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UCAR Update

November 2007


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In brief
ASP begins 2008 postdoc recruitment
Heliophysics Summer School open for 2008 registration
Apply now for SOARS
New COMET publications: Satellites and fire, NWS fire weather program
Reminders from last issue


ASP begins 2008 postdoc recruitment
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as seven new postdoctoral fellows in early 2008. ASP is part of NCAR's Societal- Environmental Research and Education Laboratory. The postdoc program is open to individuals who have earned a doctoral degree in atmospheric science or a related field and who seek to broaden their understanding by interacting widely with scientists and other postdoctoral researchers at NCAR. Applicants must be able to conduct research with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independent judgment and creativity, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

ASP postdoc positions are for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Successful applicants will join the appropriate divisions, institutes, or programs at NCAR that best match their interests.

Appointments may begin as early as June. Applicants who will not be available to begin work until after January 2009 should wait until the 2008 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2008. Fellows should not be more than four years beyond the Ph.D. degree at the start of the appointment. For more details, please see the URL below.

Application deadline: 5 January 2008
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/SERE/ASP, 303-497-1607
ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement


Heliophysics Summer School open for 2008 registration
The second installment of a three-year NASA-sponsored Heliophysics Summer School will be hosted by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs in Boulder on 23-30 July 2008.

The summer school has two principal aims: to deepen the appreciation of the basic science of heliophysics for a select group of students, as teachers take them through highly interactive seminars and hands-on working groups, and to produce a series of textbooks from which heliophysics may be taught at universities worldwide. The three-year program comprises three thematic clusters that together cover the scientific basis of the physical processes that play a role in coupling the Sun's interior to the planetary environments and atmospheres through the vast heliosphere. The second year of the program will focus on explosive energy conversion and energetic particles.

Approximately 30 participants, chosen from graduate students through first- or second-year postdoctoral fellows, are selected each year. Each will receive air travel, lodging and per diem. Attendants will be selected for the 2008 summer school independent of their participation in 2007.

Application deadline: 15 December
Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Poster (PDF)
Tentative 2008 schedule

Apply now for SOARS
UCAR's Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. The program provides up to four years of paid summer research experience, strong mentoring, community support, and funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education. SOARS participants spend the summer at NCAR in Boulder, or at a partnering laboratory, on projects matched to their interests and skills.

SOARS' mission is to increase the diversity of the atmospheric and related sciences by involving more students from historically underrepresented groups, including black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, and first-generation college students. Students from many disciplines, including meteorology, geography, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences, are invited to apply their expertise to understanding the Earth's atmosphere and to use that understanding to improve life on Earth.

To learn more about SOARS and to download application materials, please see the Web link and e-mail contact below.

Application deadline: 1 February 2008
Contact: Rebecca Haacker-Santos, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8649
SOARS application

New COMET publications: Satellites and fire, NWS fire weather program
Below are details on two new modules available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Multispectral Satellite Applications: Monitoring the Wildland Fire Cycle
This 1.5- to 2-hour module describes current and future satellite instruments and products used for monitoring the fire cycle, with an emphasis on polar-orbiting satellites. The products include true- and false-color composites from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), active fire maps, and greenness maps. They are presented in the context of the fire life cycle, from assessing the pre- and post-fire environment to detecting and monitoring active fires, smoke, and aerosols.
The Structure of the NWS Fire Weather Program
This 90-minute module explores the joint agreement between NOAA's National Weather Service and land management agencies to develop an appreciation of the contribution each agency makes in providing the best possible fire weather services. The intended audience for this module includes fire weather program leaders in local NWS offices who coordinate fire weather support, incident meteorologists who provide onsite weather support for wildfire and other hazards, and regional fire weather program managers.

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


Reminders from last issue

IMAGe workshops set for 2008
Abstract submission deadline:   12 December

New postdoc program in climate prediction applications
Application deadline: 15 December

Apply now for NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoc program
Application deadline: 11 January 2008


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