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Have you ever thought, “Boy, this organization could save a lot of money if we did…”? Have you signed into Ideation? We are using this platform to get employee ideas to solve problems. We know employees can see where there may be cost savings, and we want to hear from you. Even if you are unable to come up with an idea, take time to vote and comment on your favorites. On top of the cost saving campaign, we are also looking for employee recognition ideas.

Each idea will be reviewed by a moderator, who will respond to your suggestion. Many ideas are currently under review, and being evaluated for implementation. Please keep in mind that your ideas and comments can be viewed by any member. This forum is for UCAR employees only.

To join Ideation follow these steps:

  1. Use this link to access Ideation:

  2. You will be prompted to login using your Google account. Click on the Google link.

  3. You will then be prompted to Accept the standard Google/Third Party Terms that have been checked out by IT Security in advance and are safe to accept. After clicking Accept, you will be automatically registered on the Ideation site.

For more information about how to use the site, please see the quick reference guide and tips and tricks on Google Drive. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661.  Questions regarding the BPEX initiative may be directed towards Anthony Mariani at ext. 8566.

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661,

Fri, 10/24/2014

Contracts has updated the Purchase Requisition (PR) form as a fillable pdf form.  In addition to the format, many fields on the form have been updated/revised to create more ease of use. 

Effective Friday, October 24, the updated PR form will be available electronically on the Contracts website under Contract Forms and hard copies will be available.  Contracts will continue to accept other versions of the PR form (both electronic and hard copy) until December 1, 2014. 

Commencing on December 1st, Contracts will no longer accept any other versions of the PR form. To help ensure old forms are not used after December 1st, please contact us at or call 303-497-8866 to trade in your old hard copy forms for the updated version.  

Staff in several labs/divisions/programs tested the form for us and their immediate feedback was positive. If you have questions about how to complete the new PR form, please contact the Contract Administrator assigned to your lab/division/program for assistance.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Fri, 10/24/2014

Center Green 1 was humming last week as representatives from our 100+ colleges and universities, the UCAR Board and other groups met with many of you from across the organization. In my new blog post I call out some highlights from the UCAR 2014 Annual Meetings, describe some exciting new connections with India, and provide some updates on IT Assessment activities.

You'll find my latest post here. (Use your UCAS password to log in.)

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

Thu, 10/23/2014
Call For Speakers: Powder Keg Brewing Company in Niwot holds monthly Tuesday Nerd Talks (TNT) at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Topics are typically science or technology focused, but can be anything of general interest.  Talks should be 30 to 60 minutes in length.  Audio/video equipment is provided.  Anyone interested in giving a talk should contact Charlie Schira at and provide a brief description of the talk as well as a brief speaker bio.  You can see descriptions of the currently-scheduled talks at

For more information, contact Loretta Quinn at ext. 8670,

Thu, 10/23/2014

The Computer Administration Services Group (CASG) at NWSC in Cheyenne is staffed 24/7 in order to monitor environmental conditions in the computer and network rooms on all UCAR/NCAR campuses.  We are also monitoring most of the hosts and services which are located at these sites. 

We would like to invite you to take advantage of this service which includes monitoring of FTP connections, DHCP and HTTP service availability, memory and disk usage, SNMP temperature and power values, and others. 

Please visit to fill out a request form or call us at 307-996-4300 or toll free at 1-855-307-6972. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Computer Administration Services Group at ext. 4300,

Wed, 10/22/2014

Mesa Lab Staff email/Staff announcement - Mesa Lab Front Entrance Closure Saturday Due to Roof Work

The second phase of the Mesa Lab Tower B roof work is nearing completion.  Phase 3 work will begin the week of October 20th and is expected to be complete in approximately two weeks. Phase 3 work involves re-roofing the east part of the A-Tower.

On Saturday, October 25, the circle stairway, front lobby entrance doors, and front entrance drive will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during crane operations. The Mesa Lab will be open to employees using alternate entrances, but will be closed to all visitors.

Barring delays due to weather, the circle stairway, front lobby entrance doors and front entrance drive will return to normal operations on Sunday, October 26.

Please obey all construction signs and barriers for safety.

