Staff Notes Daily Announcements

DATE: Wednesday February 4th

TIME: 10:30AM

ROOM: FL2-1002

SPEAKER: Elisabeth Dowling Root, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Institute for Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Diarrheal diseases cause more deaths among children under five than any other disease in Bangladesh.  This region also has one of the highest rates of cholera in the world, primarily due to persistent poverty, environmental/seasonal factors and poor sanitation. Assessing risk for diarrheal disease requires knowledge of the complex and dynamic interaction of biological, socio-economic, behavioral, and environmental factors.  This seminar examines a series of studies conducted in Bangladesh which utilize both geographic and statistical methods to study the complex dynamics of cholera in the region. Geographic Information Systems is used to integrate data from a wide variety of sources - disease registries, population surveys, flood plain maps and high resolution remotely sensed imagery.  Two case studies, carried out at two very different geographic scales, will be used to show how these linked data can be used to statistically model cholera risk.  The methods used to measure human-environment interactions explicitly take into account the mode of transmission of cholera and the spatial relationships between humans and their environment.  Theoretical and empirical implications of this research for public health, epidemiology, and the field of geography will be discussed.

For more information, contact Jennifer Boehnert at ext. 3673, boehnert@ucar.edu

Thu, 01/29/2015

Please join the UCAR Center for Science Education for a program about climate communication on Thursday January 29, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 in the ML Main Seminar Room. We'll share information about our new partnership with the Smithsonian Affiliations program, discuss how we're planning to collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution on the development of the new climate exhibit, and Jeff Kiehl will give a talk about climate communication. 

Link to Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/ml-live.htm

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

Thu, 01/29/2015

Workshop and Tutorial
Boulder, CO  3-7 August, 2015

The workshop will focus on:

1. Ensemble assimilation for atmosphere, ocean, land and coupled earth system models.

2. Hybrid ensemble variational assimilation techniques.

The Graduate Student Tutorial will cover:

1. An introduction to ensemble data assimilation.

2. Using the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) community software facility.

3. Using DART with the Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model.

4. Using DART with the Community Earth System Model (CESM).

The tutorial will prepare graduate students with an interest in data assimilation to be active participants in the workshop. By the end of the week, students will be ready to do research using DART with a variety of geoscience models and observations.

Tutorial Application Procedures:

Students interested in attending the tutorial must register and submit a letter of application stating research interests.

Visit the website for this event by following this link: https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/ens_da_frontiers


For more information, contact Tim Hoar at ext. 1708, thoar@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/28/2015

Judges are needed to evaluate posters and talk to students during this year's science fair at Eisenhower Elementary School in Boulder. Judging will take place on Friday 6 February from 8:30 to 11:30. Snacks and drinks will be provided. It's easy, informal, and fun. If interested, please contact Jason Knievel (knievel@ucar.edu or x8995).

For more information, contact Jason Knievel at ext. 8995, knievel@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/28/2015

Did you know you can manage your own NCAR Library account? Now, there is no reason to receive overdue book notices!

Library users can log into their account to view and renew currently checked-out items. Just go to https://opencat.library.ucar.edu and, in the top right corner, click on "Log in to Your Account". 

If you haven't already set up your account or do not know your password, please contact the Library at ncarcirc@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact NCAR Library Circulation at ext. 1180, ncarcirc@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/28/2015

Reminder: We’ve had a request from the 2015 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, looking for scientists to act as judges from 9am - 5:30pm on Thursday, April 9th at Colorado State University (see below for the full request from the coordinator). If you’ve never judged a science fair before, I highly recommend it, as it’s a ton of fun - the kids are smart and motivated, and occasionally have some rather “creative” ideas for projects (my particular favorite was the kid who decided to test the speed of sound in different air temperatures by sticking his head in a lit oven. He had some great sources of uncertainty and, miraculously, still had his eyebrows). 

If you are interested in volunteering for this, please sign up or contact the coordinator directly (details below), but please also cc me (carolyn@ucar.edu) so I know you’re going, and can report numbers to the NSF. 

