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UCAR Annual Meeting
Future of U.S. Universities and the UCAR-University Partnership
At its April 2003 meeting, the
University Relations Committee (URC) suggested that UCAR
sponsor a forum at the 2003 Members meeting focused on two
themes: (1) the future of the universities in a rapidly
changing national and international environment and (2)
how to further enhance collaborative opportunities between
NCAR and UOP programs and the universities.
At first glance, these two topics may
seem quite different, but they are clearly related. Both
UCAR and the universities science departments are changing
due to the way science is done and other factors (i.e.,
changing demographics; budget pressures; changing university
policies; increased emphasis on interdisciplinary research;
changing roles of the government, private and academic sectors;
need for large facilities and data sets, information technology
UCAR and the universities are interested
in increasing and strengthening collaborations; these presentations
and breakout sessions are aimed toward that goal. We would
like to build the NCAR, UOP, and member university partnership
into a "virtual campus" of new and innovative collaborations.
Some of the attendant questions are: How to work more effectively
together on complex, interdisciplinary research problems;
How best to take advantage of cyberinfrastructure advances;
How to work together on the next generation observing and
modeling systems; How to help the next generation university
faculty and NCAR scientists work in these new environments;
and How to help with difficult administrative issues related
to working in an ever more complex university.
To achieve a new level of collaboration
we need to fully understand the university needs and challenges
and how we can work together to further advance our community.
We will have university and UCAR co-chairs for the breakout
sessions and report back on the breakout sessions the second
day of the meeting, and perhaps in another forum such as
BAMS or the UCAR Quarterly.
Tuesday, 7 October
Donner (Princeton University), Chairman of the UCAR Board
of Trustees, and Eric Betterton (University of Arizona),
Chairman of the URC, will co-chair the forum.
"The Future of the American
James J. Duderstadt
Dr. James J. Duderstadt is the President
Emeritus of the University of Michigan and author of "A
University for the 21st Century" and "Higher Education
in the Digital Age" among other books. He will present
his thoughts on the issues that universities must confront
if they are to remain viable into this 21st Century.
long defended the thorough but slow academic decision-making
process, which enables controlled change. "New"
programs have been built up for two centuries over "old"
ones in almost archaeological layers. But we can no longer
afford the luxury of uncritical preservation. Obsolescence
lies in store for those who cannot, in some manner, adapt
to our new reality.
(excerpt from J. Duderstandt’s
March 2000 book, "The University of the 21st
– 4:15 pm
|A panel will
discuss the ideas and themes in Dr. Duderstadt’s talk
and how they relate to their experiences at their universities.
Each panel member will be given 5-10 minutes to add
his or her views on this topic and then the discussion
will be opened to all attendees.
Anthes, UCAR President
Rosina Bierbaum, Dean, School
of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
William Gern, Vice President
University of Wyoming
Gary Ostrander, Associate Provost for
Johns Hopkins University
Dean, College of Geosciences
University of Oklahoma
Cycle. Co-chairs: Larry Winter (NCAR) and Eric Betterton
(University of Arizona)
Co-chairs: Peter Thornton (NCAR) and Sepi Yalda (Millersville
Co-chairs: Don Middleton (NCAR) and Jim Hansen (MIT)
generation observing system. Co-chairs: Dave Carlson
(NCAR) and Michael Morgan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
generation faculty. Co-chairs: Kaye Howe (UCAR)
and Gene Takle (Iowa State University)
Background material can be found by clicking
on the title of the session. The overall goals of breakout
groups 1 through 4 are to communicate what NCAR is doing
in these areas, what the universities are doing, and how
the two can work together (specifically) to advance the
Groups 3 and 4 have the additional goal
in that they form one of a number of mechanisms to receive
advice from the universities about how NCAR/UCAR should
evolve in providing community facilities.
Group 5 is a bit different. The
main goals here are to communicate the challenges facing
NCAR scientists and university faculty as both groups face
rapidly changing environments. This group will also address
how NCAR and university scientists can work more closely
together to meet the challenges and opportunities.
Wednesday, 8 October
Forum co-chairs will summarize the conclusions
from the plenary session and the co-chairs of each breakout
session will summarize discussions and conclusions from