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Short talks inspire long view of research and services potential

March 12, 2013 | Expanding on the first set of talks in December 2012, the second UCAR & NCAR Science Discovery Day on March 1 showcased a range of exploration under way at NCAR and UCP.

Presentations ranged from NCAR's instrumentation offerings to a look at weather- and climate-related hazards, prediction capabilities at the seasonal and year-to-year level, some of the organization’s educational programs, and more.

student explains her research during poster session
In addition to research talks, the second UCAR & NCAR Science Discovery Day included three presentations showcasing education efforts across the organization. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

These quarterly presentations to our leadership give scientists and staff an opportunity to highlight their efforts while suggesting areas ripe for possible future funding and investment. The overall goal is to provide a richer view of the research competencies and scientific tools created, supported, and deployed by NCAR and UCAR. In turn, our leadership gains a better understanding of the breadth of our institutional capabilities—information that comes in handy when they talk to funders, potential funders, decision makers, and other key people they interact with on a regular basis.

"These talks, like the first ones in December, shed new light on the great work folks are doing all across the organization," says Scott Rayder, who serves as senior advisor to UCAR president Tom Bogdan. "They also spur ideas about how our work fits into the broader fabric of society. There's great potential here to address pressing needs."

Scott's encouraged to see the talks stimulating new ideas for potential collaborations within our scientific community. In addition, "they provide a way of exploring where and how we might expand the reach and impact of many of these projects."

The date and subject areas for the next event will be determined soon.

arctic sea ice projection for 2026
The March 1 Science Discovery Day featured a broad range of research, including work by Marika Holland and colleagues on seasonal sea ice prediction. (©UCAR. Image courtesy Marika Holland, NCAR.)

March 1 Presentations

Morris Weisman, Experimental forecasting of convective weather with WRF

Olga Wilhelmi, Population vulnerability in a changing climate

Sasha Madronich, Air quality hazards

Kaye Howe, UCAR education: Convergence

Stephanie Barr and Rebecca Haacker-Santos, Undergraduate internships: Apprenticing in the culture of research

Tony Murphy, The K-12 landscape: A role for UCAR

Linda Mearns, Overview of NARCCAP climate change results and some applications

Marika Holland, Seasonal sea ice prediction

Gabi Pfister, Seasonal air quality predictions and the impact of wildfires

Eric Apel and Jeff Stith, Airborne chemistry instrumentation for air quality and natural hazards

Steve Oncley, CentNet: the next generation of the integrated surface flux system

Scott McIntosh, ChroMag on the International Space Station