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UCAR Update

September 2006


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In brief
CAPRIS workshop invitation
Openings for HAO postdocs
ASP opens search for entry-level NCAR scientists and engineers
Workshop on Unidata software this autumn
Two VSP opportunities for postdocs
Highlights of the October meetings at UCAR
Apply now for 2007-08 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship
UCAR Quarterly needs your input
Washington Update
New COMET publications: watersheds, rip current forecasting
Reminders from last issue


CAPRIS workshop invitation

UPDATE, 10 October 2006: This workshop has been cancelled.

NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is developing a new Community Airborne Platform Remote-Sensing Interdisciplinary Suite (CAPRIS) as one of NSF's Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities. CAPRIS will provide an unprecedented combination of precipitation, wind, cloud microphysics, water vapor, ozone, and aerosol observations, gathered simultaneously at a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. The suite will work in conjunction with existing in-situ sensors on the NSF/NCAR C-130 and Gulfstream V aircraft.

EOL is inviting members of the climate, atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology research communities to partner with NCAR to develop this technology. We will be hosting the CAPRIS Users Workshop from 25-27 October in Boulder to explore possible partnerships and better understand community needs and system capabilities. There will be a presentation on the system's scientific and technical framework as well as keynote presentations from the community, setting the stage for break-out sessions to discuss specific capabilities of the system and community needs.

If you are interested in partnering with EOL on this new suite of remote sensing tools, please let us know through the contact and Web site provided below.

Contact: Jim Moore, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8635


Openings for HAO postdocs
The High Altitude Observatory at NCAR invites applicants for several postdoctoral research positions beginning in the autumn of 2007. Appointments are usually for 12 months, with the possibility of extension to a second year. Appointees are expected to pursue research in collaboration with members of the HAO staff and long-term visitors, perhaps continuing research projects which have been initiated at their home institutions.

HAO conducts research on the Sun's interior, its atmosphere and heliosphere, its magnetism and variability, and the terrestrial impact of solar output. Topics such as radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, and plasma physics are pursued both for their fundamental physical interests and for their applications in the above areas of research.

For more details on the postdoctoral openings, including application instructions, please see the URL below.

Application deadline: 5 January 2007
Contact: Elizabeth Chapin, NCAR/HAO, 303-497-1598
HAO postdoctoral openings


ASP opens search for entry-level NCAR scientists and engineers
The NCAR Advanced Study Program is now accepting applications for three to four new positions for entry-level scientists and research engineers in scientific areas relevant to the NCAR Strategic Plan (see URL below). Generally, those selected will begin their careers with NCAR between March and June 2007. More details, including topics of particular interest and application procedures, can be found at the URL below.

Application deadline: 13 October
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
Job listing (UCAR Human Resources)
NCAR Strategic Plan


Workshop on Unidata software this autumn
Space is still available in the 2006 Training Workshop for Unidata Software, to be held in Boulder from 23 October to 12 November. Attendees may select individual sessions within the overall workshop. The cost is $50 per session.

The workshop features old favorites such as McIDAS, GEMPAK, and LDM; Unidata's newest visualization package, the IDV; and three sessions newly developed for 2006--netCDF for Developers, netCDF Java, and THREDDS Data Server Administration. Several sessions are full; to check on availability, please contact Unidata or check the Web site below.

Contact: Emily Doremire, UOP/Unidata, 303-497-8660
2006 Unidata Training Workshop


Two VSP opportunities for postdocs
The fall deadline for applications to the UCAR-managed visiting scientist program at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is 1 November. This program is part of the U.S. Climate Change Research Initiative and includes postdoctoral and short-term senior scientists. GFDL expects some of the postdoctoral positions to evolve into permanent civil service positions.

In addition, VSP invites applicants to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. UCAR manages this NOAA-sponsored program, which pairs recently graduated postdoctorates with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The program offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships, reviewed annually. Fellows receive a fixed annual salary and receive a full line of UCAR employee benefits. The deadline is 12 January.

Details on these and other VSP opportunities can be found at the URL below.

Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP opportunities


Highlights of the October meetings at UCAR
Representatives of UCAR's 70 member institutions will assemble in Boulder for the annual UCAR Members Meeting on 10-11 October. Also gathering that week in Boulder are

  • the UCAR Board of Trustees (9-10 October)
  • representatives from UCAR Academic Affiliates (10 October)
  • the University Relations Committee (11 October)
  • heads and chairs of atmospheric and related science departments (12-13 October).
Background on each meeting can be found at the URL below, including details on special tours to be offered immediately before and after the members meeting. There are six candidates for the four institutional trustee slots. More details on each candidate can be found here.
  • Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan
  • Chet Gardner, University of Illinois
  • Eli Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota
  • Arnold Gordon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Steve Rutledge, Colorado State University
  • Anne Thompson, Pennsylvania State University
Contact: Susan Friberg, UCAR Governance, 303-497-1658
UCAR October Meetings


Apply now for 2007-08 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship
Are you fascinated by what goes on in Washington, D.C.? Do you understand how Congress and the president make science policy? Would you like to become involved--to make a difference? Through the AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship, scientists interested in public policy can spend a year working for a member of Congress or a congressional committee. Each fellow is free to choose from a wide variety of positions within Congress, spending the year on Capitol Hill with more than 30 fellows from other professional societies. A stipend of $50,000 is provided, plus up to $10,000 for moving, travel, and other expenses. The 2007-08 fellowships run from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008.

For more details or to apply for the fellowship, please see the AMS Web site below.

Application deadline: 1 February 2007
Contact: Jack Fellows, UCAR Corporate Affairs, 303-497-8655
AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship


UCAR Quarterly needs your input
In order to ensure that the UCAR Quarterly is serving its university readership, the newsletter would like your feedback. Please take part in our short readers' survey, which can be accessed at the URL below. Your replies will help us tailor the Quarterly to fit your wants and needs.

Application deadline: 15 October
Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
UCAR Quarterly survey


Washington Update
The September installment of Washington Update includes the following items. The full report can be found in PDF form at the URL below.

  • FY 2007 Appropriations: continuing resolution in the cards?
  • Progress on Friends of NOAA coalition
  • NOAA Organic Act
  • Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
  • American Competitiveness Initiative Update
  • Congressional Hearings: Asia-Pacific Partnership, DOE programs, more
  • Developing Common Priorities for the Weather and Climate Community: AMS town hall in January
  • Climate Change Policy and Legislation News: California, Arizona, new polls, CBO report

Contact: Laura Curtis, UCAR Office of Government Affairs, 303-497-2106
Washington Update (PDF)


New COMET publications: watersheds, rip current forecasting
UOP's Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET) has released two new online publications available through COMET's MetEd Web site,, or at the individual URLs below.

  • Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment
    This two-hour short course provides the basic science of watershed dynamics and how weather interacts with the watershed system. Designed for broadcast meteorologists and presented in a story-like, media-rich format, the course is also suited for educators who want to learn about and present watershed and related hydrologic, weather, and environmental concepts to their students.
  • Rip Current Forecasting
    This is the third and final part in a training series on rip currents designed for operational forecasters, many of whom do not have a physical oceanography background. The hazard of rip currents and a review of the factors that contribute to rip current development are discussed. Users are encouraged to examine the state of their office's rip current program and develop plans for improvement.

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


    Reminders from last issue

    VSP postdoctoral opportunity in sea ice forecasting
    Beginning of application review period: 1 October

    Workshop on best practices at federally funded centers
    Early registration deadline: 6 October

    FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC workshop in November
    Abstract submission deadline: 31 October
    Registration deadline: 10 November


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