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UCAR Update

January 2007

 

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In brief
Share your field work with the public through Windows to the Universe
NCAR seeks Arctic sea ice and climate postdoc
CISL invites large requests for computational resources
SOARS summer program accepting applications
Town meeting on community priorities at AMS/San Antonio
Denise Stephenson Hawk named NCAR associate director for SERE
ASP summer colloquium on regional biogeochemistry
Applicants sought for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
New from COMET: Webcast archives, funds for collaborative research
COMET publications: satellites, marine winds, flash floods, river ice, WRF
Reminders from last issue

 
 
 
 

Share your field work with the public through Windows to the Universe
During the recent MILAGRO field campaign in Mexico City, the UCAR-based Windows to the Universe project developed an online system that allows scientists in the field to share informal reports about their experiences and progress with students, teachers, and the public. "Postcards from the Field" began in December (see link below) with posts from MILAGRO and from a scientist/educator team studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica.

If you have a field project coming up soon that you'd like to share with the public, students, and teachers, please feel free to contact UCAR Education and Outreach to discuss the opportunity further. Free training on the interface can be done remotely and takes 30 minutes or less. The postcards will be edited and translated into Spanish before being placed online. The Windows to the Universe Web site is visited by around 16 million users annually, with more than 130 million page views per year.

Contact: Roberta Johnson, UCAR Education and Outreach, 303-497-2591
Postcards from the Field

 
 

NCAR seeks Arctic sea ice and climate postdoc
NCAR's Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral scientist to conduct research on the variability of Arctic sea ice and its interaction with the ocean and atmosphere under present and future climates. The successful candidate will use a variety of observational data sets and climate-model simulations, including those from the Community Climate System Model, version 3.

For more details on this position, please see the UCAR job posting at the URL below.

Initial deadline: 16 February
Job posting

 
 

CISL invites large requests for computational resources
NCAR's Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites university researchers with NSF awards to submit requests by 5 March for projects needing more than 4000 general accounting units (GAUs) by 5 March. Allocations may be used on blueice (an IBM Power 5+ cluster with 1600 batch processors), bluevista (an IBM Power 5 cluster with 576 batch processors), or lightning (a 256-processor Linux cluster). Allocations are given for the life of the NSF project.

Requests for 2,000 GAUs or less can be submitted at any time. One renewal of 2,000 GAUs is available without panel review.

The CISL HPC Advisory Panel has increased the resources available to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and new faculty. See the URL below for more details.

Contact: Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1229
Overview of allocation process for NCAR computing resources

 
 

SOARS summer program accepting applications
The UCAR-based SOARS program (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) is seeking applicants for its 2007 summer program. SOARS provides up to four years of paid summer research, mentoring, community support, and funding for undergraduate and graduate education. Students from many disciplines are invited to apply their expertise to understanding the Earth's atmosphere and to use that understanding to improve life on Earth. SOARS seeks to involve more students from historically under-represented groups in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, and first-generation college students.

Protégés work in Boulder with scientists from NCAR and partnering laboratories on a project matched to their interests and skills. They perform original research, prepare a scientific paper, and present their research at a colloquium. Protégés earn a competitive wage, and housing in Boulder and transport to and from Boulder is provided.

Contact: Annaliese Calhoun, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8622
SOARS

 
 

Town hall meeting on community priorities at AMS/San Antonio
The AMS Board on Enterprise Communication (BEC) and the Weather Coalition are cohosting a town hall meeting to identify and discuss the major issues facing the entire weather and climate community and to discuss how to improve our community's effectiveness. The meeting will take place at the AMS Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 16 January, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 217A of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.

Since a large part of the U.S. economy is and will remain weather and climate sensitive, federal support of community observing systems, research, and operations is essential for maintaining a robust national economy. The immediate goal is to better understand what the private, public, and academic sectors of the weather and climate community will need in the coming years, as weather and climate information is provided to end users and decision makers in fields including agriculture, aviation, surface transportation, power generation, water resource management, and national security.

A panel of experts from industry, academia, and scientific and professional associations will be asked to respond to a draft statement about the community's top priorities. After their opening comments, the panelists will take questions and respond to comments from the audience.

