UCAR Update - January 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


January 2010 - In this issue

Seeking nominees for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
2010-2011 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship
University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
NCAR/UCAR 50th anniversary events at AMS meeting
Current job openings at UCAR
COMET news: New modules, 20th anniversary, AMS booth
Reminders from previous issues


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Seeking nominees for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

University faculty are invited to nominate outstanding students for the 9th annual Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, to be hosted by NCAR in June. One student may be nominated from each department.

Participants explore the laboratories, instrumentation, and computing facilities that support studies of weather, climate change, solar dynamics, the Sun-Earth system, and weather and climate impacts. They also learn about graduate and postdoctoral opportunities and gain leadership skills. The week-long workshop strengthens the students’ commitment to further study and links their coursework to current research and careers.

Deadline: 5 March
Contact: Tim Barnes, UCAR/EO, 303-497-1169
NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop


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2010-2011 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) and UCAR seek candidates with backgrounds in the Earth sciences for the 2009-2010 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship. Fellows participate in the legislative process by joining an office of their choosing in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. Typical duties include developing legislation, negotiating legislative compromises, writing speeches and briefing memos, meeting with constituents, and conducting background research. Each year’s participant joins roughly 150 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows to help shape federal policy.

Fellows must be US citizens and complete all requirements for their Ph.D. prior to the start of the fellowship year, which runs from 1 September 2010 through 31 August 2011. Support includes a stipend (currently $50,000 but likely to increase modestly this year), and assistance to cover moving, travel, and health care expenses.

Deadline: 10 February
Contact: Paul Higgins, AMS, 202-737-9006
2010—2011 AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship


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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 requests for computing resources by 29 March. Allocations may be used on bluefire, an IBM POWER6 with 3,840 compute processors. University allocations have more than doubled due to bluefire's large capacity. The median panel-reviewed request is now over 200,000 GAUs. Very large requests with strong scientific and computational justification are encouraged. Allocations are given for the life of the NSF award. Requests for less than 16,000 GAUs may be submitted at any time using the "Small Request Form" at the URL below. Once the sum of small allocations reaches 16,000 GAUs, the next request must be submitted using the "Large Request Form" at the URL below by the panel deadline. 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.

Deadline: 29 March
Contact: Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1229
University allocation pocess for NCAR computing resources


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NCAR 50th anniversary events at AMS meeting

UCAR and NCAR invite all attendees of the upcoming American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Atlanta to take part in a special symposium honoring the institution’s 50th anniversary. The session takes place from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 January. The agenda, linked below, includes a special guest speaker who will look ahead to UCAR and NCAR’s future. A reception will follow the talks from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. Program for NCAR anniversary symposium at AMS meeting


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Current job openings at UCAR

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

  • Biogeochemical Modeling Scientist I/II (10041), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10045)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow I (10042)
  • Postgraduate Scientist in Socioeconomics of Weather (10037), NCAR/NESL/MMM
  • Scientific/Technical Program Manager (10054), NCAR/RAL
  • Scientist I (10053), NCAR/CISL
  • Scientist I/II (10025), NCAR/RAL

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


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COMET news: New modules, 20th anniversary, AMS booth

Join COMET in celebrating our 20th anniversary by stopping by our booth (#300) at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting, 18–21 January. We will be distributing our special 20th-anniversary poster, and one person will win a framed anniversary poster. Enter our daily drawings to win a COMET hat; at the same time, you can learn more about our recent and upcoming activities.

Below are details on four new online publications. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Alberta Clipper Case Exercise
This case study focuses on a snow and blowing snow event in the Canadian prairies and US northern high plains on 11–13 November 2003. The key aim of this module is to step through the forecast process during an Alberta Clipper event from the perspective of a forecaster with the Meteorological Service of Canada.

The Amazon Rain Forest and Climate Change
This module discusses global climate change that is occurring largely because of greenhouse gases emitted by human activities, and in particular the impact that tropical deforestation plays in the climate system. It also covers signs of climate change, the current thinking on future changes, and international agreements that are attempting to minimize the effects of climate change.

Snowpack and Its Assessment
This two- to three-hour module explores the science of snowpack and techniques for doing snowpack assessment. It begins by describing the factors involved in snowpack development and then focuses on snowpack evolution. Using two scenarios, the module explores how basic processes, such as conduction and radiation, and various precipitation events impact snowpack, particularly its density, structure, and stability, throughout the cold season.

Recognition and Impact of Vorticity Maxima and Minima in Satellite Imagery
Vorticity minima and maxima signatures are common features of the atmosphere. This module provides insight on the analysis of dynamic atmospheric features using Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite imagery.

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


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Reminders from previous issues

Seeking undergraduates for SOARS program
Application deadline: 1 February

Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)
Application deadline: 5 February

New postgraduate position in integrated social science
Application deadline: 5 February

Heliophysics Summer School 2010
Application Deadline: 1 April


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