Staff Notes Daily Announcements

All UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff:  Bring your family and enjoy an afternoon filled with holiday cheer, live music, good food, and special recognition at the annual Holiday Party!  

Please plan on attending the party this Friday, December 9th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at CG1. 

The party will kick-off at 3:00pm with 3 Story Limit (a capella ensemble) including HAO’s Joanne Graham. At 3:30pm, we will honor our external award winners, followed by the presentation of the UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment Awards. The nominees for the annual awards are posted in Staff News.

After the awards ceremony, Events Services will dish up a hearty holiday dinner and desserts. Then Acoustic Ambush will take center stage to wrap up the evening with some great classic rock.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Saturday, December 10, 2016
Ben Domenico, Development & Outreach Manager at Unidata, is retiring after 50 years at UCAR. Please come and join us in saying farewell on Thursday, 8 December, 3:00pm - 5:30pm, in the FL4-2nd floor Collaborative space.

Posted by Inken Purvis at ext. 8643,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Making Data Matter: Using Collective Impact to Move Forward Together

Erin Robinson
Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Earth science challenges are complex; often need partners beyond our home departments or institutions, many times the barriers are social and rely on data sharing as part of the collaborative process.

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) has emerged as an exemplar network of communities of practice to provide a platform to resolve issues related to Earth science data and information interoperability. Over the last 19 years, it has become a diverse community of innovative science, data and information technology practitioners, which includes NCAR in its membership.

In this talk, I will introduce collective impact, a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems ( I will provide a background on ESIP, with a few brief case studies that focus on how the member organizations optimize collaboration through in-person meetings and virtually through collaboration spaces on the Web. I will conclude with a summary of community best practices based on our lessons learned that are applicable to anyone working on any collaborative project.

Erin Robinson is the Executive Director of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). She leverages her knowledge of environmental informatics, in particular collaborative web technologies to support the diverse communities of practice that make up ESIP. Her current research interest include improving collaboration among distributed partners by enhancing connections at various levels in the interoperability stack, coordinating events to enhance human-to-human relationships, developing collaborative sites that integrate social media to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing Earth observations through standard data access.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Tuesday, 06 December 2016, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory - 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Tuesday, December 6, 2016

News clips at a glance: Nov. 19 – Dec. 2

Total: ~425 

Summary: A study by NCAR scientists Jerry Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi on the ratio of hot to cold record days in the future generated around 220 media clips.

Notable clips:
Heat and Climate Change (Jerry Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi, CGD)
Get Used to Heat Records: Study Predicts Far More in the Future
(Associated Press, picked up by 200+ media outlets nationwide)
Antarctic Sea Ice  (Jerry Meehl, CGD)
Ice Growth Slowing in Both Polar Regions
(Chicago Tribune, previous study by Jerry Meehl cited)
Global Warming Hiatus (Kevin Trenberth, CGD)
Study Sheds New Light into Global Warming Hiatus
(Science Daily, Kevin Trenberth a co-author on study)
Cloud Research (NCAR)
Cloud in a Box: Mixing Aerosols and Turbulence
(Science Daily, researchers used NCAR lab)
Science Brain Drain (Sue Haupt, RAL)
Tech's AI Hiring Frenzy is Spurring an Academic Brain Drain
(Dow Jones Business News)
Social media highlights:
Eric Holthaus of Slate retweeted our tweet about 3D-printed weather stations deployed in Kenya to his 55,800 followers.
National Science Foundation posted our record heat study on its NSF Geoscience Twitter page, which has 15,500 followers.

A Twitter postabout a snowstorm at the Mauna Loa, Hawaii, solar observatory site, was viewed more than 4,000 times and retweeted 25 times in just the first hour after posting. 

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Friday, December 9, 2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, December 2

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016

The UCAR Community Art Program presents two new exhibits:

December 5, 2016 – February 3, 2017

Oil Paintings by Olga Karpeisky

“Everyone can understand beauty. It descends on us in different ways. But there is something that appeals to everybody – it is the life given to us. It could be bright and full of joy, or could feel abandoned and lonesome. Sometimes in the sequence of fast racing events we notice the divine moment of spiritual peace and harmony and we want to prolong it. To find inspiration in things of everyday life that appeal to the senses, to capture the stillness of the moment and then to describe it as a beautiful theme to a viewer – that’s my goal. I try to achieve this through rhythmic, dynamic and balanced composition, wrapped into the movement of light through the volume of space. “ – Olga Karpeisky 2016. Karpeisky’s work will be on exhibit in the UCAR Community Art Gallery at the NCAR Mesa Lab.

Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings by Joan Jordan

Joan Jordan creates intuitive acrylic and mixed media paintings inspired by nature. Joan’s paintings capture impressions of the seasons – summer abundance, fall harvesting, winter dormancy, and the rebirth of spring. Her colorful artwork captures a sense of the place and the emotion or feeling of being in the landscape. Jordan’s work will be on display in the UCAR Community Art Gallery at the NCAR Mesa Lab.

Preview all artists' work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, December 5, 2016 to Friday, February 3, 2017

Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) has begun a project to repair and rebuild the flood-damaged Bear Canyon Trail along the south boundary of the Mesa. Along with restoring the trail for hiking, the project will reestablish emergency vehicle access to the area. OSMP expects the project to take approximately six months to complete. During construction, portions of the Bear Canyon and Mesa Trails will be closed.

For more information on the project, including current trail closures, see

Posted by David Maddy at ext. 1134,

Friday, December 2, 2016 to Friday, December 9, 2016

Shipping personal packages this holiday season will require a completed shipping questionnaire.

Please be sure to fill one out prior to putting your package in the outgoing mail.

Here is the link for the questionnaire:

Please note that due to the high volume of packages Logistics handles this time of year, failure to complete the questionnaire will result in delay of your package being processed.
Call with any questions to the Logistics team at X1922.
Happy Holidays!
UCAR Logistics

Posted by UCAR Logistics at ext. 1922,

Friday, December 2, 2016 to Monday, December 19, 2016

The guide to NCAR & UCAR participation in the December 12–16 AGU meeting is now live:  

It’s not too late to contribute info about special events such as workshops, tutorials, Union lectures, and similar one-of-a-kinds.

If your lab/program/group publishes an AGU highlights page, let us know so we can add a link to it.

Update (9:15am): The the full talk and poster schedule is also now available on this page.

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Friday, December 2, 2016 to Saturday, December 17, 2016

This week two additional publishers are now requiring their authors to provide ORCID author identifiers. AGU began requiring author ORCIDs in March 2016, and now Wiley and the Royal Society of Chemistry have added this requirement:

  • The Royal Society: January 1, 2016
  • AGU: March 1, 2016
  • Science journals: March 11, 2016
  • IEEE: July 11, 2016
  • American Chemical Society: November 2, 2016
  • Wiley: November 28, 2016
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: November 30, 2016

The NCAR Library recommends that all authors who are concerned about proper reference citation register for an ORCID identifier. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and output. Numerous publishers have signed an open letter Requiring ORCID in Publication Workflows.

If you have questions or concerns about setting up an ORCID profile, please contact us at or call Michaeleen Trimarchi at x1182.

Posted by Jennifer Phillips at ext. 1173,

Thursday, December 1, 2016 to Thursday, December 8, 2016