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UCAR Update

March 2005


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In brief
Webcasts now on line: A note from Richard Clark
COSMIC Summer Science Camp in Taiwan
Postdoc network for Earth system science
Engineering internships at NCAR/EOL
NOAA Climate Education Fellowship Program
2005 SCD User Forum to be held 17–19 May
Scientific visitor openings at NCAR/HAO
University Relations Committee to meet 6–7 April
Publicize your opportunities through UCAR
Reminders from last issue


Webcasts now on line: A note from Richard Clark
The UCAR Academic Affiliates have been interested in making scientific presentations at NCAR and elsewhere available to the community via webcast and Access Grid. In response to an action item at the affiliates meeting last October, Eron Brennan (UCAR IT Multimedia Services) presented a plan for webcasting seminars, workshops, forums, and other meetings and creating a repository for the archive. A live webcast was produced on 29 October 2004 as a test of this capability, and since then no fewer than 10 webcasts have been archived on a variety of topics. However, until recently, the links to these webcasts were scattered on various Web pages and difficult to track down, even with a search engine.

But thanks to the work of Eron, Brannan McGill, Michelle Flores, and others in Multimedia Services, the UCAR Governance Office, and UCAR Communications, a webcast archive has been established (see URL below). This will provide quick access to webcasts from Multimedia Services and other parts of UCAR/NCAR/UOP. In the works is a plan to archive webcasts from other institutions as well.

The members of the AAP are grateful for this resource and wish to thank UCAR IT Multimedia Services for making this action item a reality that will benefit all members of the community.

—Richard Clark, Millersville University

Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115


COSMIC Summer Science Camp in Taiwan
From 30 May to 3 June, UOP's COSMIC program is hosting a science camp at Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau. The camp is designed for senior-level undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers interested in working with GPS radio occultation data from the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission. These data are expected to have a significant impact on operational weather prediction, climate analysis, ionospheric research, and space weather forecasting. Leading experts will be invited to give lectures on the various scientific aspects of the mission.

The NSF American Workforce and Research and Education program will provide travel support for selected U.S. students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to qualify for support.

Application deadline: 15 March
Kim Prinzi Kimbro, UOP/COSMIC, 303-497-2610
More details


Postdoc network for Earth system science
As a step toward fuller integration of Earth system science, IGBP/AIMES (International Global Biosphere Project/Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System) are planning an international postdoctoral scientist network for Earth system science. This network will serve as a mechanism to foster crosscutting work by the next generation of scientists. An important element will be including participants from developing countries, to contribute their expertise in quickly changing and highly vulnerable environments as well as to build the human resources in important regions of the globe for future science projects.

To inaugurate the network we plan a first workshop in Breckenridge, Colorado, on 23-25 June 2005. All participants will be invited to give a talk or present a poster during the workshop. See the Web page below for more details.

Deadline: 15 April
Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
IGBP/AIMES workshop


Engineering internships at NCAR/EOL
NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory is offering engineering internship positions during the summer of 2005. These internships are targeted towards undergraduate students in electrical, mechanical, optical, software, or aeronautical engineering who are interested in various aspects of developing and improving atmospheric observing systems. Students may spend some of the summer participating in an NSF-funded project in the continental United States, operating and supporting one or more ATD platforms in the field. The rest of the summer will be spent in Boulder, Colorado, working with several of ATD's lead engineers, focusing on electrical, mechanical and aeronautical engineering challenges.

ATD will provide travel support, an hourly wage between $12 and $14 (depending on experience), overtime pay, a housing allowance while in Boulder, and per diem while in the field.

Deadlines: 15 May and 1 November
Contact: Ned Chamberlain, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8649
Job posting


NOAA Climate Education Fellowship Program
The UOP Visiting Scientist Programs invites applicants for NOAA's new Climate Education Fellowship Program. The program places a highly qualified K-16 educator at NOAA's Office of Global Programs in Silver Spring, Maryland, to work closely with scientists and program managers NOAA-wide to update materials and develop new activities focused on climate education.

Any K-16 educator at a U.S. elementary or secondary school or accredited institution of higher education is eligible, with the approval of her or his school or university administration. The length of assignment is one year (renewable up to three years).

Deadline: 25 April
Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
NOAA Climate Education Fellowship Program


SCD's 2005 User Forum to be held 17-19 May
NCAR's Scientific Computing Division will hold its 2005 User Forum at NCAR on 17-19 May. On 17 May the forum begins with a half-day training session on the Earth System Modeling Framework. Presentations on 18-19 May will cover computational resources, cybersecurity, research datasets, data analysis, and visualization, as well as user applications. SCD will share its new strategic plan and elicit input from forum participants.

Initial proposal deadline: 4 May
Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/SCD, 303-497-1229
SCD 2005 User Forum

  Scientific visitor openings at NCAR/HAO
NCAR's High Altitude Observatory operates a robust four-part visitor program, hosting postdoctoral fellows, graduate research fellows, summer undergraduate visitors, and short-term scientific visitors. Applicants to the short-term program (visits of less than six months) by graduate students as well as new and established Ph.D. scientists are welcome and may be submitted at any time.

Contact: Elizabeth Chapin, NCAR/HAO, 303-497-1598
More details


University Relations Committee to meet 6-7 April
The spring meeting of UCAR's University Relations Committee will be hosted by chair John Merrill at the University of Rhode Island on 6-7 April. Agenda topics include:

  • report of the URC subcommittee review of UCAR non-core proposals;
  • current status regarding the NSF competition for the management of NCAR and revision of the NCAR strategic plan, and clarifying the URC role in these activities; and
  • setting the agenda for the October meeting of UCAR members.
Contact: Susan Friberg, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1658
URC agenda

Publicize your opportunities through UCAR
UCAR wants to help you get the word out on educational and employment opportunities at your institution. Please see our "Opportunities Outside UCAR" Web site (below). It serves as a clearinghouse for faculty and postdoc openings and research assistantships.

You can also post items to OppsList (below). This e-mail listserve helps university researchers and other professionals in the atmospheric and related sciences keep each other apprised of job openings, grant opportunities, conferences, and other activities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities Outside UCAR


Reminders from last issue

NCAR Faculty Fellowship Program
Application deadline: 15 March
Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607

Unidata Community Equipment Awards
Application deadline: 18 March
Contact: Joanne Graham, Unidata, 303-497-8651

IMAGe/SAMSI Summer School: Fusing Geophysical Models with Data
Deadline: 31 March
Contact: Liz Rothney, NCAR/IMAGe, 303-497-1351

ASP Summer Colloquium on Space Weather
Deadline: 31 March
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328

Visitor appointments at WRF DTC (PDF, 97 KB)
Initial proposal deadline: 1 April
Pamela Johnson, DTC, 303-497-8197

2005 Junior Faculty Forum
Nomination deadline: 15 April
Scientific program contact:
Gokhan Danabasoglu, NCAR/CGD, 303-497-1604
Logistics contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328

SPD Summer School on Helioseismology
Deadline: 25 April
Contact: Louise Beierle, NCAR/HAO, 303-497-1599

Postdoc and senior visitor openings at NOAA/GFDL through UOP/VSP
Deadlines: 15 May and 1 November
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649


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