UCAR 2002 October Meetings
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Board of Trustees Meeting
12-13 June 2002
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA

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

  Otis Brown, University of Miami (Chairman)

Richard Anthes, President, UCAR


Leo Donner, Princeton University


Kelvin Droegemeier, University of Oklahoma


Barbara Feiner, Washington University at St. Louis


Ronald McPherson, American Meteorological Society


Mary Jo Richardson, Texas A&M University


David Skaggs, Council for Excellence in Government


Ronald Smith, Yale University


Soroosh Sorooshian, University of Arizona


Orlando Tayor, Howard University


Gabor Vali, University of Wyoming

Counsel and Corporate Officers:


Lise Carney, UCAR Counsel, Holland and Hart


Steve Dickson, Associate Director, NCAR


Jack Fellows, Asst. Secy. and VP for Corp. Affairs & Director of UOP


Susan Friberg, Asst. Secretary, UCAR


Tim Killeen, Director, NCAR


Kathryn Schmoll, Vice President, Finance and Administration, UCAR

National Science Foundation:


Sunanda Basu, Program Director, Upper Atmosphere Research Section, ATM/GEO


Bernard Grant, Financial Operations Specialist, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM/GEO


James Huning, Facilities Coordinator, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM


Cliff Jacobs, Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM/GEO


Jarvis Moyers, Division Director, ATM/GEO


Stephan Nelson, Program Director, Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology Program, Lower Atmosphere Research Section, ATM/GEO


Vanessa Richardson, Director, Operations & Anaylsis, Directorate for Geosciences


William Smith, Staff Associate for Budget, Directorate for Geosciences


Pamela Stephens, Sr. Science Coordinator, Lower Atmosphere Research Section, ATM/GEO


Dave Stonner, Section Head, Congressional Affairs Section, Office of Legislative & Public Affairs, Office of the Director


Herman Zimmerman, Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences, GEO



Peter Backlund, Director of Research Relations, NCAR


Dave Carlson, Director, Atmospheric Technology Division, NCAR


Laura Curtis, Program Specialist, Office of Development & Government Affairs, UCAR


Dave Fulker, Director, National Science Digital Library, UOP


Meg McClellan, Director, Legal Services, UCAR


Susan Montgomery-Hodge, Executive Assistant to the President, UCAR


Jeff Reaves, Assoc. VP, Business Services, Finance & Administration, UCAR


Robert Roesch, Director, Human Resources & Employee Relations, UCAR


Steve Sadler, Director, Safety & Site Services, Finance & Admin., UCAR


Karyn Sawyer, Director, Joint Office for Science Support, UOP


Cindy Schmidt, Director, Office of Development and Government Affairs, UCAR


Kathryn Strand, Manager of Budget & Administration, UOP


Betty Valent, Exec. Ass’t., Finance and Administration, UCAR


Susan Warner, Executive Assistant, Corporate Affairs, UCAR


Dan Wilson, Director of Treasury Operations, UCAR


April Burke, Lewis-Burke Associates


Mark Burnham, Lewis-Burke Associates

The Board convened in Executive Session from 8:00-10:00am. (The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)


The Board convened in Regular Session. Chairman of the Board Otis Brown welcomed NSF hosts, Trustees and guests. He reported on the actions taken in the Executive Session: 1) The Trustees approved appointment of Barbara Feiner (Washington University) as Trustee and Treasurer to replace Patti Woodworth who resigned in January; and 2) the Trustees approved appointments of Gordon Bonan (CGD/NCAR), Daniel McKenna (ACD/NCAR), Linda Mearns (ESIG/NCAR), David Parsons (ATD/NCAR), Roy Rasmussen (RAP/NCAR), and Geoffrey Tyndall (ACD/NCAR) to Senior Scientist positions and Jack Calvert (ACD/NCAR) as Senior Scientist Emeritus.

He reviewed the agenda and subsequently asked for adoption. It was moved, seconded, and passed to adopt the agenda as presented.


Secretary Ronald Smith, presented the minutes of the February 2002 Board of Trustees' meeting, and asked for approval. After noting minor errors, it was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes with corrections.


Margaret Leinen, Assistant Director, NSF Geosciences Division, noted the 13% increase planned for NSF/GEO this next year. She also said that more attention will be given in the coming years to cross divisional scientific work, such as research on rivers, wetlands, watersheds; biogeosciences; and cyberinfrastructure.

