2018 UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment Award Nominations

The 2018 UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment Award Nominations are in!

Here is the description and criteria of each award category.

The UCAR Awards Jury did not award winners in the Education and Outreach or Distinguished Achievement categories.

Winners will be announced on December 7 at the 2018 UCAR Annual Awards Banquet and Holiday Party in the Center Green auditorium. Please join your colleagues beginning at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate!

To find out more, see About Internal Awards or check out previous winners.


Outstanding Publication

Nomination of Gregory Thompson (RAL) and Trude Eidhammer (RAL) for their paper: Thompson, G., and T. Eidhammer, 2014: A Study of Aerosol Impact on Clouds and Precipitation Development in a Large Winter Cyclone. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 71, 3636-3658, DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-13-0305.1

RAL proudly nominates Greg Thompson and Trude Eidhammer for the 2018 UCAR outstanding Publication Award. This paper presents a ground-breaking, simplified, elegant approach to accounting for impact of aerosols (small particles in the atmosphere) on clouds and precipitation in numerical weather prediction models. The novel and original technique for modeling aerosol-cloud interactions (ACI) that was described in this paper is a, “very important step toward a merger of atmospheric chemistry and meteorology in numerical weather prediction (NWP)”1, and, “has a vast potential to advance our understanding and capability further to predict aerosols effects on many weather and climate-related phenomena”2. The paper addresses a critical uncertainty in today’s numerical modeling concerning the impact of aerosols on clouds, precipitation and radiation by investigating this important issue in the context of overall uncertainties in forecasting large weather systems. Equally important, the new approach improves our nation’s forecast skills in weather, water, and aircraft icing with direct societal benefits. The “main novelty in the approach taken in Thompson and Eidhammer is the simplification of the treatment of the aerosols”3 which has enabled exploration of ACI in convection-permitting and even finer scale simulations. This paper has already had a large influence on the broader scientific community as noted by Professor Cliff Mass at the University of Washington, “the Thompson-Eidhammer paper is an excellent paper, on an important topic, and has had a major impact on the field.”

Nomination of Hugh Morrison (NCAR/MMM) and Jason Milbrandt (Environment Canada) for their paper: Morrison, H., and J. A. Milbrandt, 2015: Parameterization of cloud microphysics based on the prediction of bulk ice particle properties. Part I: Scheme description and idealized tests. J. Atmos. Sci.,72, 287–311.

This original and impactful paper has set in motion an important shift within the microphysical modeling community that will have lasting impacts on how scientists represent the ice phase within weather and climate models.  Morrison and Milbrandt exploit a pioneering technique to develop the Predicted Particle Properties (P3) microphysics scheme, which fundamentally alters the way cloud properties are parameterized. The P3 scheme is computationally efficient and in a very short time has made a significant impact in that it has already been incorporated in the community version of WRF, which has over 40,000 registered users.  It also has already been implemented into Canada’s high-resolution operational weather prediction model.  This novel research and the resulting paper contribute significantly to NCAR's mission by improving a community model used throughout the world, and contributing to technology transfer to operational modeling.  In short, this highly cited paper removes a major source of uncertainty in weather and climate modeling.

Nomination of Sergey Sokolovskiy, Bill Schreiner, Janet Zeng, Doug Hunt, Jason Lin, and Bill Kuo (COSMIC) for their paper: Sokolovskiy, S., W. Schreiner, Z. Zeng, D. Hunt, Y.-C. Lin, and Y.-H. Kuo, 2014: Observation, analysis, and modeling of deep radio occultation signals: Effects of tropospheric ducts and interfering signals. Radio Sci., 49, doi: 10.1002/2014RS005436.

The COSMIC Team is being nominated for their 2014 publication describing the observation, analysis, and modeling of deep radio occultation (RO) signals to study the effects of tropospheric ducts and interfering signals. Global Positioning System (GPS) RO is a relatively new method for measuring profiles of Earth’s meteorological parameters, e.g. temperature and moisture, from heights of ~40 km down to the surface. The accuracy of the retrieved profiles is very high between heights of 5 and 30 km, but degrades for heights below 5 km, especially under sharp temperature and moisture transitions near the tops of the atmospheric boundary layer. When the vertical gradients of these transition layers exceed a critical value the GPS radio waves are trapped in the layer (i.e. a tropospheric ducting layer), which results in significant retrieval errors below the layer. This team found through analysis and modelling that it is possible to reliably detect the heights of these tropospheric ducts if the GPS RO instrument can produce measurements with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This UCAR research result led to NOAA’s COSMIC-2 operational RO mission (due to launch in early 2019) including high-gain antennas on the COSMIC-2 satellites.