Adhesive odors may be generated during the work.  It is advised to keep all windows in the upper levels of both towers closed for the duration of the work.  We acknowledge this inconvenience and will make every effort to complete the work as soon as possible.  If you find that the construction severely interferes with your work environment please discuss alternative work options with your direct manager.

For more information, contact Brad Pattison at ext. 2403 or email  Or see the web page at:

For more information, contact Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Tue, 10/21/2014

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.

Spatial Statistics & Geostatistics: Theory and Applications for Geographic Iinformation Science & Technology
Authors: Yongwan Chun & Daniel A. Griffith
Publisher: SAGE
Call Number: G70.217.G46 C48 2013
Location: ML Library

Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More
Author: Matt Carter
Publisher: Elsevier/Academic Press
Call Number: Q223 .C32 2013
Location: ML Library

Understanding Digital Signal Processing, Third Edition
Author: Richard G. Lyons
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Call Number: TK5102.9 .L96 2011
Location: FL Library

Elements of Photogrammetry with Application in GIS, Fourth Edition
Authors: Paul R. Wolf, Bon A. Dewitt, Benjamin E. Wilkinson
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Call Number: TR693 .W63 2014
Location: FL Library

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

Tue, 10/21/2014

Below is a listing of the classes, seminars, and workshops offered during the month of October, 2014.

BUSINESS ETHICS: What every employee needs to know
October 28, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm; FLA - 2205
Facilitator:  Katy Schmoll

Business ethics doesn't just apply to senior managers; employees at every level of UCAR have a responsibility to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. This seminar will help you approach your job with an awareness of the importance of ethics in our work setting and an understanding of what constitutes ethical behavior. Join Katy Schmoll, VP of Finance & Administration and UCAR Ethics Official, to learn more about UCAR's Ethics Program and associated policies and procedures that provide a framework for behavior expectations of all UCAR staff; discuss current case studies and real-life examples and what can be learned from them; and review some of the Federal and state laws UCAR is required to abide by as a government funded organization and how these impact the work we do. Additional information at UCAR Ethics Website:

October 29, 2014
8:30 am – 12:00 pm; CG2 - CTTC
Facilitator: Ameriteach Trainer

Learn the basic functions/features of Excel 2010. Creating Basic Worksheets: User Interface and the Ribbon, Navigation Tools, Entering/Saving Data, Customizing; Performing Calculations: Basic Formulas, Calculate with Functions, Copy Formulas and Functions; Modifying Worksheets: Manipulate Data, Insert/Delete Cells, Columns, and Rows, Searching, Spell Check; Formatting: Modify Fonts, Borders, Color , Columns, Rows, Number Formats Position Cell Contents; Printing: Default Print Options, Print Options, Page Breaks; Managing Large Workbooks: Format Tabs, Manage Worksheets in a Workbook, Manage the View of Large Worksheets.

October 29, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm; CG2 - CTTC
Facilitator: Ameriteach Trainer

Learn the basic functions/features of Excel 2010. Creating Basic Worksheets: User Interface and the Ribbon, Navigation Tools, Entering/Saving Data, Customizing; Performing Calculations: Basic Formulas, Calculate with Functions, Copy Formulas and Functions; Modifying Worksheets: Manipulate Data, Insert/Delete Cells, Columns, and Rows, Searching, Spell Check; Formatting: Modify Fonts, Borders, Color , Columns, Rows, Number Formats Position Cell Contents; Printing: Default Print Options, Print Options, Page Breaks; Managing Large Workbooks: Format Tabs, Manage Worksheets in a Workbook, Manage the View of Large Worksheets

October 30, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am; FL2 - 1002
Facilitator: Milenda Powers

Learn to keep from burning down the shop and avoid having "arsonist" on your permanent record. Hot operations refer to work that involves open flames, torches and welding. The Safety policy and permit requirements for this work will be reviewed during this brief class.

October 30, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 pm; FL2 - 1002
Facilitator: Milenda Powers

Avoid electrocution of yourself and others by learning how to deactivate energy systems. Recognize dangers and hazards of stored energies. Control hazards by disconnecting and blocking the energy path and perform a lock out/ tag out operation. An audit of lock-out/tag-out skills is conducted yearly.

Confined Space Entry
October 30, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am; FL2-1002
Facilitator:  Milenda Powers

Sometimes people must work in spaces that were designed for equipment, not people. Participants will review safe work methods required for employees who enter confined spaces, understand the hazards, how to control the hazards and how to keep watch over employees working in these spaces.