Thank you!!

Carolyn Brinkworth

The 2015 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) will be held April 9-11, 2015 is the 60th Anniversary of the CSEF!  Judging for the CSEF will take place from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th.  The fair will be held in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University.

The success of the CSEF depends in a huge part on the quality of the judges who volunteer to judge the approximately 400 projects from the 6th-12th grades (Junior Division is grades 6-8 and Senior Division is grades 9-12) in 12 different categories.  A description of the categories can be found at http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Category_Descriptions.pdf. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

To view the Grand Awards Judge Information page, please go to: http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Judges.htm and to register as a Grand Awards Judge, please visit: http://129.82.204.188/csef/gaj/login.php.  The importance of your assistance as a Grand Awards Judge at the CSEF cannot be estimated enough.  These students come from all over the state of Colorado to compete at the CSEF.  For grades 9-12, many of these students will get the opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  ALL of the students gain the experience of presenting a project to the judges (both visually and verbally), meet potential contacts who will help them on their road to college and in some cases includes internships, gain the experience of creating or designing a project from start to finish, and have the opportunity to receive scholarships to state higher education.  To view some of the past CSEF successes, please see: http://csef.colostate.edu/.

Please join us for the 2015 CSEF!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Warm regards,

Nancy Glissmann
GrandAwards Judging Coordinator
GrandAwardsCSEF@gmail.com
Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF)
3835 Birchwood Drive, Boulder, CO  80304-1428
303.817.4271 (cell) 303-413-8505 (home)

For more information, contact Carolyn Brinkworth at ext. 1137, carolyn@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/28/2015

The IRS says that individuals must file Form 8889 if they (or someone on their behalf, including their employer) made contributions to their HSA account.  Form 8889 must also be filed if individuals take funds out of an HSA, even if they do not make a contribution to the HSA that year.

While UCAR cannot provide tax advice, we can provide some information concerning the W-2 you will receive for payroll deductions and how it applies to Form 8889.  If you need additional tax advice, please consult a qualified tax advisor or the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/.

Please view the web page below for additional information including links to the form instructions, the form and a sample form.

Accessing the 1099-SA:

Log on to mycigna.com

Click on "Health Savings Account (HSA)"

Locate the "Account Balance" heading in the gray box to the left of the screen then

Click on the "Health Savings Account" link

Click on "Statements"

Click on "Tax Statements", choose the year and click on "1099"

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/28/2015

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.

R for Everyone: Advanced Analytics and Graphics
Author: Jared P. Lander
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Call Number: QA76.73.R3 L36 2014
Location: FL Library

Fluid Dynamics of the Midlatitude Atmosphere
Authors: Brian J. Hoskins, Ian N. James
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Call Number: QC880.4.A8 H67 2014
Location: FL Library

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

Tue, 01/27/2015

Have you experienced problems using your RTD Eco Pass this year?  If your Eco Pass displays an "Invalid-No Value $0.00" when tapping the card reader, please call the RTD phone number on the back of the card to reactivate.  Please DO NOT call RTD if your pass is working, or if you haven't tried it yet this year.  Wait until you board and the reader displays "invalid", then follow the instructions below:

1) Have your ECO Pass handy to report the number listed under your photo

2) Call RTD at (303) 299-2273 and press OPTION 1

3) Request a reactivation/recharge of your Eco Pass and list the number under your Eco Pass photo

Within one week your card will be reactivated.  In the meantime, RTD drivers have been instructed to allow boarding for passengers with invalid passes.  

 

For more information, contact Jean Hancock at ext. 8504, hancock@ucar.edu

Tue, 01/27/2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that most individuals must have health insurance that meet the requirements of Minimal Essential Coverage for 2014 or pay a fee to the Federal government.  More information can be found at:  http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/The-Individual-Shared-Responsibil... or: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Pago-de-la-Responsabilidad-Compartida-pa....

