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Staff Notes Daily Announcements

A team of researchers, including NCAR scientists, has identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer, according to a new study in the journal Science. (Story posted by Laura Snider, Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer. Read more here.)

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Friday, July 1, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016

In attendance: Jim Hurrell, Maria Isquierdo, William Kuo, Melissa Miller, Michael Thompson (Chair), Susan Montgomery-Hodge

Guests: Rena Brasher-Alleva (NCAR Budget and Planning: B&P), Patty Leslie (UCAR Finance and Administration: F&A), Meg McClellan (UCAR President’s Office: PO), Sarah Pritchard (PO), Kelly Smith (UCP Directorate: UCP), Dave Sundvall (PO), Gina Taberski (F&A), Justin Young (F&A)

Sourcing, Travel, Expense, and Procurement Solutions (STEPS) Development Process Decisions

Patty Leslie (F&A) with Gina Taberski (F&A) presented an opportunity to the President’s Council (PC) for implementing a corporate travel credit card program in conjunction with the Concur Travel and Expense System implementation scheduled for 2017. Currently, UCAR utilizes a “ghost” credit card representing a direct bill program for all travel booked through Cain Travel, UCAR’s approved travel management company. The corporate travel credit cards would replace the “ghost” credit card program and place travel credit cards directly in the hands of our travelers.

The benefits of a corporate travel credit card are:

  • Transfer of the liability from the employee to the corporation;
  • No wait time for reimbursement of travel and expense reimbursements;
  • Reduction in the need for cash advance requests;
  • Visibility of travel and expense transactions; all corporate credit card transactions are automatically populated in a Concur expense report as they occur;
  • Enable spend analytics supporting stronger vendor discounts.

Employees will not be prohibited from continuing to use their personal credit cards to book travel and expenses. Employees using a personal credit card will be reimbursed for all submitted expenses when the entire trip has been completed. President’s Council approved a phased implementation of corporate travel credit cards in conjunction with the Concur implementation.

Indirect Rate Review Committee (IRRC) status on FY16 Indirect Cost Pools

Justin Young (F&A), Rena Brasher-Alleva (B&P) and Kelly Smith (UCP) met with the PC on behalf of the Indirect Rate Review Committee (IRRC) to present the second quarter status report for the FY16 indirect cost pools. The IRRC recommended that the organization continue to manage awards using the FY2016 provisional indirect rates. The PC accepted this recommendation. The IRRC will monitor MTDC and cost actuals in the coming months and determine if additional discussion is required.
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM): Risk of UCAR Not Meeting Performance Expectations

As part of UCAR’s action plan for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), the PC reviews institutional risks on a regular basis. This risk review, also attended by Meg McClellan (PO) and Dave Sundvall (PO), focused on the risk of UCAR not meeting the performance expectations of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other sponsors. This includes performance expectations from both a contractual view (can we meet the terms and conditions of our contracts) as well as an overall strategy of alignment with NSF. Embedded within the compliance framework of the contractual side are also Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, federal regulations, clean audits, and specific deliverables from the NSF Cooperative Agreement. The UCAR annual management report to NSF addresses much of this risk area.
UCAR’s member universities expectations are also included in this area. The President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR) has evolved into strategic advising of the UCAR President of how to engage the member universities. Two programs which encourage inward and outward staff exchanges have been created: the UVisit (which expands UCAR’s visitor and exchange programs to respond to requests from our university community) and UMatch (which helps connect the university community with NCAR and UCP scientists, engineers, and other staff who are interested in activities such as participation on thesis committees, teaching opportunities, hosting student and professional visits, service to observational or computational facilities, and more.)
The UCAR member representatives spent considerable time conveying their expectations of UCAR at the annual October 2015 Members Representatives meeting. Themes ranged from UCAR advocating for the community on the national level to ensure robust science budgets, including the newly developed UCAR Advocacy for the Science Community (UASC); specific interaction with NCAR scientists; engaging in NCAR’s strategic planning; UCAR providing a “commons” to annually network with one another; innovative ideas around communicating science; staff exchange (UVisit and UMatch); and holding meaningful workshops.
Meg McClellan and Dave Sundvall will work on these areas to further develop them as well as define possible controls and then meet with Michael Thompson to further refine.

