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NCAR’s Super Science Saturday - the Day to Explore Wild Weather

Free public event, October 27 BOULDER—Learn about wild weather during this year’s Super Science Saturday at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This free, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NCAR’s Mesa Lab at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy hands-on science and Halloween fun, activities, workshops, and presentations. Super Science Saturday combines hands-on science with Halloween fun. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.) Just opened, NCAR’s new Weather Gallery Exhibit is a great way to learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, how we observe and forecast the weather, and variations in climate over time and space. The new exhibit is focused on hands-on learning says Laura Allen, an education and outreach specialist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR. Visitors can run their hands through a simulated cloud, change the wind flowing over miniature mountains, and try other new experiences. “We have several touch-screen games," says Allen, "including one where you can compare cloud photos and descriptions to what you're seeing through our windows." Previous Super Science Saturday favorites will also be back for more fun this year. The NCAR Wizards will perform four shows throughout the day, along with CU’s Little Shop of Physics, which will showcase over 50 interactive activities. There will also be weather balloon launches and dropsonde demos. And the storm-chasing Doppler on Wheels truck from the Center for Severe Weather Research will also be on display. Super Science Saturday When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where:NCAR's Mesa Lab1850 Table Mesa Drive Boulder, CO 80305Map & Directions Cost: Free                              More information: spark.ucar.edu Laura Allen Spark: NCAR & UCAR Science Education303-497-2408 Eileen Carpenter Spark: NCAR & UCAR Science Education303-497-2401    

Colorado fossils, virtual safari at Super Science Saturday

BOULDER—Learn about our planet's past, present, and future at “Climate Explorations!” during this year’s Super Science Saturday at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This free, family event will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at NCAR’s Mesa Lab at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy hands-on science and Halloween fun, activities, workshops, and presentations. Listening through "big ears" made from ordinary plastic funnels is the kind of experience not to be missed at NCAR's annual fall funfest, Super Science Saturday. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.) See and touch Ice Age fossils from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Snowmass excavation exhibit. Join a virtual safari to the African Serengeti to study biomes and glaciers. Learn about one of the biggest drivers of climate on Earth–the Sun.“This year’s theme, ‘Climate Explorations!’ offers so many opportunities for families to learn about Sun-Earth connections and what we can learn from the past about our climate,” says Laura Allen, an education and outreach specialist from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR. Super Science Saturday October 29, 201110:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.At the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305 | Directions to NCAR's Mesa Lab Cost: Free More info & schedule: Super Science Saturday at NCAR

UCAR to host Veterans Job Fair on September 27

What:              Veterans Job Fair When:             9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Where:            UCAR Center Green Campus, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 80301 What to bring:  Resume Directions:       Center Green Campus BOULDER—Veterans seeking work on the northern Front Range will have the opportunity to talk directly with employers at a job fair in Boulder on Tuesday, September 27. The event, co-sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Workforce Boulder County, will take place at UCAR’s Center Green campus at 3080 Center Green Drive in north Boulder. A number of area companies are looking to fill more than 200 positions in sales, food service, manufacturing, security, computing (hardware and software), and supervisory positions, says Nancy Wade of UCAR Human Resources. “UCAR is committed to the unemployed veterans on the northern Front Range,” says Wade. “This annual job fair connects veterans with local employers in a very positive way.” Discussing employment possibilities during the 2010 Veterans Job Fair at UCAR's Center Green campus in Boulder. (©UCAR, Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media use. For more information, see Media & nonprofit use.*) Representatives from these employers will be on site to talk about available and upcoming positions: Abound Solar Aerotek Air Comm Corporation AlliedBarton Security Services Alpine Lumber Ball Aerospace & Technologies Ball Corporation General Electric National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Northwest Mutual University of Colorado Boulder University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR & NCAR) Workforce Boulder County staff will also provide information to veterans about available services and veteran benefits. Last year, Alpine Lumber participated in the job fair, hoping to identify top talent to fill both hourly operations as well as management positions. “I brought two hiring managers with me and we were stretched all day talking with candidates about Alpine Lumber, and even conducting on-site interviews,” says Bob Bowman, Director of Safety and Human Resources at Alpine Lumber. As a result of the fair, the company made three job offers. “We are proud to offer excellent employment opportunities to our military veterans and look forward to participating in this year’s event,” says Bowman. Workforce Boulder County estimates there are 4,200 veterans on the Front Range who are registered with the Workforce regions,and either unemployed or underemployed. “The UCAR job fair is an excellent opportunity to get in front of quality employers,” says Jim Moore, Veterans Employment Specialist at Workforce Boulder County. “We are grateful for the support we receive from UCAR, since without it we could not provide this important event.” This is the second year UCAR, in partnership with Workforce Boulder County, has held a veterans job fair. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of 75 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and provides additional services through the UCAR Community Programs (UCP).   Related Links Workforce Boulder County Download