When you file your IRS Form 1040 (or Form 1040EZ) in 2015 for your 2014 taxes, you will need to declare if you (and your dependents) had qualifying health care coverage for every month during 2014 at UCAR or elsewhere.  If you had coverage for all 12 months, you will check the box on Line 61 on Form 1040 (or Line 11 on Form 1040EZ) and leave the entry space blank.

If you did not have coverage for every month, do not check the box on this line and you will file Form 8965 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8965.pdf) indicating which months you did have coverage.  Please refer to the Form 8965 Instructions in order to complete Line 61 on your return (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8965.pdf).

Both health insurance options offered by UCAR (Cigna and Kaiser) are qualifying health coverage plans and meet the requirements for Minimum Essential Coverage.

While UCAR cannot provide tax advice, we can provide some information concerning this issue and how it applies to your IRS Form 1040 (or Form 1040EZ).  If you need additional tax advice, please consult a qualified tax advisor or the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Mon, 01/26/2015

Below is a listing of the classes. seminars and workshops for the month of February, 2015.

TEACHING METHODS WORKSHOP Level 1
February 2, 2015
10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Mesa Lab Fleischman Board Room
Facilitator:  Laura Border

This teacher preparation workshop is part one of a teaching methods workshop series providing participants with key best practices and strategies to be effective in the classroom environment. Topics: Understanding Learning and Processing Styles, Structuring an Interactive Class Session; Reviewing a Problem-Oriented Framework to Foster Interaction; and Learning to apply Blooms Interactive Problem Solving Model.

TEACHING METHODS WORKSHOP Level 2
February 3, 2015
10:00 am –2:00 pm; Mesa Lab Fleischman Board Room
Facilitator: Laura Border

This teacher preparation workshop is part two of a teaching methods workshop series providing participants with key best practices and strategies to be effective in the classroom environment. Topics: Interacting effectively with different Personalities in the Classroom; Leveraging Diversity in the Classroom; Learning Course and Syllabus Planning tips and techniques.

FINANCIAL & RETIREMENT PLANNING  SEMINAR SERIES (Module 1)
February 6,, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; FL2-1001
Facilitator: Jane Gilmore

This is a free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial and pre-retirement counseling services. Offered in five, mini-session modules, participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest. At each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals. There is no obligation, and all private consultation service costs must be covered by participants. Topics: Module 1: Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA-CREF retirement program and how to maximize their value. Module 2: Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options. Module 3: Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits. Module 4: Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is/isn't covered. Module 5: Learn key elements of Estate Planning, Legal Considerations and Tips for Transitioning to Retirement.

EXCEL 2010 FORMULAS AND FUNCTIONS
February 10, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm; CG2-CTTC
Facilitator: Ameriteach

This session explores different formulas and functions available in Excel to make your spreadsheets/reports even more powerful and robust. The focus is on cross-functional functions that can be used across all types of business to improve spreadsheet performance and business productivity. Some of the formulas and functions covered include: date & time, mathematical, text, database, financial, informational, statistical, logic, lookup and reference functions and nesting IF statements.

EXCEL 2010 CHARTS AND PIVOT TABLES
February 10, 2015
8:30 am – 12:00 pm; CG2-CTTC
Facilitator: Ameriteach

Learn to better analyze and visually display your data using Excel Pivot Tables and Charts. This course covers extensive techniques, tips and shortcuts for using these powerful, but underutilized, Excel tools. Outline - PIVOT TABLES: Creating, Sorting and Filtering data, Formatting Styles, Numbers, and Layouts, Grouping Data, Comparison and Total Options, Calculated Fields and Items, Combining Multiple Data Sources, Conditional Formatting PivotCharts. CHARTS: Creating, Modifying Design, Layout and Format, Creating Charts from Non-Consecutive Data, Drop-lines, Axis Formatting, Replacing Chart Series with Pictures or Shapes, Analysis Tools, Trending Tools, Using Secondary Axis, Highlighting Relationships Differences with Charts, and Combining Two Charts into One.

