May 25, 2010 | Many things have changed at UCAR/NCAR over the decades, technology being one of the most obvious areas of transformation. But change is also evident in the more mundane records of everyday life—such as a cafeteria menu. These days, staff are more likely to find pad thai or tilapia vera cruz in the cafeteria than broiled liver and baked beans.
May 6, 2010 | On May 4, Wolfgang Drautz, the Consul General of Germany, presented UCAR’s Joach Kuettner with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Joach, who turned 100 last September, attended the ceremony with his wife, Monika.
April 28, 2010 | On March 27, longtime EOL
employee Ken Harris passed away unexpectedly at his home due to a heart attack.
Ken on vacation
in New Zealand, wearing his NCAR shirt and Left Hand Brewing Company cap. In
his hand is a dog toy that says, "Dog Beer."
April 19, 2010 | The historical Ben Franklin, shown here with GLOBE’s Gary Randolph, made a surprise visit to the program’s booth at this year’s National Science Teachers Association conference, held in Philadelphia on March 17–20. Ben discussed his experiences with collecting sea surface temperature data and encouraged teachers to involve their students in hands-on science. GLOBE staff visited with thousands of educators during the conference and hosted a reception. For more, see GLOBE at NSTA 2010.
April 8, 2010 | EO director Roberta Johnson will step down on April 12 to focus on a new partnership between Windows to the Universe, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
March 29, 2010 | In February, a new type of organizational unit spanning NCAR and UCP came onto the scene. Integrated Information Services (IIS), which brings together library and information research, development, and operations formerly located in the NCAR Library and UCP’s Digital Learning Sciences (DLS), is intended to support UCAR’s efforts to manage, preserve, and provide access to the organization’s scholarship and intellectual assets.
April 6, 2010 | In March, UCAR/NCAR was confronted with the sad news of the
death of Kelly Craig, 20, EOL’s Web developer. A memorial was held on March 11
in Longmont, where Kelly lived.
Kelly first came to NCAR in 2004 as a student assistant in
F&A, moving into a student assistant systems administrator position in EOL a year later. Three years later he became the Web developer in EOL. He was known
around the division for his remarkable knowledge of computers and technology, along
with a willingness to share that knowledge.
April 6, 2010 | About 50 years ago, on April 1, 1960, the world’s first successful weather satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Although TIROS I was operational for only 78 days (15 days fewer than planned), it sent back 22,952 images of Earth from orbit, demonstrating the usefulness of satellites for surveying the atmosphere. In the years immediately following TIROS 1, nine more satellites were launched, revolutionizing the science of weather prediction.
March 24, 2010 | In February, former EOL director Roger Wakimoto got a new job title: NCAR director. Although Roger is a relative newcomer to NCAR, joining EOL in 2005, his extensive ties to the organization date back to the 1970s, when he participated in a field project on wind shear as a graduate student. He has also served on the UCAR Board of Trustees and chaired the University Relations Committee.