August 4, 2010 | During the week of June 15–18, more than 70 upper-atmosphere researchers looked back—and up—at the history and current state of research on climate change in the stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and ionosphere. The week was capped by a daylong symposium on June 19 in honor of HAO’s Ray Roble, who recently retired and is now a senior scientist emeritus.
August 2, 2010 | NCAR’s pinprick of a foothold on the planet, Boulder, experienced a cool and snowy spring, but elsewhere on Earth, the mercury has been startlingly and consistently high during the first half of 2010. Warm temperatures have been present over most of the world, particularly eastern North America, parts of Asia, Eastern Europe, and equatorial Africa. By late June, seven countries in the Middle East and Africa had set new records for their all-time hottest temperatures.
August 2, 2010 | It wouldn't be summer without new faces in the hallways and cafeterias. SOARS has 20 students enrolled this summer, working with mentors from across the organization on everything from tropical storms to Arctic sea ice.
August 2, 2010 | When Synte Peacock (NESL/CGD) helped design a computer modeling study to simulate the movement of oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, she thought reporters might be interested. (The study technically simulates dye in place of oil, which undergoes a multitude of biological, chemical, and physical changes as it disperses.) But she had no idea that the resulting simulations would be featured in the national media and attract hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube.
July 27, 2010 | In late July, Logistics Operations bid farewell to the Mesa Lab and moved into new digs at Center Green 3. Previously, shipping and receiving were based at the Mesa Lab, with mail operations at Foothills Lab. The move allows Logistics Operations to centralize all activities in one location and provides a superior dock for delivery trucks. The services offered by Logistics Operations will not be affected by the move in any way, says Kerry Slaven, who heads the group.
For current information about construction on the Mesa Lab road through late October, visit Building Maintenance and Closures. June 16, 2010 | Big changes in the organization’s facilities are in store this summer, particularly at the Mesa Lab, where the long-awaited bike/pedestrian lane will soon be under way.
June 16, 2010 | The organization's golden anniversary hit a high point this month with two major gatherings: an in-house party and a public open house. The institution throws open its doors Some 3,000 members of the public, including many family and friends of staff members, got a unique behind-the-scenes look at UCAR/NCAR at a 50th anniversary open house on June 5. For the first time, three of the institution’s major locations (Mesa Lab, Foothills, and RAF) were involved in a simultaneous public event.
June 9, 2010 | Staff across UCAR/NCAR are in the process of sorting through boxes and boxes of records—some that haven’t been opened in years—held in the organization’s symbolic attic: Iron Mountain, a storage facility located in Denver. To aid the culling process, the NCAR Archives has implemented a new set of guidelines to help staff recognize materials worthy of preservation in the Archives.
June 6, 2010 | What if all projects could come in under budget, improve functionality, and have strong conservation credentials? That’s just what happened at Center Green 1, where Facilities Management & Sustainability (FMS) recently upgraded the fire suppression system for the parking lot beneath the building.
June 2, 2010 | NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) has a new director: Chris Davis. Chris (NESL/MMM) says that his interest in mentoring early-career scientists attracted him to the positon. “My goal is to attract the best of the best, help participants establish their research paths, and facilitate collaborations between participants and with NCAR staff that extend well beyond the time that these students and postdocs are at NCAR," he says.


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