UCAR Update – January 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

January 2013 - In this issue

NCAR director search is now open
Seeking nominations for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
HIPPO global-scale air chemistry dataset now available
New deadline: PASI short course on atmospheric processes in Latin America/Caribbean
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Tropical severe local storms
Reminders from previous issues

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NCAR director search is now open

UCAR invites applications and nominations for the position of NCAR director. UCAR intends to fill the position promptly and seeks to have the new director in place by mid-2013. For more details on the position and qualifications, see the website below.

Applications will be kept strictly confidential. To apply, please submit an application letter and a complete curriculum vitae to the address shown at the website below. Do not submit applications via UCAR's employment website.

Current NCAR director Roger Wakimoto has accepted a position as assistant NSF director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). For more details, see the related NCAR news release.

Deadline for initial consideration: 27 March
Contact: Kathy Strand, Office of the UCAR President, 303-497-2679
Application website

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Seeking nominations for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

The week-long Undergraduate Leadership Workshop (ULW), held in Boulder each June, helps student explore exciting research and career opportunities in the atmospheric and related sciences. Participants visit national research facilities, converse with renowned and upcoming scientists, and build their professional network. NCAR covers onsite expenses; academic institutions cover travel costs. A limited number of travel scholarships are available for departments with financial need.

Each UCAR member and affiliate institution may nominate one student in junior standing to represent their college or university. This undergraduate will have leadership aptitude and research potential suitable for this competitive program. The ULW nomination process is now entirely online, so we encourage each department to nominate their undergraduate representative through the link below. Please note that member and affiliate representatives will not be receiving invitations in the mail as in past years.

Contact: Tim Barnes, UCAR/Spark, 303-497-1169
Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

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HIPPO global-scale air chemistry datasets now available

Data from the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) study of greenhouse gases and aerosols are now available to the atmospheric research community and the public. These comprehensive datasets include the first high-resolution vertically resolved measurements of over 90 unique atmospheric species from nearly pole-to-pole over the Pacific Ocean, measured during a two-year series of five month-long missions spread throughout the annual cycle. The datasets will provide opportunities for research across a broad spectrum of Earth sciences, including those analyzing the evolution in time and space of the greenhouse gases that affect global climate.

The HIPPO data are available at two portals (see below), one maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and the other by NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory. For more details on the products available from each site, see the related news release (PDF file).

Contact: Ali Rockwell, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8758
CDIAC HIPPO Data Archive
EOL HIPPO Data Archive

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Deadline extended: PASI short course on atmospheric processes in Latin America/Caribbean

Applications are invited from early career scientists to participate in a two-week short course on atmospheric processes of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 27 May to 7 June. This course will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of knowledge of the key processes that are important to the region. Topics will include global teleconnections, regional monsoon systems, regional sources of moisture and its transport, hurricanes, ocean-air interactions, and small-scale convection. The course will have five distinct elements: lectures, computer labs, both group and small-group discussions, a group writing project, and a research colloquium.

We are expecting to accept up to 30 participants, half from the United States and half from the other countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, chosen in a manner that ensures a highly qualified and diverse set of attendees. NSF-sponsored stipends are available for participants to help cover partial travel and subsistence. Support from a participant’s home institution is welcome and encouraged.

Application deadline: 15 February
Administrative contact: Dawn Williams, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-1607
Scientific contact: John Braun, UCP/COSMIC, 303-497-8018
PASI 2013 Workshop

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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.

  • Associate Scientist III (13041), NCAR/EOL, Broomfield, CO
  • Postgraduate Scientist (13043), NCAR/NESL/ACD


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

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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New from COMET: Tropical severe local storms

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

Tropical Severe Local Storms
This module provides a brief overview of severe local storms in the tropics, including basic ingredients for thunderstorms, assessment of thunderstorm potential from soundings, and a comparision of the properties of tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils.

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

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Reminders from previous issues


SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2013
Application deadline: 1 February

SiParCS applications now being accepted for 2013 summer program
Deadline: 1 February

Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students
Deadline: 1 March

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