Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Friday, July 25, 2014

It’s almost time to lace up your running shoes and pump up your bicycle tires for the annual Up the Hill Race!  

The annual Up The Hill Race and all-staff party will be on Friday, August 8 at the Mesa Lab.  The race starts at 3 p.m. on the road to the Mesa Lab.  It is about a mile race with a significant vertical climb.  We will have a running race and bike race this year.  The top three fastest times for men and for women will win race medals and bragging rights.  Sign up today at https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/eac.

If racing is not your cup of tea, the EAC is still looking for volunteers to help time the runners and to staff the race.  To volunteer, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.  

After the race, we will have the last summer all staff party on the tree terrace at the Mesa Lab.  Join us for cold beverages, appetizers, a bluegrass jam session, and social time with your colleagues.  Families are welcome to attend.    

Free! -  Mini bike tune-ups will be available at the party, so bring your bike if you’d like some free maintenance to keep it in good condition.

New! - Division Participation Contest!  The department with the highest percentage of participants at the party will win a happy hour of their very own planned by the EAC.  Be sure to bring your colleagues and register to win!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We would like to invite the ECSA to a special brown bag lunch discussion next Wednesday. The purpose of this meeting is to touch base with all the members of the ECSA and to discuss Early-Career related issues in the context of the organization (NCAR and UCAR). This could range from workforce management, research-outreach balance, proposal funding, overheads ... to whatever you can come up with!

We will have a special guest: Tom Bogdan wants to meet with ECSA members in person and learn about our struggles, concerns, insights and aspirations. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to talk to him in an informal, relaxed and non-intimidating setting.

We would like to hear your opinions and discuss any issues that you find relevant and/or interesting. So please join us, bring your lunch and your thoughts to the table!

When: Wednesday July 23 at 12pm
Where: CG1-3131

The ECSA Steering Committee

For more information, contact Rebecca Centeno at ext. 1581, rce@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time:  3:00–4:00 pm
Date:  Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Location:  CG1 – 2139 Captain Mary (no webcast or recording will be available)

Title: Comparison of inversion codes for polarized line formation in MHD simulations. Milne-Eddington codes


Abstract:

Milne-Eddington (M-E) inversion codes for the radiative transfer equation are the most widely used tools to infer the magnetic field from observations of the polarization signals in photospheric and chromospheric spectral lines. Unfortunately, a comprehensive com- parison between the different M-E codes available to the solar physics community is still missing, and so is a physical interpretation of their inferences. In this contribution we offer a comparison between three of those codes (VFISV, ASP/HAO, and HELIX). These codes are used to invert synthetic Stokes profiles that were previously obtained from realistic non-grey 3D MHD numerical simulations. The results of the inversion are compared with each other and with those from the MHD simulations. In the first case, the M-E codes retrieve values for the magnetic field strength, inclination and line-of-sight velocity that agree with each other within σB ≤ 35 (Gauss), σγ ≤ 1.2◦, and σv ≤ 10 m s−1, respectively. Additionally, M-E inversion codes agree with the numerical simulation<p><strong>NICOLE: An Open Source, Massively Parallel Code for Non-LTE Synthesis and Inversion of Spectral Lines and Zeeman-induced Stokes Profiles</strong></p><p>With the advent of a new generation of solar telescopes and instrumentation (DKIST, EST, Solar-C, etc), the interest in the interpretation of chromospheric (spectro-polarimetric) observations has spiked, driving in turn a need for suitable diagnostic tools. In this talk I will describe a new code that has been designed for Stokes NLTE radiative transfer (synthesis and inversion). It has been built from scratch with MPI parallelization implemented right from the beginning, with the idea of applying it on massive datasets. NICOLE is about to be released publicly and considerable effort has been put into making it as user-friendly as possible. We hope that it will become a valuable diagnostic tool for the community.</p>s, when compared at a fixed optical depth, within σB ≤ 130 (Gauss), σγ ≤ 5◦, and σv ≤ 320 m s−1. Finally, we show that employing generalized response functions to determine the height at which M-E codes measure physical parameters is more meaningful than comparing at a fixed geometrical height or optical depth. In this case the differences between M-E inferences and the 3D MHD simulations decreaseto σB ≤90 (Gauss), σγ ≤3◦,and σv ≤90ms−1.

