2019 UCAR Annual Members Meeting Agenda & Materials

Below please find agendas and links to supporting materials for the UCAR Members Meeting: Tuesday, October 8 - Wednesday, October 9:

Members Meeting Survey

List of Meeting Attendees

Meeting Location:

UCAR Center Green Campus, Building 1

3080 Center Green Drive

Boulder, Colorado 80301


If you are new to UCAR, NCAR or UCP, check out the following:


If you would like to send a substitute in your place, please submit a substitute letter.

Monday, October 7, 2019

12:30 pm - 5:30 pm                                                                                

OPTIONAL: Tour of the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Highlights will include how allocations are made, the different components you need to consider when completing an application for computing time - data analysis and visualization resources, long term storage, core hours, project space, typical allocation request numbers, and best practices on how to use the resources

Shuttle will leave from UCAR's Center Green Campus at 12:30 pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

7:00 am                   

Registration Opens


7:45 am

Welcome and Meeting Introduction for New Member Representatives and Early Career Guests


8:00 am

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

Recorded updates from UCAR, NCAR, and UCP


8:45 am

Welcome from UCAR President Busalacchi and Board Chair Avery

Action Item: Approve Minutes from the 2018 UCAR Annual Members Meeting


9:10 am

Treasurer’s Report

Al Diaz (Marymount University), UCAR Treasurer


9:15 am

NCAR Non-NSF Proposal Review Panel (PRP) Report

Kirk Maasch (University of Maine), Chair


9:20 am

President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) Report

Dan Cziczo (Purdue Univ.), Chair


9:30 am

Committee Reports and Voter Guide:


10:00 am


** All Member Representatives Must Check In By 10:00 am to be eligible to vote** 


10:15 am

Washington D.C. Update

Scott Rayder, Senior Advisor to the UCAR President


10:45 am

Introduction to Afternoon Sessions


11:00 am

Lunch: Special Guest Speaker Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

  • Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, will speak on how scientists can be better advocates for the science, and the role of the researcher in climate science on Capitol Hill.  This will be followed by a question and answer period with the Senator.

12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

NCAR & UCP 30 Minute Informational Sessions: The allotted time allows for the meeting participants to attend up to three sessions. Sessions will be held at 12:15- 12:45 pm, 1:00-1:30 pm, and 1:45-2:15 pm.  Sessions with low registration may be cancelled.


2:30 pm

Shuttle Service Begins for Tours & Activities at the Mesa Lab, Foothills Lab, and Marshall Field Site


3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Tours of Mesa Lab, Foothills Lab, and Marshall Field Site


3:00 pm               

Tours at Foothills Labs: 

  • Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM) Lab Tours

  • MicroPluse DIAL, Design & Fabrication Workshop, and Calibration Lab
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
  • Lidar Radar Open Software Environment (LROSE): Hands-on Activity

4:00 pm

  • Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM) Lab Tours
  • MicroPluse DIAL, Design & Fabrication Workshop, and Calibration Lab

3:00 pm     

Tours at Mesa Labs:

  • Interactive Exhibits

  • Solar Dome with ChroMag Prototype Instrument

  • Visualization Lab

    Tour the New Visualization lab to see what Scientist and Staff have been achieving in High Performance Computing

3:30 pm

  • Solar Dome with ChroMag Prototype Instrument

4:00 pm

  • Interactive Exhibits

  • Vacuum Tunnel Facility

  • Visualization Lab

5:00 pm

  • Interactive Exhibits

  • Vacuum Tunnel Facility

  • Visualization Lab

3:00 pm

Tour at Marshall Field Site:

6:00 pm. - 7:30 pm

Members Meeting Reception at Mesa Lab

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8:00 am

Breakfast with PACUR

9:00 am


9:15 am

Members Meeting reconvenes:

9:30 am

Governance Task Group (GTG) Discussion: Remote voting & Appointing Substitutes

10:00 am

National Science Foundation (NSF) Update

Anjuli Bamzai, Division Director, Atmospheric & Geospace Science

10:30 am

Panel Discussion: Federal Funding Going Forward and What it Means for the University Community

11:30 am

Open Discussion & Introduction to NCAR Breakout Sessions 

12:15 pm


Optional Lunch Sessions:

  • Early Career Guest Lunch with National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officers
  • AMS Board of Higher Education Lunch: Topics will include undergraduate education in meteorology, including faculty/educational resources, the AMS Curriculum Statement and possible accreditation, and ensuring that graduates are adequately prepared for public and private sector employment
  • Policy Priorities for the Earth System Science Community

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

NCAR Strategic Planning Breakout Sessions

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Enabling Future Science at...Breakout Sessions

These sessions will offer both early career track and general information track sessions, and 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 sessions will highlight opportunities for UCAR member institutions to increase engagement with these federal programs.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

NCAR Budget & Programs Committee

(UCAR Board of Trustees ONLY)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

PACUR Meeting & Working Dinner

(PACUR Members ONLY)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NCAR Traveling Climate Exhibit and Special NCAR Explorer Series Lecture "Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise"

Join us on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Boulder Public Library for a special NCAR Explorer Series lecture with NCAR Scientist William Lipscomb for his talk “Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise.”

Come early and explore the new NCAR Traveling Climate Exhibit which will tour the United States in the coming months! As a member university, find out about how you can request this exhibit to come to your area. If you would like to attend the free public lecture, please RSVP and we will reserve a ticket for you.

NCAR Traveling Climate Exhibit:

Our Earth’s climate is changing and scientists are working hard to share the stories of communities who are impacted by rising seas, droughts, and severe storms.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sharing the real stories of people across the United States through the NCAR Traveling Climate Exhibit “Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes.” Its first stop is at the Boulder Public Library, where local residents and visitors to Colorado have an opportunity to visit the exhibit.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

9:00 am - 11:00 am

UCAR Board of Trustees Committee Meetings:

(Trustees and Invited Speakers Only)

  • Audit & Finance Committee Meeting
  • Personnel Committee Meeting


11:30 am - 5:00 pm

UCAR Board of Trustees Meeting

(Trustees and Invited Speakers Only)