Explore Wild Earth Saturday at NCAR

BOULDER—Kick off Earth Day celebrations with Wild Earth Saturday on April 16 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free family event, co-sponsored by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, will be held at NCAR’s Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder. Getting up close and personal with the wildlife at Wild Earth Saturday. (Photo by Randy Gietzen) “Wild Earth Saturday is about connecting with the environment and creating awareness of the world around us,” says Laura Allen, an education and outreach specialist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR. “We hope to see lots of kids and families learning about our planet as they explore the wide variety of activities we’ll have on hand.” The day’s highlights include: Climb Avid4Adventure’s climbing wall Get your hands dirty and win prizes in the Wild Bear environmental obstacle course Learn about TV weathercasting with meteorologists from 7News Learn the language of the raptors Dance to the music of the Wild Okapi Marimba Band Play Earth Jeopardy with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Explore NCAR’s Mesa Lab, home of climate and weather research Take a hike on NCAR’s weather trail See a weather balloon launch Ask a scientist your environment questions While there is ample free parking at NCAR, Allen says that in the spirit of Earth Day, people are encouraged to carpool and ride bicycles to the event. “Community Cycles will even be on hand to give your bike a free tune-up!” she adds. NCAR’s Mesa Lab and outdoor weather trail are wheelchair accessible.

Super Science Saturday promises "Science with a Blast!"

  News Release Multimedia Gallery   BOULDER—Experience hands-on science and Halloween fun at this year’s Super Science Saturday at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free, annual family event will be held at NCAR’s Mesa Lab at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder.  This year’s theme is “Science with a Blast!” Throughout the day, NCAR’s “Science Wizards” will explore the principles of exciting science with live demonstrations and hands-on activities. The day also includes interactive fun with the Little Shop of Physics workshop from CSU, weather balloon launches, a cryogenics magic show, face painting, an inflatable two-lane bungee run, the Wild Okapi Marimba Band, and many other fun activities. (©UCAR, photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media use. Please credit the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. For more information on how individuals and organizations may use UCAR images, see Media & nonprofit use*) “Super Science Saturday is a firm favorite with kids, parents, and teachers in the Boulder-Denver area,” says Laura Allen, an education and outreach specialist from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR. “We hope to see lots of kids and families dressed in their Halloween costumes ready to experience the wonders of science.”Super Science Saturday is designed to promote public science literacy and provide memorable science experiences for families. Participants include NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory, the University of Colorado Science Discovery, Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics, Boulder Country Day School, and others. The event is sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Office of Education and Outreach, Friends of UCAR, and KMGH Channel 7. NCAR’s Mesa Lab science exhibits, art galleries, and cafeteria (cash only) will be open. Free parking is also available and the Mesa Road will be open. 

UCAR to host veterans job fair

BOULDER—Veterans in the Boulder-Denver area will be the focus of a job fair on Tuesday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and Workforce Boulder County, will take place at UCAR’s Center Green campus at 3080 Center Green Drive in north Boulder.A number of area companies need to fill about 200 positions over the next 6 to 12 months in manufacturing, security, transportation, administration, food service, custodial, computing, and retail, says Nancy Wade of UCAR Human Resources. “We have a great range of companies attending the fair with diverse positions available.”Representatives from Abound Solar, University of Colorado, Home Depot, G4S Wackenhut, Express Employment Professionals, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Ball Aerospace, and UCAR will be onsite to talk with veterans about available and upcoming positions.Workforce Boulder County executive director Tom Miller estimates that more than 600 veterans are unemployed in the area. “This a great opportunity for veterans to see what jobs are available in the community,” says Miller. “Veterans can meet one-on-one with representatives from companies hiring.” Given the current economic climate, Wade says UCAR wanted to take steps to help talented veterans connect with local employers. “We truly hope to have a great turnout at the veterans job fair on October 19.” NCAR's skilled machinists build one-of-a-kind research instruments in collaboration with scientists. (©UCAR. This image is freely available for media use. Please credit the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. For more information on how individuals and organizations may use UCAR images, see Media & nonprofit use* Related Links Directions to Center Green campus UCAR Human Resources Workforce Boulder County

