May 25, 2010 | It’s a Boulder landmark, sitting upon its mesa with the dramatic Flatirons in the background. But what many people don’t know is that the Mesa Lab could have turned out very differently. Preliminary plans drawn up for NCAR (then being called the National Institute for Atmospheric Research) in the late 1950s featured a building quite unlike the Mesa Lab in design. It did, notably, call for “space for an electronic computer.”
May 25, 2010 | The late NCAR associate director and HAO director Gordon Newkirk added his own caption to this depiction of Snoopy in 1964, two years after the book Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Gordon came to HAO in 1955 (before UCAR/NCAR was founded) to work on the development of a coronagraph for studying scattered light from the electron corona. The comic refers to the Coronascope II (see photo), a balloon-borne solar telescope used to test concepts that are now used in satellite solar astronomy.
The first production model of the CRAY-1 supercomputer was delivered to NCAR in 1977 in two refrigerated electronic vans. More than 30 construction workers, engineers, and helpers were needed to move the five-ton machine into the computer room.
May 25, 2010 | Since 1974, UCAR/NCAR has offered a Delphi Service whereby staff members can anonymously submit questions to management about policy, procedures, and other issues.
May 25, 2010 | Many things have changed at UCAR/NCAR over the decades, technology being one of the most obvious areas of transformation. But change is also evident in the more mundane records of everyday life—such as a cafeteria menu. These days, staff are more likely to find pad thai or tilapia vera cruz in the cafeteria than broiled liver and baked beans.
May 6, 2010 | On May 4, Wolfgang Drautz, the Consul General of Germany, presented UCAR’s Joach Kuettner with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Joach, who turned 100 last September, attended the ceremony with his wife, Monika.
Joach Kuettner receiving his award, with wife Monika next to him.
April 28, 2010 | On March 27, longtime EOL employee Ken Harris passed away unexpectedly at his home due to a heart attack. Ken on vacation in New Zealand, wearing his NCAR shirt and Left Hand Brewing Company cap. In his hand is a dog toy that says, "Dog Beer."
April 19, 2010 | The historical Ben Franklin, shown here with GLOBE’s Gary Randolph, made a surprise visit to the program’s booth at this year’s National Science Teachers Association conference, held in Philadelphia on March 17–20. Ben discussed his experiences with collecting sea surface temperature data and encouraged teachers to involve their students in hands-on science. GLOBE staff visited with thousands of educators during the conference and hosted a reception. For more, see GLOBE at NSTA 2010.
April 8, 2010 | EO director Roberta Johnson will step down on April 12 to focus on a new partnership between Windows to the Universe, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
March 29, 2010 | In February, a new type of organizational unit spanning NCAR and UCP came onto the scene. Integrated Information Services (IIS), which brings together library and information research, development, and operations formerly located in the NCAR Library and UCP’s Digital Learning Sciences (DLS), is intended to support UCAR’s efforts to manage, preserve, and provide access to the organization’s scholarship and intellectual assets.

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