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.
Iraqi scientists make landmark visit  "I voted last week": Traces of purple ink were still visible on the index fingers of Ali Sabeeh Dawood, Husam Hanna Habib, and Abdul Kareem Mohammad (left to right) when they visited Rick Anthes at the Fleischmann Building on 16 February.
February 27, 2009 | New courses from COMET will help professionals, students, and the public learn more about drought, tropical meteorology, environmental monitoring.
Drought-cracked soil.
February18, 2009 | The Community Climate System Model has received a 2009 Colorado Governor's Award for its research impact on climate science. Governor Bill Ritter presented the award to Peter Gent (ESSL/CGD) on behalf of the CCSM community during a reception at the Governor's Residence in Denver on February 17.
February10, 2009 | On January 8, staff had a chance to hear about plans for developing a new NCAR Strategic Plan and opportunities to participate in a process that will shape the organization’s future.
February 10, 2009 | The concept of harnessing the wind’s energy is hardly new—Egyptian vases from 3,500 B.C.E. depict ships under sail. Still, wind is among the most difficult weather variables to forecast. Topography, ground cover, temperature inversions, and foliage all affect its strength and direction.
February 10, 2009 | Last fall, Morris Weisman took a leave for three and a half months, trading his daily routine in ESSL/MMMM for the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). There, he taught a graduate-level course in atmospheric convection, served on the doctoral committees of two students, and collaborated with Albany faculty.Morris Weisman

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