Nomination of Matthias Rempel (HAO) for his paper: Rempel, M., 2014: Numerical simulations of quiet sun magnetism: On the contribution from a small-scale dynamo. The Astrophysical Journal, 789, 132, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/789/2/132.

The Sun’s surface is covered with quiet-Sun magnetic fields that are rooted in the convective scale - known as solar granulation. Rempel’s paper employs state-of-the-art numerical simulations to show how these quiet-Sun magnetic fields self-consistently arise from small-scale magnetic dynamo action. The simulations create data that may be directly compared to observations. The paper establishes that, throughout the Sun’s convection zone, the magnetic fields of the small-scale dynamo have an energy density that is in equipartition with the convective motions. The simulations described in the publication have become a “standard candle” for many explorations of the quiet solar atmosphere, and anticipate what we may expect to see from next generation, high resolution, solar observatories such as the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). From publication in July 2014 to the present, the paper has received 65 citations.

Nomination of Susan Solomon (MIT), Diane J. Ivy (MIT), Douglas E. Kinnison (ACOM), Michael J. Mills (ACOM), Ryan R. Neely III (Univ. of Leeds), and Anja Schmidt (Univ. of Cambridge) for their paper: Susan Solomon, Diane J. Ivy, Douglas E. Kinnison, Michael J. Mills, Ryan R. Neely III, and Anja Schmidt (2016), Emergence of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer, Science, 353(6), 269–274, doi:10.1126/science.aae0061.

This groundbreaking paper provided the first definitive evidence of long-term recovery in the Antarctic ozone hole, demonstrating the effectiveness of global environmental agreements that followed the shocking discovery in 1985 of the hole in Earth's protective shield. Publication of this work was greeted as rare good news regarding planetary environmental protection, and received widespread media attention (top 5% of all research) from 250 news outlets. Discover Magazine ranked it number 14 of the 100 top science stories of 2016. Scientific colleagues have also recognized its significance, citing it in a remarkable 82 peer-reviewed publications in just over 2 years. The WMO Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion, which every 4 years provides the leading compilation of advances in our understanding of the ozone layer, cites this paper 15 times in the Polar Ozone chapter of the forthcoming 2018 edition. While healing of the stratospheric ozone layer had previously been documented at middle and low latitudes, confirmation of the expected healing of the Antarctic ozone hole, where losses are most dramatic, was confounded by significant variability in ozone loss over Antarctica from year to year. This work relied on NCAR's state-of-the-art Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) to interpret a wide array of atmospheric observations. New capabilities in WACCM for representing detailed chemistry and volcanic aerosols were key to separating signs of healing in the ozone hole from the effects of natural variability.  

Nomination of William R. Wieder (CGD), Gordon B. Bonan (CGD), and Steven D. Allison (Univ. of California Irvine) for their paper: Wieder WR, GB Bonan, SD Allison (2013). Global soil carbon projections are improved by modelling microbial processes. Nature Climate Change, 3, 909–912 doi:10.1038/nclimate1951

