Unidata Update: March 2020

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of March, 2020.

As you could probably have guessed (or know if you've already read this year's April Fool's Day post), the Unidata Program Center staff are working from home, following social distancing guidelines. Despite not being able to meet at the office to interact in person, we're all still at work and are available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Highlights from last month:

Postponed: Python-Focused Software Training Workshop at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

UAF

A Python-focused Unidata Regional Software Training Workshop scheduled for April 22-23, 2020 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has been postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

A new date for the workshop will be determined in the near future. Please stay tuned.

Offer: Unidata Science Gateway JupyterHub Resources Available for Remote-Learning Situations

JupyterHub

Unidata’s Science Gateway can provide cloud-based JupyterHub servers tailored to the needs of university atmospheric science courses. Because many universities are responding to local public health mandates related to the COVID-19 epidemic by transitioning to the use of remote-learning techniques and online-only courses, Unidata is encouraging community members to evaluate whether this no-cost resource can benefit their students during the Spring term.

Unidata Committee Nominations Open

Unidata committees

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.

Unidata Program Center Welcomes Drew Camron

Drew Camron

Drew Camron joined the Unidata Program Center software development team on February 18th, 2020. Drew majored in Meteorology and Physics with a minor in Mathematics at Mississippi State University before coming to the University of Colorado for graduate studies in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. He received his Master's degree in 2019.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. The ongoing MetPy Mondays series looks at creating inset plots, fitting non-linear functions, using violin plots, and aligning labels in matplotlib.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee met 1-2 October 2019 in Boulder, CO (in a joint meeting with the Strategic Advisory Committee). The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be held 2-3 April 2020 as a virtual meeting.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee met 2-3 October 2019 in Boulder, CO (in a joint meeting with the Users Committee). The meeting summary will be available shortly. The meeting summary is available here. The next meeting will be a held 20-21 April 2020 as a virtual meeting.

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