UCAR Update – August 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

August 2013 - In this issue

•  Now seeking applications for UVISIT
•  Join the dialogue on pending legislation at new UCAR forum
•  Current job openings at UCAR
•  Opportunities beyond UCAR
•  New from COMET: Tropical synoptic meteorology curriculum
•  Reminders from previous issues

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Now seeking applications for UVISIT

UCAR's UVISIT program (University Visits in Scientific Interaction and Teaching) is currently accepting applications. Launched earlier this year, UVISIT provides an opportunity for a university to have a UCAR/NCAR scientist visit the university for anywhere from two weeks to a year to teach a course or workshop, lecture, work with graduate students, serve as a mentor, and/or participate in collaborative research with university faculty.

Through UVISIT, universities may request visits from UCAR/NCAR staff, and UCAR/NCAR staff may apply to visit a university via UVISIT. A particular visitor need not be identified in order for a university to apply. Priority will be given to UCAR member and affiliate institutions. UVISIT support is intended primarily for travel and housing expenses; it will not cover the salaries of all participants. Application instructions and forms are at the link below.

Next submission deadline: 18 October
Contact: Aneka Finley, Office of the UCAR President, 303-497-1654

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Join the dialogue on pending legislation at new UCAR forum

A new website has been created as an educational service to UCAR university members and affiliates and the broader atmospheric sciences, weather, and climate communities. It is intended to serve as a space for these communities to learn about and discuss matters of public policy and priorities related to pending legislation and proposed agency regulation.

The website, Proposed Legislation Relevant to the Weather Enterprise, will feature forums on legislation currently being tracked by UCAR Government Relations. Each forum includes background material, draft versions of proposed legislation and/or regulations (when available), links to more information, and a comments section.

The first forum, now online, deals with the proposed Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013.

UCAR will not advocate a position in this website with respect to any pending executive orders, agency regulations, or Congressional legislation. The site is offered purely as an impartial vehicle for information exchange.

Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014
Mike Henry, UCAR Government Relations, 202-787-1633
Gloria Kelly, UCAR Government Relations, 202-787-2102
Proposed Legislation Relevant to the Weather Enterprise

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Director, Education and Outreach - UCAR Spark Program (13124), UCP
  • Project Scientist I (Economic Modeler) (13126), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • UCAR University Liaison (13122), Office of the UCAR President

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.

These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: Tropical synoptic meteorology curriculum

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.

Tropical Synoptic Meteorology Curriculum
This is a university-level, online meteorology course package freely available to interested institutions that are expanding their course offerings, particularly their online offerings. The course package includes an instructor’s guide and model syllabus with learning objectives, free online instructional resources, introductory slides for faculty use, case examples, questions for review or discussion, student assignments, quizzes, learning activities, and guidance for online course delivery.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UCP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site

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Reminders from previous issues

Call for applications: PACE host mentors
Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014

Third Int'l Workshop on Climate Informatics
Meeting dates: 26-27 September

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