Contact: Jeff Fiedler, UCAR Office of Government Affairs, 303-497-2108
The Weather Coalition

 
 

Denise Stephenson Hawk named NCAR associate director for SERE
Science, policy, and education consultant Denise Stephenson Hawk, a former provost of Spelman College and professor at Clark Atlanta University, has been appointed the new NCAR associate director for the Societal-Environmental Research & Education Laboratory (SERE). Her contact info is listed below.

Through her multifaceted career in academia, government, and the corporate arena, Stephenson Hawk has often worked at the interface between science, education, and policy. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in geophysical fluid dynamics. While at Clark Atlanta, Stephenson Hawk served as founding director of the interdisciplinary Earth Systems Science Program and co-led a program to enhance the mathematics and science achievement of Atlanta public school students. She has served on many NSF, NASA, and NOAA science and education advisory committees, as well as on the NOAA Science Advisory Board and the UCAR University Relations Committee.

Contact: Denise Stephenson Hawk, NCAR/SERE, 303-497-1625

 
 

ASP summer colloquium on regional biogeochemistry
Graduate students involved in research on regional-scale terrestrial biogeochemical cycles of carbon, water, and nitrogen are invited to apply for the NCAR Advanced Study Program's 2007 Summer Colloquium. The colloquium, Regional Biogeochemistry: Needs and Methodologies, will take place 4-15 June in Boulder. It will provide unique hands-on learning components and significant opportunities to discuss the state of the science and future directions of the field with colleagues and a select group of keynote speakers.

Application instructions and other details can be found at the Web site below.

Application deadline: 1 March
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/SERE/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP 2007 Summer Colloquium

 
 

Applicants sought for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
During the week of 18-22 June, NCAR will host the sixth annual Undergraduate Leadership Workshop. The purpose is to inform students about exciting research and career opportunities in the atmospheric and related sciences. The five-day program allows for informal dialogue between students and research scientists as the students explore laboratories, instrumentation, and computing facilities. The agenda also includes speakers and discussion on leadership in the context of atmospheric and related sciences. Each student's application must be accompanied by a nomination from a faculty member. Both forms can be downloaded from the site below, which includes additional details on the workshop.

Application deadline: 2 March
Contact: Tim Barnes, UCAR Education and Outreach, 303-497-1169
2007 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

 
 

New from COMET: Webcast archives, funds for collaborative research
Those attending the AMS's annual meeting in San Antonio are invited to stop by the booth of UOP's Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET). The booth will provide free copies of the 2006 DVD-based archive of Webcasts offered on COMET's MetEd Web site. COMET also reminds university faculty that funding is available this year for collaborative research with local National Weather Service offices through COMET's Cooperative Projects and Partners Projects. Details can be found on the Web site below.

Cooperative Project deadline: 19 March
Contact: Vickie Johnson, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8361
COMET Outreach Proposal Information

 
 

COMET publications: satellites, marine winds, flash floods, river ice, WRF
Below is a sampling of the most recent online publications from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details on each.

Satellite Meteorology: Introduction to Using the GOES Sounder
Covers the electromagnetic spectrum and sounder channel selection, weighting functions for temperature and moisture determination, and assessment of GOES sounder products. Provides sample imagery and products, along with examples in analysis and forecasting.
Wind in the Marine Boundary Layer: A Forecaster's Guide
Intended for experienced forecasters new to a coastal or Great Lakes region where both over-land and over-water forecast areas exist. Highlights the differences between marine and terrestrial boundary layer winds.
Flash Flood Processes
Offers easy-to-follow explanations about what makes a flash flood, the distinguishing hydrologic influences of flash floods, and the use of flash flood guidance products. Through use of rich illustrations, animations, and interactions, this module explains the differences between flash floods and general floods and examines the hydrologic processes that impact flash flood potential.
River Ice Processes
Provides information on the formation, growth, break-up, and transport of river ice and how it can become jammed, triggering floods. Also covered are current practices for ice jam forecasting and ice-modeling research and development being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Using the WRF Mesoscale Model
Focuses on using the Air Weather Forecast Agency implementation of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) in the forecast process. Provides insights on how to best use mesoscale model guidance in conjunction with global models.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

 
 

Reminders from last issue

Catch up on CISL services at the AMS annual meeting

Apply now for 2007-08 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship
Application deadline: 1 February 2007

New round of COMET Cooperative and Partners Projects

 
 

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