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Agenda and Presentations

Summer 2011 WAS*IS
August 4-12, 2011

Final Agenda (pdf)

August 4 | August 5 | August 6 | August 7 | August 8
August 9 | August 10 | August 11 | August 12

Thursday, August 4, 2011 (Mesa Lab, Cafeteria)
  Daily Theme: Introducing WAS*IS
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Eve Gruntfest
   
  5:30 p.m. Leave Best Western Boulder Inn for NCAR Mesa Lab
  6:00 p.m. Light reception with sandwiches, salad, and dessert from Whole Foods
  6:30 p.m. Welcome to the WAS*IS Family: Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo, Eve Gruntfest
  6:45 p.m. WAS*IS Organizing Committee and Advisory Committee Introductions
  • Organizing Committee: Emily Laidlaw, Julie Demuth, Jeff Lazo, Eve Gruntfest
  • Advisory Committee: Daniel Nietfeld, Kenny Blumenfeld, Jen Spinney, Holly Hassenzahl, Daniel Dix
  7:15 p.m. Why WAS*IS Now?: Eve Gruntfest, Jeff Lazo, Julie Demuth, Emily Laidlaw
  7:45 p.m. Break
  8:00 p.m. Participant Introductions: (14 people)
Moderator: Dan Nietfeld
  9:00 p.m. General questions about the workshop from participants
  9:15 p.m. Adjourn and take vans back to Best Western Boulder Inn



Friday, August 5, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Daily Theme: Laying the Foundation for WAS*IS Success
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Kenny Blumenfeld
     
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Welcome, overview of the week, and discuss logistics
  8:45 a.m. Participant Introductions: (14 intros) Moderator: Kenny Blumenfeld
  9:45 a.m. Break
  10:00 a.m. How social science and atmospheric science fit together: Julie Demuth and Kenny Blumenfeld
  10:30 a.m. Languages in our Community: Heather Lazrus and Daniel Nietfeld
  11:00 a.m. Languages Small Group Activity
  11:30 p.m. Group Discussion
  12:30 p.m. Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
  1:30 p.m. WAS*IS*WILLBE: Bill Hooke
  2:30 p.m. Questions and Discussions with Bill Hooke
  3:15 p.m. Break
  3:30 p.m. Culture Change Underway: A Panel of WAS*IS Veterans
  4:30 p.m. Discussion with WAS*IS veterans
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn for Friends of WAS*IS pizza reception: Foothills Lab Cafeteria



Saturday, August 6, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Morning Theme: Understanding the Social Sciences
Daily Moderators: Daniel Nietfeld and Daniel Dix
     
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Extended Panel on Social Sciences
  12:00 p.m. Lunch (ordered in from Deli Zone)
  Afternoon Theme: Understanding the Role of the National Weather Service
  1:00 p.m. Perspectives from NWS offices: Daniel Nietfeld and Jamie Rhome
  2:00 p.m. Discussion about NWS perspectives
  2:30 p.m. Break
  2:45 p.m. Depart for Boulder NWS tour
  3:00 p.m. Arrive at Boulder NOAA office & go through security
  3:30 p.m. Boulder NWS tour and Discussion
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
  7:30 p.m. Group dinner at The Med - 1002 Walnut St.



Sunday, August 7, 2011
  Enjoying Boulder
Day Off!! Everything is Optional.
     
  All Day Day off! Everything today is optional. Sleep in, hike around Boulder, shop, relax, do whatever!
  TBD Optional Hike (Leader TBD)
  TBD Optional Bike ride up Four Mile Canyon (Kenny)
  TBD Optional Thrift Store Shopping (Eve)
  No planned group dinner!



Monday, August 8, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Morning Theme: Needs and Ideas from the "Real" World
Daily Moderators: Holly Hassenzahl and Jen Spinney
   
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Welcome, overview of the week, and discuss logistics
  8:45 a.m. Integration in the Real World: Needs and Ideas from the private sector - Holly Hassenzahl and Daniel Dix
  9:15 a.m. Integration in the Real World: Needs and Ideas from the emergency management sector - Brittany Perrin, Daniel Dix, Kenny Blumenfeld, Jen Spinney
  9:45 a.m. Break
  10:00 a.m. Integration in the Real World: Needs and Ideas from the broadcast sector - Jay Trobec, Justin Gehrts, Ben Cathey
  10:45 a.m. Reactions to and Suggestions for Needs and Ideas Talks
  Noon Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
  Afternoon Theme: Methods for Doing WAS*IS Work.
  1:00 p.m. Group Presentation and Discussion about Methods: Moderator - Kenny Blumenfeld
  2:45 p.m. Break
  3:00 p.m. Studying the Influence of Weather on Tourist Experiences using narrative content - Jelmer Jeuring
  3:30 p.m. Investigating the role of episodic and semantic memories in relation to decision-making during weather warnings - Bob Drost
  4:00 p.m. Studying decision-making among Hurricane Katrina evacuees - Susanna Priest
  4:30 p.m. Small group discussion about methods
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
  7:30 p.m. Group dinner at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - 1770 13th Street