Public to get behind-the-scenes view of NCAR's high-tech facilities on June 5

Boulder—The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will offer the public a rare, behind-the-scenes view of their world-renowned scientific facilities during an open house on June 5 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The daylong event, at three locations in Boulder and Broomfield, will feature demonstrations of cutting-edge scientific tools, including a research aircraft with specialized instruments; laboratory tours; weather balloon launches; demonstrations of satellite data; an exhibit on supercomputing over the decades; scientific talks; special activities for children; and more. Tours include NCAR's Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, where visitors can see the center's newest research aircraft, talk to researchers, and learn how vital data about the atmosphere is gathered on expeditions around the world. (©UCAR, photo by Carlye Calvin.) News media terms of use* Other highlights will include a close-up look at the NCAR facility that is used to design and build custom research tools; and demonstrations of newly designed instruments that can help society, such as a snowplow with sensors that relay information about snow and ice on the road. The event will showcase the broad scope of NCAR and UCAR research, which extends from the ocean floor to the Sun's core and beyond to the stars. "This is a rare opportunity for the public to see our world-class scientific facilities close up," says Susan Foster, acting director of the UCAR Office of Education and Outreach. "We’re excited to open up our facilities, including many that the public doesn’t usually have access to, so that people can see for themselves the really amazing work we've done over the last half-century and what it means to everyday life." The open house will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many of the activities will take place at NCAR’s Foothills Lab campus in northeast Boulder, with additional events at NCAR’s Mesa Lab and its research facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. Food will be available at the Foothills Lab and Mesa Lab cafeterias. An emergency helicopter will be on hand in the parking lot of our Foothills Lab in northeast Boulder. (Photo courtesy Air Methods.)   Open House * Open Labs * Open Hangar Highlights Details, schedules, maps and directions > Foothills Lab (3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder) All ages invited Emergency helicopter with specialized instrumentation Snowplow with custom-designed snow and ice sensors Historic sailplane Emissions testing station Zipline used in field research Wind tunnel Weather balloon launches Tours of chemistry labs and our instrument design and fabrication facility Ice crystal demonstration Scientific talks   Mesa Lab (1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder) Mesa Lab events are recommended for ages 12 and older. Supercomputer exhibit, talks, and views of NCAR supercomputers Demonstration of data from UCAR's COSMIC satellites Live image displays from our solar observatory in Hawaii Multimedia presentations of NCAR’s history through the decades Discussions with climate scientists Live music   Research Aviation Facility (10802 Airport Court, Broomfield - Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport)  All ages invited HIAPER Gulfstream V research aircraft Demonstration of scientific instruments used on the aircraft Opportunity to meet pilots and researchers

