September 24, 2008 | In late August, Meeting Maker and Room Reservations were combined by IT into a new system called Room and Resource Scheduler (RRS). The new system offers one-stop shopping for booking conference rooms and is especially efficient for large events. Users who log into RRS can order catering, multimedia services, and other setup options in addition to booking rooms. Rooms can still be booked through Meeting Maker; reservations made through Meeting Maker show up in RRS and vice versa.
September 24, 2008 | More than a dozen UCAR/NCAR staff volunteered at the Green Frontier Fest, a celebration of sustainability sponsored by the City of Denver and other supporters on August 24 at Sculpture Park. A booth organized by OGA and EO featured hands-on science demos, items from the Science Store, information about NCAR and our research, and handouts on Sustainable UCAR’s environmental initiatives.
September 24, 2008 | Center Green will play host to more than 100 university faculty during the week of October 13–17 for the 2008 UCAR Annual Meetings. Attendees include representatives from UCAR members and affiliates, members of the UCAR Board of Trustees and the President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR), early career faculty guests, and UCAR/NCAR management.
September 24, 2008 | On September 5, NCAR director Eric Barron reported that NSF has given a green light to proceed with the initial design phase of the NCAR Supercomputing Center, to be located outside Cheyenne. NCAR’s next step is to issue a request for architecture and engineering services, followed by a request for design proposals. NSF will draw up a formal process for review and approval of the development during its major phases.
NWSC Project Schedule
October 30, 2008 | The NCAR Library is working to develop an online institutional repository for collecting, preserving, and disseminating UCAR/NCAR’s research in digital form. Library director Mary Marlino says that the proposed repository has two critical functions: access and preservation. It will make the organization’s scholarship and data more widely available, and ensure a new level of digital preservation.
Mesa library
November 11, 2008 | Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world gazed skyward after dark from October 20 to November 3 as part of the second Great World Wide Star Count. Their objective was to find specific constellations and then share their observations online. The data they collect helps scientists map light pollution globally, while educating participants about the stars. Approximately 12,471 individuals participated in the count this year, submitting 3,378 observations from all 50 U.S. states and 60 different countries.
October 28, 2008 | The American Meteorological Society is honoring Warren Washington and Jerry Meehl (ESSL/CGD) with the 2009 Jule G. Charney Award for their “outstanding collaborative contributions to modeling climate and its response to anthropogenic and natural forcings.” The award will be presented in Phoenix next January at the AMS Annual Meeting.
November 12, 2008 | In November, CISL announced the arrival of AMSTAR (Augmentation of the Mass Storage Tape Archive Resources). This new digital storage library gives NCAR five times its current storage capacity and enables scientists to conduct increasingly sophisticated computer studies of Earth’s climate.
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