Science in Service to Society – Expanding the Reach of Atmospheric and Related Sciences

Talk by Bill Mahoney, RAL

Walter Orr Roberts, the founding president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the first director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) stated, “I have a very strong feeling that science exists to serve human betterment and improve human welfare.” This vision has become a foundational principle at NCAR and it is directly linked to NSF’s broader impacts criterion that emphasizes the need to not only justify the intellectual merit of our research, but also the potential for our research to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. This vision has been applied to NCAR’s strategic planning process, across our research programs, through our scientific and engineering research activities, and into our information and technology transfer processes that serve the university community and the society in general. 

From its inception in the early 1980s, the Research Applications Program (now Laboratory) has focused on conducting directed research and technology transfer that supports Walt Roberts’ vision.  We are now far from alone in pursuing this mission; across NCAR there is strong commitment to conducting societally relevant research to meet national needs.  That commitment needs to be supported and nurtured across this organization as we move forward, particularly in this environment of constrained federal funding for research.

This seminar will provide a little background on my career including an overview of RAL’s scientific research and technology transfer program. It will discuss the organizational and leadership traits that are necessary to nurture an environment that supports innovative research and technology development; new opportunities for identifying problem-driven solutions; pathways forward to advance NCAR’s mission; and the augmentation of transdisciplinary research through the development of new strategic partnerships. 


Room Number: 
1022. Also webcasted at ML-Main Seminar
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Calendar Timing: 
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am