September 11, 2009
Michele Rienecker—the head of NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO)—knows how challenging it is to predict El Niño.
September 11, 2009
When you've been studying the ways of the atmosphere since the 1930s, you have many tales to tell. Joachim Kuettner has been sharing his life stories, including some lesser-known ones, in a new round of oral and video histories.
Joachim Kuettner with sailplane
June 01, 2009
Bret Harper, Consultant • Harper's graduate study focused on wind climatology, but he works on a variety of questions as a consultant, including hydroelectric feasibility studies, dam inspections, and integrated resource planning.
Bret Harper with wind turbines behind him.
June 01, 2009
Travis Metcalfe, NCAR's High Altitude Observatory • How common are planets like Earth around other stars like the Sun? Are we unique, rare, or typical in that regard? Metcalfe likes asking big questions.
Photo of Travis Metcalfe
April 02, 2009
Geoffrey Tyndall, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • As a physical chemist, Tyndall likes "quantifying things, putting numbers on them—how fast does this go, and why is this reaction faster than that one?"
Geoffrey Tyndall working in his lab.
February 15, 2009
Mercy Borbor-Cordova, NCAR's Advanced Study Program • Two things are critical for academic success, says Borbor-Cordova, who combines interests in environmental science and public policy. One is persistence. The other is what makes persistence possible: choosing subject(s) you really love.
Photograph of Mercy Borbor-Cordova
November 01, 2008
Cory Morse, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • Morse trained in science, but has the soul of an engineer, which makes her job as a software engineer in NCAR's applied research group a perfect fit.
Cory Morse
August 29, 2008
Maura Hagan, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named NCAR deputy director.
Maura Hagan
August 01, 2008
James Done, NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division • A meteorologist, Done examines weather forecasts generated by computer models to better understand severe weather and long-term climate change. Recently, that has meant homing in on tropical meteorology and hurricanes.
James Done
June 01, 2008
Julien Wang, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) • When it came time to choose a major, Wang was torn between the arts and her growing interest in the environment. Finally, she chose environmental engineering. One recent project: designing a green roof.
Photograph of Julien Wang and her NCAR mentor
May 30, 2008
Eric J. Barron was named director of NCAR today, following a rigorous international search.
Eric Barron
April 01, 2008
Patricia Romero Lankao, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • As a sociologist, Romero Lankao seeks to understand the human dimensions of environmental issues.
Paty Romero Lankao
February 26, 2008
Arden L. Bement Jr., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), today announced the appointment of Timothy Killeen to become NSF assistant director for the geosciences.
Tim Killeen
February 01, 2008
Lou Verstraete, NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory • As a senior technician, Verstraete manages a self-contained meteorological observing system that's deployed on field projects around the country and the world.
Photograph of Lou Verstraete
January 01, 2008
Aaron Pratt, Howard University • Pratt became hooked on hurricanes when the one named Hugo took aim at the Carolina coast 18 years ago. Now, the Ph.D. candidate is studying how dust affects the birth of such storms on the other side of the Atlantic.
Aaron Pratt
November 01, 2007
Aiguo Dai, NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division • After graduating from high school, Dai applied to the math department at China's Nanjing University. "They didn't want me, so they put me in the meteorology department instead," Aiguo says. "But I think it turned out very well for me."
Photograph of Aiguo Dai
November 01, 2007
Christopher Castro, University of Arizona • Castro always had what he calls a passing interest in weather, but he never thought of his hobby as a career path. Now he’s a professor of atmospheric science and a researcher working on better forecasts of the Southwest's torrential summer rains.
Photo of Christopher Castro
September 01, 2007
Hector Socas-Navarro, NCAR's High Altitude Observatory • When this astrophysicist was 10 years old, he watched Cosmos, Carl Sagan's famous television series about the universe and our place in it. It was then that Socas-Navarro decided to become a scientist.
Photo of Hector Socas-Navarro
August 01, 2007
Waleska Rivera Rios, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) • In 2005, Rivera Rios was on her way to earning a doctorate in environmental science from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico.
Photograph of Waleska Rivera Rios
June 01, 2007
Marina LaGrave, Spark: UCAR Science Education • When she began translating an educational website about Earth and planetary science, LaGrave realized that her intended audience wouldn't visit the site if they didn’t know it existed.
Photograph of Marina LaGrave
May 01, 2007
Doug Nychka, NCAR's Institute for Mathematics Applied to the Geosciences • A statistician by training, Doug leads IMAGe in its mission to bring mathematical models and tools to bear on fundamental problems in the geosciences.
Photograph of Doug Nychka
May 01, 2007
Casey Thornbrugh, University of Arizona • Mention statistics to most middle schoolers and, unless you're talking about odds for poker hands, the response is likely to be an eye roll. When Thornbrugh was in middle school, though, his hobby was climate statistics.
UCAR News Center
February 01, 2007
Laura Pan, NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division • Pan describes herself as an "accidental" scientist. She never intentionally set out to pursue a science career, but her pursuit of knowledge and understanding, however, is anything but accidental.
Laura "Liwin" Pan
December 01, 2006
Jack Fox, NCAR's Design and Fabrication Services • Jack's favorite part of the job is brainstorming with researchers who come to the machine shop with everything from hazy visions of the instruments they want to highly detailed drawings they've prepared.
Photo of Jack Fox
October 01, 2006
Peter Thornton, biogeochemist • A career in science has always felt natural to Thornton, who realized as a child that he was drawn toward analytical tasks like programming his computer.
Photo of Peter Thornton


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