UCAR Update – February 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

February 2011 - In this issue

COMET faculty course: satellites and geoscience teaching
University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: NWP model evaluation
Reminders from previous issues

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COMET faculty course: satellites and geoscience teaching

Faculty who teach courses in atmospheric or related science and who are interested in incorporating some component of satellite meteorology are invited to this year’s summer course for university faculty sponsored by UCAR’s COMET Program. The 2011 theme is Integrating Satellite Data and Products into Geoscience Courses with Emphasis on Advances in Geostationary Satellite Systems. The course will take place in Boulder from 8 to 12 August.

Through funding by NOAA/NESDIS/GOES-R, participating faculty will be provided with airfare, lodging, rental vans for daily use, and per diem. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. If you are interested, please send the following items to Wendy Abshire (COMET):

  • a letter of application stating your interest in the course
  • a two-page curriculum vita containing a list of courses you have taught
  • a description of your department's relevant course(s), detailing your access to satellite data and products

Application deadline: 15 April
Contact: Elizabeth Page, UCP/COMET, 704-504-1502

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University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects

NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) invites NSF-supported university researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and closely related sciences to submit large allocation requests by 21 March. All requesters are strongly encouraged to review the revised instructions posted at the website below before preparing their submissions. There must be a direct linkage between the NSF award and the computational research being proposed. New this round: Requesters now have the opportunity to request project disk space on CISL's GLADE resource.

Allocations will be made on bluefire, NCAR's IBM POWER6 system with 3,840 compute processors, which will continue as CISL's primary production resource through mid-2012. At this time, the resources to be made available at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center have not been determined.

Before applying for a large allocation, university researchers with NSF awards are encouraged to apply for a small allocation to obtain information on the GAU requirements for their research and to test the computational efficiency of their code before applying for a large allocation. Requests for up to 30,000 GAUs (the newly increased threshold) may be submitted at any time using the "Small Request Form" at the URL below. Once the sum of small allocations reaches 30,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the "Large Request Form" at the URL below by the panel deadline.

Contact: David Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
CISL Allocations

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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, U.S. CLIVAR Project Office (11066), UCP/JOSS, Washington, DC
  • Project Scientist I (11074), NCAR/NESL/MMM

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.

  • Radiometrics Corporation: Vice President of Engineering
  • Utah State University: Postdoc Research Associate in Climate
  • University of California, Davis: Assistant Professor in Regional Climate Change Modeling
  • Ansal Institute of Technology: US-India Conference and Workshop on Air Quality and Climate Research, 14–16 March

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: NWP model evaluation

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

Preparing to Evaluate NWP Models
This lesson prepares the forecaster to evaluate NWP analyses and forecasts using physically based conceptual models of the atmosphere and the Vertical Phenomenon Analysis Funnel. Interactive case study examples are employed to illustrate tools to use in assessing features at various levels in the atmosphere.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Seeking nominees for 2011 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Application deadline: 4 March

Apply now for Heliophysics Summer School 2011
Application deadline: 1 April

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