FINANCIAL & RETIREMENT PLANNING  SEMINAR SERIES (Module 2)
February 13,, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; FL2-1001
Facilitator: Jane Gilmore

This is a free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial and pre-retirement counseling services. Offered in five, mini-session modules, participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest. At each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals. There is no obligation, and all private consultation service costs must be covered by participants. Topics: Module 1: Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA-CREF retirement program and how to maximize their value. Module 2: Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options. Module 3: Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits. Module 4: Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is/isn't covered. Module 5: Learn key elements of Estate Planning, Legal Considerations and Tips for Transitioning to Retirement.

FINANCIAL & RETIREMENT PLANNING  SEMINAR SERIES (Module 3)
February 20,, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; FL2-1001
Facilitator: Jane Gilmore

This is a free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial and pre-retirement counseling services. Offered in five, mini-session modules, participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest. At each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals. There is no obligation, and all private consultation service costs must be covered by participants. Topics: Module 1: Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA-CREF retirement program and how to maximize their value. Module 2: Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options. Module 3: Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits. Module 4: Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is/isn't covered. Module 5: Learn key elements of Estate Planning, Legal Considerations and Tips for Transitioning to Retirement.

MEETING MANAGEMENT MADE EASY
February 26, 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 pm; ML-Damon Room
Facilitator: Doug Gertner

Learn effective strategies for planning, managing, and facilitating meetings that are effective, impactful, save time, save resources, reach targeted goals and increases productivity of individuals, teams and organizations! Topics: Identify challenges of meeting management; Discover the 8 different types of meetings and 5 different roles in meetings; Learn techniques to quickly establish norms and ground rules at every meeting-and why it’s important; Develop an easy to use process for planning every meeting; Explore strategies and best practices for “When Good Meetings Turn Bad;” Learn 4 valuable facilitation/intervention strategies to manage strong behaviors and difficult situations in meetings; Understand the importance of evaluating meetings and using evaluation tools; and Create a personal action plan for more effective/productive meetings.

FINANCIAL & RETIREMENT PLANNING  SEMINAR SERIES (Module 4)
February 20,, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; FL2-1001
Facilitator: Jane Gilmore

This is a free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial and pre-retirement counseling services. Offered in five, mini-session modules, participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest. At each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals. There is no obligation, and all private consultation service costs must be covered by participants. Topics: Module 1: Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA-CREF retirement program and how to maximize their value. Module 2: Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options. Module 3: Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits. Module 4: Gain a better understanding of Medicare, whatis/isn't covered. Module 5: Learn key elements of Estate Planning, Legal Considerations and Tips for Transitioning to Retirement.  NOTE:  Module 5 will be held March 6, 2015, and will be posted with the other March EOD classes.

For more information, contact Betty Singleton at ext. 2005, bettys@ucar.edu

Mon, 01/26/2015

Join artist Jane McMahan and NCAR's Jeffrey Kiehl for a conversation exploring the interrelationships between art, science, climate change, and Jungian psychology. The event will begin at 5:00 pm at the Hard Rain Revelations exhibit created by McMahan in the Mesa Lab Art-Science Gallery (2nd floor). The presentation/conversation will begin at 5:15 pm in the Damon Room. 

Thursday, February 5th, 5:00 pm at the NCAR Mesa Lab - 2nd floor Art-Science Gallery and Damon Room

 

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

Mon, 01/26/2015

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which provides unique exhibits on weather and climate, has been accepted to join a leading group of national museum and cultural organizations as an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The affiliation establishes a long-term collaborative partnership between the two institutions. more>

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611, hosansky@ucar.edu

Thu, 01/22/2015

Parents' Night Out (PNO) is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to get out to dinner and a movie!  By emailing the Center Director, Stephanie Ivancic (sivancic@cclc.com), you could sign your child up from 6pm-8pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6pm-10pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).  Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza!  If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it in. Please make sure that it is labeled with your contact info and let the fun begin!  Siblings under the age of seven are welcome as well.  We are inviting all UCAR employees to take advantage of this as your child does not need to be enrolled at the Center to participate!

