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.
April 6, 2010 | In March, UCAR/NCAR was confronted with the sad news of the death of Kelly Craig, 20, EOL’s Web developer. A memorial was held on March 11 in Longmont, where Kelly lived. Kelly first came to NCAR in 2004 as a student assistant in F&A, moving into a student assistant systems administrator position in EOL a year later. Three years later he became the Web developer in EOL. He was known around the division for his remarkable knowledge of computers and technology, along with a willingness to share that knowledge.
April 6, 2010 | About 50 years ago, on April 1, 1960, the world’s first successful weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Although TIROS I was operational for only 78 days (15 days fewer than planned), it sent back 22,952 images of Earth from orbit, demonstrating the usefulness of satellites for surveying the atmosphere. In the years immediately following TIROS 1, nine more satellites were launched, revolutionizing the science of weather prediction.
March 24, 2010 | In February, former EOL director Roger Wakimoto got a new job title: NCAR director. Although Roger is a relative newcomer to NCAR, joining EOL in 2005, his extensive ties to the organization date back to the 1970s, when he participated in a field project on wind shear as a graduate student. He has also served on the UCAR Board of Trustees and chaired the University Relations Committee.
March 25, 2010 | The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory has a new instrument: CoMP. The Coronal Multichannel Polarimeter was deployed in late February. Here, HAO’s Steve Tomczyk, Allen Stueben, and Darryl Koon (from left to right) make room for the polarimeter, which was previously housed at the National Solar Observatory in New Mexico. CoMP was relocated to Mauna Loa to take advantage of the excellent sky conditions there.
March 17, 2010 | Spring is in the air, and that means it's time for Project BudBurst. Launched in 2007, BudBurst sends students, teachers, families, gardeners, and citizen-scientists outdoors to observe the budding, leafing, and blooming of trees and flowers.
March 11, 2010 | On Saturday, June 5, UCAR/NCAR will open the doors of three campuses from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for an open house in conjunction with the organization's 50th anniversary. People of all ages are invited to come by for a rare firsthand look at the people, instruments, and facilities that drive the atmospheric sciences. Staff will be on hand to share presentations, demonstrations, instruments, aircraft, and more.
March 1, 2010 | From March 3–16, schoolchildren, parents, and teachers will gaze upward at the night skies as part of GLOBE at Night. By searching for a specific constellation—Orion—and sharing their observations online, the students will help scientists map worldwide light pollution.  Over the past four annual GLOBE at Night events, 35,000 measurements have been gathered from more than 100 countries; a record-breaking 15,000 measurements were submitted during the 2009 campaign.
A map showing 2009 observations.


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