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

Mon, 10/20/2014

This year, many of us have a heightened awareness of infectious diseases with the flu season upon us and the recent Ebola outbreak.  We can best avoid these health hazards by Awareness, Knowledge, and Diligence.


  • Stay informed by reading and watching the news, CDC website,and UCAR alerts.


  • Learn how to avoid exposure to common and uncommon illnesses.

  • Learn how these illnesses are transmitted and what you can do to break the transmission cycle.  


  • Be diligent in avoiding contact with sick people.

  • Stay home if you’re sick (temperature => 100.4F or 38C, vomiting, diarrhea, chronic cough).

  • Follow up with your healthcare provider.

  • Catch your coughs or sneezes in tissue or the crook of your elbow.

UCAR’s Health, Environment, and Safety Services (HESS) recognizes that one way disease can come to UCAR is through traveling. On a daily basis we actively review world wide security and health travel hazards, whether or not we have travelers headed to these sites or are currently at these sites.  We have direct communication with all employees who might be traveling to an area on our travel hazards list. We are also rolling out new communications to visitors traveling to our sites. We inform them to carry medical insurance to cover health care in the United States and to not come to the office if they are ill.

In addition we have an infectious disease webpage with helpful information that will significantly reduce your risk of catching these infectious diseases.  This site can be found at:

If you have further questions please contact Milenda Powers, or Bob Wiley


For more information, contact Bob Wiley at ext. 8554,

Mon, 10/20/2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
FL 2 - Room 1022

Bob Sharman
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO - 303.497.8457

Turbulence is a well-known hazard to the aviation sector. It is responsible for numerous injuries each year, with occasional fatalities, and is the underlying cause of many people’s fear of air travel. Not only are turbulence encounters a safety issue, they are the source of millions of dollars of operational costs to airlines, leading to increased costs passed on to the consumer. For these reasons, pilots, dispatchers, and air traffic controllers attempt to avoid turbulence wherever possible. A common method of avoidance involves circumventing regions or altitudes where turbulence was recently encountered and reported by other aircraft. Empirical rules are also used to identify weather patterns known to be conducive to the generation of turbulence; pilots employ these rules during flight and operational weather forecasters on the ground also provide guidance. However, these methods are imprecise at best and to some extent reflect misunderstandings and underappreciations of the underlying complexity of turbulence processes.  

Here recent advances in strategic turbulence forecasting at cruise altitudes for commercial aircraft (i.e. the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, UTLS) will be presented.  These advances are supported by (1) more precise observations of turbulence that can be used to better verify turbulence forecasts, (2) better automated methods for predicting aviation scale turbulence, and (3) enhanced understanding of turbulent processes based on high-resolution numerical simulations.  Each aspect of this three-pronged approach will be discussed and current research needs will be summarized.

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Mon, 10/20/2014

Please note that Carolyn Brinkworth's title was incorrectly posted; her correct title is 
NCAR Director for Diversity, Education, and Outreach.

For more information, contact Michelle Darveau at ext. 8703,

Sat, 10/18/2014

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,

Fri, 10/10/2014


Speaker:  David Gochis  
Date:       November 11, 2014
Time:      10:30am
Place:      FL 2 – Room 1022
Title:       Recent developments and applications of the WRF-Hydro modeling system for continental scale water cycle predictions


The translation of weather and climate forcing through complex landscapes to drive terrestrial hydrologic processes is a true multi-scale problem.  Model architectures that attempt to capture these processes and feedbacks in a physically realistic way must be able to bridge spatial scales from meters to kilometers.  To represent these processes across continental domains modeling systems must fully embrace high performance computing.  Also, because there are both scientific and computational trade-offs in modeling many terrestrial hydrologic and land-atmosphere exchange processes, it is often highly advantageous to support multiple physics options in order to test competing hypotheses and apply scale-appropriate parameterizations for different prediction problems.  In this talk we provide an update of new developments to the WRF-Hydro system in meeting these needs from both a process representation and high performance computing perspective.  A key feature of these developments centers on new multi-scale modeling capabilities recently added to WRF-Hydro.  We will discuss prediction and computational performance metrics for several recent large river basin and continental scale applications of the WRF-Hydro system over the coterminous U.S. and over Mexico in modes both coupled and uncoupled to the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.  We will also provide updates on new developments to the WRF-Hydro system in the areas of water management applications and hydrologic data assimilation.

