2018 UCAR Annual Members Meeting Agenda & Materials

Below please find agendas and links to supporting materials for:

  • UCAR Members Meeting: Tuesday, October 9 - Wednesday, October 10
  • AMS Heads & Chairs Meeting: Thursday, October 11 - Friday, October 12
  • UCAR Board of Trustees: Thursday, October 11

All sessions held at:

UCAR Center Green Campus, Building 1

3080 Center Green Drive

Boulder, Colorado 80301

(map)  (Shuttle to UCAR)

Member Meeting Highlights Presentation

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For new member representatives, below are introductions to:


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

7:00 am

Registration Opens

** All Member Representatives Must Check In By 8:00 am to be eligible to vote** 

8:00 am               

Q&A Breakfast with UCAR, NCAR, and UCP Leadership

Watch Updates:

9:00 am

Welcome from UCAR President Busalacchi and Board Chair Avery; and minutes approval 

9:30 am

Treasurer’s Report

Patty Leslie, UCAR Chief Financial Officer

9:35 am

NCAR Non-NSF Proposal Review Panel (PRP) Report

Kirk Maasch (University of Maine), PRP Chairperson

9:40 am

PACUR Report

Dan Cziczo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), PACUR Chairperson

9:45 am

Committee Reports and Voter Guide:

10:25 am

 Break (Voting Opens)

10:45 am

Government Relations Update

Scott Rayder, Senior Advisor to the UCAR President

11:15 am

 Introduction to Afternoon Sessions

11:30 am

Lunch and Optional Lunch Sessions:

  • Early Career Guest lunch: Networking Skills for Scientists
  • Member Representative Refresher

12:45 pm

NCAR Strategic Plan Breakout Session

3:30 pm


3:45-4:30 pm

Session A


4:45-5:30 pm

Session B

Enabling Future Science Breakout Sessions:

These sessions will focus on federal programs that are enabling science by providing research assets including data access, facilities, observations, and grants.  Each representative will provide an overview of currently available resources within their organization.  Specifically, the session will highlight opportunities for UCAR member institutions to increase engagement with these federal programs.

5:30-7:30 pm

Reception at Center Green


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:00 am

Breakfast with PACUR

9:00 am


9:15 am

Members Meeting reconvenes

  • Reporting of Election Results

9:30 am

National Science Foundation Update

Sarah Ruth, NCAR Facilities Section Head

10:00 am

Panel Discussion: Federal Funding going forward and what it means for the University Community

11:00 am

Summaries and Reports from NCAR Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm

Open Discussion and Closing Remarks 

12:30 pm

Adjourn Members Meeting

Lunch will be available

1:30-4:00 pm

Post-meeting Breakout Sessions

(Heads & Chairs meeting attendees welcome to attend) 

1:30-2:30 pm

Session A

Preparing our students for the evolving landscape of careers inside and outside of Atmospheric Sciences: Where do they go? Where do they want to go? 

As educators, we know anecdotally that career opportunities for our students are greater than traditional weather forecasting. Heidi Centola, Chair of the AMS Board on Enterprise and Economic Development, and Jeffrey M. Gawrych, Sales Engineer: IBM-The Weather Company, will discuss the breadth of career opportunities that exist, student feedback heard at AMS 2018, and plans for an NSF workshop focused on increasing student success in seeking private sector employment. This will be followed by open questions and discussion.    Note: There are also plans for a Town Hall meeting for AMS 2019 in Phoenix, AZ focused on this topic.


Global Weirding: How to talk to the public about climate change, extreme storms, and other record-breaking weather events

Every time we turn on the news, it seems there’s a new, record-breaking heat wave, flood, drought, or hurricane. And the next question we’re often asked is, “is this global warming? Or not?”

Join veteran broadcast meteorologist Mike Nelson from Denver7 News and world-renowned scientists and science communicators Kevin Trenberth and Marty Hoerling as they explore the latest science on the attribution of extreme weather events and discuss effective and accurate metaphors and frames to use when explaining the influences of natural variability and human forcing on extreme events to non-scientists.

3:00-4:15 pm

Session B

What are Curriculum Innovations for Skill Development within our Degrees?

In many ways, curricula for atmospheric science degrees are evolving to try to prepare students for life after they finish their degree. This session is designed to have three short presentations from faculty/scientists currently engaged in curriculum innovations from the perspective of incorporating research skills, computer skills, and writing skills explicitly into their curriculum. After the presentations, there will be 30 minutes for questions and broad discussion. The last portion of the breakout will allow for focused questions and discussion surrounding the three areas at tables. Speakers will include Rich Clark (Millersville Univ.)-Research Practices, Keith Maull (NCAR Library)-Computer Skills, and Teresa Bals-Elsholz (Valparaiso University )-Writing Skills.


When Facts are Not Enough: How to talk to the public about climate science

Climate change has become one of the most politically polarized issues in the United States. Today, the best predictor of whether someone agrees climate is changing and humans are responsible is not how much they know about the science, but rather where they fall on the political spectrum.

How can we, as scientists, effectively communicate in such a challenging environment?  Max Boykoff is an expert in the cultural politics of science and how climate change is represented in the media; Phaedra Pezzullo studies environmental communication; and Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist known for her engagement with the public. Join Max, Phaedra and Katharine as they discuss common assumptions and mistakes we make when communicating climate science to a lay audience, from local reporters to our next door neighbor, and introduce effective strategies to use when talking about climate and science to those who might be interested, confused, or even doubtful.

1:00-3:00 pm

Personnel Committee Meeting

(Board Only)

Agenda & Materials

3:30-5:30 pm

Audit & Finance Committee Meeting

(Board Only)

Agenda & Materials

5:00-7:00 pm

PACUR Meeting

(PACUR Members and Invited Speakers Only)

Agenda & Materials


Thursday, October 11, 2018

 8:00 am -5:00 pm

AMS Heads and Chairs Meeting

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 9:00 am-5:00 pm

UCAR Board of Trustees Meeting (Trustees and Invited Speakers Only)   

Agenda & Materials


Friday, October 12, 2018

8:00 am-12:00 pm

AMS Heads and Chairs Meeting