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A traveling photography exhibit currently at the Mesa Lab, “Three Degrees—An Exploration of Climate Change and Human Rights,” seeks to examine climate change as a humanitarian issue.


Our nearest star, the Sun, has been awfully quiet lately. In fact, no living scientist has seen it behave this way.

On June 24, 243 UCAR/NCAR staff showed up for work via alternative transportation, collectively commuting 4,188 miles. Many did so without the help of the internal combustion engine, although they did benefit from a good breakfast.

In June, NASA renewed its cooperative agreement with GLOBE through February 2014. The new award begins in September. “We are very excited about GLOBE’s future and our renewed partnership with NASA,” says GLOBE director Ed Geary.

UCAR/NCAR has acquired some new digs—located conveniently across the street from FL4.

Guy Brasseur will step down from his position as ESSL director and NCAR associate director on June 30. Greg Holland, head of ESSL/MMM, will serve as acting ESSL director beginning July 1.

Update, June 2013: Follow news from the SunRise II project on NCAR's High Altitude Observatory website.

In May the UCAR Board of Trustees appointed two new senior scientists: Jeffrey Stith and Peter Sullivan. Senior scientists provide NCAR with long-term scientific leadership. The position is analogous to that of full

Roger Wakimoto is a Japanese-American whose grandparents and parents were all born in the United States.

Dick Friesen
Dick Friesen was the project engineer starting in 2002 on the NSF/NCAR HIAPER aircraft. That was a full-time job until HIAPER was delivered in 2005. It involved taking what they call a “green” airplane, which is the way it comes off the production line, and modifying it for use as a scientific research aircraft. I went to a casual appointment about the time of T-REX [the Terrain-Induced Rotor Experiment in 2006], HIAPER’s first big field project.