UCAR Update - December 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

December 2010 - In this issue

Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC workshop in Taiwan
Summer internships available for undergraduate engineering majors
Town hall discussion on open access at AGU Fall Meeting
ASP summer colloquium: Assessing extremes in a changing climate
SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2011
Graduate opportunities in scientific data curation
Check out NCAR & UCAR Currents
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Tsunamis
Reminders from previous issues

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Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC workshop in Taiwan

UCP’s COSMIC program is providing an opportunity for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to attend and participate in a special student session of the Taiwan-hosted Fifth FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop, to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 13–15 April 2011. This meeting will be in conjunction with the International Conference on GPS Radio Occultation. Along with the student session, the trip will include site visits to Taiwan’s National Space Organization and Taiwanese universities and sightseeing in Taipei.

The FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission, a joint Taiwan/U.S. project launched in 2006, provides up to 2,000 daily radio occultation profiles in the neutral atmosphere, electron density profiles and total electron content arcs in the ionosphere, GPS scintillation observations, and TIP radiance products.

Application deadline: 31 January 2011
Contact: Dawn Williams, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-2600
Application information

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Summer internships available for undergraduate engineering majors

The NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) hires undergraduate engineering interns with an interest in the atmospheric sciences during the summer months. Interns work hands-on with lead engineers in Boulder on atmospheric observing systems, including radar, lidar, and sounding. They may spend part of the summer participating in a field deployment, operating and supporting one or more EOL observing systems. EOL provides an hourly wage as well as travel support and housing while in Boulder and expenses in the field.

The Internships are open to undergraduate engineering students in electrical, mechanical, optical, software, and aeronautical engineering. The application process for Summer 2011 will open by the end of December and will close at the end of January. More details on EOL’s Summer Undergraduate Engineering Internship Program can be found at the URL below.

Contact: Nicholas Potts, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-2055
NCAR/EOL Summer Undergraduate Engineering Internship Program

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Town hall discussion on open access at AGU Fall Meeting

On Thursday, 16 December, the NCAR Library and NCAR scientist Carl Drews will host a town hall discussion on open access in the atmospheric sciences and geosciences as part of the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting (12:30 p.m., Moscone West Room 2003). The goal of the town hall is to introduce OpenSky, an open-access institutional repository that provides free online access to the intellectual output of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP, and to discuss the present and future of open access in the atmospheric sciences and geosciences.

The development of OpenSky was motivated by the NCAR Library’s aim to provide access to UCAR scholarship and research to the institution’s 146 members, academic affiliates, and international affiliates. Its introduction will be complemented by Drews’ reflections on the role that open access played in the success of a paper on his modeling of the parting of the Red Sea that was recently published in PLoS ONE.

Contact: Jamaica Jones, NCAR Library, 303-497-2674
OpenSky

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ASP summer colloquium: Assessing extremes in a changing climate

Graduate students involved in research in atmospheric science, statistics, risk analysis, hydrology, or related fields are invited to apply for the NCAR Advanced Study Program's 2011 Summer Colloquium. The colloquium, Statistical Assessment of Extreme Weather Phenomena under Climate Change, will take place 6–24 June in Boulder. It will provide unique hands-on learning components and significant opportunities to discuss the state of the science and future directions of the field with colleagues and a select group of keynote speakers. Application instructions and other details can be found at the Web site below.

Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Summer Colloquium 2011

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SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2011

The NCAR-based SIParCS program (Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science) offers significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high-performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This 10-week internship program is designed for graduate students and undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2011. SIParCS embeds students in mentored research projects in computational science relevant to NCAR’s mission. The 2011 summer program runs from 24 May through 29 July.

Application deadline: 4 February 2011
Contact: Kristin Mooney, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1288
SIParCS

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Graduate opportunities in scientific data curation

The Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, is a joint effort between two schools of library and information science and the NCAR Library. DCERC addresses the urgent need for educational programs in scientific data curation and its value in supporting data-intensive science, data sharing, and integration and assuring the ability to re-use data over the long term.

DCERC includes a doctoral program at the University of Illinois and a master’s program at the University of Tennessee. Both programs emphasize research problems in information science, with a focus on atmospheric and geoscience data at UIUC, and both include a period working onsite with science and data mentors at NCAR. Tuition and stipend funding is available. The URL below includes more information and links for DCERC.

Application deadline (Illinois): 5 January 2011
Contact: Mary Marlino, NCAR Library, 303-497-8350
Data Curation Education in Research Centers

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Check out NCAR & UCAR Currents

NCAR & UCAR Currents, an online-only news and analysis section that originated in UCAR Magazine, is now on its own site (see URL below). Topics of recent posts include the success of seasonal forecasts of sea ice and hurricanes, the role of La Niña in this winter’s weather, and challenges in communicating about weather and climate. Subscribers to the online version of UCAR Magazine will continue to receive Currents posts, which are issued about 1-2 times per month.

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
NCAR & UCAR Currents
Subscriptions

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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.

  • Scientist I/II (11038), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Advanced Study Program (ASP) Postdoctoral Fellowship Recruitment (11016), NCAR/ASP
  • Associate Scientist II (11032)
, NCAR/NESL/MMM
  • Associate Scientist II/III (11031)
, NCAR/RAL
  • Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10204), 
UCP/VSP, various locations
  • Lab Director: NCAR Earth Systems Laboratory (NESL) (11011)
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10202)
, UCP/VSP, various locations
  • PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellowship Program (10203, UCP/VSP, various locations
  • Postgraduate Scientist (11029)
, NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Postgraduate Scientist (11030)
, NCAR/RAL
  • Rotating Stratified Turbulence and Petascale Postdoctoral Fellow (11028)
, NCAR/CISL/IMAGe

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.

  • NOAA: Interdisciplinary, Ensemble Testbed Team Lead
  • University of Michigan: Tenure-track position (assistant professor or higher)
  • Johns Hopkins University: Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Change
  • University of New South Wales: Postdoctoral Research Associates/Senior Research Associates, Ph.D. scholarships
  • University of Birmingham: Chair in Atmospheric Science, Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric Science, Senior Lecturer in Meteorology and Climatology
  • University of Maryland: Dean, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • MDA Information Systems: Quantitative Statistician

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: Tsunamis

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Tsunamis

This module introduces the science of tsunamis: their causes, initiation process, properties, propagation, inundation, and long-term effects. Through new animations, historical images, video, and interactive exercises, learners discover the ways tsunamis interact with and affect the world.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

ISP to host colloquium on African weather and climate
Deadline: 31 December

ASP begins 2011 postdoc recruitment
Deadline: 5 January 2011

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2011
Application deadline: 1 February 2011

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