Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Wed, 08/27/2014 to Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time:  3:00–4:00 pm
Date:  Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Location:  CG1 – 2126 (also webcast at

Title: On the main-sequence age of the Sun


Traditionally the age of the Sun is estimated as being the same as that of the oldest meteorites, which are believed to have been formed in the solar nebula.  That is a very precise measure.  It is much more precise than can presently be judged directly from the properties of the Sun itself.  But is it accurate?  For some decades I and others have been trying to calibrate theoretical solar models to assess the Sun's age, basically via the the amount of hydrogen that has been converted into helium in the core.  The outcome depends on the many (generally accepted) assumptions on which the theory of stellar evolution depends, and upon many, if not all, of which some doubt must be cast.  To many scientists, that doubt must render the exercise fruitless.  However, I believe that the honing of such a calibration, however preliminary, is a necessary step towards not only addressing the reliability of those assumptions, but also for pursuing the ultimate goal: to determine whether or not the Sun condensed from the interstellar medium before or at the same time as the other condensed bodies in the solar system.

For more information, contact Adrian Trujillo at ext. 1578,

Announcement will run from Tue, 08/26/2014 to Monday, September 8, 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 or ext. 8505.

Drift, Deformation, and Fracture of Sea Ice: A Perspective Across Scales
Authors: Jérôme Weiss; foreword by Alan S. Thorndike
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: GB2403.2 .D75 2013
Location: ML Library

Agile Data Science
Author: Russell Jurney
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Call Number: QA76.9.D343 J87 2013
Location: ML Library

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet
Author: Heidi Cullen
Publisher: Harper Collins
Call Number: QC903 .C85 2010
Location: ML & FL Libraries

Introduction to Finite and Spectral Element Methods Using MATLAB, Second Edition
Author: Constantine Pozrikidis
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Call Number: TA347.F5 P7 2014
Location: ML LIbrary

SSH mastery: OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels and Keys
Author: Michael W. Lucas
Publisher: Tilted Windmill Press
Call Number: TK5102.59 .L835 2012 
Location: FL Location

Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People
Author: Michael W. Lucas
Publisher: Tilted Windmill Press
Call Number: TK5105.59 .S83 2013
Location: FL Library

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Announcement will run from Tue, 08/26/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Human Resources is pleased to present our brand new Web site! If you currently have the HR site bookmarked, the URL remains the same -  Please take a tour through the site to familiarize yourself with it.  While in the site, if you are unable to find a topic, find an error, or have an idea for a new topic, please let us know by clicking on "Contact the editor" below the text or contact Laurie Carr.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/25/2014 to Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The deadline for FY14 Metrics and OpenSky Citations data entry is Monday, November 3.  The Metrics Database is now viewable by the public so it has a new address:  Update your bookmarks if you have it marked! 

Here is the schedule for Metrics & Open Sky Training presentations:

  • Session 1 Monday, September 8, 10 -11 am, FL1 EOL Atrium
  • Session 2 Tuesday, September 9, 3 - 4 pm, ML Damon Room

We request that staff sign up in advance of the training by emailing Cindy Worster ( by September 5.

We'll record the two trainings and post the best one to the Metrics help page.   If you would like custom training, we would be happy to meet with your team and staff; let us know how we can help.

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 1101,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/25/2014 to Thursday, August 28, 2014

Human Subjects Research Training at UCAR: An Overview of the UCAR Process

Date/Time: September 9, 2014 from 10am - 11am
Location: FLA-2111 and via webinar

Required training for researchers and administrators on the purpose, procedures and regulations governing human subjects research will be provided this year on Tuesday, September 9. The training will be conducted by Meg McClellan, UCAR General Counsel and member of UCAR's Human Studies Committee. This training is open to all staff, with emphasis on researchers and administrators involved in human subjects research.

This one-hour seminar will provide UCAR-specific information for researchers.  In advance of this UCAR-specific training on September 9, it is recommended that you also complete a general human subjects on-line training provided at the National Institute of Health web site:

We request that staff sign up in advance of the training by emailing Cindy Worster ( by August 29; please include in your email whether you will attend in person or remotely.

For more information, contact Cindy Worster at ext. 1101,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/25/2014 to Thursday, August 28, 2014

A documentary on the science of climate change, Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past, is scheduled to air on Colorado Public Television 12 this Thursday, August 28, at 9:00pm. It will feature two NCAR scientists: CGD's Bette Otto-Bliesner and RAL's Caspar Ammann. The one-hour documentary showcases scientific research into climate change, emphasizing that it's necessary to know about past climate in order to project the future.

