July 27, 2010 | In late July, Logistics Operations bid farewell to the Mesa Lab and moved into new digs at Center Green 3. Previously, shipping and receiving were based at the Mesa Lab, with mail operations at Foothills Lab. The move allows Logistics Operations to centralize all activities in one location and provides a superior dock for delivery trucks. The services offered by Logistics Operations will not be affected by the move in any way, says Kerry Slaven, who heads the group.
For current information about construction on the Mesa Lab road through late October, visit Building Maintenance and Closures. June 16, 2010 | Big changes in the organization’s facilities are in store this summer, particularly at the Mesa Lab, where the long-awaited bike/pedestrian lane will soon be under way.
June 16, 2010 | The organization's golden anniversary hit a high point this month with two major gatherings: an in-house party and a public open house. The institution throws open its doors Some 3,000 members of the public, including many family and friends of staff members, got a unique behind-the-scenes look at UCAR/NCAR at a 50th anniversary open house on June 5. For the first time, three of the institution’s major locations (Mesa Lab, Foothills, and RAF) were involved in a simultaneous public event.
June 9, 2010 | Staff across UCAR/NCAR are in the process of sorting through boxes and boxes of records—some that haven’t been opened in years—held in the organization’s symbolic attic: Iron Mountain, a storage facility located in Denver. To aid the culling process, the NCAR Archives has implemented a new set of guidelines to help staff recognize materials worthy of preservation in the Archives.
June 6, 2010 | What if all projects could come in under budget, improve functionality, and have strong conservation credentials? That’s just what happened at Center Green 1, where Facilities Management & Sustainability (FMS) recently upgraded the fire suppression system for the parking lot beneath the building.
June 2, 2010 | NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) has a new director: Chris Davis. Chris (NESL/MMM) says that his interest in mentoring early-career scientists attracted him to the positon. “My goal is to attract the best of the best, help participants establish their research paths, and facilitate collaborations between participants and with NCAR staff that extend well beyond the time that these students and postdocs are at NCAR," he says.
May 25, 2010 | If a picture is worth a thousand words, nothing shows how UCAR/NCAR has and hasn’t changed over the years like a glimpse at a half-century's worth of photos. To see additional historical photos, as well as modern ones, visit the Digital Image Library and the official website of the 50th Anniversary.  
May 25, 2010 | It’s nothing fancy—a typed, spiral-bound report from the late 1950s with a simple blue cover. But the 300-page document, nicknamed the NCAR Blue Book, carries nearly mythical status when it comes to the organization’s history. In 1956, the National Academy of Sciences appointed a panel of eminent scientists (including Jule Charney, Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Edward Teller, and John von Neumann) to “consider and recommend means by which to increase our understanding and control of the atmosphere.”
May 25, 2010 | In celebration of the 50th anniversary, we asked all current staff who were hired in the 1960s to comment on what has—or hasn’t—changed at UCAR/NCAR over the decades, and to share some memories and stories about the organization’s early days. Here are their recollections.   Ben Domenico (Unidata)
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.”


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