will address procedures for
continuing critical operations in the event of a small or large disaster.
increasing our efforts to make extensive use of the web to automate our
processes to improve efficiency and accuracy. This year, we rolled out
an automated timecard system that has significantly reduced the effort
involved in timekeeping and payroll. We also developed a web-based contribution
form for our annual charity campaign. This will decrease our processing
time and also help the charities our staff supports (United Way and Community
Shares, specifically) since we will be able to transmit data to them electronically.
July we closed on a Debt Service Forward Supply Agreement which, in essence,
allows people in the financial markets to have the use of our money to
make money for themselves. In return, they pay us for the use of the money.
The agreement reached paid us $475,900, considerably more than our initial
estimate of $411,000.
5.0 Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)
2000 SOARS Protégés in front of the Mesa Laboratory in
(http://www.ucar.edu/soars) an education
and outreach program, was implemented to create a four-year pipeline to
bring students from groups that are historically under-represented in science
into careers in the atmospheric and related sciences including engineering,
mathematics and social sciences. The goal of the SOARS program is to significantly
increase the number of African American, Native American, Chicano, Hispanic
and Latino American and women students into graduate programs in the atmospheric
and related sciences.
provides a unique science education and research learning community developed
to support, teach, and guide college and university students from diverse
backgrounds. Students, termed protégés, are provided opportunities
to be "scientists" (i.e., members of local and national communities
of scientists as well as "researchers"). Protégés
benefit from multi-year support during their critical junior and senior
undergraduate years through the completion of a two-year graduate degree.
ten-week multiple summer immersion experience in world-class research environments
is a critical SOARS program component. Each summer, protégés
conduct a ten-week research project and participate in an eight-week scientific
writing and communication workshop. Research projects for protégés
stem from their science research mentor's ongoing research programs. Protégés
define their individual research project, conduct research, write a formal
research report and present their research results at a SOARS-sponsored
colloquium. Their research reports may result in publishable papers and/or
also participate in workshops on cultural, ethnic and gender diversity;
take part in seminars with peers and scientists; and receive counseling
and guidance on graduate education programs and the graduate school application
process. Protégés receive a competitive stipend, housing,
local transportation and round-trip airfare to attend the summer program.
the academic year, SOARS protégés benefit from continued
correspondence with their mentors, maintain contact with their peers,
and receive financial support to present their summer research at
regional, national and international conferences. Protégés
also receive information about education and career opportunities,
counseling and guidance on the graduate school application process
and may receive financial support for graduate school.
Program Results. From the first summer program in 1996 through FY 2000,
a total of 51 protégés have participated in SOARS. Participants'
ethnicity and gender are outlined in Table 1. Twenty-seven protégés
have received bachelor's degrees in an atmospheric or related science.
Six of these have completed their master's degrees and are SOARS alumni.
Five alumni have entered the professional scientific workforce; a sixth
is enrolled in a Ph.D. meteorology program. This fall, 17 SOARS protégés
are enrolled in graduate programs in the atmospheric and related sciences.
Two are on schedule to receive their master's degrees in winter 2000, two
others are AMS Graduate Fellows and one other has passed her qualifying
exams and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics.
No SOARS protégé, including the nine who left SOARS without
completing the program, has withdrawn from college or university without
having completed an undergraduate degree with a major in an atmospheric
or related science.
ethnicity and gender, 1996-2000
of protégé population
schools report that SOARS protégés are well prepared. For
example, Colorado State University Associate Professor and Graduate Student
Counselor for the Atmospheric Science Department, Jeff Collett, wrote:
applying to CSU's graduate program in atmospheric science, compete quite
effectively with a large pool of outstanding applicants from around the
country and abroad for admission to the master's program. The research
experience gained by SOARS protégés, as a result of their
participation in the SOARS summer program, makes them particularly strong
candidates for appointment as graduate research assistants."
2000 Program Highlights. This summer, 23 students from colleges and
universities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico participated in the ten-week
internship program component.
SOARS Protégés: Front row, left to right: Jamila Greene, Bernice Rosenzweig,
Amanda Szymczak, Waleska Rivera Ríos, Andrew Church, Shaan Bliss. Back
row, left to right: Yarice Rodriguez, Summer Sands, Monica Rivera,
Kevin Green, Aisha Reed, Brandeis Hill, Brad Navarro, Theresa Johnson,
Jonathan Vigh, Maribel Martinez, Preston Heard, Rynda Hudman, Sharon
Pérez Suárez, Sarah Tessendorf, Yasmin Rodriguez, Lorenza Levy, Darilis
Suárez González. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)
protégé participated in an ongoing research project
and presented their research reports at the Summer 2000 SOARS Protégé
Colloquium. Protégés also took part in a three-day
leadership training program and an eight-week scientific writing
and communication workshop. All 23 protégés were paired
with science or technical research and scientific writing mentors.
First- and second-year protégés were paired with community
mentors. All returning protégés served as peer mentors.
All mentors participated in an orientation program that included
a three-hour workshop on the mentor-protégé relationship.
Along with conveying technical knowledge, mentors helped protégés
make a smooth transition into the UCAR and Boulder communities.
The names of the protégés, their mentors and their
research projects are listed at: http://www.ucar.edu/soars/researchtopics2000.html.
protégés have or will be presenting their summer research
results at student or professional conferences. In August, second-year
protégé Rynda Hudman, with her science research mentor
Mary Barth, presented her research findings at the WMO 5th International
Cloud Modeling Workshop. Sarah Tessendorf, second-year protégé,
presented her research at the AMS 20th Conference on Severe Local
Storms, chaired by her science research mentor Jeff Trapp. Preston
Heard, a fourth-year protégé, will present a poster
of his research at the January 2001 AMS Annual Meeting. In addition,
first-year protégés Yarice Rodriguez, Summer Sands
and Darilis Suárez González, along with second-year
protégé Theresa Johnson, will present posters of their
research at the 2000 Meeting for Society for Advancement of Chicanos
and Native Americans in Science. Several others are awaiting decisions
on abstracts that they have submitted to meetings and conferences.
