Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/25/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Please join us for the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) final presentations next week.

Monday, July 28:

Colloquium Talks, 8:45 - 3:15, FL2 1001 Small Auditorium. For a complete listing of presentations, see the website below.

Thursday, July 31:

Poster Session public viewing and reception, 4:00 - 5:30, CG Auditorium & Lobby. I am also looking for posters evaluators from 2:30 - 4:00 so let me know if you're interested. Students from the following programs will present their summer research:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) - UCAR/NCAR

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) - Unavco

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Internship Program

Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) - NCAR Library

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) - RAL

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) - CIRES & INSTAAR at CU Boulder

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/24/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Nature's roadblock to hurricane prediction
The quiet Atlantic hurricane season of 2013 came as a surprise to many, as seasonal forecasts had consistently predicted an unusually large crop of named storms. A new study by scientists at NCAR and North-West University (South Africa) finds that internal variability—processes that unfold without being dictated by larger-scale features—can make one season twice as active as another, even when El Niño and other large-scale hurricane-shaping elements are unchanged. The results suggest that seasonal hurricane forecasts could be improved by conveying the amount of unavoidable uncertainty in the outlook. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605, bhenson@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Come and see what the 2014 SIParCS interns have been working on.  Student presentations take place from 9:00 am to 11:45 am both Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in the ML Main Seminar Room. Each morning will begin with opening remarks by Dr. Richard Loft, Director of SIParCS, followed by each intern's 15-minute  presentation and 5-minute Q&A. 

To view the full schedule with links to the intern pages including abstracts, please visit http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs/siparcs-student-presentations-2014.  We hope to see you there! The presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

For additional information please contact Kristin Mooney, kristin@ucar.edu, x1288.

For more information, contact Kristin Mooney at ext. 1288, kristin@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NASA Space Technology Communications Strategies in a Changing World

David Steitz

NASA Headquarters

David Steitz, NASA’s senior public affairs officer for space technology, will provide an overview of the agency’s $575 million Space Technology Mission Directorate portfolio of investments and the successful strategies the agency employs to publicize this important work. He will give insight into NASA’s strategy of themed messaging communications and the challenge of disseminating to the widest possible audience NASA’s work in advanced space technology research and development. Topics will include NASA’s overall communications infrastructure; the agency’s use of social media for amplification, public engagement and outreach; and effective message framing during times of political change and budgetary uncertainty.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:00 AM

NCAR - Center Green Campus

3080 Center Green Drive

CG1 North Auditorium (1214)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757, oncley@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Traveling abroad? Need to brush up on a foreign language for international collaboration?

Transparent Language Online is an online language learning application available to the UCAR/NCAR/UCP community through the NCAR Library. This product offers free remote access anytime from anywhere for over 80 languages. It provides personal progress tracking as well as audio pronunciation analysis and cultural resources.

Access is available through the Transparent Language NCAR Library login page. Your initial visit will require a one-time set-up process for your account. Once you have established your account a mobile application is available.

See more at NCAR Library On-Line Resources.

For more information, contact NCAR Reference at ext. 8505, ncarref@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 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 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 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 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 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