For more information, contact Adrian Trujillo at ext. 1578, cuace@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Monday, July 28, 2014

These new acquisitions will be displayed at each NCAR Library location for one week, first at FL Library and then at ML Library. If you have questions regarding the items or want to suggest additions to the library collection, please contact the NCAR Library at ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505.

An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Fifth Edition
Authors: James R. Holton, Gregory J. Hakim
Publisher: Academic Press
Call Number: QC880 .H66 2013
Location: FL Library

Python Cookbook, 3rd Edition
Author: David Beazley and Brian K. Jones
Publisher: O’Reilly
Call Number: QA76.73.P98 B439 2013
Location: FL Library

Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation Using R, 2nd Edition
Authors: Owen Jones, Robert Maillardet, and Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Chapman & Hall CRC
Call Number: Q183.9 .J66 2014
Location: ML Library

Radiative Interactions Between Arctic Sea Ice and Boundary Layer Stratus Clouds
Author: Elizabeth Eby Ebert
Publisher: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Call Number: 102133
Location: ML Reports

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Click on the link below to view the new hires and departures as of Friday, July 18, 2014.

For more information, contact Bettys Singleton at ext. 2005, bettys@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/22/2014 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014
As a follow-up to the Employee Engagement Survey, the UCAR President’s Council has asked Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) to develop and implement a manager mini-training series. An important step in developing a program that’s relevant and valuable is gathering data from managers and staff around the needs for manager/supervisor professional development.

We invite you to participate in the design of this important program by completing a brief questionnaire. Responses will be confidential and the aggregated results will be used as guidance for program design, content, and format.  Please respond by July 22, 2014.  Thank you for your time and input.

Cheryl Cristanelli, Michelle Darveau, Delaine Orendorff

UCAR Staff Survey for Manager Development Program

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708, cherylc@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/21/2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014

EOD's July Professional Fitness Challenge -- Change Management Fitness

How prepared are you for change? When there are organizational changes, placing demands that you change along with it, wariness and uncertainty are natural. Change signals the end of the tried, trusted and familiar. But change is also a new beginning--a springboard into a new and potentially exciting organizational and personal future. EOD’s CHANGE MANAGEMENT LEARNING PLAN provides resources to help you acquire the skills and strategies you and your team need to manage change effectively.

How EOD’s Change Management Learning Plan Benefits You:

• Understand common reactions to change, and what to expect when dealing withorganizational change
• Learn key skills to prepare yourself and your team for change
• Learn practical strategies for dealing with resistance to change, removingorganizational obstacles and ensuring transition
• Develop skills to develop positive support for change
• Learn tools and techniques to manage setbacks presented along your route to success
• Develop skills to strengthen you and your team’s perseverance and resiliency

To access the online, anytime Change Management Learning Resources, visit EOD/Skillsoft Site 
(Login credentials: UCAR/work email address, password setup/retrieval at the site)

Cross-Train with Onsite Instructor-Led Classes via EOD's Training Catalog

CHANGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP (ADKAR Model)
Opt 1: July 30, 2014, 1-4 pm, CG1-3131
Opt 2: August 4, 2014, 1-4 pm, ML-Damon
Instructor: Rebecca Swisher, UCAR Pres Office/Communications

Overview: Change is everywhere!  We CAN manage change effectively personally and professionally by applying the Prosci ADKAR model - Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement.  During this interactive, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to: Assess your organization's readiness for change; Develop a change management plan using ADKAR; Involve your sponsors; Communicate the change; Manage resistance to change; and Engage your department, lab or program in the change. The class is open to everyone and is especially valuable for managers/supervisors, project and team leads.

Register at EOD Training Catalog via Connect
(UCAS login>Training Catalog>Search by class name>Details>Enroll in desired date option)

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708, cherylc@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/21/2014 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Network Engineering and Telecommunications Section (NETS) in CISL is conducting a survey in order to better serve our users of networking services. This survey will be used to evaluate and improve networking services at UCAR. We estimate the survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

The survey will be open until 5:00 P.M. on August 15, 2014. You may stop and save the survey at any point and resume until you answer the last question.

https://survey.ucar.edu/s?s=10002

For more information, contact Marla Meehl at ext. 1301, marla@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/21/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To assure that the UCAR Strategic Plan fully reflects the talents, ideas, and vision of our organization, we need staff members to provide constructive feedback on how and where the plan might be improved. Thanks to all of you who have taken time to attend one or more of the Open House sessions so far.

