FY12 Diversity Awards

FY12 Diversity Awards

FY12 Diversity Committee Awards:

Project NamePrincipal Investigator(s)
Project DescriptionPeriod of PerformanceAmountFinal Report
Teaching at University of New Mexico,
and collaborative research with Indian Health Services on climate and health issues facing the Navajo Nation
Chris Davis/ASPSean Moore, an NCAR/CDC postdoctoral fellow, will teach one semester at University of New Mexico at Albuquerque (UNM’s main campus). The plan is for him to teach an interdisciplinary 300 level class, “Global Climate Change” in the fall of 2012.  In addition to teaching a course at UNM, Sean will collaborate with Indian Health Services and the New Mexico Department of Health to research environmental health issues on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico.



 Retained funding allocation from FY11 - $19,840.00Final Report
Improving the Communication Skills of NCAR's Diversified StaffJielun Sun/MMMLearning from our previous experiences, the objectives of this proposal are to take advantage of local resources to provide a variety of opportunities for NCAR's diversified native and ESL (English as a Second Language) staff to improve their communication skills.



 $9,165.00 Final Report
Enhancing Engagement of Underrepresented Groups in the
Computational Geosciences
 Richard Loft/CISL Computer modeling and data analysis are key elements of 21st century Earth System research. The opening of the new NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center provides a unique opportunity to engage and excite underrepresented groups in this intellectual adventure. We propose to use NCAR Diversity funds to do two things to help exploit this opportunity: 1) support the activities of a proposed new, half time Diversity Outreach Coordinator in CISL whose job will be to engage these target groups through outreach activities; and 2) reinforce the personal connections and awareness created by outreach visits with concrete regional training activities designed to attract targeted groups.



 $48,798.00 Final Report
 Expanding Your Horizons conference Astrid Maute/HAO Expanding Your Horizons is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) conference for middle school girls held at the University of Colorado (CU), Boulder. The mission of EYH is to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM. During the 1-day conference each middle school girl attends 3 different 50-min hands-on workshops given by females with STEM careers.



 $1,505.00 Final Report

Pre-College Internship and Research Opportunities Program

 Scott Landolt/RAL

 Building on the successful initial effort of 2009 and 2010, this proposal for an FY2012 HIRO Program aims to build on the success of previous years' efforts in several ways, including:

  • Involving more NCAR Scientists and Engineers in the recruiting and mentoring process
  • Expanding student recruitment beyond the Denver-Boulder area



 $35,673.00 Final Report
Diversity in Engineering pipelines and partnershipsTerry Hock & Stephen Cohn/EOLEngineers are among the job categories for which UCAR has set affirmative action placement rate goals.  This proposal addresses this issue by enabling visits to universities that confer a large number of undergraduate engineering degrees to minority students.

1/1/2012 -


$10,863.00 Final Report
Integration of University of Puerto Rico Ground-Based Aerosol/Cloud MeasurementsAndy Heymsfield/MMMThe main objective of this project is to establish a collaboration between students, mostly local to Puerto Rico that will allow the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) to become aware of NCAR's opportunities and geosciences opportunities in general, and that will work to build a long-term scientific relationship between UPR-RP and NCAR.

1/16/12 - 1/15/13

 It was allowed to re-allocate remaining funds in the amount of $14,787  from an approved FY10 diversity proposal Final report