NCAR public talks celebrate 50 years of scientific discovery

BOULDER--The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is partnering with the Boulder Public Library to present a series of public talks and a new exhibit to mark the research organization's 50th anniversary this year. Walter Orr Roberts, solar scientist and the founding director of NCAR, with the 5 inch coronagraph he built with the assistance of Hobart P. French and his Harvard Ph.D. advisor Donald Howard Menzel. This, only the third coronagraph in the world and the first in the western hemisphere, was made possible by Don Menzel's entrepreneurial skills and Walt's technical capabilities. "It's been an amazing half-century for NCAR and UCAR and for the field of atmospheric science," says Richard Anthes, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). "There is incredible potential for future achievements that our history has made possible.""NCAR science is on the forefront of atmospheric research. It's a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn more about the exciting science that goes on right on our doorstep," says Donna Gartenmann, arts and cultural programs manager at the Boulder Public Library.NCAR solar scientist Sarah Gibson will present the first talk on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Canyon Theater. Gibson will discuss how researchers probe the origins and dramatic manifestations of solar magnetism, and how they seek to understand and predict its impacts on Earth's environment. Other talks scheduled throughout the year will focus on severe weather, coral reefs, hazard warning systems, and the role of population in climate change.In addition, library visitors can now view a new exhibit on the 50th anniversary that highlights NCAR's major events and discoveries. These range from early observations of the solar corona by Walter Orr Roberts, who would become NCAR's first director, to the global explorations of the new NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V research aircraft. Artifacts such as a model of a 1.6-pound hailstone that was collected in 1970 accompany the exhibit, which is located on the library bridge over Boulder Creek. The display will run through February and is open during library hours.  See talk schedule below     Public talk schedule All talks will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Boulder Public Library's Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado, 80302. Telephone: 303-441-3100Wednesday, January 27, 2010Living "in" a Star: You Will Never Look at the Sun the Same Way Again Sarah GibsonWednesday, March 24, 2010Twisters, Chasers, and Thunderstorms: A Half-Century of Severe Weather ScienceRobert HensonWednesday, May 26, 2010Carbon Dioxide and the Ocean: The Acid Test of Climate ChangeJoanie KleypasWednesday, July 28, 2010Turbulence, Wind Shear, Toxin Attacks, and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night: Applied Research for Real-Life ProblemsBill MahoneyWednesday, September 22, 2010Population and Climate Change: Silver Bullet or Red Herring?Brian O'Neill

Renowned climate expert James Hansen to deliver April 9 lecture

BOULDER—As part of its Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture series, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will present a special lecture next week by NASA scientist James E. Hansen, one of the nation's most respected experts on climate change. The lecture will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Macky Auditorium. It will be offered in conjunction with the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. The title of Hansen's talk is: "Climate Threat to the Planet: Implications for Intergenerational and Environmental Justice." About James Hansen Hansen has served as director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York since 1981. He is also adjunct professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Hansen's Ph.D. in physics and master's degree in astronomy are from the University of Iowa. With colleagues at GISS and abroad, he is developing and applying global numerical models to better understand climate trends. In January, Hansen received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the American Meteorological Society's highest honor. He was also named by EarthSky Communications and a panel of 600 scientist-advisors as the 2008 Scientist Communicator of the Year for being an outspoken authority on climate change and for communicating clearly with the public about vital science issues and concepts. Hansen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, which awarded him the Roger Revelle Medal in 2001. He is also a recipient of the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award of the American Physical Society. He has won two U.S. Presidential Rank awards for meritorious service as a government executive and is a Dan David Prize laureate. About the Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture series Walter Orr Roberts, in whose honor this lecture series was established, presided over the founding of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as its first director. He also served as the first president of UCAR. He was a scientific pioneer and statesman whose influence will be felt for decades to come.

Hands-on Fun with Energy at Super Science Saturday, October 25

BOULDER—Kids and parents can enjoy hands-on fun while learning about energy at Super Science Saturday this month at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This free annual family event will be held on October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Throughout the day, NCAR's "Science Wizards" will conduct experiments and demonstrations with various energy sources. This year's event will also highlight the sustainability of natural resources, with opportunities for families to learn about renewable energy, recycling, and composting. Xcel Energy will provide an interactive display of its new SmartGridCity technology, teaching kids and parents about the effects of their energy choices. Other highlights of the day include face painting, a hand-crank kid-powered train, Segway rides for children who are 12 and older, and a super sticky Velcro wall. Super Science Saturday is designed to promote public science literacy and provide memorable science experiences for families. Participants include the Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery, University of Colorado Science Discovery, Colorado State University's "Little Shop of Physics," the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Windows to the Universe, Fiske Planetarium, and others. The day is sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Office of Education and Outreach, Friends of UCAR, and KMGH Channel 7. Kids have fun with science at Super Science Saturday. [ENLARGE] (©UCAR, photo by Carlye Calvin.) News media terms of use* The event takes place at NCAR's Mesa Lab, located at the west end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. The Mesa Lab's exhibits, art galleries, and science store will be open all day. The store features science kits, educational toys, books for all age levels, clothing, and more. NCAR Science Wizard demonstrations will be held at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Visitors can purchase lunch and snacks in the cafeteria. For more information, the public may call 303-497-1174.
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