She reported that this has been a "terrific year for developing new ideas", and expects to see even more interesting new proposals as the GEO budget continues to grow. She also spoke about the survey conducted last year on size and duration of grants, saying that the analysis shows that funding grants at the rate of approximately $300K/year for 5 years is a more realistic goal for the Foundation.


James Mahoney, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, joined the Trustees. He made remarks on the importance of increasing collaborations within NOAA programs, but also among all agencies. He especially noted the need for NOAA and NASA to work more closely together. He reported that planning efforts are underway for the new program created by the current administration, the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI). He announced that a workshop to begin to define the course of the CCRI will be held in late fall.


Vice President for Finance and Administration Katy Schmoll thanked Mary Jo Richardson, who served as interim chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and reported on the meeting the previous day. The Committee heard reports on the new airplane hangar for the GV HIAPER aircraft, updates on the bond fundings, and on the Facilities Oversight Review, during which UCAR served as a prototype for the new NSF review process. UCAR received a very positive report she announced. Steve Sadler, Director of Safety Services, reported on the Business Continuity Plan.

It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to accept the report of the Audit and Finance Committee.


Schmoll reported that UCAR's NSF base is up due to HIAPER and the Advanced Research Computing System (ARCS) programs in NCAR and DLESE, NSDL, and COSMIC funding in UOP. She reported that, as expected, there is limited growth in the general fund, but that the investment portfolio is doing better than expected.

It was regularly moved, seconded, and passed to accept the report of the Treasurer.

The Board convened in Executive Session from 12:15-1:00pm. (The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)


Cliff Jacobs, Head, UCAR & Lower Atmospheric Facilities Oversight Section, ATM/GEO, reported that the GEO/NSF decision not to compete the NSF Cooperative Agreement for the management of NCAR was accepted by the National Science Board, but that, most likely, it will be competed in the future. This is consistent with the NSB Policy stating that such significant awards are to be competed unless it is not in the best interest of the science. The decision not to compete this year was predicated on the fact that there has been an extensive review process over the past year and a new NCAR strategic plan has been implemented, thus the disruption to the institution would be significant. He outlined what he expected the UCAR proposal to include, and announced the proposal submission date of 30 September, with the site visit of NSF proposal review panel tentatively planned for 17-19 December in Boulder.


UCAR President Richard Anthes reported on the following items:

  • the NSF reviews and proposal activity over the past year
  • UCAR Salary budget: there was an increase of 4.06% which was very close to the 4% budget cap approved by the Trustees.
  • history of scientific appointments. Anthes showed the scientific staff data from 1995 to the present, pointing out increases in women and minority scientists.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO). Anthes reported that the new system was now on track. He outlined the employees' two options once this goes into effect : staying with the current plan, or moving to the new PTO plan, with new employees going automatically on the new plan.
  • the Mesa Lab refurbishment is going well.
  • Space Planning. Anthes said that planning for present and future space needs has been an all consuming project over the past few months. He reported that after the recent analysis done internally, and by OZ Architecture and the Staubach real estate company, it's become clear that significant additional space is needed now and that purchasing Center Green is an excellent part of the solution to our space needs for at least the next five years. Additional space beyond Center Green is likely to be required. He said that the UCAR Space Strategic Space Analysis and the OZ and Staubach reports will be completed by the end of June.


NCAR Director, Tim Killeen, presented an overview of NCAR activities over the past 4 months since the last Board meeting. Some of the items covered were:

  • the NCAR Retreat in June. He reported that space issues and the NCAR strategic initiatives were the main topics of discussion.
  • $73.13M budget for FY02, an increase of 11.4% over the FY 01 budget.
  • the need to continue the commitment to increase the number of women and minority scientists.
  • the NCAR opportunity fund. 13 proposals received for approximately $1M in funds.
  • upcoming UCAR Undergraduate Summer Leadership Workshop that will host 16 students this summer, and an education workshop targeting 20 science teachers.
  • The Advanced Research Computing System (ARCS) that creates a five-fold increase in computing power.
  • The International H2O Project (IHOP) field experiment, currently underway over the Southern Great Plains of the United States, is the largest field campaign NCAR has supported to date.
  • the success of the Research Applications Program, the fastest growing division in NCAR with 12% growth in the past year, funded for the most part by non-NSF funds.


