November 17, 2010 | A cross section of UCAR/NCAR retirees, veteran staff, and university faculty converged on the CU Stadium Club on October 5 to celebrate UCAR/NCAR’s 50th anniversary. The dinner was scheduled to coincide with the annual meeting of UCAR member and affiliate representatives, most of whom joined the celebration.
November 3, 2010 | A new round of online, interactive educational modules from COMET’s MetEd program covers a variety of geophysical phenomena for professionals, students, and science enthusiasts. Modules are free but require registration.
November 2, 2010 | Flat tire? Don’t sweat it. A handful of staff gathered on October 28 outside Foothills Lab to learn how to keep flats from making them late to work. The hands-on workshop, hosted by FM&S, was part of an evolving series on bike commuting. “We did a session on bike basics in September and learned that sometimes beginner riders have a lot of questions about commuting, so we’ve added two more workshops,” explains Kay Gazaway, sustainability outreach coordinator for FM&S.
October 20, 2010 | On October 15, President Obama named senior scientist Warren Washington (NESL/CGD) as one of 10 eminent researchers to be awarded the National Medal of Science for 2010.
October 20, 2010 | Veterans in the Denver-Boulder area had a chance to meet local employers and learn about veterans’ benefits at Center Green on October 19. The idea for the job fair, which was co-sponsored by UCAR and Workforce Boulder County, was hatched last spring when HR was looking for ways to reach out to veterans. “We hit upon the idea of sponsoring a job fair, since we have such a great venue,” says Nancy Wade (HR). “This was one tangible way that we could focus on the local population and have a positive impact on the community.”
October 8, 2010 | Two nationally recognized artists, Kim Abeles and Brian Collier, will pay a visit to UCAR/NCAR this fall as part of "Visualizing Science: Informing through Arts and Science Collaborations." The presentations, which are open to all staff, are sponsored by EO and EcoArts Connections, a Front Range–based festival that brings scientists, artists, performers, and the public together to raise awareness about climate change.
October 4, 2010 | In the early 1960s, NCAR scientists Warren Washington and Akira Kasahara began developing one of the world’s first computer models of atmospheric circulation. They used a CDC 6600 computer in the basement of the Mesa Lab, before today’s computing room was even built. The machine received input via punch cards and seven-channel digital magnetic tape, and generated output via two line printers, a card punch, a photographic plotter, and standard magnetic tape.
October 4, 2010 | A team of NCAR researchers recently convened in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to investigate tropical cyclogenesis (how tropical cyclones develop and strengthen), one of the most challenging aspects of atmospheric science. The field project, called PREDICT (PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics), ran from August 15 to September 30. Scientists used the Gulfstream V to analyze tropical disturbances that showed the potential for developing further.
September 29, 2010 | The biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea—in which Moses and the Israelites are trapped between the Pharaoh's advancing chariots and a body of water—has mystified people for millennia. A new computer modeling study led by Carl Drews (NESL/ACD) shows how the movement of wind as described in the Exodus account could have parted the waters.
September 24, 2010| Searching the NCAR Library got a whole lot easier and more efficient in early September, when the Library launched OpenCat, a new online catalog.


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