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

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/25/2014 to Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ever wonder what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says?  Learn more Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this fall during a seminar series by IPCC authors and contributors. This fall’s focus is on Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report).

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 • CIRES Auditorium (room 338 CIRES)

Th Aug 28 Policymakers/Technical summaries | Jerry Meehl
Tu Sept. 2 Ch. 1: Introduction | Linda Mearns
Tu Sept 9 Ch. 2: Observations: Atmosphere & Surface | Owen Cooper
Tu Sept 16 Ch. 3: Observations: Ocean | Mike Alexander
Tu Sept 23 Ch. 5: Information from Paleoclimate Archives | Bette Otto-Bliesner
Tu Sept 30 Ch. 11: Near Term Climate Change | Marika Holland
Th Oct 9 Ch. 6: Carbon and other Biogeochemical Cycles | Pieter Tans
Tu Oct 14 Ch. 7: Clouds and Aerosols | Dave Randall
Tu Oct 21 Ch. 8: Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing | J. F. Lamarque
Tu Oct 28 Ch. 12: Long Term Climate Change | John Fasullo
Tu Nov 4 Ch. 10: Detection and Attribution of Climate Change:
From Global to Regional | Judith Pearlwitz
Tu Nov. 11 Ch. 4: Observations: Cryosphere | Tad Pfeffer
Tu Nov 18 Ch. 9: Evaluation of Climate Models | Clara Deser
Tu Dec. 2 Ch. 13: Sea Level Change | Steve Nerem
Tu Dec 9 Ch. 14: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance
for Future Regional Climate Change | Kevin Trenberth

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/25/2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014

The nominations for the UCAR annual awards are due on Friday, October 17, 2014 before the close of business. Nominations this year will be submitted electronically to Rachel Hauser via Google Drive, on a flash drive, or to the UCAR/CIT (U) drive.

Please note that only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates can submit nominations.

More information can be found at the “Request for 2014 Nominations” on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures. There are two classes of awards: the Distinguished Achievement award and the Outstanding Accomplishments awards.  Categories for the latter award include: Publication, Scientific and/or Technical Advancement, Administrative Achievement, Education and Outreach, Mentoring, and Diversity.

In order to submit nominations that will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists: 

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

Please do not hesitate to call Rachel with questions. 

For more information, contact Rachel Hauser at ext. 1117,

Announcement will run from Fri, 08/22/2014 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Devils and hairpins in the atmospheric surface layer

Steve Oncley
In-Situ Sensing Facility
Earth Observing Laboratory

Vorticies in the atmospheric surface layer passing through a fixed array of 31 turbulence sensors have created a data set with unprecedented resolution of their characteristics and dynamics.  During the day, these vorticies likely are dust devils, though no visual observations are available to confirm this.  At night, this array appears to have made the first field observations of hairpin vorticies.  This talk will describe the structure and dynamics of several types of vorticies and relate them to other vortex investigations, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014, 3:30PM
NCAR - Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
FL2 Large Auditorium (FL2-1022)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/21/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Using GPS to improve tropical cyclone forecasts
One of the challenges in forecasting tropical cyclones is that measuring atmospheric conditions over the open ocean is extremely difficult. A new case study involving the Arabian Sea's most powerful cyclone on record indicates that the COSMIC microsatellite system, which uses GPS radio occultation to observe remote regions of the atmosphere, can significantly improve predictions of tropical cyclones. more>

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 08/20/2014 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do you need to access an article from the Library's journal subscriptions while working from home or while on a field project?

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff can access the Library's electronic journals from anywhere in the world. The NCAR Library provides Remote Access through UCAR's Proxy Service, allowing staff to view journal articles and other licensed materials while outside the UCAR domain. The Proxy Service also extends access to content to official visitors and collaborators world-wide.

Go to the Library home page at and click on "Remote Access" on the top bar of the page. Enter your UCAS Username and password.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact NCAR Reference at or (303) 497-8505.

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 08/20/2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014

Save the date! The UCAR Center for Science Education will be hosting two brown bag brainstorming sessions to discuss content and ideas for the new climate exhibit, which we will be developing over the next year. Please attend and bring your great ideas for how we can share information about climate science and climate change with our visitors in this new exhibit.

