Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

It’s almost time to lace up your running shoes and pump up your bicycle tires for the annual Up the Hill Race!  

The annual Up The Hill Race and all-staff party will be on Friday, August 8 at the Mesa Lab. The race starts at 3 p.m. on the road to the Mesa Lab.  It is about a mile race with a significant vertical climb.  We will have a running race and bike race this year.  The top three fastest times for men and for women will win race medals and bragging rights.  Sign up today at https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/eac.

If racing is not your cup of tea, the EAC is still looking for volunteers to help time the runners and to staff the race.  To volunteer, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.  

After the race, we will have the last summer all staff party on the tree terrace at the Mesa Lab.  Join us for cold beverages, appetizers, a bluegrass jam session, and social time with your colleagues.  Families are welcome to attend.    

Free! -  Mini bike tune-ups will be available at the party (4PM - 6PM), so bring your bike if you’d like some free maintenance to keep it in good condition.

New! - Department Participation Contest!  The department with the highest percentage of participants at the party will win a happy hour of their very own planned by the EAC.  Be sure to bring your colleagues and register to win!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Monday, August 18, 2014

This is the upgraded, insulated milk box from Longmont Dairy. They offer a free plastic cooler to anyone who subscribes, but this milk box looks nicer on the front porch. It's in great shape and has always been in a covered area. 

Here's a link to the box: http://www.longmontdairy.com/products.htm

Retail - $45
Asking - $25


Clean, like new
No dents or scratches
Longmont Dairy has great milk delivery service!

For more information, contact Alison Rockwell at ext. 8758, rockwell@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014

A fresh look at internal communication
UCAR’s new internal communications specialist, Rebecca Swisher, wants to streamline and strengthen the mechanisms that communicate news from around the organization and help build a sense of community with colleagues. She's also a specialist in change management and will be sharing her expertise in two upcoming change management workshops open to all staff (July 30 or August 4).  more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605, bhenson@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Monday, August 4, 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 ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505

Climate Change and Climate Modeling
Author: J. David Neelin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QC861.3 .N44 2011
Location: ML Library

Physics of Waves
Author: William C. (William Cronk) Elmore
Publisher: Dover Publications
Call Number: QC157 .E44 1985
Location: ML Library

Linkages Between Arctic Warming and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns: Summary of a Workshop 
Rapporteur: Katie Thomas
Publisher: National Research Council of the National Academies
Call Number: QC903.2.A68 T46 2014
Location: ML Library

A Guide to Empirical Orthogonal Functions for Climate Data Analysis
Authors: A. (Antonio) Navarra, V. (Valeria) Simoncini
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: QC981.45 .N383 2010
Location: ML Library

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for August 2014 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room 245. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1002. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm

SIGN UP TODAY:

To schedule a counseling session, please call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at 1-800-732-8353.

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA-CREF as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

For more information, contact Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706, irena@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014

All staff invited to seventh Goal Team Open House

2:00 to 3:30 pm - Today

CG1, North auditorium

Earlier this year the President’s Council defined eight goals that address UCAR’s role in facilitating key activities across NCAR, UCP, and the community, and it tasked eight goal teams to flesh these out.  The teams have done a tremendous job developing these goals and objectives. We have also revised UCAR’s vision and mission. Now, in order for the UCAR Strategic Plan to fully reflect the talents, ideas and vision of our organization, we need your input to provide constructive feedback on the plan’s direction and how and where it might be improved. There are a number of opportunities for feedback including posting comments and engaging in discussion on the website (UCAS password required), as well as attending the goal team Open House meetings.

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, bogdan@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

The EAC is collecting donations for Crayons to Calculators to provide school supplies to students unable to afford them in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts.

Crayons to Calculators is currently experiencing a shortage of middle and high school supply donations. To view the supply list, visit http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list.

Donation boxes are located at the front desks in FL2, FLA, CG1, and ML. Final donations are needed by Friday, August 8.  If you plan to donate, download the printable supply list at http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list and turn in the bottom of the sheet with your donation to receive a tax-deductible receipt. Please consider donating today.

Thank you for your help with our community!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How prepared are you for change? When there are organizational changes, placing demands that you change along with it, wariness and uncertainty are natural. Change signals the end of the tried, trusted and familiar. But change is also a new beginning--a springboard into a new and potentially exciting organizational and personal future. EOD’s CHANGE MANAGEMENT LEARNING PLAN provides resources to help you acquire the skills and strategies you and your team need to manage change effectively. 