Accurate predictions of potential carbon cycle – climate feedbacks are critical to inform climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Yet, large and persistent uncertainties in terrestrial carbon cycle projections present barriers to developing sound emissions scenarios to mitigate anthropogenic climate change. These challenges underscore the need to improve carbon cycle representations and to expand from a geophysical understanding of climate to include terrestrial ecosystems and biogeochemistry. More broadly, the land models used in climate and Earth system models are increasingly being used by diverse scientific communities to understand how ecology, hydrology, land management, and climate interact within the Earth system. Insights from these wider scientific communities present opportunities to improve carbon cycle projections, while fostering interdisciplinary interactions and exchange. Towards this end, we developed a new modeling approach that explicitly considers the microbial drivers of soil carbon decomposition and CO2 fluxes to the atmosphere. At steady state, our microbial explicit model better matched observed spatial variation in global soil carbon stocks. In climate change scenarios, however, our microbial explicit model projects a much wider range of soil carbon responses than the traditional models that do not directly resolve microbial activity. These results highlight key uncertainties related to microbial physiological responses to environmental change and their long-term effects on the terrestrial carbon cycle. Our results suggest that by omitting key microbial mechanisms that likely determine soil carbon responses to global change, traditional approaches to representing soil biogeochemical dynamics lack sufficient complexity to adequately project terrestrial carbon cycle – climate feedbacks. This paper opened new lines of dialogue between atmospheric science and ecological communities, while better aligning theory, measurements and models of the largest actively cycling terrestrial carbon pool on Earth.

Scientific and/or Technical Advancement

Nomination of Scott Spuler (EOL), Matt Hayman (EOL), Tammy Weckwerth (EOL), Bruce Morley (formerly EOL), Jim Ranson (EOL), Todd Bernatsky (EOL), Rich Erickson (EOL), Kevin Repasky (Montana State Univ.), Amin Nehrir (NASA) for the Micro-Pulse DIAL (MPD) instrument.

The nomination is for the design and development of the NCAR MPD instrument, which is not only an impressive accomplishment in itself but a game changer in addressing the long-standing challenge on how to adequately sense water vapor on the mesoscale. Our nomination recognizes this innovative and sustained, multi-year effort that turned a prototype semiconductor laser MPD system into a low cost, autonomous, field deployable system now available to the broader NSF community. Measuring water vapor (WV) profiles in the lower atmosphere at high temporal and vertical resolution has been long recognized by the research community as one of the essential steps toward improving numerical weather prediction (NWP) and quantitative precipitation forecasting (QPF). After several years of development and in-depth testing, this next-generation system is capable of collecting unprecedented continuous vertical profiles of water vapor that are comparable to data derived from raw insondes. As proven during several field campaigns, the MPD outperforms other commercially available ground-based moisture profiling systems. In 2017, the team received funding from NSF to construct four additional MPD systems to form a prototype network to be used on a national scale, effectively revolutionizing weather prediction in the US. The work of the MPD team gives testimony to EOL’s expertise in scientific and engineering leadership, design and fabrication, and collaboration with the university community.

Nomination of the ECLIPSE2017 Field Campaign Team: Ben Berkey (HAO), Alyssa Boll (HAO), Paul Bryans (HAO), Joan Burkepile (HAO), Giuliana de Toma (HAO), Keon Gibson (HAO), Philip Judge (HAO),  Michael Galloy (HAO), Scott Sewell (HAO), Steve Tomczyk (HAO), James Hannigan (ACOM), Lee Baker (EOL), John Cowan (EOL), Kyle Holden (EOL), Boden LeMay (EOL), Mark Lord (EOL), Louis Lussier (EOL), Jason Morris (EOL), Stephen Rauenbuehler (EOL), Aaron Steinbach (EOL), Matthew Thornton (EOL), Christopher Webster (EOL), Kurt Zrubek (EOL), Peter Cheimets (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Edward DeLuca (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Leon Golub (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Chad Madsen (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Vanessa Marquez (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Jenna Samra (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Alisha Vira (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics).

During the total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017, an NCAR-led team deployed a diverse suite of instruments that measured spectra and polarization of the solar atmosphere, resulting in scientific discoveries and paving the way for the next generation of solar instrumentation. The team combined expertise across three NCAR labs (HAO, ACOM, and EOL) as well as the Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and industry partners. In addition, the campaign provided invaluable student training and experience in the field. The experiments comprised a newly developed coronal imaging spectrometer flown aboard the GV HIAPER, supported by ground based observations from Camp Wyoba on Casper Mountain, Wyoming. On the ground the team deployed a new infrared Fourier Transform Spectrometer, three low dispersion spectrometers, and a novel visible light camera sensitive to linear polarization. The observations resulted in the discovery of new coronal emission lines, provided a new stabilized pointing platform for the GV HIAPER, and successfully demonstrated the applicability of novel polarization technology to solar observations.