Upcoming PNOs are:  January 23rd (this Friday), Feb 6th, Feb 20th, March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd and April 17th.   

Child Care Drop-in Opportunities at CCLC at UCAR

CCLC (Children's Creative Learning Center) is a child care center sponsored by UCAR.  UCAR employees receive a discount on tuition and priority on the waitlist. However, CCLC at UCAR is open to the community as well.  We would like to reach out and let you know that we are also available for drop-in care.  Our center is located near Valmont and Foothills Parkway in Boulder.  CCLC at UCAR provides a stimulating and caring environment designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.  We strive to create programs to develop positive self images within children as well as respect for their individuality, intelligence, and creativity.  The teachers at our center are all highly trained, committed, and dedicated people who truly enjoy working in the field of early childhood education.  Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for more information on enrollment rates as well as drop-in rates.  We would be happy to schedule tours as well!

Stephanie Ivancic - sivancic@cclc.com

For more information, contact Susie Siders at ext. 1650, siders@ucar.edu

Thu, 01/22/2015

Date:       February 2, 2015
Time:       3:30pm - 4:30pm
Place:       FL 2 - Room 1001

Speaker:  Joel Van Baelen, Laboratory for Meteorology Physics (LaMP), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Abstract

In this presentation, I will first briefly introduce my home lab (Laboratory for Meteorology Physics: LaMP) and describe its research domains and expertise (aerosols and cloud microphysics, observation and modeling) before dwelling more onto my own research topics: precipitation studies with x and K band radars, as well as atmospheric water vapor 3-D field restitution with GPS tomography.

This later topic will be the main object my talk, and in particular the latest preliminary results from a recent campaign for high resolution 3-D water vapor retrieval through GPS tomography as well as soil moisture monitoring with GPS reflectometry in the framework of a project dedicated to improved agriculture practice.
Indeed, with new environmental regulations in force, it becomes crucial for agricultural practices to optimize plant watering for growth as well as more reasoned use of chemical treatment products for plant fungi development suppression. Hence with the use of GNSS signal analysis, new water vapor products should enhance the impact of Precision Meteorology for Agriculture as a major tool to help agriculture decisions.

In this project, after a first step of simulations to define the optimum set of GPS receiver network geometry and analysis parameters, we implemented a demonstration network in the region of Tarascon in southern France. Using GPS tomography with the entire network proved to be able to produce reasonable water vapor field retrievals with an horizontal resolution of about 2 km and 50 m in height. Within the network, one of the stations was dedicated to reflectometry, following the work of Larsons et al. The analysis of the reflected signals, when taking into account satellite as well as field and culture configuration, showed good promise for water vapor monitoring, while actual soil moisture estimation is still a question.  

We will then discuss these results and put them in perspective for future work.

This seminar will be Webcast - Ncast FL2_1001 (Small Auditorium) Webcast Link
http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/fl2-live.htm

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751, zarlingo@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/21/2015

Date:      February 5, 2015
Time:      3:30pm-4:30pm
Place:      FL 2 - Room 1001

Speaker:  Paul Lawson, SPEC Incorporated, Boulder, Colorado

The rapid glaciation of tropical cumulus clouds has been an enigma and debated in the literature for over 60 years.  Possible mechanisms responsible for the rapid freezing have been postulated, but until now, direct evidence has been lacking.  Recent high-speed photography of electro-statically suspended supercooled drops in the laboratory has shown that freezing events produce small secondary ice particles, via fracturing and from spicules that eject bubbles.  

Aircraft observations from the Ice in Clouds Experiment – Tropical (ICE-T), strongly suggest that the drop-freezing secondary ice production mechanism is operating in strong, tropical cumulus updrafts.  The result is production of small ice particles settling at a few tens of cm s-1 colliding with and freezing large supercooled drops falling rapidly at a few m s-1. The large drops freeze and produce more small ice, generating a cascading process that results in rapid glaciation of water drops in the updraft.  

