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UCAR Recognizes Staff's Outstanding Accomplishments of 2005

December 21, 2005

BOULDER—The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research recognized the efforts of outstanding staff at a celebration on December 16. Richard Anthes, president of UCAR (which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research), handed out this year's annual awards to UCAR and NCAR staff for exceptional skills and scientific accomplishments. Winners in each of the five Outstanding Accomplishment categories listed below received cash awards and medals.

Education and Outreach

For efforts leading to improvements in science, mathematics, or technical education, or for other efforts that significantly enhance the public's understanding of scientific or technical issues.

Dianne Bernier, John Clyne, Susan Cross, Joey Mendoza, Don Middleton, Darin Oman, and Tim Scheitlin of the organization's Visualization Laboratory. The team has provided hundreds of unique educational presentations on three-dimensional displays that engage audiences of all ages and levels of scientific understanding.

Outstanding Publication

For original research published as papers or books, or for works that connect atmospheric science with other disciplines or public policy.

Chris Davis (with co-author Lance Bosart of the University of Albany, State University of New York) for the article "Baroclinically Induced Tropical Cyclogenesis" ( Monthly Weather Review, 131, 2730-2747, 2003). The article, by examining the transition of subtropical disturbances into Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes, advanced scientific knowledge of the development of tropical cyclones.

Scientific and Technical Advancement

For efforts leading to substantial improvements in scientific and/or technical capabilities, including advances in hardware or software engineering, computer science, and applied science.

David Brown, Fred Clare, Richard Grubin, Mary Haley, David Kennison, Sylvia Murphy, and Dennis Shea for the development of the NCAR Command Language. This data analysis and visualization tool helps scientists work with geoscientific data on platforms ranging from personal systems to supercomputers.


For exemplary and sustained mentoring efforts that directly enhance the career development of one or more persons.

Chris Snyder, who has dedicated significant time and effort for years to mentoring postdoctoral researchers, early career scientists, and graduate students. He has patiently introduced junior scientists to new areas; provided a clear, positive example for how to frame and approach research questions; and built mentees' capacity to address their own research interests.


For outstanding leadership and professional excellence in the area of administrative support, including efforts that result in substantial, innovative achievements in service to sponsors, constituents, and staff, or accomplishments that help to create an environment that fosters excellent customer service.

Geoff Cheeseman and Pat Munson for professional excellence and innovation demonstrated during the acquisition of the High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research aircraft (HIAPER), the single largest acquisition in NCAR's history.


The winners of the 2005 UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment Awards (front row, left to right): Susan Cross, Pat Munson, Mary Haley, Chris Snyder, Tim Killeen; (second row, left to right): Katy Schmoll, Dave Kennison, Chris Davis, Dave Brown, Dennis Shea; (back row, left to right): Don Middleton, Darin Oman, Tim Scheitlin, Joey Mendoza, Geoff Cheeseman, Dianne Bernier, Fred Clare, Jack Fellows, Richard Anthes, and John Clyne. Not pictured: Lance Bosart, Richard Grubin, and Sylvia Murphy. (Photo by Bob Henson, UCAR.)

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and UCAR Office of Programs are operated by UCAR under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any of UCAR's sponsors.

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