How EOD’s Change Management Learning Plan Benefits You:

• Understand common reactions to change, and what to expect when dealing withorganizational change 
• Learn key skills to prepare yourself and your team for change 
• Learn practical strategies for dealing with resistance to change, removingorganizational obstacles and ensuring transition 
• Develop skills to develop positive support for change 
• Learn tools and techniques to manage setbacks presented along your route to success 
• Develop skills to strengthen you and your team’s perseverance and resiliency

To access the online, anytime Change Management Learning Resources, visitEOD/Skillsoft Site 
(Login credentials: UCAR/work email address, password setup/retrieval at the site)

Cross-Train with Onsite Instructor-Led Classes via EOD's Training Catalog

CHANGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP (ADKAR Model)
Opt 1: July 30, 2014, 1-4 pm, CG1-3131
Opt 2: August 4, 2014, 1-4 pm, ML-Damon
Instructor: Rebecca Swisher, UCAR Pres Office/Communications

Overview: Change is everywhere!  We CAN manage change effectively personally and professionally by applying the Prosci ADKAR model - Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement.  During this interactive, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to: Assess your organization's readiness for change; Develop a change management plan using ADKAR; Involve your sponsors; Communicate the change; Manage resistance to change; and Engage your department, lab or program in the change. The class is open to everyone and is especially valuable for managers/supervisors, project and team leads.

Register at EOD Training Catalog via Connect
(UCAS login>Training Catalog>Search by class name>Details>Enroll in desired date option)

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708, cherylc@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

UCAR is offering FREE mini bike tune-ups by Community Cycles at the Mesa Lab after the Up-The-Hill Race on Friday, August 8. The race begins at 3:00, and the tune-ups will be available at the end of the race. Join us for the fun and bring your bike if you’d like some free maintenance to keep it in good condition.

Racers wanted! The race starts at 3 p.m. on the road to the Mesa Lab. It is about a mile race with a significant vertical climb. We will have a running race and bike race this year. The top three fastest times for men and for women will win race medals and bragging rights. Sign up today at https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/eac.

If racing is not your cup of tea, the EAC is still looking for volunteers to help time the runners and to staff the race.  To volunteer, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.

New! – Department Participation Contest! The department with the highest percentage of participants at the party will win a happy hour of their very own planned by the EAC.  Be sure to bring your colleagues and register to win!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

The UCAR leave donation program has a need for additional donated leave hours. This program gives employees the opportunity to voluntarily donate accrued PTO or traditional vacation hours to fellow employees who may deplete their own PTO or traditional vacation leave due to unusual medical circumstances. The circumstances may include catastrophic illness or injury of an immediate family member or other unusual family medical situations. Hours donation will be accepted between July 28, 2014 - August 15, 2014. Please refer to the website below to read the complete guidelines.

Employees have donated a total of 5,425 hours to the leave donation program. A total of 5,219 hours have been granted to employees from this pool. Those employees were greatly appreciative of the generosity of their fellow employees.

To either donate hours to the program or to request donation hours, please submit donation forms that are available in the HR Forms Library.

For more information, contact Cyd Perrone at ext. 8710, cperrone@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) presents colloquium talks today from 8:45 - 3:15 at FL2 1001 Small Auditorium. Please join us as students present their summer research. For a complete listing of presentations, see the website below.

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

UCAR employees and visitors share the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains with wildlife.  Most of the time we share spaces without conflict, other times we’re a little too close for comfort. Check out our web site for information about how we manage close encounters with snakes, bats, bears and other wildlife.

For more information, contact Milenda Powers at ext. 8625, mpowers@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/25/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Please join us for the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) final presentations next week.

Monday, July 28:

Colloquium Talks, 8:45 - 3:15, FL2 1001 Small Auditorium. For a complete listing of presentations, see the website below.

