Staff Notes

Staff Notes was the in-house newsletter for the employees and retirees of the NCAR/UCAR. Staff notes includes articles on scientific research and administrative initiatives, in addition to staff profiles.


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Staff Notes Issue 121
Staff Notes Issue 121
This issue describes the maiden flight of NCAR's Sabreliner research aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport. The modified business jet features a 17-foot-long instrument boom protruding 10 feet past the plane's nose, a large radome for radars and other antennas, a pod under the fuselage for dropping sondes and chaff, and special doors and hard points for mounting various sampling and sensing equipment. The Catholic University of America, the University of Miami, and the University of Missouri have been elected to membership in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the nonprofit consortium of universities that operates NCAR under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. UCAR's total number of member universities now stands at 27. Photo:The NCAR Sabreliner research aircraft lifts off for the first time at Los Angeles International Airport.
Staff Notes Issue 122
Staff Notes Issue 122
New UCAR officers have been elected. Dr. John C. Calhoun, Jr., of Texas A&M University, succeeds the University of Arizona's Dr. A. Richard Kassander, Jr. as chairman of the UCAR Board. Dr. Earl G. Droessler, vice president for research at the State University of New York in Albany, was elected vice chairman. Dr. Seymour L. Hess, of Florida State University, was re-elected secretary, and Thomas R. Rogers, of Cornell, was elected treasurer. Dr. Carl F. Floe, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was re-elected to the UCAR Executive Committee. Eric Allen has become program scientist for photochemistry in the NCAR Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences, succeeding Dick Cadle. Eric has been researching free-radical chain reactions that are involved in photochemical smog and he is currently working with Alan McKenzie, a long-term scientific visitor from Australia, in using the EPR spectrometer to study reactions of methyl and hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere. Photo:Former UCAR chairman Dr. A. Richard Kassander, Jr. (left), hands the gavel to Dr. John C. Calhoun, Jr., the newly elected chairman. Photo: NCAR Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences' photochemistry program scientist Eric Allen.
Staff Notes Issue 123
Staff Notes Issue 123
The flare patrol telescope at the High Altitude Observatory's Climax station. This instrument keeps continuous watch on the sun in the wave length called H-alpha. This photograph represents a step in the continual process of upgrading the Climax instrumentation, which Bill Curtis has been promoting since he became responsible for Climax in 1966. Joe Rush of HAO's optical laboratory designed a precision optical system, which was superbly executed by Frank Cooke, Inc. A special meeting of the AIAA on Tuesday, October 29, will feature Prof. Leonid Sedov of Lomonosov State University, Moscow, USSR, as guest speaker. His subject will be "Science and Society." Photo: View of the active sun photographed with the flare patrol telescope at the High Altitude Observatory's Climax station.
Staff Notes Issue 124
Staff Notes Issue 124
This issue did not publish any stories or announcements due to the recent tragedy of NCAR Queen Air 80 Beachcraft. On Wednesday October 23, 1968, research pilots Gordon Jones, Robert Carew, and University of Wisconsin graduate student Velayudh Krishna were conducting a routine flight over Lake Superior to collect water radiation temperatures. The weather was sunny. The last contact from the flight came at about 12:30pm, when the crew made contact with nearby Houghton County Memorial Airport. Some residents of Redridge, MI, and Freda, MI, reported seeing a flash at about that time. The plane and its occupants were never seen again. The cause of the tragedy remains a mystery.
Staff Notes Issue 125
Staff Notes Issue 125
This issue has a feature article about Ed Martell's isotope geochemistry group and their work to develop and fly a cryogenic air sampler on an Aerobee-150 rocket. The device is the ENclosed Cryocondenser for Air Recovery, or ENCAR for short. ENCAR is an innovative approach to sampling the atmosphere at very high altitudes, above the practical ceiling for balloon systems. ENCAR collects a large sample of air in a small chamber by ramming the air into the chamber at high pressure and condensing it on heat-exchanger coils at extremely low temperatures. This method solves many problems with high altitude sampling. When ENCAR was first tested at White Sands, it collected a sample 100,000 times as large as any sample ever collected at such a high altitude.
Staff Notes Issue 126
Staff Notes Issue 126
This issue notes that NCAR's Southern Hemisphere GHOST balloon tests will be the subject of an upcoming television feature. This issue includes Calendar Notes, Announcements, and a Cafeteria Menu.
Staff Notes Issue 127
Staff Notes Issue 127
This issue announces that NCAR's new Sabreliner, a 560-mph twin-jet research aircraft, arrived at Jeffco Airport from Los Angeles, California. Many people with the Research Aviation group have been training at both flight and ground school to learn how to use and maintain the Sabreliner. The new aircraft's most distinctive feature, a 17-foot striped instrument boom that protrudes beyond the nose, was removed temporarily to travel to Colorado. Photo:Dan Rex, John Firor, Loyd Newcomer, and Jack Hinkelman inspect NCAR's new Sabreliner research aircraft.
Staff Notes Issue 128
Staff Notes Issue 128
This issue includes Calendar Notes, Announcements, and a Cafeteria Menu.
Staff Notes Issue 129
Staff Notes Issue 129
This issue includes Calendar Notes, Announcements, and a Cafeteria Menu.
Staff Notes Issue 13
Staff Notes Issue 13
This issue includes calendar notes for the week of September 18 thru September 26, 1966 and lists current and expected visitors as well as announcements of new and departing staff members.
Staff Notes Issue 130
Staff Notes Issue 130
This issue includes Calendar Notes, Announcements, and a Cafeteria Menu. Photo:A postcard view of the NCAR Mesa Laboratory and the Flatirons.
Staff Notes Issue 131
Staff Notes Issue 131
This issue includes Calendar Notes, Announcements, and a Cafeteria Menu. Photo:Santa Claus visits the NCAR children's Christmas party.

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