2010 UCAR Awards Ceremony and Holiday Party

Staff rang in the holidays and celebrated each other's accomplishments at the 2010 UCAR Awards Ceremony and Holiday Party, held at Center Green on December 10.

The UCARolers singing on stage.The Sizzle String Band, whose members included David Brown (CISL), Nan Rosenbloom (NESL/CGD), John Hernandez (CISL), Ed Snyder (CISL), Marcus Stobbs (CISL), Jeff Alipit (CISL), and Juli Rew (retired from CISL), kicked off the event with a set of bluegrass tunes. They were followed by the UCARolers. In honor of UCAR/NCAR’s 50th anniversary, the UCARolers did a reprise of the first dueling carols number ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"/"Frosty the Snowman"), a tradition started in 2002. This was followed by a tribute to senior scientist Warren Washington to the tune of "Winter Wonderland." (Watch the video or read the lyrics.) The group also performed "Carol of the Acronyms," which included a PowerPoint display with a blizzard of acronyms.

NCAR director Roger Wakimoto then announced winners of external awards—a new addition to the holiday party. Warren Washington (NESL/CGD) received a sustained standing ovation for his recent National Medal of Science.

Roger was followed by Cindy Schmidt (OGA), who emceed a special salute to UCAR/NCAR "pioneers"—staff who started with the organization from its inception around 1960 through 1965.  Several dozen such pioneers were introduced and toasted, with a special mention for staff with 40 years or more of service.

And finally, UCAR president Rick Anthes presented the 2010 Outstanding Accomplishment Awards, accompanied by Jack Fellows, Katy Schmoll, and Roger Wakimoto. (See below for this year's winners; a complete list of nominations can be found here.) Staff then dined on a tasty spread cooked up by Event Services.


Bruce Lites receiving his award.
Jack Fellows, Rick Anthes, Bruce Lites, Katy Schmoll, and Roger Wakimoto.


Distinguished Achievement Award

Bruce Lites (HAO) for his leadership and continuous support of spectro-polarimetry programs at NCAR and in the solar community worldwide, especially through his coordination of the Community Spectro-Analysis Center (CSAC) NCAR Strategic Initiative and his fundamental role as Principal Investigator of the Spectro-Polarimeter for the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT/SP) onboard the Hinode space mission. Bruce has contributed enormously to all aspects of measuring magnetic fields on the Sun, from the original interpretation of spectro-polarimetric data, leading to breakthrough insights on the structure and magnetic topology of the Sun's photosphere as well as the difficult calibration of instrumental polarization effects. In addition, he has contributed to the conceptual design and fostering of cutting-edge spectro-polarimetric instrumentation and mentoring young scientists for the perpetuation of HAO's long legacy in solar magnetism research. Through his national and international engagement, his service to the solar physics community, his mentoring efforts, and his enormous research productivity, Bruce has established the pre-eminence of HAO/NCAR's reputation in spectro-polarimetry.



Steve Tomczyk and Phil Judge receiving award.
Jack Fellows, Steve Tomczyk, Phil Judge, Katy Schmoll, Roger Wakimoto, and Rick Anthes.

Outstanding Publication Award

Tomczyk, S., S. McIntosh, S. Keil, P. Judge, T. Schad, D. Seeley, and J. Edmondson, 2007: Alfvén waves in the solar corona. Science, 317, 1192-1196.

Steven Tomczyk (HAO), Scott McIntosh (HAO), Stephen Keil (National Solar Observatory), Philip Judge (HAO), Thomas Schad (University of Notre Dame), Dan Seeley (Framingham High School), and Justin Edmondson (University of Michigan) for their publication, which has been hailed as a remarkable, ground-breaking paper that will certainly become a solar physics classic. It has been cited over 80 times to date. The authors report the detection of Alfvén waves in the corona. These novel observations reveal that these waves are ubiquitous in the Sun's hot outer atmosphere and provide theoretical interpretation that shows the energy flux carried by these waves is incapable of heating the corona, an important finding in the quest to solve the long-standing coronal heating problem. The detection of these waves will also prove invaluable to the emerging field of coronal seismology in inferring many physical properties of the corona.


Group receiving its award.
Back row, left to right: Jack Fellows, Paul Oldenburg, Chris Davis, Dave Ahijevych, Eric Gilleland, Randy Bullock, Rick Anthes, Katy Schmoll, Roger Wakimoto. Front row: Tara Jensen, Anne Holmes, Tressa Fowler, John Halley Gotway. Not pictured: Barbara Brown.

Scientific and Technical Advancement Award

David Ahijevych (NESL/MMM), Barbara Brown (RAL/JNT), Randy Bullock (RAL/JNT), Chris Davis (NCAR/ASP), Tressa Fowler (RAL/JNT), Eric Gilleland (RAL/JNT), John Halley Gotway (RAL/JNT), Anne Holmes (RAL/JNT), Tara Jensen (RAL/JNT), and Paul Oldenburg (RAL/JNT) for developing and supporting Model Evaluation Tools (MET). MET is a highly configurable, state-of-the-art suite of verification tools used in 92 countries by more than 1000 registered users.  While MET was developed using output from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, the tools are useful in evaluating forecasts from other modeling systems as well. MET facilitates efforts of researchers, operational meteorologists, and students to evaluate model forecasts, and it also encourages them on an ongoing basis. Creating new verification capabilities is an essential element of the MET effort. 