Mary Jo Richardson, Chairwoman of the Members' Nominating Committee, reported on the meeting of that committee held Tuesday before the Board Meeting convened. She announced the slates of Trustee candidates and Members' Committees.


Jack Hayes, Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the National Weather Service, updated the Trustees on NWS activities. He spoke of the productive relationship between research and operations at NOAA, and of the value of the NWS/OAR partnership. He said the challenges remain in managing the large volumes of weather data; getting good observations, and analysis of, the water cycle. He also spoke of his regard for UCAR and NCAR, and his hope to work more closely with them in the future.


Ari Patrinos, Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Sciences at DOE, talked with the Trustees about DOE prioritization efforts now underway for climate change core research areas. The main research thrusts are in the studies of climate variability and the carbon cycle. DOE is continuing to develop and apply coupled models to advance the state of climate modeling in this country.


Jack Fellows presented the plans for the upcoming October Members' Meeting Forum, and the Trustees suggested speakers and participants for the Forum, which will focus on enhancing the partnerships between the private, public, and academic sectors.


David Carlson, Director of the Atmospheric Technology Division, updated the Trustees as requested for each Board Meeting during the HIAPER project development. He showed pictures of the recently completed the HIAPER GV airframe, and reported that the project is on schedule for instrumentation of the plane, with a workshop scheduled for late fall.


David Fulker, Director of NSDL, reviewed the progress of this new UCAR program. He described it's relationship to the UOP program, Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE), showed how it will function, and provided an overview of DLESE as well.

Thursday, 13 June


Dr. Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director of NSF, joined the Trustees. He said that there is a large gap between resources requested from NSF and the resources available and that NSF is exploring ways to close that gap. He spoke of the need for science to work at the "very frontier", and to develop a diverse and "cutting edge" workforce. He said challenges facing the NSF include responding to changing priority areas, particularly how to transform initiatives into "new frontier items". The important questions, Bordogna said, are: "What changes are taking place in the science?" and "How do you keep disciplines contemporary?" Discussion centered on the challenge of creating new structures at NSF to respond to how the science is changing, and how to effectively support new areas of research.


Discussion among the Trustees focused on potential changes in the current institutional structures at NSF and the universities over the next ten years in response to more integrative approaches to solve scientific questions.

David Skaggs then raised the issue of Board diversity of expertise and backgrounds, citing his sense of fiduciary responsibility to UCAR to make sure that broad experience is brought to bear on the decisions the Board is asked to make. He said that the UCAR university core is vital to maintain, and the growing complexity of the organization requires that the Board be broadened to take advantage of other kinds of expertise as well. Cliff Jacobs agreed, saying that the breadth and expertise of the Board may be an issue in the next cooperative agreement process.

Options were discussed with varying opinions expressed. It was suggested that expertise might be found in the Member universities' administrations. A mild concern was voiced over the potential unwieldiness of a larger Board. In general, however, the Board was in general agreement that the Board needed to be broadened.



Frank Cushing, Staff member to the House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee, brought the Trustees up to date on FY03 science appropriations process. He mentioned the uncertainties around the Homeland Security appropriations and that the House is looking forward to seeing how a balance in programs will be struck. He remarked that despite all of the competing needs, Congressional interest in science remains high, that science is doing good things for society in general, and for the economy.


David Evans, Director of OAR/NOAA, joined the Trustees. He emphasized that the NOAA "connections with universities is vital." He noted especially David Rogers' Office of Weather and Air Quality as successful in moving research into the operational area. He spoke of the importance of effectively shaping the new program, the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI), and establishing priorities using existing planning documents and academic reports.

He said that the USWRP "hasn't gotten a lot of traction" though it's been around for a number of years. However, "there is new life there" as witnessed by the fact that USWRP research is being integrated into the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model.

The Board convened in Executive Session from 11:00-1:30pm. (The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)


The Board adjourned after the Executive Session at 1:30pm.

End of Minutes

Minutes approved by:

Ronald B. Smith
Secretary of the Corporation

Minutes prepared by:

Susan J. Friberg
Secretary of the Corporation

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