August 17, 2011 | When afternoon sunlight pours into the Damon Room, it now illuminates the names of dozens of high-achieving NCAR scientists. They’re the center of attraction in a new exhibit recently installed along the north wall of the room.
August 5, 2011 | UCAR/NCAR colleagues past and present will gather at the Mesa Lab on Wednesday, August 10, to celebrate the new NCAR Awards Wall of Honor on display in the Damon Room. The gathering will also provide the opportunity to name the organization’s first Distinguished Scholar.
July 26, 2011 | One of NCAR’s keenest analysts and appreciators of ice, snow, and hail has passed from the scene. Nancy Knight, most recently with NESL/MMM, died on 26 June after a short illness. (Watch a three-minute video on Nancy’s life and work.)
July 17, 2011 | HAO’s HiWind, a balloon-borne instrument that measures winds in the thermosphere, was launched from Esrange, Sweden. It ascended about 26 miles (43 kilometers) into the atmosphere and headed west across the Atlantic Ocean, passing above Greenland on its way to Canada in round-the-clock sunlight. The flight was terminated on June 17 and the payload landed with a parachute descent 300 miles northeast of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
July 26, 2011 | Heavy rains in the Midwest and a deep Western snowpack led to floods across much of the country this spring and summer. The Lower Mississippi recorded its greatest flood in history, the Missouri River inundated towns and fields, and runoff-swollen Western rivers threatened to jump their banks.
July 1, 2011 | A group of inventors was honored at a luncheon sponsored by the UCAR Foundation and UCAR Office of General Counsel on June 9.
The last such luncheon was held six years ago. Since then, UCAR/NCAR researchers and retirees have garnered 15 new patents, for everything from radar technology to lidars, precipitation measurement devices, and de-icing information systems.
June 16, 2011 | Senior scientist Jim Hurrell (NESL/CGD) will take the helm of NESL on September 1.
“NESL has an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement in advancing knowledge and providing and supporting community-based resources,” Jim says. “I am very honored and excited by this opportunity to work closely with my NESL, NCAR, and community colleagues to build on this record and tackle the many challenges and opportunities ahead.”
June 14, 2011 | Raj Pandya will take the helm of EO on July 1. Raj, who has served as the group’s deputy director for the past year, was selected for the director position after a rigorous internal search.
Raj replaces Susan Foster, who is retiring after 16 years at UCAR. Susan spent her first five years in OGA, followed by 10 years as EO’s deputy director and the past year as director.
June 14, 2011 | On Monday, May 30, the UCAR/NCAR community was saddened to learn of the sudden death over the weekend of Tom Warner, long-time senior scientist in RAL, due to an ascending aortic dissection. A memorial service for staff is being planned for later this summer.