UCAR Update – March 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

March 2013 - In this issue

GLOBE online webinar: A scientist in the K–12 classroom
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Pressure gradient force, Australia fire weather
Reminders from previous issues

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GLOBE online webinar: A scientist in the K–12 classroom

The GLOBE Program Office (GPO) invites scientists interested in working with GLOBE schools to participate in the second GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN) online webinar:

Adventures of a Scientist in the K-12 Classroom
Hosted by Dr. Lin Chambers, NASA Scientist
Tuesday, 26 March, 1700 UTC

Chambers leads the MY NASA DATA project, which is designed to make NASA Earth-observing data accessible to the K-12 and citizen science communities. Currently she serves as project scientist for NASA Innovations in Climate Education. To participate, log in as “guest” at the webinar website.

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCP/GLOBE, 303-497-2641
GLOBE International Scientist Network

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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, National Center for Atmospheric Research (13050), NCAR
  • Project Scientist I (13075), 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.

  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University: Postdoctoral Position in Climate Variability and Change
  • NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Prediction: Support Scientist II

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: Pressure gradient force, Australia fire weather

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

Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Pressure Gradient Force
This publication covers a foundational aspect of dynamic meteorology, the pressure gradient force. The horizontal pressure gradient force is presented through an interactive tool which allows a student to adjust pressures on an idealized surface map and examine the horizontal accelerations produced in response.

Fire Weather Patterns in Australia: Southeast Australia
The module illustrates the typical synoptic pattern influencing fire weather in southeast Australia. A case study provides insight into how experienced forecasters combine the four key ingredients—wind, temperature, dew point temperature, and fuel state—to produce a fire danger index value and resulting forecast policy map.

To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's Module List.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Second joint AMOC/RAPID science meeting in July
Abstract submission deadline: 25 March

NCAR director search is now open
Deadline for initial consideration: 27 March

Bring NCAR expertise to your campus with UVISIT
Next submission deadline: 29 March

Large university requests for NCAR computing resources:
University allocations | System details
Deadline: 1 April

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