June 26, 2009 | On June 24, 243 UCAR/NCAR staff showed up for work via alternative transportation, collectively commuting 4,188 miles. Many did so without the help of the internal combustion engine, although they did benefit from a good breakfast.
A bike commuter.
June 25, 2009 | In June, NASA renewed its cooperative agreement with GLOBE through February 2014. The new award begins in September. “We are very excited about GLOBE’s future and our renewed partnership with NASA,” says GLOBE director Ed Geary. The program involves primary and secondary school students worldwide in hands-on science education activities. It plans to delve into environmental issues such as climate change, water quality and availability, and biodiversity over the next five years, according to Ed.
Children doing a science project outside.
June 24, 2009 | UCAR/NCAR has acquired some new digs—located conveniently across the street from FL4.  On June 11, the President’s Council closed on the purchase of the former Wild Oats building at 3375 Mitchell Lane. “The purchase follows a careful inspection and discussion, and approval from the UCAR Board of Trustees,” UCAR president Rick Anthes told staff. “I am very pleased that we were able to take advantage of this opportunity and complete a key part of our long-term strategic space plans.”
Building at 3375 Mitchell Lane
June 23, 2009 | Guy Brasseur will step down from his position as ESSL director and NCAR associate director on June 30. Greg Holland, head of ESSL/MMM, will serve as acting ESSL director beginning July 1.
Guy Brasseur
Update, June 2013: Follow news from the SunRise II project on NCAR's High Altitude Observatory website.
June 8, 2009 | In May the UCAR Board of Trustees appointed two new senior scientists: Jeffrey Stith and Peter Sullivan. Senior scientists provide NCAR with long-term scientific leadership. The position is analogous to that of full professor at a tenure-granting university. Selections are based on individual competence in research and activities that enhance NCAR's interaction with scientists in the broader community. In addition, seven NCAR researchers have been promoted to the Scientist III level, which is one step below senior scientist.
June 1, 2009 | Roger Wakimoto is a Japanese-American whose grandparents and parents were all born in the United States. Yet the EOL director, who moved from his native California to Boulder in 2004, finds that people sometimes assume he’s new to this country. “I’ve often been complimented on how well I speak English,” Roger says. “When I tell them I’ve been speaking English since I was two or three, they often look at me as if I’m pulling their leg.”
May 18, 2009 | On April 21, Lafayette-based photojournalist James Balog visited the Mesa Lab to present glacier images from his Extreme Ice Survey. The presentation was part of ESSL/CGD’s seminar series.
An iceberg.
May 11, 2009 | Hiring managers and job applicants now have a user-friendly, streamlined method for connecting with each other. This spring, HR began implementing the applicant tracking software OpenHire across the organization.
Center Green 4
April 29, 2009 | On April 1, Bill Kuo (COSMIC) took the reins of the Developmental Testbed Center, a Boulder-based joint effort between NCAR and NOAA. The DTC supports the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), letting scientists test and explore the model in a setting that incorporates the perspectives of both research scientists and operational forecasters. Its main objective is to expedite technology transfer between the research and operational communities.
Bill Kuo

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