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BACTAC - MacDonald


Tour of the Forecast Systems Laboratory
Alexander E. MacDonald
Director, NOAA Forecast Systems Lab

Dr. MacDonald will give a tour of the Forecast Systems Lab. The Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), located in Boulder, Colorado, is one of the Research Laboratories in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). FSL conducts applied meteorological research and development to improve and create short-term warning and weather forecast systems, models, and observing technology. The tour will include demonstrations of their latest forecast systems, Jet, the 768 node High Performance Computing System, and Science on a Sphere. "Science on a Sphere", an educational outreach tool, is a projected image of the rotating earth onto a large sphere with topographic information overlain on the landmasses; current weather information is displayed showing the effects of mountains and oceans.

FSL is located in the David Skaggs Research Center on the NOAA/NIST campus at 325 Broadway. A valid picture ID (such as a driver's license or passport) is required for admittance onto the campus and into the NOAA building. From school, go south on Broadway, past Baseline, and turn right into the campus at the Broadway/27th Street intersection. Follow the road to the right and show your ID to the guard at the guard station, and tell him you are here for the CU CS Department FSL tour by Alexander MacDonald. Continue on and follow the main road all the way around the complex. When the road ends, turn left into the parking lot of the David Skaggs building. Steps from the lot lead you down to the main entrance. Use your ID to get a visitor's pass from the guard inside, and wait there with the other students for the tour to begin.

BACTAC, the Beverage And Chips Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium, is a weekly forum run by graduate students. The goal is provide an informal setting in which anyone can (basically) present anything. In the past, we have had practice talks for conferences and job interviews, research reports, juggle lessons (!), student representative reports, internship discussions, an introduction to ergonomics, and "pay attention to this when you are going to look for job" discussions.

BACTAC is meant to be an informal and social event to promote the interaction among graduate students. BACTAC is typically held every Tuesday, at 3:30pm, in room ECOT 831. Free munchies and drinks are provided.

Please email Caleb Phillips for more information or if you want to be a speaker.

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