Results are presented from data collected using state-of-the-art cloud particle probes during 54 Learjet penetrations of strong (5 to 20 m s-1) cumulus updrafts in a temperature range from +5 to –20 C.  Repeated Learjet penetrations of updrafts containing 3 to 5 g m-3 supercooled liquid show an order of magnitude decrease in liquid mass concentration 3 to 5 min later at an elevation 1 to 1.5 km higher in the cloud.  

The aircraft observations were simulated using a one-dimensional cloud model with explicit bin microphysics.  The model was initialized with drop and ice particle size distributions observed prior to rapid glaciation.  Simulations show that the model can explain the observed rapid glaciation by the drop-freezing secondary ice production process and subsequent "riming", which results when large supercooled drops collide with ice particles.   

This seminar will be Webcast - Ncast FL2_1001 (Small Auditorium) Webcast Link
http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/fl2-live.htm

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751, zarlingo@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/21/2015

Join us for a webinar on Feb 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3981449614551465730

Dr. Rachel Cleetus, our webinar presenter, is lead climate economist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and represented UCS at last month’s United Nations climate talks in Peru. In this webinar, she will pick up where Lima left off, discussing key elements that could lead to a successful outcome in Paris this December. She will also focus on ways the U.S. climate and energy policy landscape is changing, providing promising opportunities as well as obvious significant challenges. Americans are increasingly grappling with the growing risks and costs of climate change, which requires rethinking how we respond to disasters so we can better prepare and protect communities. Meanwhile, solutions like renewable energy are becoming increasingly affordable and can be scaled up rapidly with appropriate incentives. Without being prescriptive, Dr. Cleetus will provide insights into specific policy opportunities at the national, state and regional levels, including EPA standards, carbon pricing, clean energy policies, and policies to help build resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

Dr. Cleetus is part of a multidisciplinary research team working on UCS’ climate impacts initiative, currently focusing on two major climate impacts: the growing risks and costs of sea level rise, coastal storms and flooding, and how communities can help protect themselves from these risks; and the growing risks of hotter, drier conditions to Rocky Mountain Forests, including wildfires. She has authored a UCS report, Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas and coauthored Playing with Fire: How Climate Change and Development Patterns are Contributing to the Soaring Costs of Western Wildfires. She is also a power sector expert, and is doing research and analysis related to the EPA power plant carbon standards.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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For more information, contact Kristin Wegner at ext. 2630, kwegner@ucar.edu

Tue, 01/20/2015

I'm happy to announce the creation of a new Google Group for any NCAR scientists (or, indeed, anyone) interested in education and outreach opportunities. I know a lot of people are keen to get involved in outreach events/teaching/student mentoring, but sometimes it's hard to know who you are and reach you all unless someone has worked with you before. We'd like to fix that and make sure that everyone who is interested in this kind of thing hears about it and has a chance to volunteer. If you're at all interested and want to be kept in the loop, please sign up. You can control your email delivery preferences from the group, so you only get emailed as often as you choose. We'll be posting everything from opportunities to mentor students, requests for public talks, ways to get involved with local teachers and classrooms, and requests for judges for science fairs, along with anything else that crosses our desks that would benefit from an NCAR scientist's expertise. We can also use the group to discuss best practices for mentorship, teaching, and how to engage and support students from kindergarten through to graduate school.

The link for signup is https://groups.google.com/a/ucar.edu/forum/?hl=en#!forum/ncar-education

Hope to see you on there soon!

Carolyn

For more information, contact Carolyn Brinkworth at ext. 1137, carolyn@ucar.edu

Wed, 01/14/2015

Folks, we’ve had a request from the 2015 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, looking for scientists to act as judges from 9am - 5:30pm on Thursday, April 9th at Colorado State University (see below for the full request from the coordinator). If you’ve never judged a science fair before, I highly recommend it, as it’s a ton of fun - the kids are smart and motivated, and occasionally have some rather “creative” ideas for projects (my particular favorite was the kid who decided to test the speed of sound in different air temperatures by sticking his head in a lit oven. He had some great sources of uncertainty and, miraculously, still had his eyebrows).