Tuesday, August 9, 2011 (Field Trip to Fort Collins and RMNP)
  Daily Theme: Real-Life Examples of the Intersection of Weather and Society
Daily Moderators: Eve Gruntfest and Matt Kelsch
   
  7:00 a.m. Leave Best Western Boulder Inn for Fort Collins (everyone to ride on bus)
  • Discuss the chronology, synoptic conditions, and experiences of the Fort Collins flood the night of July 28, 1997 (Matt Kelsch, UCAR Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training)
  8:00 a.m. Arrive at site of Fort Collins Flood
  • Discuss what happened before, during, and after the flood, including meteorology, hydrology, land use regulations, and emergency response (Matt Kelsch)
  9:30 a.m. Arrive at Fort Collins Storm Water Utility (700 Wood St. )
  • The 1997 Fort Collins Flood: Putting the Stormwater System to the Test (Marsha Hilmes-Robinson, Fort Collins Storm Water Utility)
  • Discuss the actions of the City of Fort Collins during and after the flood
  • City of Fort Collins: Regulatory changes after a natural disaster
  • Discuss the local floodplain regulations before, immediately following, and nine years after the flood
  10:45 a.m. Bathroom Break
  11:00 a.m. Leave for site of Big Thompson flood of July 31, 1976
  11:30 p.m. Lunch at Viestenz-Smith park just above the narrows in the canyon (Silver Mine Subs)
  12:30 p.m. Reminders of the past and the current state: Matt Kelsch
  • Look at tree scars from the flood and observe engineering of the river
  • Take self-guided tour around the ruins of the power plant that was destroyed by the Big Thompson flood
  1:15 p.m. Continue up the canyon: Matt Kelsch
  • Point out evidence of the flood
  • Talk about Olympus dam upon arriving in Estes Park
  2:00 p.m. Arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Look at the topographic replica of the park at the visitor's center and Matt will explain where Lawn Lake is: Matt Kelsch
  2:30 p.m. Arrive at the Lawn Lake Alluvial Fan
  • Explain the timeline of the 1982 flood: Matt Klesch
  • Explore the rocks and waterfalls: take photos!
  4:00 p.m. Depart for Boulder
  5:00 p.m. Return to Boulder
  NO organized group dinner!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Daily Theme: Collaborating to Address Research Problems
Daily Moderators: Jen Spinney and Kenny Blumenfeld
   
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Problem Definition and Group Discussion - Rebecca Morss and Daniel Nietfeld
  10:00 a.m. Break
  10:30 a.m. Problem Definition Examples and Discussion
  12:00 p.m. Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
  1:00 p.m. Small Groups Weather Problem Definition Exercise
  4:00 p.m. Groups report in on their findings (20 mins per group)
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
  NO organized group dinner!



Thursday, August 11, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Daily Theme: WAS*IS Put Into Action
Daily Moderators: Daniel Dix and Holly Hassenzahl
   
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Keynote Talk on Developing Products for the Weather Service - Jamie Rhome
  9:30 a.m. Discussion with Jamie
  10:15 a.m. Break
  10:30 a.m. NWS Service assessments - Jen Spinney and Julie Demuth
  11:00 a.m. Discussion about service assessments
  Noon Lunch at Foothills Lab Cafeteria
  1:00 p.m. Small Group Activity: WAS*IS Put into Action
  4:00 p.m. Groups Report in on Discussions
  5:30 p.m. Adjourn
  7:30 p.m. Final group celebratory dinner at Carelli's of Boulder - 645 30th Street



Friday, August 12, 2011 (Foothill Lab, EOL Atrium)
  Daily Theme: Building a Sustainable Future for WAS*IS and You
Daily Moderators: Emily Laidlaw and Eve Gruntfest
   
  8:15 a.m. Arrive, get settled
  8:30 a.m. Groups Discussion Time: Experiences, Ideas, Projects, Collaboration, etc.
  10:00 a.m. Break
  10:15 a.m. Reflecting on the Week and Moving Forward
  • How we as WAS*ISers are changing the culture - Eve Gruntfest
  • Building a stronger community - Holly Hassenzahl and Daniel Dix
  • Building a WAS*IS Career - Kenny Blumenfeld
  • Strengthening and developing WAS*IS resources to serve YOU - Emily Laidlaw
  11:15 a.m. After the WAS*IS Ecstasy, the Laundry - Emily Laidlaw
  11:30 a.m. Ciao Ciao and Images of WAS*IS 2011! - Everyone
  Noon Lunch at the Foothills Lab Cafeteria for those who want to stay
  1:00 p.m. Adjourn WAS*IS
   
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