UCAR Update – January 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

January 2011 - In this issue

Seeking nominees for 2011 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Apply now for Heliophysics Summer School 2011
Connect with NCAR and UCAR colleagues at AMS/Seattle
UCAR@50 available in print and online
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Tsunamis
Reminders from previous issues

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Seeking nominees for 2011 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

University faculty are invited to nominate outstanding students for the 10th annual Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, to be hosted by NCAR on 13–17 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.

Application deadline: 4 March
Contact: Tim Barnes, UCAR/EO, 303-497-1169
Application information

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Apply now for Heliophysics Summer School 2011

Applications are invited for the 2011 Heliophysics Summer School, to be held in Boulder. This year's program will focus on long-term processes, from the Sun's modulated activity to its influences on the climate systems of the heliosphere, Earth's atmosphere and planetary environments. The program will draw on material from the third volume of the Heliophysics textbook series, “Heliphysics III: Evolving solar activity and the climates of space and Earth,” as well as basic material from the first volume, “Heliophysics I: Plasma physics of the local cosmos.”

Contact: UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs, 303-497-8649
Heliophysics Summer School

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Connect with NCAR and UCAR colleagues at AMS/Seattle

Many scientists and other staff from NCAR and UCAR will be in Seattle for the 2011 annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, 23–27 January. Follow the link below for a handy guide to NCAR- and UCAR-related exhibits, special sessions, and oral presentations.

NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2011

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UCAR@50 available in print and online

The first five decades of NCAR and UCAR are spotlighted in the 50th anniversary retrospective report UCAR@50, now available in both PDF and HTML versions at the address below. Copies of the print version are also still available on request.

Contact: Shilo Hall, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8603

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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 of Communications (11046), UCAR Corporate Affairs
  • GLOBE Program Office Director (11052), UCP/GLOBE
  • Lab Director: NCAR Earth Systems Laboratory (NESL) (11011)
  • Postgraduate Scientist (11029)
  • Project Scientist I/II (11038), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Project Scientist I (11058), UCP/VSP, Princeton, NJ

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.

  • U.S. Naval Academy: Assistant Professor, Oceanography
  • Ca’ Foscari University of Venice: 3-year PhD Fellowship, Science and Management of Climate Change
  • U.S. Department of Defense: Funding for Environmental Research and Development
  • East Carolina University: Tenure-Track Position, Applied Atmospheric Science
  • University of Oklahoma: Faculty Position, Meteorology

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: Dust storms, snowmelt, radar signatures, tropical meteorology, hydrologic forecast verification

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

Forecasting Dust Storms, Version 2

This module provides background and operational information about dust storms. The first part of the module describes dust source regions, the life cycle of a dust storm, and the major types of dust storms, particularly those found in the Middle East. The second part presents a process for forecasting dust storms and applies it to a case in the Middle East.

Snowmelt Processes: International Edition

The influences of environmental conditions on snowfall distribution, snowpack structure, energy exchange between snowpack and environment, and the rate and amount of snowmelt itself are examined in this module. The fate of snowmelt water after it reaches the ground is also explored.

Radar Signatures for Severe Convective Weather

This resource is intended for use as a job aid by operational weather forecasters in live warning situations and as a reference tool to better understand some aspects of severe thunderstorm warning events. Thumbnail images show representative examples of 16 radar reflectivity and velocity signatures as well as three primary severe storm types.

Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, Chapter 1: Introduction

This is the first chapter to be published in the Version 2.0 format of the online textbook, Introduction to Tropical Meteorology. It introduces learners to tropical meteorology including various methods of defining the tropics and an overview of energy balance and the global climate system.

Techniques in Hydrologic Forecast Verification

Through the use of rich illustrations, case study examples, and review questions, this module provides an example of developing a verification effort using NWS verification tools as examples. Related questions involving the impact of QPF (quantitative precipitation forecasting) on hydrologic forecasts are explored, including considerations of basin characteristics, forecast lead time, and event magnitude.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Students: Apply now for FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC workshop in Taiwan
Application deadline: 31 January

Summer internships available for undergraduate engineering majors
Deadline: 31 January

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

ASP summer colloquium: Assessing extremes in a changing climate
Application deadline: 4 February 2011

SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2011
Application deadline: 4 February 2011

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