We've made recordings so that everyone who missed a session can still be included in the discussion. I encourage you to listen to the recordings for goals that interest you, to add your thoughts online, and to find time on your calendar to attend at least one of the upcoming open houses. The live sessions have been thoughtful, spirited, and valuable. Thanks for everyone's contributions thus far, and please keep them coming.

Webcast recordings of sessions that have already taken place

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)
Tuesday, July 15
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/SGT_3.mp4

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Joanie Kleypas and Scott Rayder)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_1.mp4

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads:  Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_8.mp4

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_5.mp4

Next open houses

Please plan to join the conversation in person at these next live sessions:

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)
Friday, July 25, 9am to 10:30am, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)
Monday, July 28, 10:30 am to noon, CG1 (north auditorium)

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads:Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)
Tuesday, July 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm, CG1 (north auditorium)

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)
Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3:30 pm, CG1, 2126

Providing feedback online

I encourage you to also provide feedback and suggestions for any or all of the eight goal areas using the “Add New Comment” field for each goal page at https://president.ucar.edu/president/strat-plans/2014/goals (use your UCAS password to log in). The Goal Team leaders can also be emailed with your input.

Thanks to everyone for your participation in this important effort.

Tom

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, bogdan@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/17/2014 to Thursday, July 24, 2014
The FLA solar awning construction begins Monday (7/21).  The front parking lot at FLA will be closed for the next two weeks.   Parking will still be available under the main FLA building (both sides), to the north-east of the building, and in both FL3 and FL4 parking lots.
 
The primary entrance and exits to the building will be the end stair towers and front door.  Please avoid using the back dock entrance during construction.  
 

For more information, contact David Patterson at ext. 8507, davep@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/17/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You are invited to attend the upcoming Open House Meetings for the UCAR Strategic Plan. The 5-year plan is intended to describe at a high level what UCAR is, its vision and values, how it serves the community, and its priorities for the future.

Earlier this year the President’s Council defined eight goals that address UCAR’s role in facilitating key activities across NCAR, UCP, and the community, and it tasked eight goal teams to flesh these out.  The teams have done a tremendous job developing these goals and objectives. We have also revised UCAR’s vision and mission. Now, in order for the UCAR Strategic Plan to fully reflect the talents, ideas and vision of our organization, we need your input to provide constructive feedback on the plan’s direction and how and where it might be improved. There are a number of opportunities for feedback including posting comments and engaging in discussion on the website (UCAS password required), as well as attending the goal team Open House meetings.

Strategic Plan website: https://president.ucar.edu/president/strat-plans/2014

Goal Team Open House Schedule

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm to 2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Scott Rayder and Joanie Kleypas)

Friday, July 18, 10am to 11:30 am, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads: Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)

Friday, July 18, 11am to 12:30 pm, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie, University of Arizona)

Friday, July 18, 1pm-2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)

Friday, July 25, 9am to 10:30am, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)

Monday, July 28, 10:30 am to noon, CG1 (north auditorium)

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads: Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)

Tuesday, July 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm, CG1 (north auditorium)

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3:30 pm, CG1, 2126

* Note: Becca Hatheway will lead this session with John in Mary’s absence.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the future of UCAR and how you would like the organization to evolve in support of our shared goals.

Sincerely,

Tom Bogdan,
UCAR President

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, montgoms@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/16/2014 to Friday, July 25, 2014

Scientists at NCAR and partner organizations have launched a major field project across the northern Front Range of Colorado this month to track the origins of summertime ozone, an invisible but harmful pollutant. Known as the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ), the study will track emissions from both human-related activities and natural sources. FRAPPÉ marks one of the largest research projects to look at summertime air pollution on the northern Front Range, including Denver, which often exceeds federal standards for safe levels of ground-level ozone pollution despite efforts to reduce emissions. 

A press conference took place at EOL's Research Aviation Facility on Tuesday, July 15, to give journalists a chance to meet with principal investigators and tour some of the facilities involved with FRAPPÉ. The event drew coverage from a number of media outlets, including the Associated Press, Denver Post, and KUNC.

For more on FRAPPÉ, see the AtmosNews release and multimedia gallery, as well as the FRAPPÉ websites at EOL and NESL/ACD. A public open house is scheduled to be held at RAF on August 2.

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611, hosansky@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/16/2014 to Friday, July 25, 2014

Summertime brings many visitors to our campuses, which serves to highlight the international nature of our work. I've been on the road over the last few weeks working to help build our range of international activities and partners.

