NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2012

If you're attending the 92nd American Meteorological Society annual meeting we hope to see you in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 22-26 January. NCAR, UCP, COMET, Spark, Unidata and GLOBE will have booths at the Exhibit Hall. Stop by and visit! Here are some highlights in each booth:


NCAR Booth 316. Carol Park and Michelle Rangel will be at the NCAR booth with help from Peter Backlund, Maura Hagan and Roger Wakimoto. Dave Hart from CISL will be giving a presentation on Yellowstone, the new petascale supercomputer at the NWSC in Cheyenne, WY, at the NCAR booth Tuesday & Wednesday. We will be giving away NCAR branded tote bags, magnets, and notebooks. Scientists and staff are always welcome to come to the booth and talk NCAR science with the public and meeting attendees. If you would like to spend some time in the booth, let Carol Park know (, or just stop by while in the exhibit hall.

COMET Booth 317 in the Exhibit Hall and Booth W2412 at WeatherFest, Sunday, January 22.  Tim Spangler, Elizabeth Lessard and other COMET senior managers and staff will be at the booths. Giveaway items are MetEd and COMET hats, pens, mugs and an assortment of handouts on atmospheric and related topic areas.

UCP Booth 323. Hanne Mauriello and Kelly Smith will be at the UCP booth at AMS this year. We invite any UCP Programs to use our booth/plasma screen to give presentations and/or demos. Let Ligea ( know if you would like to use the screen or our booth seating area. We are giving away recyclable pens and luggage grabbers this year. We will be showing the new UCAR video - Air. Planet. People. - on our screen, along with our UCP powerpoint slide show.

Unidata Booth 322:  Members of the Unidata Program staff will be at the Unitdata booth at AMS this year. Feel free to stop by to talk with us. The booth will feature live, hands-on demonstrations of Unidata software and services, including a look at the current state of the AWIPS II environment. Come and talk with the developers about what's coming up and what you'd like to see. Booth contact: Tina Campbell

Spark will be busy at the AMS Conference long before it officially starts on Monday.  Beginning on Saturday, SOARS will be sponsoring ten proteges at the 12th Annual AMS Student Conference, with ten more arriving later for the general conference.  Stop by Spark's WeatherFest booth on Sunday from 12:00-4:00 pm.  Rebecca Haacker-Santos and Eugene Cordero will be hosting the AMS Committee for Environmental Responsibility booth, also at WeatherFest, with several carbon footprint activities. Sunday evening, Spark will be sponsoring an award at the student poster session, from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Both the Colour of Weather Reception and the CoRioliS Reception are co-sponsored by Spark this year.  The Colour of Weather will be from 7:30-9:30 pm Sunday evening in the Marlborough Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.  CoRioliS will also be at the Hilton on Sunday from 7:30-9:30 pm, in the Prince of Wales Room.  On Wednesday, Spark will co-host the Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon: “Diversity and Disaster: How do gender, ethnicity, and race impact vulnerability and resilience?” from 12:00-1:30 pm in La Nouvelle C at the Conference Center.

GLOBE booth 329 in the Exhibit Hall and booth 2413 at Weatherfest, Sunday, January 22. Gary Randolph and Julie Malmberg will be engaging the public in hands-on GLOBE science at Weatherfest on Sunday. They will be joined by Donna Charlevoix and Sarah Tessendorf in the exhibit hall at the GLOBE booth where they will focus on recruitment of scientists to participate in GLOBE. In addition, posters will be presented on the Student Climate Research Campaign (poster 148, Monday morning) and the research in climate and pine bark beetles (poster 398, Thursday morning) conducted by the 2011 HIRO student mentored by GLOBE. Donna Charlevoix is co-chairing the University Educational Initiatives Session on Tuesday morning at the 21st Education Symposium (room 348/349). Donna has also partnered with Rebecca Haacker-Santos and Raj Pandya of Spark in researching and evaluating the HIRO summer research experience, poster #150 on Monday.

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BEIGNET - (bɛn-yay) - French doughnut. Cafe Du Monde and don't wear black!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!  We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

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Announcement Timing: 
January 18, 2012 to January 26, 2012