Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Early Career Scientist Assembly presents a seminar by William A. Cooper of NCAR's Research Appications Laboratory.

When: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Where: Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium.

I will present opinions, developed during a varied research-scientist career, on what helps a proposal succeed and what advice might be useful to early-career investigators. My advice is based primarily on my experience as a program office at the NSF but also from other roles in my career, including as a university faculty member, an NCAR scientist, and for almost 10 years a postdoc advisor as director of the Advanced Study Program. The talk will have three main parts: how to develop the project idea, how to develop a detailed project design, and how to avoid common problems when writing the proposal. My comments focus also on suggested ways to use grants to further your career, how to learn about grant opportunities, and how to communicate with program officers. I hope that this talk might be useful to those who expect to seek grants to fund parts of their research.

For more information, contact Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014

SciGirls is an Emmy-award winning PBS KIDS television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). UCAR staff are invited to participate in a hands-on, minds-on professional development workshop hosted by GLOBE. We welcome you to learn more about and practice research-based strategies for engaging girls in STEM while designing a parachute, lighting up a room with dough creatures, inventing a deep sea diver, and more

SciGirls workshop participants will:

• Learn about the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM
• Experience hands-on STEM activities
• Leave with curriculum that puts a creative twist on teaching STEM
• Learn how to modify activities to engage kids in STEM using the SciGirls Seven
• Discover additional online resources that enhance teaching and learning experiences for all kids.

Everyone benefits from a gender-equitable approach to STEM!

This event is open to anyone interested in science education.  If you would like to attend, please register here:

For more information, contact Julie Malmberg at ext. 2649,

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Friday, May 2, 2014

The links for viewing recordings of the Friday, April 18 Town Hall are below:

Town Hall:

Emily CoBabe-Amman's presentation:

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Did you know that NCAR/UCAR staff have borrowing privileges at the University of Colorado Libraries? The NCAR Library is affiliated with CU through their University Libraries Research Partners (ULRP) program. You can apply for borrowing privileges at the Main Norlin Circulation desk with your NCAR ID. More information about the program can be found on CU's ULRP program page.

Please note that these privileges DO NOT include remote access to databases. In order to access CU databases, you must be at one of their libraries or use the NCAR Library InterLibrary Loan service to acquire electronic materials not held by the NCAR Library.

For more information, contact Jennifer Phillips at ext. 1173,

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can you volunteer a little of your time to help support our community?  The EAC is sponsoring NCAR’s First Annual Volunteer Fair on April 24 at the CG1-Auditorium.  Please stop by any time 12pm-6pm to learn about volunteer opportunities. Representatives from 25 local non-profit or not-for-profit agencies will be there!

For more information, contact Jo Zoetewey at ext. 2709,

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/23/2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Grades K-2    8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Grades 3-5  10:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

School-aged students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day with members of Spark, UCAR Science Education
at the Mesa Lab on Thursday, April 24!

To register your child, please fill out the enrollment form available on Spark's Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day web page.

For more information, contact Eileen Carpenter at ext. 2401,

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/22/2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Joint IMAGE-CGD Seminar

Tom Wigley

University of Adelaide and National Center for Atmospheric Research and Ben Santer (PCMDI, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

This talk will be webcast:


Pattern scaling was invented by the first author of this paper, and first described in Santer et al. (1990).  The primary motive was to allow a limited number of GCM results to be generalized to cover a wider range of both emissions scenarios and climate model parameters in a computationally efficient way. The underlying assumption of pattern scaling is that the geographical patterns of climate change per unit of global-mean warming are similar, and largely independent of the amount of warming and the details of atmospheric composition changes that lead to this warming. If this assumption is reasonable, then the time-evolving pattern of change for variable “Y” will be given, to a high degree of approximation, by:

      ΔYb(x,t) = ΔTb(t) * [ΔYa(x,t0) / ΔTa(t0)]

 where ΔYa(x,t0) is the pattern of change and ΔTa(t0) is the global-mean temperature change for an experiment with emissions scenario ‘a’ at some time t0, and ΔYb(x,t) and ΔTb(t) are the corresponding terms for emissions scenario ‘b’ at time t. Essentially, emissions scenario ‘a’ is used to define a characteristic standardized pattern of change (i.e., the change per unit global-mean warming) and this is simply scaled up by ΔTb(t) to obtain the pattern at time t for scenario ‘b’. This method, which we call ‘naïve’ pattern scaling, has been used many times subsequent to our original paper. The method works well for forcing that is dominated by long-lived species, such as CO2, where the forcing pattern satisfies the underlying assumption of the method.

 For short-lived species, however, such as sulfate aerosols, the underlying assumption clearly fails. Forcing patterns for such species are closely related to the pattern of emissions, which have changed in the past and are projected to change markedly over space and time in the future. These changes in emissions and forcing lead to spatio-temporal changes in climate response patterns. This is particularly important for SO2 emissions and sulfate aerosol forcing. Over the past four decades, the pattern of SO2 emissions has shifted dramatically from peak emissions over North America and Europe to maximum emissions over eastern Asia. A method for accounting for these changes was developed in the mid 1990s, and has been implemented since then in various versions of the MAGICC/SCENGEN climate model software (  The method divides emissions into long-lived species with a single characteristic response pattern, and short-lived species with time-varying response patterns. The latter in turn are determined by dividing the globe into three primary emissions regions, each of which has a characteristic response pattern. The total response pattern is determined by a linear combination of the three regional patterns, with time-varying weights that are related to the time-varying emissions in the three regions. In this paper we describe the method in more detail and present illustrative results.

Santer, B.D., Wigley, T.M.L., Schlesinger, M.E. and Mitchell, J.F.B., 1990:  Developing Climate Scenarios from Equilibrium GCM Results. Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie Report No. 47, Hamburg, Germany, 29 pp.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mesa Main Seminar Room

Lecture at 6:00 pm

For more information, contact Carolyn Mueller at ext. 2491,

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/22/2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can you volunteer a little of your time to help support our community?  The EAC is sponsoring NCAR’s First Annual Volunteer Fair on April 24 at the CG1-Auditorium.  Please stop by any time 12pm-6pm to learn about volunteer opportunities. Representatives from 25 local non-profit or not-for-profit agencies will be there!

For more information, contact Jo Zoetewey at ext. 2709,

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/22/2014 to Monday, April 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 or ext. 8505.

Stochastic Climate Models
Editors:  Peter Imkeller, Jin-Song von Storch
Publisher:  Springer Basel AG
Call Number:  QC980 .S74 2001
Location:  ML Library

Climate and Circulation of the Tropics
Author: Stefan Hastenrath
Publisher:  D. Reidel Publishing Co.
Call Number:  QC993.5 .H37 1985
Location:  ML Library

Atmospheric Tidal and Planetary Waves
Author: Hans Volland
Publisher:  Kluwer Academic Publishers
Call Number:  QC883.2 .A8 V65 1988
Location:  ML Library

Mid-latitude Atmospheric Dynamics: A First Course
Author: Jonathan E. Martin
Publisher:  Wiley
Call Number:  QC880 .M36 2006
Location:  FL Library

Community Demographic Model International Migration (CDM-IM) Dataset : Generating Age and Gender Profiles of International Migration Flows
Authors : Nawrotzki, R., and L. Jiang
Publisher:  National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR Technical Note NCAR/TN-508+STR
Call Number:  03709
Location:  ML Reports

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

Announcement will run from Mon, 04/21/2014 to Saturday, April 26, 2014

May 6, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm; CG2-CTTC
Instructor:  Ameriteach Trainer
Learn to create and manage projects using Microsoft Project. Topics include: Project Management Concepts, Tools, Navigating MSProject, Creating files; Tasks: Task lists and durations, Modifying, Inserting/deleting tasks, Work Breakdown Structure; Scheduling Tasks: Task links, Lead/lag time, Task relationships, Recurring tasks, Diagrams, Duration, Milestones, Constraints; Managing resources: Calendars, Resource pools, Assigning Tasks, Cost tables; Views and tables; Filtering, grouping, sorting; Finalizing Tasks, Schedules plans, Resource conflicts; Tracking Progress; Project Statistics; Formatting, Reporting, Printing; Using Macros; Customizing; Managing Multiple: Linking, filters, sharing resources.