Nomination of Paul Kucera (COMET), Martin Steinson (COMET), Christopher Williams (formerly RAL), Jennifer Boehnert (RAL), Mike Daniels (EOL), Charlie Martin (EOL), Kelly Sponberg (formerly JOSS) for for the three-dimensional printed automatic weather station (3D-PAWS).

Developing nations face myriad challenges in creating surface observing networks over their forecast areas. The expense of weather stations preclude the deployment of a dense enough network to represent the variability of weather conditions. For countries that have received international assistance to create their network, maintenance can be limited due to lack of spare parts and local technical expertise. Also, many surface weather stations across the globe suffer from incorrect siting and limited communications for real-time monitoring. The team nominated for this award has spent four years developing and deploying a unique observing system that is inexpensive to create, easy to maintain, and sustainable. 3D-PAWS is a high quality surface automatic weather station that consists of sensor housings that are printed on a 3D printer, inexpensive microsensors, low cost computers for collecting the data, and locally sourced materials for mounting the instruments to form this measurement system. In addition, the team has begun working with the universities to incorporate 3D-PAWS into classroom courses on instrumentation and in field projects to investigate smaller scale weather phenomena. The possible further application of the data from these systems includes assimilation into weather forecast models for both real time weather forecasting operations and to facilitate research into local weather events. Another potential uses of 3D-PAWS data include decision support applications for early warning of high impact weather, health monitoring, and agriculture operations.


Nomination of Frank Flocke (ACOM), Gabriele Pfister (ACOM), and James Crawford (NASA) for The Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Éxperiment (FRAPPÉ).

The nominees served as principal investigators on the FRAPPÉ and DISCOVER-AQ experiments, carried out jointly in Colorado in the summer of 2014. This mission was innovative and exemplary in the way it was funded and executed and would never have happened without the exceptional efforts by the PIs. The PIs did an outstanding job in leading and unifying the large number of research teams involved in the campaigns and in directing and integrating the collection and analysis of an unprecedented number and type of observations. These tightly coupled campaigns contributed to significant advancements in the capability of air quality prediction, and both the mission itself and the continued interactions of the PIs with the scientific community, local stakeholders and the public greatly enhanced the visibility of NCAR and its reputation as a true center for world-class air quality research.


Nomination of George Bryan (MMM) for his development and support of Cloud Model 1 (CM1), a numerical model.

George singlehandedly has developed the capabilities of this model to simulate a variety of atmospheric phenomena that produce high-impact weather, namely, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. This tool is designed for fundamental understanding, and has produced a revolution in the way the weather research community uses idealized simulations to understand the atmosphere. CM1 gives undergraduates, graduate students, and more-senior researchers the power that comes from ease of use, computational efficiency, clear documentation, and of course, the expertise of an NCAR senior scientist, George Bryan. From pedagogical applications to frontier science problems, CM1 has become a go-to simulation tool for understanding severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and complex features of flow around mountains. The impact of CM1 can be seen in a rapid rise in the number of papers, the growth of CM1-related presentations at conferences, and the new fundamental areas of research enabled by the diligence, creativity and dedication of George Bryan.


Nomination of Rebecca (Bec) Batchelor (formerly SOARS), for her outstanding accomplishment in promoting UCAR’s work on increasing the diversity of the geoscience workforce through SOARS and her leadership in the Sparks for Change grant.

Since the inception of SOARS in 1996, 43 protégés have earned PhDs, 112 have earned master’s degrees, and 183 have earned undergraduate degrees in science and engineering. Bec’s leadership as a valued member of the SOARS team over the last seven years has served underrepresented groups in the geosciences in significant ways. In addition, Bec has successfully leveraged best practices from the diversity-focused SOARS program as she has worked with early career faculty. Specifically, Bec has: (1) adapted the SOARS model by assisting two new SOARS Satellites; (2) provided ongoing mentoring and support for a growing cohort of SOARS alumni for years after the program through graduate school and beyond; and (3) leadership in support of early career faculty as a co-I on the NSF funded Sparks for Change grant. In July 2018, Bec moved to Puerto Rico and is actively working to develop relationships that have the potential to be a very strong partnership between NCAR|UCAR and SOARS and universities on an island that has been devastated by natural disasters and a difficult recovery over the last year. It is because of these strategic efforts and resulting achievement that Bec is nominated for the Outstanding Accomplishment Award for Diversity.


