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UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
Board of Trustees
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:
The Board convened in Executive Session from 8:00-10:00am. (The minutes are kept in the corporate offices.)
1. WELCOME, AGENDA REVIEW, AND CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
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.
2. SECRETARY’S REPORT
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.
3. NSF/GEO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
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.
4. NOAA DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR REMARKS
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.
5. AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
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.
6. TREASURER'S REPORT
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.)
7. NSF REPORT
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.
8. UCAR PRESIDENT'S REPORT
UCAR President Richard Anthes reported on the following items:
9. NCAR DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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:
10. MEMBERS NOMINATING COMMITTEE
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.
11. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE
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.
12. DOE BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES UPDATE
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.
13. OCTOBER MEMBERS MEETING FORUM PLANS
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.
14. HIAPER UPDATE
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.
15. NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECT (NSDL) UPDATE
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.
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16. NSF DEPUTY DIRECTOR REMARKS
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.
17. UNSTRUCTURED DISCUSSION
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.
18. U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES' APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
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.
19. NOAA OAR DIRECTOR REMARKS
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
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