May 7, 2014
8:30 am - 12:00 pm; ML Damon Room
Instructor:  Peggy Penberthy
Develop a framework for understanding the coaching process, management/ employee roles and responsibilities, and skills involved in coaching that encourages high performance. Coaching: What? Who? Why? and How? Coach’s model; Analyzing gaps and opportunities; Face to face dialogue; Practical applications and putting it to work.

May 13, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm; ML Chapman Room
Instructor: Bob Wiley
Learn ergonomically correct ways to lift, push, and pull objects. This workshop is interactive and will problem solve any lifting concerns. The physiology and anatomy of the low back; Leading causes of back injury; Body Mechanics used during lifting; pushing, and pulling; Exercises for the low back.

May 15, 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm; FL2-1001
Instructor:  Steve Beaty
Phishing. Malware. Stolen identities. These are just a few of the concerns you can have about being online these days. Learn how and why these attacks are launched, guidelines to protect yourself at work, and strategies to help keep you and your family safe online at home or on the road. Topics include: Types of malware and social engineering. Keeping your desktops and portable devices safe. Who and what can you trust in a very-connected world? Good passwords and how to keep them safe. Q&A

PROJECT MANAGEMENT II: Intermediate/Advanced
May 21, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm; ML -  Fleischman Board Room
Instructor:  Randy Law
This course provides a project management framework and advanced tools and techniques to help participants initiate, plan, manage, control and close projects effectively. Topics: Identifying and managing key stakeholders; Estimating and budgeting; Managing risk; Staffing the project; Managing changes and issues; Understanding earned value, budget, staffing and schedule management; Project performance/variance reporting; Quality assurance and controls methods; Vendor selection and management; Interpersonal skills for effective project management; Balancing demands and resources; Project document management; Project management tools; Identifying and measuring benefits; Governance of programs and projects. Bring your calculators!

For more information, contact Betty Singleton at ext. 2005,

Announcement will run from Fri, 04/18/2014 to Friday, April 25, 2014

Personalized 15-minute one-on-one “Meet the physician” sessions with the Paladina doctors have been arranged.  This is your opportunity to meet the Boulder and Broomfield physicians.  Registration for the one-on-one sessions is requested.  Instructions for scheduling a one-on-one session are below.

One-on-one meetings:

April 24     1:00 - 2:30 p.m., FLA 3205 (Dr. David Malfese)
April 29    1:00 - 4:00 p.m., CG1 2503 (Dr. David Malfese)
April 29    1:00 - 4:00 p.m., CG1 2126 (Dr. Lisa Brone)
April 30    3:00 - 5:00 p.m., FL2 1003 (Dr. David Malfese)
May 5        3:00 - 5:00 p.m., ML Chapman Room (Dr. David Malfese)
May 5        3:00 - 5:00 p.m., ML Damon Room (Dr. Lisa Brone)

How to schedule a one-on-one “Meet the physician” session

To register for a 15-minute one-on-one session with a physician, please contact Irena Haimsky,, x8706 or Cyd Perrone,, x8710. You may read about both physicians on the Paladina Health site (“Meet Your Doctors” tab):   Please contact either Irena or Cyd directly to schedule a one-on-one session.