Nomination of Marla Meehl (CISL) for nearly two decades of being a champion for improving diversity in her capacity as CISL Network Engineering and Telecommunications (NETS) Section Head.

While the UCAR award specifically mentions diversity in the Geosciences as a criterion, our world is increasingly digital, and Telecommunications and Network Engineering underpins the support of Geoscience and many related fields. Marla works tirelessly to advance diversity goals, and she has made significant inroads at UCAR. Consistent with the breadth and reach of a national center, Marla has provided leadership and influence in the national research and education communities. Marla is a principal investigator and primary driver for National Science Foundation (NSF) award, “Women in IT Networking at Supercomputing (WINS)”. The WINS program is a four year program funded by the National Science Foundation and DOE/ESnet. It was developed as a means for addressing the prevalent gender gap that exists in Information Technology (IT), particularly in the fields of network engineering and high performance computing (HPC). Marla is also a principal investigator for a recently awarded NSF grant, entitled "Nilch Bee Naa Alkaa Go Ohooa Doo Eidii Tii (Using Air (Technology) to Learn and Understand New Things).” This grant was awarded to Navajo Technical University for the purpose of improving networking and communications technologies within the Navajo Nation. Marla’s efforts to broaden diversity in her field have yielded many successes, and she continues to expand her efforts every year. Marla is co-chair of the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative (I2I). The I2I program focuses resources, attention, and scholarships to improve gender diversity and inclusion in the community of networking and technical professionals. Within our organization, Marla has recruited several early-career women to work in CISL’s Enterprise System Services Division (ESSD). Starting as a Student Assistant herself, Marla champions efforts to bring in diverse student groups, often with little real world experience. She has provided many students with a vision of what a career in technology can become.


Nomination of Laura Pan (ACOM) and Mary Barth (ACOM) for extraordinary leadership and service in increasing diversity in the geoscience workforce and capacity building in developing countries through the “Atmospheric Composition and Asian Monsoon” workshops and training schools, which brought together more than 200 researchers and students from developing countries into international collaborations.

Over the past five years, Laura Pan and Mary Barth have performed an extraordinary amount of work in the formation, development and growth of an international community, “Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM).” This activity has fostered relationships and cooperation among atmospheric scientists from a region of the world where it is challenging to engage with other scientists from Europe and North America (as well as within the Asian region). This was accomplished via three biennial workshops and two associated training schools in three selected Asian cities (Kathmandu 2013, Bangkok 2015, Guangzhou 2017) that brought together a total of more than 450 students and researchers from 18 Asian countries and 7 European and North American countries. These events significantly enhanced atmospheric composition research capacity in many developing countries, provided opportunities for many southeast Asian students to participate in international levels of science discussions for the first time in their careers/lives, and created collaborations that facilitated the access of European and North American research groups to conduct measurements critically needed for assessing the global impact of the Asian emissions. The inclusion of the Asian community in research that is relevant to local air quality and global climate impact not only has significant impact on regional capacity building, but has also supported the conduct of a successful airborne field deployment funded by the European Research Council, and developed the networks needed to plan an upcoming NCAR-led airborne field study.


Nomination of Kristen Luna Aponte (UCAR PO), Joshua Young (Unidata), AJ Lauer (CISL), Carolyn Brinkworth (UCAR PO), Helen Moshak (NCAR Dir), Angie Pendergrass (CGD), Jeremiah Sjoberg (COSMIC), Julie Malmberg (GLOBE), Allison Scott Pruitt (CU Boulder), Silvia Gentile (CGD), Mike Daniels (EOL), Diane Thompson (Univ. of Arizona), Marissa Miller (Equity|Inclusion Associates) for the development of the UCAR|NCAR Equity and Inclusion (UNEION) Program. 

