Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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 Mon, 04/21/2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 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 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 Wed, 04/09/2014 to Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Google Apps project sponsors, Shawn Winkelman and Anke Kamrath, announced the dates for our organization–wide move to Google Apps for Government.  Beginning on our target date, Monday, June 9, you will have access to an innovative suite of Google applications include Mail, Calendar and Drive.

  • Your email address will remain

  • You will have access the entire Google Appssuite securely from any device, anytime, anywhere.  

  • You will receive regular email updates from “GoogleNews” about what to expect.  

  • You can participate in a variety of webinar and class trainings options including a variety of resource materials to help you get comfortable with using the Google Apps tools.

  • You will have access to UCAR’s Google Apps user website with training videos, user guides, answers to your questions, and a forum to provide feedback to help ensure a smooth transition.

  • You can access ongoing additional support from the Google Apps project team, Tempus Nova staff, and a cadre of peer Google coaches throughout the transition.

Lab and Program Contacts

Each group has designated at least one User Representative and one Technical Point of Contact.  These are your “go-to” people for news and information about Google Apps. Visit the project website at and click on the People tab for a list of contacts. 

Early Adopters

We are targeting Monday, May 19 as our early adopter Go-Live date. The early adopters will be trained and work with the project team to try out and test the new system before the rest of staff.  More information about early adopters and what they can expect is coming soon. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to your User Representative or send an email to GoogleNews [at] ucar.  

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

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,