Thursday, July 31:

Poster Session public viewing and reception, 4:00 - 5:30, CG Auditorium & Lobby. I am also looking for posters evaluators from 2:30 - 4:00 so let me know if you're interested. Students from the following programs will present their summer research:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) - UCAR/NCAR

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) - Unavco

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Internship Program

Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) - NCAR Library

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) - RAL

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) - CIRES & INSTAAR at CU Boulder

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/24/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Nature's roadblock to hurricane prediction
The quiet Atlantic hurricane season of 2013 came as a surprise to many, as seasonal forecasts had consistently predicted an unusually large crop of named storms. A new study by scientists at NCAR and North-West University (South Africa) finds that internal variability—processes that unfold without being dictated by larger-scale features—can make one season twice as active as another, even when El Niño and other large-scale hurricane-shaping elements are unchanged. The results suggest that seasonal hurricane forecasts could be improved by conveying the amount of unavoidable uncertainty in the outlook. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605, bhenson@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Come and see what the 2014 SIParCS interns have been working on.  Student presentations take place from 9:00 am to 11:45 am both Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in the ML Main Seminar Room. Each morning will begin with opening remarks by Dr. Richard Loft, Director of SIParCS, followed by each intern's 15-minute  presentation and 5-minute Q&A. 

To view the full schedule with links to the intern pages including abstracts, please visit http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs/siparcs-student-presentations-2014.  We hope to see you there! The presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

For additional information please contact Kristin Mooney, kristin@ucar.edu, x1288.

For more information, contact Kristin Mooney at ext. 1288, kristin@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NASA Space Technology Communications Strategies in a Changing World

David Steitz

NASA Headquarters

David Steitz, NASA’s senior public affairs officer for space technology, will provide an overview of the agency’s $575 million Space Technology Mission Directorate portfolio of investments and the successful strategies the agency employs to publicize this important work. He will give insight into NASA’s strategy of themed messaging communications and the challenge of disseminating to the widest possible audience NASA’s work in advanced space technology research and development. Topics will include NASA’s overall communications infrastructure; the agency’s use of social media for amplification, public engagement and outreach; and effective message framing during times of political change and budgetary uncertainty.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 10:00 AM

NCAR - Center Green Campus

3080 Center Green Drive

CG1 North Auditorium (1214)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757, oncley@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Traveling abroad? Need to brush up on a foreign language for international collaboration?

Transparent Language Online is an online language learning application available to the UCAR/NCAR/UCP community through the NCAR Library. This product offers free remote access anytime from anywhere for over 80 languages. It provides personal progress tracking as well as audio pronunciation analysis and cultural resources.

Access is available through the Transparent Language NCAR Library login page. Your initial visit will require a one-time set-up process for your account. Once you have established your account a mobile application is available.

See more at NCAR Library On-Line Resources.

For more information, contact NCAR Reference at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/21/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To assure that the UCAR Strategic Plan fully reflects the talents, ideas, and vision of our organization, we need staff members to provide constructive feedback on how and where the plan might be improved. Thanks to all of you who have taken time to attend one or more of the Open House sessions so far.

We've made recordings so that everyone who missed a session can still be included in the discussion. I encourage you to listen to the recordings for goals that interest you, to add your thoughts online, and to find time on your calendar to attend at least one of the upcoming open houses. The live sessions have been thoughtful, spirited, and valuable. Thanks for everyone's contributions thus far, and please keep them coming.

Webcast recordings of sessions that have already taken place

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)
Tuesday, July 15
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/SGT_3.mp4

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Joanie Kleypas and Scott Rayder)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_1.mp4

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads:  Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_8.mp4

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_5.mp4

Next open houses

Please plan to join the conversation in person at these next live sessions:

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)
Friday, July 25, 9am to 10:30am, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)
Monday, July 28, 10:30 am to noon, CG1 (north auditorium)

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads:Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)
Tuesday, July 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm, CG1 (north auditorium)

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)
Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3:30 pm, CG1, 2126

Providing feedback online

I encourage you to also provide feedback and suggestions for any or all of the eight goal areas using the “Add New Comment” field for each goal page at https://president.ucar.edu/president/strat-plans/2014/goals (use your UCAS password to log in). The Goal Team leaders can also be emailed with your input.

Thanks to everyone for your participation in this important effort.

Tom

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, bogdan@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/17/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You are invited to attend the upcoming Open House Meetings for the UCAR Strategic Plan. The 5-year plan is intended to describe at a high level what UCAR is, its vision and values, how it serves the community, and its priorities for the future.

Earlier this year the President’s Council defined eight goals that address UCAR’s role in facilitating key activities across NCAR, UCP, and the community, and it tasked eight goal teams to flesh these out.  The teams have done a tremendous job developing these goals and objectives. We have also revised UCAR’s vision and mission. Now, in order for the UCAR Strategic Plan to fully reflect the talents, ideas and vision of our organization, we need your input to provide constructive feedback on the plan’s direction and how and where it might be improved. There are a number of opportunities for feedback including posting comments and engaging in discussion on the website (UCAS password required), as well as attending the goal team Open House meetings.

