April 23, 2009 | In April, the Security Engineering Group, which helps safeguard UCAR/NCAR’s shared computing infrastructure, unveiled a new security website. The site is part of an outreach program to improve communications with staff.
Computer wiring.
April 27, 2009 | On April 22, Unidata staff traded data management for trash collection, scouring the creek corridor behind FL4. “We thought it would be a nice contribution for Earth Day,” says Tina Campbell. The volunteers filled ten bags of garbage and got to enjoy a beautiful spring day.
April 14, 2009 | NASA scientist James Hansen made a plea for concern and action on climate change—and offered his latest prediction on global temperature—in a UCAR-sponsored talk on April 9. Hansen delivered this year’s Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture before a full house of about 2,000 at CU’s Macky Auditorium. The talk was part of the university’s annual Conference on World Affairs.
April 7, 2009 | When the movie Twister became a global blockbuster in 1996, researchers had just completed two seasons of real-life chasing in the world’s largest ever tornado study. The Verification of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX) saw scientists and technicians from NCAR and elsewhere roaming the Great Plains in 1994 and 1995, documenting the conditions that lead to tornado formation (tornadogenesis).
Researchers head to Arctic, jet around the Pacific April 7, 2009 | About the same time of year that many people head to warmer climes, a group of researchers is hunkered down in northern Alaska. An OASIS researcher extracts carbon from snow samples.
  Greg Holland April 7, 2009 | Greg Holland (ESSL/MMM) took this photo (below) of the devastating February wildfires in Australia. This particular fire threatened his son’s farm near Healesville, about 50 miles northeast of Melbourne.
March 30, 2009 | In March, NCAR announced that Peter Backlund was selected as the first director of the organization’s new Integrated Science Program (ISP). Peter, whose previous position as director of research relations for NCAR is being merged with the new appointment, began his new role on March 23. "I am very excited to be appointed director of ISP,” Peter says. “I look forward to playing a more direct role in sustaining and promoting NCAR science."
Peter Backlund
March 23, 2009 | Over the next year, UCAR and NCAR will celebrate their 50th anniversaries (1959 for UCAR, 1960 for NCAR). Activities for staff, members, and the public will be spread out over the next two years. The 50th anniversary planning committee, headed by UCAR vice president for corporate affairs Jack Fellows, invites staff to share their ideas and talents.
March 19, 2009 | Project BudBurst, in which thousands of volunteers nationwide track climate change by recording the timing of flowering, leafing, and other plant life cycle events, has launched its 2009 field campaign. Now in its second full year, the project is successfully amassing observations from students, gardeners, and citizen-scientists in every state to give researchers a detailed picture of how plants respond to changes in the environment.
Purple flowers.
March 19, 2009 | In early March, NCAR announced the selection of Denver-based H+L Architecture and California Data Center Design Group (CDCDG) to lead the design of the new supercomputing center in Cheyenne. Other engineering consultants on the team include RMH Group, Rumsey Engineers, and Martin/Martin.
Design for Cheyenne supercomputing center.

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