For more information, contact Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Friday, July 1, 2016 to Thursday, July 21, 2016

Modeling Snow Water Equivalent in the Rocky Mountain Region

Colette Smirniotis
San Diego State University

Accurately modeling and predicting snow cover presents a scientific challenge, in part because it is difficult to measure this quantity directly. Thus, indirect measurements are also used to infer snow cover. Given the choice of different indirect measurements and also different algorithms to retrieve snow cover from these data, there is no single, standard gridded snow data set that can be used for climate model evaluation. The goal of this project is to use a Bayesian statistical model to create a blended product of snow water equivalent (SWE) from multiple data sets and in the process also quantify the uncertainty of this across different locations. To combine the data sets, a new version of the R package LatticeKrig is implemented that can handle the “change of support” problem common in spatial statistics and inherent in this project. LatticeKrig models the spatial process with a multiresolution basis function representation in a computationally efficient manner. Monthly snow predictions from the blended product are calculated along with the standard errors of the predictors.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room
(Bring your lunch)

For more information, contact Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Jack Calvert, a preeminent researcher in photochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and air pollution, died earlier this month. (Read more.)


For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Wednesday, July 6, 2016

UCAR Center for Science Education and the NOAA Climate Stewards Program will be co-hosting the 2016 Climate Change workshop, June 30 - July 2. You are welcome to tune-in to the following discussions via UCARLive at

  • Thursday, June 30 at 10am Kevin Trenberth will give the keynote Weather and Climate Extremes: Attribution and Risk.
  • Thursday, June 30 at 2:15pm a panel discussion will be held entitled Attribution, Extremes, and Resilience. Presenters will be :
    • Jerry Meehl, NCAR Sr. Climate Scientst
    • Rod Moraga, Fire Management Consultant, Anchor Point Group
    • Janice Coen, NCAR Scientist, Fire Modeler
    • Mari Tye, Engineering & Climate Extremes Partnership, NCAR Scientist
    • Brett KenCairn, City of Boulder Sr. Environmental Planner
  • Friday, July 1st at 3:30pm COMET hydrologist Matt Kelsch will discuss The Boulder 2013 Flood, Climate, and Resiliency Planning. 

We hope that you will join us via UCARLive.


For more information, contact Karen Herman at ext. 2590,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Sunday, July 3, 2016

As in the past several years, the Mesa Lab will close to the public on Monday, July 4 as follows:

  • The NCAR road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists may continue to use the road until 7 p.m. 
  • Security will patrol the parking lot at 7 p.m. and ask remaining visitors to leave the premises.
  • Employees requiring access to work at the Mesa Lab will be allowed up the road after 4 p.m. with their UCAR identification. 
  • Security will have increased patrols during the day. An officer will be at the bottom of the NCAR road starting at noon to make sure everyone is aware of the 4 p.m. closure. 
  • There is signage at the bottom of the road announcing the closure.
  • The road will re-open for normal use on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 a.m.

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Former HAO Senior Scientist Tim Brown has received a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for landmark research that he conducted while at NCAR. (Read more.)

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Effective Monday, June 27th, the Contracts point of contact for cell phones is Adam Mayfield.  He can be reached by phone at extension or via email at  The backup point of contact is Justin Lee (ext. 2069,  

If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at or via phone at 303-497-8877.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016

Marc Genty serves in multiple roles, and each is a passion. By day, he is a software engineer in the Mass Storage Systems Group of NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Also by day and often by night, for several years he has been the coordinator of the UCAR Delphi Question and Answer Service, a volunteer position. But his volunteer spirit doesn't end there. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer, read more here.)

For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, June 27, 2016 to Monday, July 4, 2016

REGISTER for JULY Courses! 

Don't let July pass by without taking advantage of the opportunity to particpate in some incredible courses! We have a fantastic July planned!

All UCAR/NCAR/UCP employees can register for FREE educational courses. There are a variety of options and the training schedules are updated regularly to help provide the most current and up to date information.


View the 2016 training schedule to date & REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select “EOD Training Catalog” to view and register for current offerings.

For more information, contact:

Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716 

  • Class sizes vary and space is limited. Reserve your attendance as soon as possible.
  • Courses may be offered more than once, depending on the demand and participation.
  • Note: Course times & dates can change, please view the calendar via the EOD Training Catalog for the most up-to-date information!

JULY - 2016 Courses: 

(log into Connect and view the "EOD Training Catalog" for locations and descriptions per course)

7/12/16: Elevations CU: The Culture of Can
Complimentary lunch. RSVP by 7/5 for lunch.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM /  CG1 2126
Open to all employees

7/21/16: MSEC: Interviewing and Hiring
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM /  FLA-2111.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/6 

7/27/16: MSEC: Workplace Respect
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM / CG1-2503
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/12

7/28/16: MSEC: Performance Management,
Setting the Stage for Success
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / CG1-2126.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/13

CEB Manager Success Workshop Series:
Open to all managers & aspiring managers
Times & Registration per Virtual Courses are listed on the
EOD website:
(Select the Leadership Development tab for more information)

Managing Virtual Teams
July Dates Offered: 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Thursday, June 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016