The UCAR/NCAR Equity & Inclusion (UNEION) program is a staff-led four-part training series, offered twice a year, made up of cohorts of colleagues from across the organization interested in exploring how our identities affect our experiences in society and at work, sharing our experiences, and working together to support diversity and inclusion across UCAR. Designed, implemented and expanded from the ground up by the team named in this nomination, UNEION has developed into the pioneering comprehensive diversity and inclusion training program in the field of geosciences. The program was established as a way to provide employees with a professional development opportunity to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is specifically designed to empower staff to build a welcoming and inclusive workplace for all UCAR employees and visitors. UNEION helps participants to investigate workplace dynamics around gender, race, and other identities, and build skills and tools to intervene in uncomfortable or inappropriate situations. The program evaluation has shown that a majority of participants undergo a significant shift in awareness of power, gendered, and racialized dynamics, and an increase in interventional behavior when witnessing unfair or inappropriate behavior. Results from the first three years of UNEION cohorts were published in the Harvard Business Review in 2018 and led to a multitude of outside organizations approaching UCAR for advice and expertise on how to develop similar training. 


Nomination of Heather Lazrus (MMM) for her initiative and vision leading to the establishment of the Rising Voices program, and for her ongoing leadership as co-Director of the program since 2013.

Rising Voices bridges Indigenous and Western knowledge systems and perspectives in collaborative science and community engagement. Rising Voices arose out of the understanding that Western science is but one of many epistemological and knowledge traditions; traditions that are often based on differing core values. Rising Voices has emerged as a community of engaged Indigenous and Western leaders who have successfully embraced their different perspectives to address major challenges in (a) understanding and responding to a changing and variable climate and extreme weather events, and (b) establishing research and policy priorities. Heather is the leader of Rising Voices through her vision, deep subject-matter expertise, guidance and often unseen efforts to enable others to assume leadership roles. Heather has utilized her research background in anthropology, her engagement with physical science research, and her passion for supporting the climate adaptation of indigenous populations, to create a new program in which the benefits of knowledge and cultural sharing provide a foundation for innovative solutions to climate change impacts. This work is a clear manifestation of the benefits of diversity of race, culture and thought that include historical and social contexts to solve formidable problems at the boundary of science and society. Rising Voices represents a paradigm shift in diversity and inclusion by encouraging the co-creation of knowledge from a shared vantage point, thereby increasing creativity while ensuring an inclusive environment.


Nomination of Dr. Branko Kosović (RAL) for his work with numerous graduate students, visitors, and early career scientists.

Branko goes beyond simply sharing his strong technical expertise to helping those he mentors better understand the scientific process, learn how to think about difficult problems, and hone the communication skills that are essential to succeeding as a scientist. His mentoring has had a substantial impact on the lives of a number of young scientists, helping to guide them through Ph.D. programs and start their own scientific careers. That impact has been especially noteworthy for the six female graduate students Branko has mentored recently. Helping them launch careers in a field in which women are severely underrepresented (turbulence modeling) is a powerful testament to his mentoring skills. In addition, Branko has mentored several students on broader impact projects, working with younger children, including females and underprivileged youth. The strong support letters provided by his mentees and colleagues speak to his personal credibility as a scientist and to his ability to demonstrate scientific integrity, to help mentees discover their self-confidence, and to help shape them as productive scientists and citizens.


Nomination of Scott Sewell (HAO) for his dedicated mentoring of staff and students in the field of innovative engineering at NCAR and by providing the environment to learn and develop by selflessly giving his time and advice.

Scott’s mentoring efforts directly enhance the professional development of numerous young professionals from various disciplines of science and engineering from undergraduates to post-doctoral scientists and beyond.


Nomination of Louisa Emmons (ACOM) in recognition of her high level of engagement and commitment in advising and mentoring of graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists at NCAR over a number of years.

ACOM scientist Louisa Emmons has made a sustained effort to work with graduate students and early career scientists in tropospheric chemistry within NCAR, as well as the university and international community. She has selflessly mentored an above average number of graduate students and postdocs at NCAR over extended periods, plus provided informal guidance to many short-term visitors and early career scientists at universities. In addition, Emmons has been instrumental in leading workshops designed primarily for graduate students and early career scientists. She has also provided guidance and encouragement for their current research and future careers in those venues.


