Tuesday April 2, 2013 0 commentsBOULDER - The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has opened a full-time office in the nation's capital to advocate on behalf of the 104 member universities that study the atmosphere and work to improve weather forecasting, UCAR announced.
The office will also pursue business development opportunities with private sector companies and foundations that have an interest in atmospheric research.
"UCAR will advocate for the nation's entire weather enterprise out of this office," said Thomas Bogdan, UCAR president. "Having representation in Washington, where decision makers and most of our funders are located, is critical as we work toward improving the nation's forecasting capabilities."
Based in Boulder, UCAR is a consortium of 104 universities, most of which grant doctoral degrees in atmospheric sciences. UCAR also manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a leading laboratory sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Michael Henry will oversee government relations in the new office, located at 1201 New York Avenue NW. Henry previously worked in Washington in the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, focusing on energy and environmental issues.
"I'm looking forward to using my Washington experience and contacts to make sure that UCAR interests are well represented," Henry said. "This is a great opportunity for the atmospheric science community to ensure that weather and climate are high on the nation's agenda."
For more information, visit http://www.ucar.edu/atmosnews.