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Louisiana State University joins UCAR consortium

LSU faculty, students, staff members attend ceremony during Fall 2017 AGU meeting

Oct 20, 2017 - by Staff

UCAR is welcoming seven new member universities, bringing the total membership for the nonprofit consortium to 117 universities and colleges across North America. The following is a news release from Louisiana State University published after the membership agreement was officially signed during the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Society. The other new members are the University of Alabama; Duke University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and University of Saskatchewan.

BATON ROUGE – The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR, announced that LSU has been accepted for membership to this prestigious organization. UCAR is a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities undertaking cutting-edge research and education in atmospheric and related sciences.

“Membership in UCAR is a win-win for the consortium and LSU,” said Kalliat T. Valsaraj, LSU vice president for research and economic development. “As one of a select group of universities in the country that has Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant designation, LSU has multifaceted expertise that will benefit the consortium and vice versa.”

LSU President F. King Alexander and UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi signed an agreement at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on Dec. 14 in New Orleans. 

“We are delighted to welcome LSU to the UCAR family,” said Busalacchi said. “A state like Louisiana that is vulnerable to extreme weather events will benefit from having its flagship university involved with UCAR.”

“This is another example of how LSU strives to be a collaborative nexus of people and ideas to advance knowledge and provide exceptional interdisciplinary education for our students,” he said.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, and provides additional services to strengthen and support research and education through its community programs.

students, faculty celebrate at LSU-UCAR signing ceremony LSU faculty, staff, and students celebrate the university's admission to UCAR membership with UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. (Photo courtesy LSU.)

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