Group receiving its award.
Back row, left to right: Scott Briggs, Steve Oncley, James Moore, Jorgen Jensen, Rick Anthes. Front row: Jack Fellows, Maureen Donovan, Wen-Chau Lee, Santiago Newbery, Briesa St. Martin, Katy Schmoll, Roger Wakimoto.

Education and Outreach Award

Wen-Chau Lee (EOL/RSF), Jorgen Jensen (EOL/RAF), Steven Oncley (EOL/ISF), Maureen Donovan (EOL/DFS and RSF), Briesa St. Martin (EOL/RAF), Santiago Newbery (EOL/CDS), Jim Moore (EOL/DFS), Kathleen Barney (ASP), Scott Briggs (ASP), Steven Rutledge (Colorado State University), Patrick Kennedy (Colorado State University), Robert Cifelli (formerly Colorado State University, now at NOAA), Al Rodi (University of Wyoming), and Jeff French (University of Wyoming) for their organization of the 2009 Advanced Study Program Colloquium, "Exploring the Atmosphere:  Observational Instruments and Techniques." The organizers prepared for more than a year to make this colloquium a success. The colloquium itself was accomplished in two weeks with a group of eager graduate students, who assumed all roles in planning, executing, and analyzing data from a field experiment involving research aircraft, radars, and other facilities.  All of the students valued not only access to equipment but also to professional scientists and to each other. They gained valuable experience, increased their level of enthusiasm, and learned new skills that will allow them to lead future observationalists. In addition, materials from the Colloquium have been and will continue to be distributed to classrooms around the world to allow countless others to learn from this activity. 



Group receiving its award.
From left to right: Jack Fellows, Loretta Melhado, Leslie Forehand, Kate Legg (back row), Faith Percell, Jonathan Ostwald, Lynne Davis, Sharon Clark, Jamaica Jones, Katy Ginger, Katy Schmoll, Rick Anthes, Roger Wakimoto. Not pictured: Michael Flanagan and Mary Chavez.

 Administrative Achievement Award

Jamaica Jones (NCAR/Library), Jonathan Ostwald (UCP/DLS), Katy Ginger (UCP/DLS), Lynne Davis (UCP/DLS), Sharon Clark (UCP/DLS), Kate Legg (NCAR/Library), Leslie Forehand (NCAR/Library), Loretta Melhado (NCAR/Library), Michael Flanagan (NCAR/Library), Faith Percell (NCAR/Library), and Mary Chavez (NCAR/Library) for the development of OpenSky, an institutional repository for UCAR, NCAR, and UCP. OpenSky provides open access to UCAR's scholarly output, creating global visibility and accessibility, while preserving these institutional assets for future use. The OpenSky team designed, developed, and deployed this repository in 18 months. It not only serves to open our intellectual assets to the broader community, but also functions as the primary deposit and verification tool for the NCAR Annual Report (NAR), a critical function for supporting institutional metrics and reporting on outcomes to NSF and other sponsors. Additionally, OpenSky provides valuable information about authors' rights and intellectual property, as stipulated by 700 publishers. The net result is an increased level of sophistication and fidelity for metrics critical not only to individual scientists' careers but also to the National Science Foundation.

Art Richmond receiving his award.
Jack Felllows, Rick Anthes, Art Richmond, Katy Schmoll, and Roger Wakimoto.


Mentoring Award

Arthur (Art) Richmond (HAO) for his exemplary and sustained mentoring efforts that directly enhance the  professional development of numerous scientists at all stages of their careers (from undergraduates to postdoctoral scientists and beyond). Art's approach to mentoring provides protégés with a supportive environment for them to explore their interests, learn skills for carrying out their research, and present themselves effectively in the scientific community.

Astrid Maute receiving award.
Jack Fellows, Rick Anthes, Astrid Maute, Katy Schmoll, and Roger Wakimoto.

 Diversity Award

Introduced in 2010, the Diversity Award honors significant efforts to increase or support diversity among populations that have been historically under-represented in the geosciences.

Astrid Maute (HAO) for her long-time involvement and leadership role in the American Association for University Women (AAUW) and particularly for her contributions to the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conferences. As the local EYH conference coordinator, she has greatly impacted young women by encouraging them to pursue math and science as well as non-traditional careers. Among the girls who attend the annual EYH conference, about 50% are identified as Latina/Hispanic or African American, so Astrid's efforts not only increase gender diversity but ethnic diversity as well. She has served as both president and co-president of AAUW's Boulder Branch, as website editor, book group coordinator, international relations officer, and the "young professional" coordinator. She has also been the presenter coordinator for the annual EYH conference in Colorado, ensuring that the sessions are appropriate for the social and developmental skill stage of middle-school girls, the primary target group of this conference. She has helped inspire many girls from traditionally underrepresented populations to go to colleges and pursue non-traditional careers. 

Tribute to Warren Washington (Watch video.)
Let bells ring, are you listenin’? In his hand, the medal’s glistenin’
We’re happy to see, the honor received
Congratulations Warren Washington.

40 years, of climate studies
A long career, and still we find he’s
Advancing frontiers, let’s give him three cheers
Hip-hooray to Warren Washington.

In November, there was lots of drama
More excitement than the stories tell.
Shaking hands with President Obama 
(We wonder if he got to meet Michelle?)

He’s renowned, his fame is global.
He’ll put this prize, by his Nobel
An accolade shower, for the Man of the Hour,
Here’s a toast to Warren Washington
Congratulations, Warren Washington
Hip-horray to Warren Washington!