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UCAR adds three new universities to nonprofit science consortium

Three new trustees also elected to join UCAR’s board

Nov 6, 2019 - by Ali Branscombe

BOULDER, Colo. — The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is adding three new member universities to its nonprofit consortium: Clemson University, Michigan Technological University, and Indiana University.

The UCAR consortium is made up of universities, colleges, and education programs across North America that focus on research in Earth system science. It manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

A full list of UCAR’s now 120 members can be found here.

“It is a privilege to welcome these esteemed universities into the UCAR consortium,” said UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi. “The entire Earth system science community benefits from the excellent research and education done at each of our member universities. Our consortium is made stronger with each addition, bolstering our mission to support world-leading research that advances our knowledge of the Earth system for the betterment of society.” 

In addition, UCAR members at the organization’s annual meeting last month elected three new trustees to the 18-member UCAR board. The new trustees are Michael Freilich, former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division; Kathy Jacobs, professor of environmental science and director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona; and Vernon Morris, a chemistry professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program at Howard University.

UCAR members also reelected four sitting trustees. The re-elected trustees  are Susan K. Avery, chair of the board and president emerita of the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution; James E. Geringer, director of policy and public sector strategies at the Environmental Systems Research Institute; Rana Fine, professor of oceanography at the University of Miami; and Sherri Goodman, a senior fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute.

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