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David Hosansky, UCAR/NCAR Media Relations
April 1st, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in its 53-year history, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has opened a full-time office in Washington. The new office, which begins operations today, will advocate on behalf of its 104 member universities that study the atmosphere and work to improve weather forecasting.

It will also pursue business development opportunities with private sector businesses and foundations that have an interest in atmospheric research.

“UCAR will advocate for the nation’s entire weather enterprise out of this office,” says UCAR president Thomas Bogdan. “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.”

BOULDER—Applying its atmospheric expertise to solar energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.

The research team is designing a prototype system to forecast sunlight and resulting power every 15 minutes over specific solar facilities, thereby enabling utilities to continuously anticipate the amount of available solar energy. The work, funded primarily with a $4.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, will draw on cutting-edge research techniques at leading government labs and universities across the country, in partnership with utilities, other energy companies, and commercial forecast providers.

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February 17th, 2013

WASHINGTON, February 13, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted regulatory approval for the use of GonaConTM - Equine immunocontraceptive vaccine (GonaCon) in adult female wild or feral horses and burros.  GonaCon was developed by NWRC scientists and is the first single-shot, multiyear wildlife contraceptive for use in mammals.

“Since 2009, GonaCon has been available for use in female white-tailed deer. We are pleased to be able to expand the vaccine's application to include wild horses and burros,” said NWRC Director Larry Clark. “This nonlethal tool will provide another option to wildlife managers working to reduce overabundant wild horse and burro populations in the United States.”

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced the first step in the development of a Cybersecurity Framework, which will be a set of voluntary standards and best practices to guide industry in reducing cyber risks to the networks and computers that are vital to the nation’s economy, security and daily life.

Vaisala introduces a new family of humidity and temperature transmitters for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. Combining top quality with affordable price, the versatile Vaisala INTERCAP® Humidity and Temperature Transmitter Series HMDW80 is the complete set for collecting the basic humidity and temperature information needed for a variety of HVAC applications.

The new transmitters are optimized for reliable operation and easy installation with very little maintenance. The excellent stability of the INTERCAP® sensor ensures reliable measurement with minimal maintenance, and if needed, the sensor can be easily exchanged on location with practically no downtime at all.