A complete list of protégé publications and presentations
is available upon request.
of SOARS on the Scientific Community: SOARS sponsorship is increasing
the presence of ethnically-diverse groups and women within the atmospheric
and related sciences. During the past five years, SOARS protégés
have participated in scientific conferences and co-authored papers
published in peer-reviewed journals. Protégés who
have completed their master's degrees are now in the professional
scientific workforce in atmospheric and related science positions.
impact of SOARS is that UCAR is becoming a much more diverse research center.
SOARS mentors have many opportunities to learn about the diverse backgrounds
and life experiences that these young protégés are bringing
to their science careers. HAO Scientist and SOARS Steering Committee Member,
Maura Hagan, finds the immediate side effects of the SOARS program to be
of equal importance to the long-term objective of placing protégés
in careers in the atmospheric and related sciences. In an interview for
the SOARS Newsletter, she said, "The protégés broaden
the perspective of NCAR scientists. For me, this program is as much for
the present as it is for the future."
their interviews in the recently completed High Hopes: Careers in the
Atmospheric Sciences video sponsored by NSF, the experiences of SOARS
protégés may encourage younger students from groups historically
under-represented in science to think about careers in the atmospheric
sciences. The High Hopes video will be used in middle and high school
classrooms to encourage students to consider advanced studies in the atmospheric
Sponsors. SOARS was launched in 1995 with support from UCAR, NSF, and
the university community. Forty universities have committed in writing
to participate (Table 2). Since 1996, DOE-ESD, NASA and NOAA have joined
as sponsors. Proposals for continued multi-year funding for SOARS were
recently submitted to NSF and DOE. Early indications suggest favorable
40 Universities - September 2000
of California at Irvine
of California at Los Angeles
of California at San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
of Colorado at Boulder
Institute of Technology
of Illinois/Urbana Champaign
Institute of Technology,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
of Missouri at Columbia
Carolina State University
of Nebraska at Lincoln
of Nevada at Reno
of Rhode Island
The State University of New Jersey
of Alabama at Huntsville
of Wisconsin at Madison
of Alaska at Fairbanks
Intellectual Property, UCAR Foundation and WITI Corporation
big news in technology commercialization this year is that the UCAR
Foundation sold WITI Corporation, its for-profit subsidiary, to
LifeMinders, Inc. Over the past several years, WITI had worked closely
with the scientists and engineers in RAP to convert NWS weather
information into forecasts tuned to areas as small as a zip code
and keyed to specific events. WITI was offering these "personalized
forecasts" for more than 120,000 locations within the United
States. The company led the way in wireless weather forecasts when
it launched its Weather Window service in 1998. Last year WITI expanded
its offerings to include two new services: Alert2Go (wireless weather
alerts and messaging used by leading radio stations) and NOWAlert
(a similar service for television stations). At the time of the
sale, radio and television stations offering WITI products served
more than 10 million viewers and listeners across the country.
is a member-based marketer that sends personalized e-mails each week to
more than 19 million LifeMinders.com members. A free service, the company
helps its members keep track of various areas of their lives, such as family,
entertainment, home, automobiles and personal finance. LifeMinders members
had indicated that they also wanted weather information, and LifeMinders
was looking at a number of options for on-line and wireless delivery. They
chose WITI because it appeared to be the most scalable and robust product.
UCAR Foundation received cash and stock in the deal. Confidentiality
provisions in the sales agreement prevent me from being more specific
about the sales price at the present time. Under the terms of the
sale, the LifeMinders stock cannot be sold until March 2001, but
options and derivatives to hedge against fluctuations in the stock
price can be entered into beginning on October 2000. I can tell
you that, from the proceeds of the sale, RAP will receive $640,000
over the next three years. This represents the royalties RAP could
have earned under the licensing arrangement that was in place with
WITI prior to the sale to LifeMinders.
other IP/technology commercialization activity, 12 technology disclosures
have been made for intellectual property protection, evaluation,
and potential commercialization. Since October 1999, two patents
have been issued: Enhanced Microburst Detection System by Dave Albo
(RAP), and Method and Appartus Using Slant-Path Water Delay Estimates
to Correct Global Positioning Satellite Survey Error by Christoper
Alper, Christian Rocken, Fred Solheim and Randolph Ware; and one
patent application was filed: Recoverable Airborne Instrument Platform
by Ken Howard (ATD), Mike Douglas (NSSL), Davis Egle and Dudley
Smith (University of Oklahoma).
UCAR Foundation (UCARF) continues to focus on the commercialization
of UCAR technologies through licensing. In FY2000 the UCAR Foundation
generated $389,000 in licensing revenue, 90% of which will be returned
to the NCAR divisions and UOP programs that developed the technology
generating the revenue.
UCAR Foundation is either actively licensing or seeking licensees for the
- Low-Level Wind-Shear
Alert System (LLWAS)
- LD2 Dropwindsonde
- GPS Dropwindsonde
- PC-based Integrated
Radar Acquisition System (PIRAQ)
- Relaxed Eddy
- WEATHER Software
- Bistatic Doppler
Radar Network (BiNet)
- Square-Cone Parachute
- GEMPAK Analysis
and Rendering Program (GARP)
- Self-Guided Recoverable
Airborne Instrument Module (a.k.a. Recoverable Dropsonde)
- Storm Predictability
about these and other UCAR technologies that are available for licensing
can be found on the UCAR Foundation's web site: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/ip/techtransfer.html.
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