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University elected to atmospheric sciences consortium


UGA has been elected to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

A nonprofit consortium of North American research universities, UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research on behalf of the National Science Foundation and fosters basic and applied research, outreach and education in the atmospheric, oceanic, space and related sciences.

“Being a member of UCAR means being a part of a community that helps shape the future direction of the atmospheric and related sciences both nationally and internationally,” said Marshall Shepherd, professor of geography in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and director of the UGA Atmospheric Sciences program. 

UGA is the 78th member of UCAR, which was founded in 1960. Universities invited to join UCAR must demonstrate continuing commitment to programs of study and research in atmospheric sciences as well as a commitment to active participation in UCAR activities. Members are elected for eight-year terms.

“The curriculum  forUGA’s Atmospheric Sciences program is highly innovative and forward-looking, offering an unusually broad interdisciplinary focus that ranges from anthropology to geography, while retaining the fundamentals so critical to our field of study,” said Thomas Bogdan, president of UCAR.