Strategic Plan website: https://president.ucar.edu/president/strat-plans/2014

Goal Team Open House Schedule

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

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm to 2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

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

Friday, July 18, 10am to 11:30 am, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

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

Friday, July 18, 11am to 12:30 pm, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie, University of Arizona)

Friday, July 18, 1pm-2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

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

Friday, July 25, 9am to 10:30am, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

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

Monday, July 28, 10:30 am to noon, CG1 (north auditorium)

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

Tuesday, July 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm, CG1 (north auditorium)

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3:30 pm, CG1, 2126

* Note: Becca Hatheway will lead this session with John in Mary’s absence.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the future of UCAR and how you would like the organization to evolve in support of our shared goals.

Sincerely,

Tom Bogdan,
UCAR President

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, montgoms@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/16/2014 to Saturday, August 2, 2014

SATURDAY 2 AUGUST 2014: 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM

NCAR RESEARCH AVIATION FACILITY @ ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN AIRPORT

Visit three research aircraft - NSF/NCAR C-130, NASA P-3, and NASA King Air - and ground-based research equipment involved in FRAPPÉ and DISCOVER-AQ, studying summertime air quality along the Colorado Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area (NFRMA). 

These aircraft are flying laboratories fully equipped with scientists, remote sensors, and air sampling instrumentation and will be flying between 1,000 and 28,000 feet from 16 July - 16 August, 2014 along the urban corridor from Denver to Fort Collins.

  • Get on board and explore the research aircraft
  • Learn about instruments used to study air quality including a mobile lab and a tethered balloon
  • Talk with project scientists from NCAR, NASA, CDPHE, NOAA, and other agencies and universities

For safety reasons, please only bring children 6+ years old, and no more than 3 children per adult, and wear close-toed shoes.

Website: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/AirQuality_OpenHouse
Printable PDF: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/system/files/F_DAQ_Open_House_Flier_f.pdf

For more information, contact Alison Rockwell at ext. 8758, rockwell@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/15/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is looking for staff from across the institution to provide feedback on protégé posters on Thursday, July 31st, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the CG auditorium. Please consider offering your time to review SOARS posters and interact with protégés about their summer research. Evaluators will provide feedback on both content and presentation. We invite those with a scientific background, and those without, to join us in providing this important component for student research.

Please contact Laura Allen by next Wednesday, July 23, if you are interested in evaluating SOARS posters.

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 06/26/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents photography by Carlye Calvin

Photographing wildlife is like photographing scientists … you learn something new and interesting at every photo session.

My dad bought me my first camera when I was 8 years old, a Kodak Brownie. I only shot black and white film back then, and I loved to convince my siblings to climb up trees and jump out of them so I could practice “action” shots. My dog was a very willing subject. “Sit, stay” … click.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Biology, I worked for a biology textbook company providing photography for high school textbooks. Eventually, I became the staff photographer for NCAR where for 27 years, I was able to combine my love of photography and science.

When I look through the view finder of my camera, I scan the entire scene, every corner, before focusing on the main subject. A photograph is like a painting. Every part of the canvas is important to the composition.

Calvin's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 24, 2014 to August 1, 2014.


For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570, alewis@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 06/02/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Richard Warner enjoys images that surprise—be it an unusual perspective, a touch of humor or a subject with shock value.

5POINTS: The stunning street art, captured in this series of photographs, which adorned an entire city block in Queens, New York, no longer exists. Artists from around the world covered the warehouse, scheduled for demolition, with their work, beginning in 2002. During the night of November 19, 2013, the images were blanketed with whitewash. The building developer argued that watching the art being destroyed by the wrecking ball would be “torture”. These pictures were taken less than two months before the art was erased.

Warner is mounting two series of images in NCAR Mesa Lab Gallery I, “5POINTS” and the second “REFLECTIONS”. Warner's work will be on display June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014. 

Eggshell Mosaics by Dorette Carlson

Dorette Carlson sees art as a gift of communication. To her, the artist puts their soul on display, confirming the innate need for connection and the desire to be recognized as part of the greater human experience. Her approach to the ancient art of mosaics reflects the idea that all of creation is a mosaic; it’s all bits and pieces that come together to form the larger whole. Her mosaic art reflects the universal principle that nothing really stands alone; that everything is made of an abundance of interconnected elemental bits. Carlson's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

Come and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570, alewis@ucar.edu

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

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711, nychka@ucar.edu