UCAR Update - August 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

August 2011 - In this issue

Grad students and advisers: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Model data use, volcanic ash impacts
Reminders from previous issues

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Grad students and advisers: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program

Part of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP), the Graduate Visitor Program (GVP) brings graduate students to NCAR for 3- to-12-month collaborative visits, with the endorsement of their thesis advisers and in pursuit of their thesis research. The visits are designed to enhance NCAR partnerships with other public and private institutions.

ASP is now accepting applications from NCAR scientific staff for GVP visits that begin before 1 January 2013. Please note that this program only accepts applications via NCAR staff. If you are an adviser with a student who would benefit from this program, please contact NCAR scientific staff working in your student's field of research directly, or contact ASP (see below) for assistance. If you are a student who wishes to participate in this program, please ask your adviser to contact NCAR scientific staff directly, or contact ASP for help in identifying a suitable sponsor.

Application deadline: 31 October
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Graduate Student Visitor Program

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University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects

NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit large allocation requests by 6 September. All requesters are strongly encouraged to review the gudelines and revised instructions. Requests are reviewed by the CISL High-Performance Computing Advisory Panel (CHAP). There must be a direct linkage between the NSF award and the computational research being proposed.

Bluefire, NCAR's IBM POWER6 system with 3,840 compute processors, will continue as CISL's primary production resource through mid-2012. Although the resources to be made available at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) have not been determined, researchers may request an allocation on these resources as part of the Fall 2011 CHAP request process.

New this round: Requesters must separate their GAUs requested into those requested on Bluefire and those requested on the new NWSC systems, which will be available in mid-2012. Similar to last spring, requesters have the opportunity to request project disk space on CISL's GLADE centralized file service for their CHAP-approved requests.

University researchers with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for a Small University Allocation to obtain information on the GAU requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their code before applying for a large allocation. We have increased the threshold for Small University Allocations to 30,000 GAUs. Requests for up to 30,000 GAUs may be submitted at any time using the "Small Request Form" at the URL below. Once the sum of small allocations reaches 30,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the "Large Request Form" at the URL below by the panel deadline.

Deadline: 6 September
Contact: David Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
CISL Allocations

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Postgraduate Scientist (11145), NCAR/NESL/MMM
  • Project Scientist III (11171), UCP/VSP, Monterey, CA
  • Administrator III (11168), NCAR/HAO

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.

  • Cornell University: Assistant Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • University of Washington and NCAR: Postdoctoral Research Associate

These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: Model data use, volcanic ash impacts

Below are details on two new online publicationx available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Optimizing the Use of Model Data Products
This module allows users to sift through the abundance of model data to understand and interpret a model’s “story”. Other lessons cover evaluating each model’s story against observations and against conceptual models of the evolving situation, blending the stories, and adjusting the resulting forecast to add value over an objective forecast.

Volcanic Ash: Impacts to Aviation, Climate, Maritime Operations, and Society
This module provides information on the impacts of an explosive volcanic eruption to aviation, climate, maritime operations and society. The threats, or impacts, from an eruption vary depending on the eruption style, duration and proximity--both in distance and altitude--to the volcano.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UCP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

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Reminders from previous issues

Stephen Schneider Symposium
Meeting dates: 24–27 August

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