March 11, 2010 | On Saturday, June 5, UCAR/NCAR will open the doors of three campuses from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for an open house in conjunction with the organization's 50th anniversary. People of all ages are invited to come by for a rare firsthand look at the people, instruments, and facilities that drive the atmospheric sciences. Staff will be on hand to share presentations, demonstrations, instruments, aircraft, and more.
March 1, 2010 | From March 3–16, schoolchildren, parents, and teachers will gaze upward at the night skies as part of GLOBE at Night. By searching for a specific constellation—Orion—and sharing their observations online, the students will help scientists map worldwide light pollution.  Over the past four annual GLOBE at Night events, 35,000 measurements have been gathered from more than 100 countries; a record-breaking 15,000 measurements were submitted during the 2009 campaign.
A map showing 2009 observations.
February 18, 2010 |  In honor of UCAR/NCAR's 50th anniversary this year, the NCAR Library and UCP's Digital Learning Sciences have together launched a Citation Showcase that contains a nearly complete collection of citations (more than 14,500) of peer-reviewed articles by UCAR authors since the organization's birth. The searchable database, which provides a central location for preserving UCAR and NCAR's scholarly legacy, boasts some creative features, including historic facts and photos.
January 29, 2010 | Although English is typically considered the international language of science, it's hardly the only language heard in the offices, hallways, and cafeterias of UCAR/NCAR, and it's not necessarily what staff members converse in when they return home in the evenings.
January 28, 2010 | Last year, HAO scientist Phil Judge undertook the role of NCAR's Science Advisor—and survived to tell the tale. With his term ending in February, the NCAR Scientists' Assembly (NSA) is seeking a member to begin the new term, starting in March, as Science Advisor. For more information, check the NSA website or Careers at UCAR. Applications are due February 10.
January 27, 2010 | NCAR's Workforce Management Plan, a work in progress for the past year, was released at the end of 2009. The goal of the WMP is to ensure a vibrant and productive workforce into the future and maintain a high morale among staff.
January 26, 2010 | NCAR has announced its next director. Roger Wakimoto, who currently heads EOL, takes the helm on February 1. "I am both excited and honored to take on the challenge of building on the organization's expertise and leading it in new and potentially exciting direc­tions," Roger says. "NCAR is in a strong position to help meet the nation's growing demand for research into weather and climate change."
January 27, 2010 | Hundreds of schoolkids got a taste of atmospheric science with the help of EO staff and SOARS protégés at the American Meteorological Society's WeatherFest event in Atlanta on January 17. Held at the start of each AMS annual meeting, WeatherFest brings weather and climate science to people of all ages through games, displays, and hands-on demonstrations. 
Two people in front of a display of planet Earth
January 19, 2010 | Did you notice the truck and generator at UCAR's newest building in December and wonder what was going on? UCAR contracted with Major Geothermal to conduct tests on whether the ground below 3375 Mitchell Lane is well suited for installing a geothermal heat pump, one of the most efficient technologies now available for heating and cooling. The building at this location was acquired by UCAR in June 2009 and is being remodeled over the next year.
January 11, 2010 | In December, EOL's Research Aviation Facility achieved the Gold Standard in Federal Aviation, a voluntary self-certification for agencies that make a commitment to aviation safety. Only nine out of 51 federally funded entities that are eligible have been awarded the honor. "We've had a very good safety record over the years and the goal is to continually improve," says Steve Thompson, RAF's aviation safety officer. "We're hoping to set the standard for small aviation programs."


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