Nomination of Jeff Weber (Unidata) for mentoring across the domains of science, software engineering, and community service.

Jeff brings a unique ability to mentor across domains; perhaps even more importantly, he embodies excitement and passion for connecting science with all audiences. His energy for the topic is immediately apparent and yet he sets an example that his peers and protégés can follow. He brings his expertise to every mentoring relationship along with support and commitment to helping individuals develop both as a science professional and a whole individual. In particular, Jeff has supported interns from three very different internship programs each with distinct objectives. His longest running commitment has been for 14 years (spread over 18 years) to SOARS, which is dedicated to broadening participation in atmospheric and related sciences. The Unidata Technical Internship, in contrast, is focused on the twin goals of teaching geoscientists to produce professional-grade scientific software or inspire computer science students to contribute to the development of science software. Lastly, the Unidata Community Services internship is focused on developing the next generation of science brokers and facilitators that are able to contribute to science communications, governance, and support. Former interns and administrators of these programs have enthusiastically endorsed this nomination due to his valued and unique contributions over years of service.

Nomination of Rich Rotunno (MMM) for his enduring interest, commitment and skill in developing multiple generations of scientists.

In his time at NCAR, Rich has profoundly influenced the careers of many scientists, now prominent in the field in their own right. In addition, in the last five years, Rich has devoted considerable time to mentoring the new generation of early-career scientists. This has occurred on a larger scale through the NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP), and also continued individual efforts with early-career scientists, some of whom are the students of prominent scientists that Rich mentored many years ago.

Administrative and Technical Support Services

Nomination of Jennifer Phillips (NCAR Library); Michael Flanagan (NCAR Library); Dennis Ogg (NCAR Library); Sharon Clark (SciEd); Gina Taberski (UCAR Contracts); Laurie Carr (UCAR Human Resources); Erin McDaniel Small (CISL); Gary Studwell (CISL); Nick Wehrheim (CISL); Karl Werner (IT); Kelly Box (IT); Susan Zhang (IT); Juleah Swanson (University of Colorado Library) for the NCAR/University of Colorado Library Collaboration.

The NCAR Library is pleased to submit this nomination for an Outstanding Accomplishment Award for Administrative and Technical Support Services. This cross-divisional and cross-institutional team implemented a new collaboration with the University of Colorado (CU) Library that gives NCAR/UCAR researchers and support staff access to the CU Library scientific journal collection, resulting in a fortyfold increase in scientific journals and new access to e-books (6,700 journals and 120,000 e-books, compared to previous access to 157 journals and no e-books) in broad range of disciplines. In FY 2018, this effort has already saved, and will continue to save, our institution hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in journal subscriptions. Moreover, the CU Library, due to their size, has traditionally benefited from more favorable journal pricing than NCAR. Through this partnership, we are now in a much better position to guard against the traditional super-inflation rates (averaging 7% annually) on scientific journal publications for years to come. This relationship with CU has already proven to be transformative and a creative, proactive response to the rapidly evolving environment in which academic research libraries currently operate. It has increased the quantity and quality of Library services that UCAR can provide to NCAR and it provides a sustainable path for the NCAR Library as a world-class library for future generations. (NOTE: this partnership also includes a data initiative, whereby NCAR agrees to provide data backup and data stewardship services for CU. However, as this data initiative is still in the planning stage, the nomination is confined to new journal access services only.)


Nomination of Meg Austin (CPAESS), Hanne Mauriello (CPAESS), the late Susan Baltuch (VSP (in memoriam); Julie Cross (CPAESS), Whitney Robinson (CPAESS), Ellen Martinez (CPAESS), Laurie Carr (HR), and LuAnna Allapowa (HR) for achievement in development of a foundational, innovative, and sustaining partnership with the NOAA Office of Water Prediction (OWP) for comprehensive workforce development and management services for the relevant period 2013-2017.

The OWP/UCAR partnership is a model for relationship building that amplifies collaborative opportunity for CPAESS and UCAR. The combined efforts of the team continue today to provide workforce services for multiple agencies and program offices at multiple geographic locations, providing significant external impact by the range and reach of workforce provision across agency labs, operational program offices, and universities.


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