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
February 10, 2009 | Ever wonder what happens to those orange rinds, coffee grounds, and napkins you toss in the compost bin at work? In January, about a half dozen staff found out during a visit to A1 Organics in Platteville. The company has been in the organic recycling business since 1974.
February 9, 2009 | Several GLOBE staff traveled to Geneva, Switzerland in late January for the Global Climate Change Research and Education Workshop, held at the offices of the World Meteorological Organization.
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January 15, 2009 | A pilot program in VSP to match postdoctoral climate scientists with local and regional decision makers is expanding for its second year by recruiting more fellows. The goal of the Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program (CPAPP) is to build a pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and prediction into decision frameworks and tools, as well as to encourage collaboration between the climate community and agencies involved in climate-related decisions.
January 14, 2009 | The 2009 UCAR Health and Benefits Fair takes place March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Center Green. The fair, sponsored by the Wellness Advisory Committee, is free and open to UCAR employees, retirees, spouses/partners, and dependent children 18-25 years old.
January 14, 2009 | The new year ushered in changes to UCAR benefits. The Hartford became the organization’s new vendor for travel accident insurance (including the Travel Assistance Program), life insurance, long-term disability, and basic and voluntary accidental death and disability (AD&D) insurance. The company’s Travel Assistance Program provides pre-trip information, emergency medical assistance, and emergency personal services for staff during both business and vacation travels.
December 15, 2008 | About two dozen staff toured the Boulder County Recycling Center on December 4 to learn more about the life cycles of milk cartons, newspapers, soda cans, and other discarded items. The facility, located in east Boulder near Arapahoe and 63rd Street, is owned by the county but run by Eco-Cycle. Sustainable UCAR planned the visit and, in the spirit of conservation, arranged for the UCAR shuttles to provide rides.
December 11, 2008 | Staff working at the Mesa Lab might think they’re above it all—literally, that is—when they look down on Boulder from their stone towers in the Flatirons. But the NCAR award for putting in time at high elevation goes to Eric Yasukawa (ESSL/HAO), who’s been working at 11,250 feet (3,440 meters) for the past 36 years.
December 10, 2008 | It’s an insecure world out there, with financial meltdowns and rising fuel and food prices—not to mention a warming climate. If there’s a bike in the back of your garage collecting dust, this might be the time to dust it off and burn calories instead of crude. Never used your Eco Pass? Hint: it’s that little sticker on your employee ID card. Just show it to the bus driver when you board.

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