UCAR Update - November 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

November 2011 - In this issue

The Warner Memorial Symposium
ASP begins 2012 postdoc recruitment
SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2012
Free AGU workshop on visual data analysis
Early-use computing opportunities on Yellowstone
SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2012
New: U.S. carbon cycle science plan
Winter weather in depth
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Global circulation and the tropics, flash flood warning systems
Reminders from previous issues

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The Warner Memorial Symposium

Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to NCAR on 2 December for the Thomas T. Warner Memorial Symposium, honoring the longtime NCAR scientist who died in May. The symposium will pay tribute to Warner’s scientific career and to celebrate his rich life. It will consist of invited oral presentations focused on topics related to the areas of atmospheric modeling that represent Warner's career, including desert meteorology, numerical weather and climate prediction, and quality assurance in the atmospheric modeling process. The symposium will also cover Tom’s extraordinary role as a mentor in the lives of his colleagues.

The symposium is hosted by NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory, the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Meteorology, and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

In addition, the Warner Internship for Scientific Enrichment has been established in recognition of Warner’s personal drive to foster lifelong learning. Details on the internship fund will be posted at the website below and available at the Symposium.

Contact: Terri Betancourt, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-8489
The Warner Memorial Symposium

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ASP begins 2012 postdoc recruitment

NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as ten new postdoctoral fellows in early 2012. This program is open to individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in atmospheric science or related fields and who seek to broaden their understanding by interacting widely with scientists and other postdoctoral researchers at NCAR. Applicants must be able to conduct research with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independent judgment and creativity, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

ASP postdoc positions are for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Successful applicants will join the appropriate divisions, institutes, or programs at NCAR that best match their interests.

Appointments may begin as early as June. Applicants who cannot begin work until after January 2013 should wait until the 2013 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2012.

Application deadline: 5 January 2012
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

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SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2012

The SIParCS program (Summer Internships in Parallel Computing and Science) offers graduate students, and undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year, significant hands-on opportunities in high-performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. The program embeds students as summer interns in NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). The 2012 internships will run from 21 May to 3 August.

The program is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in computational science, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, or the computational geosciences. The SIParCS goal is to make a long-term positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st century supercomputers. To this end, the SIParCS program can offer exceptional students a wide variety of experiences with a diverse collection of HPC equipment, software development projects, parallel computational science problems, and analysis of data and numerical methods. All these projects are tied to the HPC systems and activities that support NCAR's 
scientific mission.

Application deadline: 3 February 2012
Contact: Kristin Mooney, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1328
SIParCS

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Free AGU workshop on visual data analysis

A half-day workshop, Visual Data Analysis: Tools and Techniques for the Geophysical Sciences, will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 December, at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco. No registration is required for this free workshop, which will take place in room 230 of the Moscone Center South.

The goal is to provide an overview of some of the open-source visualization software packages that are available and most relevant to researchers in the geosciences. Thanks to the commoditization of computer graphics hardware and the emergence of mature, user-friendly software packages, the role of scientific visualization has changed from one of merely a communication aid to an indispensible tool for discovery. Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding of the capabilities of today’s powerful visual data analysis environments; learn which tools may be most appropriate for their own needs; and have an opportunity to talk with tool developers on hand for the workshop.

This AGU-sponsored workshop is supported by NCAR’s Computational Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) and UCP/Unidata. It will be led by John Clyne of CISL’s VAPOR group (Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Research) and Unidata’s Yuan Ho.

Contact: John Clyne, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1236
AGU Fall Meeting Workshop - Visual Data Analysis: Tools and Techniques for the Geophysical Sciences

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Early-use computing opportunities on Yellowstone

Dedicated, large-scale resources on NCAR's recently announced Yellowstone system (see the NCAR news release) will be available from approximately May through July 2012 for university and NCAR research, as part of the Accelerated Scientific Discovery initiative of NCAR’s Computational Information Systems Laboratory.

The Yellowstone system will be a 1.6-petaflops IBM iDataPlex cluster with 74,592 Intel Sandy Bridge EP cores, 149.2 TB of memory, and 11 PB of parallel disk storage. Yellowstone is expected to deliver nearly 30 times the capacity of NCAR's current Bluefire system.

Application procedures for the Yellowstone resources differ slightly for university and NCAR users. NCAR projects will be chosen from submissions for NCAR Strategic Capability projects, which are due on the same date as the Yellowstone applications.

Application deadline (university and NCAR users): 13 January 2012
Contact: cislhelp@ucar.edu, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-8489
Eligiblity and proposal requirements for NSF-supported university researchers
Eligiblity and proposal requirements for NCAR researchers

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SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2012

FUCAR’s Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. It provides up to four years of paid summer research experience, strong mentoring, community support, and funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education. SOARS participants spend the summer in Boulder at NCAR and partnering laboratories on projects matched to their interests and skills.

SOARS invites students from many disciplines, including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences. In particular, SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage; and students who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2012
Contact: Karen Smith-Herman, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-2590
Application instructions

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New: U.S. carbon cycle science plan

UCP’s Joint Office for Science Support has released “A U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan,” an integrated ten-year plan to better understand the details of Earth’s carbon cycle and people’s role in it. The plan was produced by JOSS with support from a variety of agencies involved in related research. It is the culmination of a three-year effort drawing on input from hundreds of scientists.

The plan is available in PDF form at the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program’s website (see URL below). Print copies are also available on request from JOSS.

Contact: Gete Bond, UCP/JOSS, 303-497-2623
U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program documents

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Winter weather in depth

A special report touching on a wide variety of winter-weather phenomena has been posted by UCAR Communications. Among the stories included:

  • early results from the PLOWS project (Profiling of Winter Storms)
  • how meteorologists are improving snow forecasts in Anchorage
  • a new system that will use cars as winter-weather sensors
  • how winter conditions can lead to stratospheric warming
  • what made the Northeast’s “Snowtober” storm so unusual

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
In Depth: Winter Weather

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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.

  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship (11175), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (11176), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Postdoctoral Fellowship (11179), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations

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.

  • Dartmouth College: Tenure-track positions in Climatology, Geobiology
  • University at Albany, SUNY: Assistant Professor in the areas of Ocean–Atmosphere Interactions or Climate-Cryosphere Dynamics and Feedbacks
  • University at Albany, SUNY: Assistant (tenure track) or Associate Professor (two positions) in the areas of Weather-Climate Interactions and Hydrometeorology

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: Global circulation and the tropics, flash flood warning systems

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

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, 2nd Edition, Chapter 3: Global Circulation
The chapter begins with a review of the general principles of atmospheric motion, including scale analysis of tropical motions. Special emphasis is given to the Hadley circulation, including its maintenance, seasonal migration, northern and southern hemispheric differences, and the contrast between tropical and midlatitude wind systems.

Flash Flood Early Warning System Reference Guide
This guide is intended to promote the implementation of flash flood early warning systems based upon proven and effective methods already in use in nations around the world that are prone to flash flooding.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Heliophysics 2012 Summer School
Application deadline: 14 December

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