Additional general information meetings are scheduled for the following days:

Tuesday, April 29   10:00 - 11:30 a.m., CG1 North Auditorium   

Wednesday, April 30 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., FL2 Auditorium

Monday, May 5        1:00 - 2:30 p.m., ML Main Seminar Room

Please visit this site to view a Paladina Health Town Hall meeting:

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/16/2014 to Monday, June 30, 2014

UCAR has been notified by NSF that NSF will have a full financial system shutdown in September 2014 to perform a major system upgrade. As a result, the timeline for processing of interagency awards (IAs) will be directly affected. NSF has requested that all interagency awards be received at NSF no later than Friday, July 25, 2014 for processing this fiscal year.

NSF’s due date of July 25th is approximately three (3) weeks earlier than past years. NSF staff that process IA awards will not be able to make exceptions as in past years to accommodate late awards due to the hard shutdown of their systems.

If your laboratory, division, or program is anticipating an award to be received through an NSF Cooperative Agreement, please notify your agency points of contact regarding this critical schedule.

Questions about this announcement? Contact Stacy Litwin, x8542

For more information, contact Stacy Litwin at ext. 8542,

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/16/2014 to Monday, June 30, 2014

To all supervisors, managers, and directors:

During this period when you are completing employee performance appraisals, please also be thinking about nominations for the annual UCAR awards.  Excellent work is being done all over this organization. It is important to recognize outstanding efforts in many ways, including the annual UCAR awards.

Nominations this year will be due on Friday, October 17th.  This deadline will be here before we know it.

Although anyone can initiate a nomination, all nominations must be submitted through the director of one of the entities listed within the awards procedures.

The winners will be announced at the December 12th annual holiday party. For past years' recipients, see the Honors & Awards website.

Thank you for keeping possible nominations for these awards in mind as you complete the annual performance appraisals.

Tom Bogdan

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 04/16/2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UCAR Washington Update keeps the atmospheric and Earth system science community informed about federal budget and policy news affecting science. The latest articles in the March/April edition include:

These and previous Washington Update stories are available on our website, and interested readers can sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter. Washington Update is a service of UCAR Government Relations.

For more information, contact Mike Henry at ext. 2102,

Announcement will run from Mon, 04/14/2014 to Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NCAR Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room

Program Synthesis for Network Updates


We first give a brief overview of the new field of program synthesis. We describe the role that declarative, logical specifications can play in making programmers more efficient. Second, we describe an application of this approach: synthesis of programs that update network configurations.

Configuration updates are a leading cause of instability in networks. A key factor that makes updates difficult to implement is that networks are distributed systems with hundreds or thousands of nodes all interacting with each other. Even if the initial and final configurations are correct, naively updating individual nodes can easily cause the network to exhibit incorrect behaviors such as forwarding loops, black holes, and security vulnerabilities. This paper presents a new approach to the network update problem: we automatically generate updates that are guaranteed to preserve important correctness properties, given in a temporal logic. Our system is based on counterexample-guided search and incorporates heuristics that quickly identify correct updates in many situations.  We exploit the fact that the search algorithm asks a series of related model checking questions, and develop an efficient incremental LTL model checking algorithm. We present experimental results showing that it efficiently generates updates for real-world topologies with thousands of nodes.

For more information, contact Jennifer Williamson at ext. 1224,

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/10/2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grade K-2: 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Grade 3-5 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

School-aged students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day with members of Spark, UCAR Science Education
at the Mesa Lab on Thursday, April 24!

To register your child, please fill out the enrollment form available on Spark's Take-Your-Child-to-Work Day web page.

For more information, contact Eileen Carpenter at ext. 2401,

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

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/01/2014 to Monday, June 30, 2014

Dates: June 30 - July 2

Location: Mesa Laboratory

This workshop will bring together researchers who are advancing computational and data analysis methods necessary for addressing the key challenges in climate change science. A major focus of the workshop is on computational data science tools that can extract the achievable predictive insights from climate data and capture the complex dependence structures among climate variables.

The program will include invited talks by leading experts in the field, panel discussions, and a poster session.