This seminar will be webcast
FL2_1022 (Large Auditorium) Webcast link or

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Wed, 10/08/2014
Dick Valent, Loretta Quinn, and Wendy Abshire of the UCAR Ombuds Office would like to let all UCAR employees and visitors know that October is Conflict Resolution Month in the state of Colorado ( If you or someone you know at UCAR has a nagging workplace conflict that is having a negative impact, please consider making an appointment to meet with one of us so we can work together to develop some new options and get to a better place! Our contact information and a description of the services we provide are all available at our website, 

For more information, contact Loretta Quinn at ext. 8670,

Thu, 10/02/2014

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Fernando Boza is an award-winning photographer who resides in Boulder, Colorado –just a few blocks from NCAR.  He believes in ancient knowledge that “a deep connection with the environment is not only embedded in the human psyche, but is fundamental to experience a greater sense of peace and one’s own true nature.”  This exhibit includes photographs of nature from 2013 and 2014, from different parts of the world, but mostly from Colorado and surrounding areas. Boza's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through November 2014.

A graduate of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Steven Homsher paints landscapes, animals, and figures. Painting both in the studio and “plein aire”, Steven’s aim is to convey the transient nature of light and atmosphere. Steven is represented by Mary Williams Fine Arts, and is a yearly presenter in Boulder Open Studios, and other juried shows in Colorado. As a participant of the NCAR Community Art Program, Steven looks forward to sharing his work with people who appreciate the interpretation of light as it reveals the beauty and sanctity of nature. Homsher's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab October 2014 through Novenber 2014.

Both artists work can be viewed Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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

Tue, 09/30/2014

Super Science Saturday is coming soon!

November 8, 2014 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Mesa Lab.

Please join us for our "SUPER" annual event where both kids and adults explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas and learn how we study the weather.

We are looking for volunteers. If you have any interest in volunteering for this fun filled day, there are three ways to sign up. 

Please feel free to contact:

Natalie Ponsford



Eileen Carpenter


We also now have available a Volunteer Online Form at:

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Thu, 09/18/2014

A Google Calendar showing UCAR Payroll Holidays through the end of 2016 has been built.  You may view it or even use it to add Holidays to your personal Calendar.  The Calendar is called "UCAR Payroll Holidays" and instructions for accessing and copying it are posted on the Google Apps Support Site.

For more information, contact Alex Eschenbaum at ext. 8886,

Fri, 08/29/2014

Ever wonder what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says?  Learn more Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this fall during a seminar series by IPCC authors and contributors. This fall’s focus is on Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report).

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 • CIRES Auditorium (room 338 CIRES)

Th Aug 28 Policymakers/Technical summaries | Jerry Meehl
Tu Sept. 2 Ch. 1: Introduction | Linda Mearns
Tu Sept 9 Ch. 2: Observations: Atmosphere & Surface | Owen Cooper
Tu Sept 16 Ch. 3: Observations: Ocean | Mike Alexander
Tu Sept 23 Ch. 5: Information from Paleoclimate Archives | Bette Otto-Bliesner
Tu Sept 30 Ch. 11: Near Term Climate Change | Marika Holland
Th Oct 9 Ch. 6: Carbon and other Biogeochemical Cycles | Pieter Tans
Tu Oct 14 Ch. 7: Clouds and Aerosols | Dave Randall
Tu Oct 21 Ch. 8: Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing | J. F. Lamarque
Tu Oct 28 Ch. 12: Long Term Climate Change | John Fasullo
Tu Nov 4 Ch. 10: Detection and Attribution of Climate Change:
From Global to Regional | Judith Pearlwitz
Tu Nov. 11 Ch. 4: Observations: Cryosphere | Tad Pfeffer
Tu Nov 18 Ch. 9: Evaluation of Climate Models | Clara Deser
Tu Dec. 2 Ch. 13: Sea Level Change | Steve Nerem
Tu Dec 9 Ch. 14: Climate Phenomena and their Relevance
for Future Regional Climate Change | Kevin Trenberth

For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Thu, 08/28/2014