Kaye Howe, UCAR's National Science Digital Library • "Science is part of the Renaissance dream of a life of the mind," Howe says. "I don't participate in science in a professional way, but rather as a wonderful approach to knowledge and understanding."
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Maura Hagan, NCAR's Advanced Study Program • Maura studies the physics of Earth's upper atmosphere. In particular, she looks at atmospheric tides and their effects throughout the atmosphere.
Maura Hagan
Larry Cornman, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • Cornman's career path has been unpredictable, somewhat like the turbulence he loves to study.
Larry Cornman
Tim Scheitlin, NCAR's Computational Information Systems Laboratory • "One of the most rewarding things about this job is taking scientific data and making it visually interesting while preserving scientific accuracy," Scheitlin says.
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Jielun Sun, NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division • Sun likens data analysis to a form of meditation. "It's all about discovery," she explains. "Every time I look at data, I see something and feel like I learn things."
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Ying-Hwa "Bill" Kuo, UCAR's COSMIC Program • Bill is a meteorologist leading UCAR's deployment of an array of satellites that use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide a wealth of data about the atmosphere.
Bill Kuo.
Boynton loves to fly. "We do things nobody else does," he says. "When everyone else goes around clouds, we go through them."
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David Gochis, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • For Gochis, a day on the job as an NCAR scientist might mean driving around the rural backroads of northern Mexico, setting up dozens of gauges the size of cookie jars that record rainfall to the nearest millimeter.
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Claudia Tebaldi, NCAR's Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences • One of Claudia's favorite things about her job is working closely with the scientists who interpret the data that she analyzes. "Because I'm a statistician, I couldn't be anything but a team player," she points out.
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José Meitín, UCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory • As a field project coordinator, Meitín's flair for foreign diplomacy, proficiency in several languages, and a capacity for great patience are important assets.
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Andrew Gettelman, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • "My job is to try to figure out how the world works," Gettelman says. "There's a lot of fun in that, as well as infinite job security, since we'll never completely figure it out."
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Jim Smith, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • "It's fun to make something happen that at first glance seems impossible," Smith says.
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Aimee Norton, NCAR's High Altitude Observatory • "Astronomy is a great way to study space without actually going there. It's fun to get new data, analyze graphs, and decipher the secrets of the Sun."
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Fei Chen, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • When the Cultural Revolution ended, people started standing in line to buy textbooks to help their children catch up on schooling. Overnight, there was huge pressure to study, as universities reopened and competition for admissions resumed.
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Amik St-Cyr, NCAR's Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences • St-Cyr solves problems at the intersection of math, physics, and computer science.
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Christopher Davis, NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division • An expert in formation of hurricanes, Davis remembers being interested in weather as a child. He was especially fascinated by winter storms, and in high school he hung out at the local weather station, watching balloon launches.
Christopher Davis
Rajul Pandya, Spark: UCAR Science Education • "In atmospheric science, our research is essential to the big decisions we as a society need to make about our interaction with the planet. The best and most just decisions will come when all citizens have the opportunity to participate."
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Joan Kleypas, NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division • "Jacques Cousteau was my idol while growing up," confesses Kleypas. The undersea world revealed in his groundbreaking television programs inspired her to become an ocean scientist.
Joan Kleypas
Matthew Kelsch, UCAR's COMET Program • It's no fluke that Kelsch is a meteorologist. He was so interested in weather as a child that his fourth grade teacher actually wrote him special tests on the subject.
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Britton Stephens, NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory • Stephens became fascinated with Earth sciences during high school field trips in northeastern Oregon where he grew up.
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Holland recalls that when she entered graduate school at the University of Colorado, she had "the fuzzy idea of doing something with climate." She left graduate school with a sharp focus on the role of sea ice in the climate system.
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Tim Brown, NCAR's High Altitude Observatory • Brown has been interested in stars ever since he was a child reading about the launch of Sputnik and other satellites in the 1950s. "I can't remember wanting to be anything but an astronomer," he says.
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Beth Holland, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • Beth says that one of the most important things a scientist can do is communicate the results of his or her work. “I really believe in the science I’m doing and its ability to serve society.”
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