NCAR Director's Office

A Different Kind of Beauty: I.M. Pei's Modernist Masterpiece

The National Center for Atmospheric Research invites you to join us for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NCAR Mesa Lab.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Our hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, and the Sun-Earth connection will be open for viewing before the talk (staff will be on hand to answer your questions)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Talk by Stuart W. Leslie: "A Different Kind of Beauty: I.M. Pei's Modernist Masterpiece"

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Questions & conversations

Talk Description:

2017 NCAR Day of Networking & Discovery

All NCAR and UCAR staff are invited to attend a full day of discovery, sharing and networking
2017 NCAR Day of Networking & Discovery
Friday, April 28th - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Center Green Auditorium

Lunch Provided - Please RSVP Here

Thirty 25 minute presentations on research, engineering and other technical advancements

Topics will include:

Public Participating in Scientific Research (PPSR) Roundtable Discussion

We are looking for project ideas that both advance NCAR|UCAR science and benefit K-12 students and the public. This week we are hosting discussions with interested NCAR researchers to help identify areas where non-scientists can get involved with research.

Join us for a Public Participating in Scientific Research (PPSR) Roundtable Discussion:

Join Us This Week for a Public Participating in Scientific Research (PPSR) Roundtable Discussion

We are looking for project ideas that both advance NCAR|UCAR science and benefit K-12 students and the public. This week we are hosting discussions with interested NCAR researchers to help identify areas where non-scientists can get involved with research.

Join us this week for a Public Participating in Scientific Research (PPSR) Roundtable Discussion:

UCAR/NCAR statement on the passing of Matthew J. Parker

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) join American Meteorological Society (AMS) colleagues and those in the broader meteorological community in mourning the passing of AMS President Matthew J. Parker, who died on March 15.This past January, Parker took over as AMS president during the society’s annual meeting in Seattle having been elected as president-elected in November 2015. He had spent much of his career, since 1989, at Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina. During that time, Parker rose through the ranks and was most recently senior fellow meteorologist in the Atmospheric Technologies Group.Matthew Parker (Photo courtesy of the American Meteorological Society.)“Matt was a true leader in the community who advocated for an analysis to show the value and return on investment in the weather enterprise,” said UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi. “Matt was a strong supporter of a more diverse and inclusive weather enterprise and while at the Department of Energy, worked to integrate all parts of the community, including the public, private, and academic sectors. This loss will be deeply felt.”NCAR Director James W. Hurrell expressed a similar sentiment, noting that Parker’s passing “is an enormous loss for the entire scientific community. Matt was a tremendous leader who was deeply committed to our field, and to AMS in particular. He will be sorely missed.”  William Mahoney, interim director of NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory and Commissioner of AMS’s Commission on the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, added: “Matt understood that creating collaboration among government, private, and academic sectors could be a powerful and effective strategy for advancing our scientific and operational capabilities. We will miss Matt’s leadership but the Commission will continue to work on implementing his vision.”See AMS’s statement here.

The New Administration, the Federal Budget Process, and the Road Ahead

Wednesday, February 8
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Center Green Auditorium

The UCAR President and the NCAR Director invite all interested staff to attend this Q&A session on the new administration, the federal budget process, and the road ahead. We will be joined by the head of UCAR Government Relations for expertise on the federal budget authorization and appropriations process.

James Hurrell elected to AGU position

BOULDER, Colo. —James W. Hurrell, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), has been elected incoming president of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He will be formally installed as president-elect at the AGU's annual meeting in December."It is a great honor to be elected by peers throughout the atmospheric sciences community," Hurrell said. "This is a critical time for the atmospheric sciences as we seek to advance our knowledge of climate change, extreme weather events, air quality, and other issues that pose significant challenges to our society."NCAR Director James Hurrell. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)The Atmospheric Sciences Section studies the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, particularly the two layers closest to Earth’s surface: the stratosphere and troposphere. These layers are crucial to life because they regulate planetary surface temperature, play an integral role in the world’s water cycle, and screen the planet from high-energy radiation. Much of the research focuses on global climate change, as well as monitoring fluctuations in the ozone layer and better understanding and predicting weather events and the effects of emissions from human activities."New ideas and approaches to AGU’s strategic challenges can be found in the collective wisdom of the organization's diverse membership," Hurrell said. "As president-elect, I am committed to eliciting those ideas and finding effective methods to further develop and implement the best of them." An NCAR senior scientist, Hurrell was named director of the center in 2013. He has contributed to numerous national and international science planning initiatives, including extensive involvement in the World Climate Research Programme, as well as the assessment activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He also has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels, and he has provided briefings and testimonies to Congress on climate change science.Hurrell is a Fellow of the AGU, as well as of the American Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. His personal research has centered on empirical and modeling studies and diagnostic analyses to better understand climate, climate variability, and climate change."Jim's vision and energy, along with his skill at drawing on insights from across the atmospheric sciences community, will enable him to make substantial contributions to AGU," said Antonio J. Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). "The UCAR community is excited over Jim's election and looks forward to his leadership in this important position."

NCAR Town Hall, Foothills

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

NCAR Town Hall, NWSC

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

NCAR Town Hall, Mesa Lab

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you.

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