September 24, 2009 | The Arctic is on thin ice—literally as well as figuratively. New research shows that tempera­tures were warmer there in the 1990s than any decade in at least 2,000 years. Arctic sea ice has been dwindling for the past few decades, with 2009 levels well below normal. Greenland's melting ice sheets have the potential to dramatically raise sea levels, and thawing permafrost threatens to release massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere.  
September 23, 2009 | The Boulder County Business Report has honored UCAR with a Health Hero Award. The award recognizes companies and individuals in a variety of health care categories, from emergency workers to administrators. UCAR's award is in the contest's business category, which recognizes an employer's wellness program, healthy work environment, ergonomics program, or other health-related activities. Eligible companies must be in Boulder or Broomfield counties.
Employees at health fair.
  September 21, 2009 | EO's annual Halloween-themed science education event, Super Science Saturday, will take place at the Mesa Lab on October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event, which is aimed at families, students, and teachers, is free and open to the public.
Schoolchildren learning about science.
September 15, 2009 | In early September, UCAR passed the Open Access Policy, heralding in a new era of community access to our scholarship. Under the new procedures, all UCAR authors who publish peer-reviewed articles or other scholarly materials will deposit final versions in an NCAR Library repository known as OpenSky.
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September 11, 2009 | A new NCAR initiative, Technology Innovation Forum (TIF), is poised to take off this fall. Co-chairs Dirk Richter and Scott Spuler (both EOL) will present more details and solicit feedback on October 8 at 10 a.m. in the FL2 Auditorium. A website is currently in the works.
Researcher working on weather station in the field.
August 17, 2009 | Nine eager journalists will arrive at NCAR on August 17 for the second annual NCAR Journalism Fellowship. The week-long, residential program is a whirlwind tour of the atmospheric and Earth systems sciences, covering everything from climate modeling to cyberinfrastructure to space weather. Participants will meet scientists, tour the supercomputer room, check out the design and fabrication lab, drop in on other Boulder labs, and attend a variety of receptions and seminars.
August 5, 2009 | On July 24, a group of SOARS protégés partnered with EO’s Sandra Henderson to present a miniature science fair to schoolchildren at Longmont’s Casa de la Esperanza, a housing development for immigrant families. The event was part of an optional summer workshop for protégés on scientific outreach. The workshop included two outreach events at Casa de la Esperanza and one at Boulder’s I Have a Dream Foundation.
August 3, 2009 | More than three million people around the world fly on commercial aircraft every day. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, in 2007 there were only 0.014 deaths for every 100 million passenger-kilometers (about 0.023 deaths per 100 million miles), giving air travelers the confidence-inspiring odds of more than a million to one of surviving a typical journey, and likely even better odds in countries with high safety standards for aviation.
July 14, 2009 | A traveling photography exhibit currently at the Mesa Lab, “Three Degrees—An Exploration of Climate Change and Human Rights,” seeks to examine climate change as a humanitarian issue. The exhibit, which will be on display from June 29 through August 28 on the Lab’s first floor, comes to NCAR from the University of Washington where it was part of a student-led conference aimed at challenging legal scholars, nongovernmental leaders, and policymakers to confront the humanitarian crisis at the heart of climate change.
Erosion along the coast.
June 1, 2009 | Our nearest star, the Sun, has been awfully quiet lately. In fact, no living scientist has seen it behave this way. In 2008, scientists observed no sunspots on 73% of the year’s 366 days, making 1913 the last year with more spotless days. The count for 2009 is even lower; as of early May, scientists reported no sunspots on 85% of the year’s days.
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