To download the workshop poster, please click HERE

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/01/2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014

July 28 - August 1

NCAR Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room

The workshop will consist of computing and modeling tutorials, presentations from graduate student participants, and several invited talks from established leaders in environmental data modeling. Tutorials and invited talks will address useful ideas and tools directly applicable to student participants' current and future research. To facilitate the exchange of information and shared learning, student talks should focus on modeling or computing challenges faced in their research.

Download the workshop poster here

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 04/01/2014 to Saturday, May 31, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:


Kate Zari Roberts has been a fine art and commercial photographer for over thirty years. She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US, England and South Africa and her commercial work has been published in books and magazines worldwide.                                     

Kate considers herself to be a nature photographer/artist because her landscape work has evolved into a more abstract and mystical representation of the natural world. She approaches the wilderness with a reverence and stillness that allows a more intimate experience with it. She intuits the reciprocal meaning of nature and her images become nature unveiled/self unveiled. Roberts work will be on exhibit in Gallery l of the NCAR Mesa Lab April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014.


Colorful landscapes and cultures of the Southwest captivated and brought out a passion in Terri that had been quiet for most of her life.  The rich style and beauty inspired and ignited her creative spirit, encouraged her imagination, and motivated her to find ways of sharing that beauty with others through art.  The vibrancy and versatility of soft pastels is the perfect medium to create lively and refreshing pieces that she hopes will inspire joy in you. Hamner's work will be on exhibit in Gallery ll of the NCAR Mesa Lab April 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014.

Come and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!



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

Announcement will run from Thu, 03/27/2014 to Sunday, April 27, 2014

Employees may use UCAR Shipping and Receiving for reasonable and limited amounts of personal use.  Personal shipments that are received by our staff must have the name of the recipient clearly labeled on the outside of the package and be marked “personal and confidential.”  Generally, all packages will be opened, unless they are marked “personal and confidential.”   UCAR does not accept liability for damage to personal shipments.   Any package that contains illegal contents or materials or that violates UCAR policy or has a suspicious purpose may be held for further investigation.  Violation of the law or UCAR policies may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

For more information, contact Melissa Miller at ext. 8551,

Announcement will run from Mon, 03/24/2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Take your child to work day will be on April 24th this year.

Starring in this special event will be our star, AKA THE SUN!

This event is open to children of all UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff.

Children currently enrolled in Kindergarten-5th grade are welcome to join SPARK for a special visit to the NCAR MESA LAB.

K-2nd 8:45-10:30

3-5th 10:30-12:15

More details on enrollment will be coming soon. For other information, email or call Eileen Carpenter at 303-497-2401

For more information, contact Eileen Carpenter at ext. 2401,

Announcement will run from Fri, 12/06/2013 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This workshop will be held on April 23-25 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and will bring together statistical, climate, integrated assessment and impact modeling communities.

This workshop will have three main goals:

  1. Assess the current state of pattern scaling science
  2. Assess to what extent current approaches to pattern scaling can meet the needs of integrated assessment and impact modelers for climate change information
  3. Identify and prioritize research directions so that pattern scaling can better meet the needs of applied research in the future

Interested in participating?
Due to space limitations we are asking people to request participation and/or submit an abstract.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2014.

For more information, contact Claudia Tebaldi at ext. 1710,

Announcement will run from Sat, 10/19/2013 to Friday, May 30, 2014

The NCAR Command Language (NCL) is a scripting language designed specifically for scientific data processing and visualization. NCL workshops are free and tailored to students and researchers in the Earth sciences who are interested in learning how to use the language to analyze their data. Workshops last 3.5 days, with a mix of lectures and hands-on computer labs. The emphasis during the labs is on helping students use NCL to analyze their own datasets of interest, rather than using canned datasets. Classes are limited to 16 students. The summer workshop fills up early, so be sure to register soon.

There are two workshops scheduled for 2014:

  • January 14-17, 2014
  • June 10-13, 2014

To register, fill out the pre-workshop survey at

For more information about the workshops:

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254,