Kickoff Letter From UCAR President, Rick Anthes

(March 16, 2009)

Dear friends and colleagues,

On this day fifty years ago, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, with support from the National Science Foundation, was established as a non-profit corporation.

“to acquire, construct, establish, own, equip and operate an institute for atmospheric research and other laboratories and facilities for atmospheric research and for research in related fields.”

In honor of the occasion I’d like to introduce staff to our plans for the joint 50th anniversaries of UCAR and NCAR and invite you all to participate. It’s been an amazing half-century for our joint institutions and for the field of atmospheric science. But more important, really, is the incredible potential for future achievements that our history has made possible.

Our celebrations will be spread across this year and next, and include events for staff, members, and the public. You will be hearing more about these as each occasion gets closer. We welcome the involvement of all staff—there will be plenty of opportunities to contribute your talents and ideas. We are also very conscious of the impacts of these activities—both environmental and economic. We have designed the anniversary celebrations to take advantage of activities that have already been budgeted and will strive to make our events zero waste activities.

The theme of environmental stewardship will run through the anniversary activities. Major celebrations will include the 2009 and 2010 UCAR members meetings, a special EAC staff party in June 2010, and a public open house on June 5, 2010. You will be hearing more about these as the times approach. This year (2009) also marks the 25th anniversary of Unidata and the 20^th of COMET, and 2010 is the 70th anniversary of HAO. Each of them will honor these milestones in their own ways as well as being included in our festivities.

We’ll kick off the anniversary planning with an invitation to help craft a slogan for the anniversary and design a logo. Details of the contest, open to all staff, will be announced in early April.

Jack Fellows is heading up the 50th anniversary planning. You are welcome to contact him with any ideas and questions. A Website is currently under construction and will keep you apprised of the latest developments as these plans get under way.

In the meantime, Happy Birthday!