  • Session #1 - Monday, September 8 from 12:00-1:30pm in the ML Main Seminar Room
  • Session #2 - Monday, September 15 from 12:00-1:30pm in FL2-1001

For more information, contact Becca Hatheway at ext. 2597,

Announcement will run from Thu, 08/14/2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Logistics Operations would like to remind everyone of UCAR receiving policies.

ALL receiving MUST come through 3090 Center Green Drive (CG3).

Tacitly, there may be exceptions required for different scenarios that may arise. 

These are available by prior approval only.

Such requests for exclusion to the receiving policy must be obtained in writing through Kerry Slaven ( or Joseph Lujan (

There are also preexistent exceptions that have blanket approval for deliveries not coming into CG3 (i.e. bulk and raw materials for DFS (EOL Machine Shop), AOG (Aircraft On Ground) articles and extremely large or sensitive items for RAF, and all receiving for NWSC). These validations remain in effect with no further action required. However, all related packing slips MUST be sent to Logistics Operations. 

For all receiving, please make sure that your vendor includes the end-user name and telephone number, an association to the purchase order/blanket order number or credit card reference, in addition to the vendor’s order numbers. Packages received into Logistics Operations without this information will be held from delivery until the necessary data has been acquired. Logistics personnel will email the end-user for this, case by case. 

All personal packages coming in MUST be clearly denoted as “Personal/Confidential”, or they will be opened and received as a normal business item.

For more information, contact Kerry Slaven at ext. 1151,

Announcement will run from Tue, 08/12/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Each year, UCAR is required to notify all employee participants of the status of the benefit plans.  Each of the annual reports has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Acti of 1974 (ERISA).

The Summary Annual Reports are furnished electronically via a Web site listed below. 

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Announcement will run from Mon, 08/04/2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents: 

The Fresh A.I.R. Show: Artists In Recovery Group Art Show

Show Theme: “Through Art, Visions and Dreams the Light Comes Through.”

"Recovery” is a way of life – sobriety a model for living.

An estimated 23 million people grapple with severe alcohol or drug abuse—more than twice the number of Americans afflicted with cancer. Today, 1.2 million people belong to one of the major addiction-recovery programs, listing 55,000 meeting groups in the U.S.

Each of us is in this alone together.The most successful addiction-recovery programs focus on a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, in order to solve their common problems and help others to recover from their addictions—alcohol, narcotics, eating, gambling, etc. The healing power of a support group with a common condition was never shown to be more powerful than in sponsorship-oriented 12-Step Programs. Staying active, attending meetings and “being there” for the new comers is how our 20 Fresh A.I.R. artists all met.

For an artist, faith without works is dead. Through fellowship and service, I have come to know many talented artists, jewelers, photographers, metal & woodworkers, musicians, and more – who daily make the conscious choice of Life, Art, Joy and Freedom from addiction. Some have done so for decades… some only for months… but each of us regained our freedom one-day-at-a-time. As a group of independent artists, acting in the spirit of fellowship to build bridges of understanding, we wish to share our stories and our vision of hope through our artwork. We celebrate dignity, wellness and community.

The Fresh A.I.R. Show series is an unaffiliated grassroots project started by Michael Hamers, who lives in Niwot, CO. Its purpose is to promote, share and celebrate with other creative individuals in the process of recovery and openly with the Boulder County community, the daily joy of being in recovery. This has as its basis the fresh perspective of adopting healthier attitudes and practices taken toward life: our art and work, our community, a sense of freedom, spirituality, and the acceptance of a Higher-Power actively influencing our lives.

"Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

The Fresh A.I.R. Show will be on exhibit in Gallery I & Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab August 4, 2014 to September 27, 2014. Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks to everyone who took time to provide feedback during one or more of the Goal Team Open House sessions for the UCAR Strategic Plan. We realize that summer is a busy time so we've made recordings for those who missed one or more of these sessions. I encourage you to listen to the recordings pertaining to the goals that interest you, and to join the conversation, using the online commenting feature for each goal.

Look for the “Add New Comment” field for each page at (use your UCAS password to log in). The Goal Team leaders can also be emailed with your input

I've appreciated the thoughtful, spirited and valuable contributions made by colleagues attending the live sessions, and look forward to continuing the conversation on the website.

Webcast recordings of all eight sessions

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)
Tuesday, July 15

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Joanie Kleypas and Scott Rayder)
Friday, July 18

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads: Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)
Friday, July 18

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie)
Friday, July 18

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)
Friday, July 25

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)
Monday, July 28

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads:Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)
Tuesday, July 29  

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

Thanks again to everyone for your participation in this important effort.


For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652,

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

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711,