If you are interested in volunteering for this, please sign up or contact the coordinator directly (details below), but please also cc me (carolyn@ucar.edu) so I know you’re going, and can report numbers to the NSF.

Thank you!!

Carolyn


The 2015 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) will be held April 9-11, 2015 is the 60th Anniversary of the CSEF!  Judging for the CSEF will take place from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th.  The fair will be held in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University.

The success of the CSEF depends in a huge part on the quality of the judges who volunteer to judge the approximately 400 projects from the 6th-12th grades (Junior Division is grades 6-8 and Senior Division is grades 9-12) in 12 different categories.  A description of the categories can be found at http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Category_Descriptions.pdf. You participation is greatly appreciated.

To view the Grand Awards Judge Information page, please go to http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Judges.htm and to register as a Grand Awards Judge, please visit http://129.82.204.188/csef/gaj/login.php.  The importance of your assistance as a Grand Awards Judge at the CSEF cannot be estimated enough.  These students come from all over the state of Colorado to compete at the CSEF.  For grades 9-12, many of these students will get the opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  ALL of the students gain the experience of presenting a project to the judges (both visually and verbally), meet potential contacts who will help them on their road to college and in some cases includes internships, gain the experience of creating or designing a project from start to finish, and will have the opportunity to receive scholarships to state higher education.  To view some of the past CSEF successes, please see http://csef.colostate.edu/.

Please join us for the 2015 CSEF!  If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.
Warm regards,

Nancy Glissmann
GrandAwards Judging Coordinator
GrandAwardsCSEF@gmail.com
Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF)
3835 Birchwood Drive, Boulder, CO  80304-1428
303.817.4271 (cell) 303-413-8505 (home)

For more information, contact Carolyn Brinkworth at ext. 1137, carolyn@ucar.edu

Thu, 12/04/2014

UCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two new exhibits:

Paintings by Cynthia Marsh Featured at NCAR

THE ART IS IN THE ACT OF BECOMING… to let go of control and attachment to outcome… and enjoy the process as it unfolds in the moment. –Cynthia Marsh. Cynthia Marsh balances the inclination to control, with the necessity to participate, stepping out of her comfort zone into an area of experimentation. With fluid dynamics, (the same physics that naturally occur in large-scale flows on Earth, other planets and in space), Marsh explores how different viscosities and densities of paint interact. Marsh’s work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab Dec 1, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015.

Photography For A Change Group Exhibit Featured at NCAR

PFAC is an organization which displays exquisite photographs of our natural and human environment, both online and in physical venues, with proceeds from print sales going to support two carefully selected local non-profit organizations—Attention Homes and Western Resource Advocates. In this UCAR show, we feature four excellent local photographers who have donated their images to the cause: Dana Bove, Bryce Bradford, Maria Rosa Fusté, and Daniel Joder, each with a unique vision of the world we think you will enjoy. A significant portion of sales from this show (50% at a minimum) will go to support the above-mentioned non-profits. PFAC group exhibit will be on display in Gallery II of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab Dec 1, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015.

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

Mon, 12/01/2014

January 20-23, 2015
June 9-12, 2015
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)

These 3.5 day workshops are geared towards new users of NCL, and will be taught by both an associate scientist and a software engineer. The workshops include a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on labs.

During the labs, the instructors work with students to help them write NCL programs for analyzing their own data.

Limited travel funds are available for eligible students or faculty members at minority serving institutions in the United States, or from universities in EPSCoR states.

Registration is free and limited to 16 students per class, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

See the link below for information on registering for the workshop and/or applying for travel funds.

For more information, contact Mary Haley at ext. 1254, haley@ucar.edu

Fri, 10/10/2014