UCAR Update - January 2014

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

January 2014 - In this issue

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Headed to D.C? Keeping tabs on science budgets and policy?

UCAR's office in Washington, D.C., which opened last spring, is a resource for UCAR community members engaging on federal matters. If you are a faculty member interested in arranging visits with congressional or federal agency staff, UCAR Government Relations can advise on the process.

UCAR also has a limited amount of office space available for short-term use by faculty from UCAR institutions who are visiting Washington, D.C. on university business. The office on the fourth floor of 1201 New York Avenue NW is co-located with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.  To check on office space availability, please email Gloria Kelly.

To keep the UCAR community informed of developments on the federal scene relevant to atmospheric science and university research, the UCAR President's Office also publishes monthly Washington Updates. An archive can be found on the website below, which also includes an option to subscribe to e-mail alerts.

Contact: Mike Henry, Office of the UCAR President, 202-787-1633
UCAR Government Relations

Seeking nominations for Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

The week-long NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, held in Boulder each June, informs students about exciting research and career opportunities in the atmospheric and related sciences. Participants visit national research facilities, converse with renowned scientists, and learn about career options. NCAR covers onsite expenses; academic institutions cover travel costs.

Each UCAR member institution may nominate one student in junior standing to represent their college or university. The ULW nomination process is now entirely online, so member representatives will not be receiving invitations in the mail. We encourage each department to nominate  an undergraduate with leadership aptitude and research potential for this competitive program through the URL below.

Questions? Please let us know through the contact info below, or if you are attending the AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, stop by the ULW poster or the SOARS Career Fair Table between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 6 February.

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

Apply now for 2014 CISM Space Weather Summer School

The CISM Summer School is intended to give students a comprehensive immersion in the subject of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. The program supplements standard curricula in environmental sciences relating to the physics, meteorology, and climatology of space, providing integrated overviews of the solar-terrestrial weather system, its effects and consequences, and state-of-the-art modeling.

Applications are welcome from upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students interested in pursuing a career in solar and sapce physics, as well as professionals interested in broadening their understanding of the space environment. The school will provide support for travel and housing expenses for all U.S. students participating.

Contact: Michael Wiltberger, NCAR/HAO, 303-497-1532
2014 CISM Summer School

GLOBE Learning Expedition and 2014 Calendar

The GLOBE Program Office is pleased to announce GLOBE India as host of the next GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE), to be held in New Delhi, India, on 4–8 August. The GLEs provide GLOBE students from around the world the opportunity to showcase their research using GLOBE data.  In addition to student presentations, there will be field activities, student art displays, and cultural events as well as the outstanding opportunity to network for future collaborations.

In addition, the 2014 GLOBE Calendar, featuring winners of the GLOBE Student Art Competition, is now available for download.

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCP/GLOBE, 303-497-2641
GLOBE Learning Expedition
2014 GLOBE Calendar

AMS Town Hall: Science with a Vengeance

UCP's Visiting Scientist Programs and NASA are cohosting a lunchtime town hall, "Science with a Vengeance," at the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The town will will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in room C204 of the Georgia World Congress Center. The guest speaker will be David DeVorkin, senior curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His talk will look back at who the first U.S. space scientists were and why they chose such difficult challenges, designing and building devices to sense the nature of the Earth's high atmosphere and explore the nature of solar radiation beyond the atmospheric cutoff. Complimentary box lunches will be provided by VSP to the first 100 participants.

The town hall will be preceded by a morning session cohosted by VSP and NASA, "The Sun-Earth Connection: Ignore it at your Peril!", featuring speakers and panelists from NCAR, NASA, NOAA, FAA, Delta Air Lines, Lockheed Martin, Southern Company Services, and the University of New Hampshire. For a detailed schedule of the day's event's, please see VSP's Heliophysics website.

Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP Heliophysics

AMS Town Hall: Requesting NSF/LAOF instruments and platforms

 A lunchtime town hall at the 2014 AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta will introduce participants to the NSF Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF) and provide a clear roadmap on how to request these facilities in support of scientific field campaigns and educational activities. Facility managers and experienced users of LAOF will provide information, guidance, and advice on how to incorporate available instruments and platforms into an experiment design, what steps need to be taken to request one or more of these facilities, and how to maximize the success of a campaign. 

This town hall is aimed at early-career faculty and researchers who require high-quality observations (in-situ and remote sensing) to understand and describe aspects of the Earth system but who are not familiar with the suite of observational research platforms and services available through the five NSF LAOF partner organizations. The meeting will also be of interest to teachers and students who are interested in using a subset of these systems for educational purposes, such as short-term, hands-on instruction and instrument demonstrations as part of a college course.

Lunch will be provided to those who preregister.

Where: AMS Annual Meeting, Georgia World Congress Center, Room C204
When: Tuesday, February 4, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

To preregister, contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8758
LAOF Town Hall Meeting

Connecting with NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2014

NCAR & UCAR staff members are looking forward to seeing many colleagues and friends at the 2014 meeting of the American Meteorological Society, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, February 1–6, 2014. In addition to the town halls above and the many talks and poster sessions by people from NCAR and UCAR Community Programs, the website below offers additional ways to connect.

Contact: Zhenya Gallon, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8607
NCAR & UCAR at AMS 2014

Deadline for CSL allocation requests: 24 March

Researchers seeking high-performance computing and data storage systems to support extremely demanding, high-profile climate simulations can now submit proposals for Climate Simulation Laboratory (CSL) awards. The deadline for submitting project proposals is March 24. If you are currently using the CSL and wish to continue after May 30, please submit a renewal proposal and a progress report by the deadline.
The CSL represents CISL’s premier opportunity for researchers seeking high-performance computing and data storage systems to support large-scale climate simulations. Such simulations require high resolution, span many centuries of simulated time, encompass large numbers of ensembles, integrate new physics or models, or address national and international scientific priorities. Proposals must request a minimum of 10 million core-hours to be used on NCAR’s petascale Yellowstone system between June 1, 2014, and May 30, 2015. Projects selected for this round of CSL allocations will have access to Yellowstone, a 1.5-petaflops IBM iDataPlex cluster, and its associated storage, data analysis, and visualization resources.
Please note: With this call for proposals, the CSL is evolving into a focused effort to support NSF awardees in addressing scientific questions that require large-scale, long-running simulations of the Earth's climate system. Support from an NSF award (or awards) is required.

Contact: David Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
More on Yellowstone
More on CSL allocations and proposals

Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. Please see the announcement above for several postdoctoral openings not shown below. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources

Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR member and affiliate institutions and other parts of the research community in the atmospheric and related sciences. 

Listings above 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, michelle@ucar.edu

New from COMET: Fog, turbulence, African convection, more

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web link for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.
Tropical Fog: A Look at Fog That Impacts Aviation in Guyana
This case study uses an event from Guyana to illustrate fog processes typical of the region and applications to forecasting these events, which can significantly impact aviation operations.
ASMET 7: Detecting Clear Air Turbulence: South African Case Study
This lesson explores the use of satellite imagery, tephigrams, and NWP products to diagnose clear air turbulence associated with jet streams. It also presents conceptual models of turbulence formation mechanisms.
ASMET 7: Convective Weather and Aviation in West and Central Africa
This lesson teaches how to forecast and communicate aviation weather hazards associated with convective weather in West and Central Africa.
Caribbean Radar Products
This module provides examples of the various types of radar imagery available from locations in the Caribbean. Also, examples of various meteorological and nonmeteorological features seen in island locations are presented.

Caribbean Radar Cases
This module was updated to add a case study of Hurricane Georges and its impacts on the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. Radar data were used to document the effects of terrain on convective development and the precipitation amounts associated with the hurricane.

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

Reminders from previous issues

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2014
Deadline: 1 February

Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students
Application deadline: 22 February

Call for abstracts: World Weather Open Science Conference 2014
Deadline: 24 February

Recruitment now under way for NSF/AGS position
Closing date: 24 February

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