You'll find my latest post here. (Use your UCAS password to log in.)

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, bogdan@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/16/2014 to Saturday, August 2, 2014

SATURDAY 2 AUGUST 2014: 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM

NCAR RESEARCH AVIATION FACILITY @ ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN AIRPORT

Visit three research aircraft - NSF/NCAR C-130, NASA P-3, and NASA King Air - and ground-based research equipment involved in FRAPPÉ and DISCOVER-AQ, studying summertime air quality along the Colorado Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area (NFRMA). 

These aircraft are flying laboratories fully equipped with scientists, remote sensors, and air sampling instrumentation and will be flying between 1,000 and 28,000 feet from 16 July - 16 August, 2014 along the urban corridor from Denver to Fort Collins.

  • Get on board and explore the research aircraft
  • Learn about instruments used to study air quality including a mobile lab and a tethered balloon
  • Talk with project scientists from NCAR, NASA, CDPHE, NOAA, and other agencies and universities

For safety reasons, please only bring children 6+ years old, and no more than 3 children per adult, and wear close-toed shoes.

Website: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/AirQuality_OpenHouse
Printable PDF: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/system/files/F_DAQ_Open_House_Flier_f.pdf

For more information, contact Alison Rockwell at ext. 8758, rockwell@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/15/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is looking for staff from across the institution to provide feedback on protégé posters on Thursday, July 31st, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the CG auditorium. Please consider offering your time to review SOARS posters and interact with protégés about their summer research. Evaluators will provide feedback on both content and presentation. We invite those with a scientific background, and those without, to join us in providing this important component for student research.

Please contact Laura Allen by next Wednesday, July 23, if you are interested in evaluating SOARS posters.

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/09/2014 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The NCAR Library and its staff are happy to support the preparation and publication of new NCAR Technical Notes.

The Technical Notes series provides an outlet for a variety of NCAR Manuscripts that contribute in specialized ways to the body of scientific knowledge but that are not yet at a point of a formal journal, monograph or book publication.  Reports in this series are issued by the NCAR scientific divisions, serviced by OpenSky and operated through the NCAR Library.

Step-by-step instructions to submit an NCAR Technical Note for publication are found on the Library website at http://library.ucar.edu/publishing-ncar-technical-note.

If you have any questions about this process or the forms required, please contact NCAR Reference at ncarref@ucar.edu or (303) 497-8505.

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 06/26/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents photography by Carlye Calvin

Photographing wildlife is like photographing scientists … you learn something new and interesting at every photo session.

My dad bought me my first camera when I was 8 years old, a Kodak Brownie. I only shot black and white film back then, and I loved to convince my siblings to climb up trees and jump out of them so I could practice “action” shots. My dog was a very willing subject. “Sit, stay” … click.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Biology, I worked for a biology textbook company providing photography for high school textbooks. Eventually, I became the staff photographer for NCAR where for 27 years, I was able to combine my love of photography and science.

When I look through the view finder of my camera, I scan the entire scene, every corner, before focusing on the main subject. A photograph is like a painting. Every part of the canvas is important to the composition.

Calvin's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 24, 2014 to August 1, 2014.


For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570, alewis@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 06/02/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Richard Warner enjoys images that surprise—be it an unusual perspective, a touch of humor or a subject with shock value.

5POINTS: The stunning street art, captured in this series of photographs, which adorned an entire city block in Queens, New York, no longer exists. Artists from around the world covered the warehouse, scheduled for demolition, with their work, beginning in 2002. During the night of November 19, 2013, the images were blanketed with whitewash. The building developer argued that watching the art being destroyed by the wrecking ball would be “torture”. These pictures were taken less than two months before the art was erased.

Warner is mounting two series of images in NCAR Mesa Lab Gallery I, “5POINTS” and the second “REFLECTIONS”. Warner's work will be on display June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014. 

Eggshell Mosaics by Dorette Carlson

Dorette Carlson sees art as a gift of communication. To her, the artist puts their soul on display, confirming the innate need for connection and the desire to be recognized as part of the greater human experience. Her approach to the ancient art of mosaics reflects the idea that all of creation is a mosaic; it’s all bits and pieces that come together to form the larger whole. Her mosaic art reflects the universal principle that nothing really stands alone; that everything is made of an abundance of interconnected elemental bits. Carlson's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

Come and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570, alewis@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/03/2014 to Thursday, September 25, 2014

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711, nychka@ucar.edu