UCAR Update – March 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

March 2011 - In this issue

Search process for UCAR president begins
Space still available in WRF hurricane tutorial
UCAR Magazine available online
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
COMET news: Tsunami modules, faculty course on satellites, outreach proposals, flash flood module
Reminders from previous issues

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Search process for UCAR president begins

Richard Anthes, UCAR president since 1988, recently announced his intention to step down at the end of 2011. The UCAR Board of Trustees invites applications and nominations for the position. As chief executive officer of UCAR, the president is responsible for creating, promoting and executing a shared vision and providing leadership and scientific direction for all UCAR programs and activities, including NCAR and UCAR Community Programs. The search committee, chaired by Dennis Hartmann (University of Washington), plans to conduct interviews this summer or early fall, with the successful candidate assuming the UCAR presidency in early January 2012.

Community members are invited to nominate individuals or to provide input on what characteristics the next UCAR president should have. Nominations are completely confidential; however, you may provide your name if you so choose.

Nomination deadline: 15 April
Contact: Kathy Strand, UCAR, 303-497-2679
UCAR President Search

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Space still available in WRF hurricane tutorial

The registration deadline has been extended for the WRF for Hurricanes Tutorial, to be hosted by NCAR in Boulder on 26–29 April. The tutorial is cosponsored by NCAR/MMM, NOAA/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), and the joint Developmental Testbed Center, located at NCAR.

 It includes:

  • an opening day of invited scientific talks on numerical weather prediction for tropical cyclones
  • three days of instruction on how to use the Advanced Hurricane Research WRF (AHW) and EMC’s operational Hurricane WRF (HWRF), including instructional lectures and hands-on practical sessions.

Participants can choose to attend only the first day of the tutorial (scientific overview), for which registration is free, or the entire four-day event ($300 registration). Space is limited, so register soon.

Contact: Pamela Johnson, NCAR/RAL, 303-497-8197
WRF for Hurricanes Tutorial

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UCAR Magazine available onlinel

A wide range of research, education, and other activities from NCAR, UCAR, and the UCAR community are spotlighted in UCAR Magazine, available in print and online. The spring issue is now on the Web. To learn more about access options, go to the “Subscribe” link on the magazine’s home page.

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
UCAR Magazine

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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 II (11080), UCP/VSP (Chanhassen, MN)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (11081), NCAR/NESL/CGD

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.

  • North Carolina State University: Head, Departmenf of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Weather Central: Interactive Software Engineer
  • NOAA internships in partnership with MPOWIR (Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Rentation)

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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COMET news: Tsunami modules, faculty course on satellites, outreach proposals, flash flood module

Tsunami modules
The COMET Program would like to make people aware of two online educational modules that broadly cover the phenomenon of tsunami generation and inundation, include their many surprising characteristics and impacts, and how NOAA’s National Weather Service detects, monitors, and warns the public of tsunamis.

This module introduces the science of tsunamis: their causes, initiation process, properties, propagation, inundation, and long-term effects. Through new animations, historical images, video, and interactive exercises, learners discover the ways tsunamis interact with and affect the world.

Tsunami Warning Systems
This module describes the processes involved in anticipating, detecting, and warning for a tsunami. It summarizes data collection, modeling, analysis, and alert procedures used at NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers.

Faculty course on satellites
This summer, university faculty are invited to attend Integrating Satellite Data and Products into Geoscience Courses with Emphasis on Advances in Geostationary Satellite Systems in Boulder, CO from 8 to 12 August 2011. Through funding by NOAA/NESDIS/GOES-R, faculty will be provided airfare, lodging, rental vans for daily use, and per diem. The deadline for applications is 15 April. For more details, see this PDF document.

Outreach proposals
The COMET Outreach Program has extended the deadline for GOES-R Cooperative Proposals and is currently accepting proposals for GOES-R Partners Projects. More information on both proposals is available online.

New online publication

Flash Flood Processes: International Edition
This module examines both the hydrologic and meteorological processes that often contribute to the development of flash flooding. Common tools and technologies that are used in flash flood monitoring and forecasting, from manual gauging systems to complex radar- and satellite-based runoff models, are explored.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

University computing requests for NSF-supported university projects
Application deadline: 21 March

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

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