In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of June, 2017.
Deadlines to be aware of:
Nominations to serve
on Unidata's governing committees are due by July 8, 2017.
Unidata is happy to announce the Community Equipment Award recipients for 2017. Five institutions received funding this year:
- Central Michigan University
- College of DuPage
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- University Hawaii
- University of Miami
You may have noticed that Unidata Program Center developer Ryan May spends a bit of his time evangelizing the use of the Python language in the atmospheric sciences. Earlier this month he appeared over on Johnny Lin's PyAOS (Python for the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences) blog, weighing in on the future of AOS Python.
The Unidata Program Center is seeking new people to serve on Unidata's Strategic Advisory and Users Committees. We are looking for creative people at U.S. universities and colleges who are using Unidata products and services — or who are familiar with Unidata — to help guide the program in addressing the needs of our broadening community. We need the insights of active educators and researchers to spot new opportunities and take advantage of the expanding range of scientific data.
The nomination period has been extended until July 8, 2017 for committee terms beginning with the fall 2017 committee meetings. There are openings on both committees.
The nominating process is now open for the International Council for Science (ICSU) World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award. The award highlights exceptional contributions to the improvement of scientific data stewardship by early career researchers.
Tyler Wixtrom joined the Unidata Program Center as a software development summer intern on May 30, 2017. Tyler has just graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and will be starting work toward a Master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas Tech University in the fall. His main interests are in Numerical Weather Prediction and the transition of research to operational applications, as well as in the development of software tools in support of forecasters and researchers. Tyler will be working in development of the MetPy package, with the goal of adding user-friendly functionality for vertical interpolation to various coordinate systems, such as isentropic or isobaric coordinates.
GEMPAK version 7.3.2 is available as source code and 64-bit
RHEL/CentOS binaries build with and without AWIPS
Aubrey Kane joined the Unidata Program Center as a communications summer intern on May 30, 2017. Aubrey is a senior at Regis University, majoring in mathematics with a minor concentration in communication. She plans to begin applying to graduate programs in statistics in the fall.
On the Developer's Blog
Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. Most recently, developer Dennis Heimbigner writes about issues surrounding the idea of “server-side computing.”
Governing Committee News
Unidata's Users Committee met 19-20 April 2017, in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting summary will be available shortly. The next meeting is scheduled for 16-17 October 2017 in Boulder, CO.