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.”
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.


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