Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Unidata partnered with Amazon Web Services last year to make Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration available in the cloud in near real time. The project is one of the ways Unidata is exploring what the future of data access may look like. (Story by Laura Snider, Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer. Read more.)

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Wed, 06/01/2016

NCAR+UCAR is competing in the 2016 Bike to Work Day Business Challenge against organizations all along the Front Range for the title of Bike to Work Day Champion. In past years NOAA has beaten us by just a few registrations. Take two minutes now to register with team NCAR+UCAR and you will be leading us in our first steps (or pedals) to victory!

Registering on team NCAR+UCAR is an opportunity to:

  • Win some amazing prizes (Last year, several NCAR+UCAR staff won prizes, including a $50.00 gift card and scuba diving lessons!)
  • Show the broader community that NCAR+UCAR staff are leaders in taking action to reduce carbon emissions and pollution
  • Be a part of the second-largest event of its kind in the United States!

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22nd. Don't miss out! 

For more information, contact Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Wed, 06/01/2016

We have 3 fantastic courses coming up within the next few weeks!

There's a request for early registration to ensure rosters are set for the instructors.

REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select “EOD Training Catalog” to view and register for current offerings.

Here's a breif outline for your review:


Elevations CU: Make the Most of Your Vacation

Complimentary lunch. Please RSVP by 6/7/16 to reserve your spot for lunch. Open to all employees.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM / Location: CG1-2126

Course Description: If you dread the amount of work you have to do before and after you leave on vacation, this session is for you. Creating a smoother transition allows you to retain the benefits of your time off and still have the energy and enthusiasm to work productively without stressing your system unnecessarily.


The Writing Source: Proposal Writing Training

Please RSVP by 6/10/16 to ensure that our roster has the final updates for our instructor to prepare. 

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / Location: FL2-1022-Large Auditorium

Open to employees new to proposal writing & those needing to refresh skills

Course Description: The session outlines the foundation for increasing your success rate for obtaining funding. 

Topics for discussion include:

• Discussion of why proposals/grants win and why they lose
• Understanding and analyzing the solicitation documents
• Coping with "bad" or vague solicitation documents, RFPs, RFAs or other documents
• Developing and using a requirements compliance table
• Developing and using an outline and applying it as a document management and writing tool
• Ensuring 100% requirements compliance
• Making the bid-/no-bid decision
• Essentials of effective writing/writing in plain language 

Target Audience:

Designed for those new to proposal writing and those wishing to refresh their skills.


MSEC: Performance Management, The Employee’s Role

Please RSVP by 6/10/16 to ensure that our roster has the final updates for our instructor to prepare.

9:00 AM—11:00 AM / Location: CG1-2126. Open to all employees.

Course Description: This class will coach employees to be active in the performance management process and their own development. It highlights the importance of performance management and the employee’s role in the process. Participants learn the steps in the career management process and the tools needed to actively participate in a developmental discussion. This seminar is available exclusively as an on-site program typically lasting two and a half hours.


• The value of performance management

• The employee’s responsibilities of performance expectations

• The organization’s, manager’s, and employee’s roles in the process

• Steps in the career management process

• Participating in the developmental discussion

• Keys to effective communication throughout the year

Target Audience: 

Employees needing a better understanding of their role as active participants in the performance management process and their development.

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wed, 06/01/2016

Gravity Waves over New Zealand observed in DEEPWAVE: 

Scales, Fluxes, Breaking and Impacts

Ronald. B. Smith of Yale University and the DEEPWAVE team

During the DEEPWAVE project in June and July 2014, the Gulfstream V research aircraft flew 97 legs over the complex Southern Alps of New Zealand and 150 legs over the Tasman Sea and Southern Ocean, mostly in the low stratosphere at 12.1km altitude. Improved instrument calibration, redundant sensors, longer flight legs, energy flux estimation and scale analysis revealed several new gravity wave properties. Over the sea, flight level wave fluxes mostly fell below the detection threshold. Over terrain, disturbances had characteristic mountain wave attributes of positive vertical energy flux (EFz), negative zonal momentum flux (MFx) and upwind horizontal energy flux (EFx). In some cases, the fluxes changed rapidly within an eight hour flight, even though environmental conditions were nearly unchanged. In this presentation, using observations and high resolution models, we investigate wave scale selection, flux variability, breakdown in the low stratosphere and penetration into the upper stratosphere. We compare computed gravity wave drag with GCM parametrizations and with potential vorticity generation.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 3:30 PM

Refreshments 3:15 PM

NCAR-Foothills Laboratory 

3450 Mitchell Lane

Bldg 2 Main Auditorium (Rm1022)


For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757,

Tue, 05/31/2016


Pulong Ma
University of Cincinnati/SIParCS

With the development of new remote sensing technology, large or even massive spatial datasets covering the globe become available. Statistical analysis of such data is challenging. This manuscript proposes a semiparametric approach to modeling and inference for massive spatial datasets. In particular, a Gaussian process with additive components is considered, with its covariance structure coming from two components: one part is flexible without assuming a specific parametric covariance function but is able to achieve dimension reduction; the second part is parametric and simultaneously induces sparsity. The inference algorithm for parameter estimation and spatial prediction is devised. The resulting spatial prediction method that we call sparsity-induced kriging (SIK), is applied to simulated data and a massive satellite dataset. The results demonstrate the computational and inferential benefits of SIK over competing methods and show that SIK is more flexible and more robust against model misspecification.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Damon Room
(Bring your lunch)

For more information, contact Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Tue, 05/31/2016

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.

Climate Time Series Analysis
Author: Manfred Mudelsee
Publisher: Springer
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QC 981 .M83 2014

Climate Change and Public Health
Editors: Barry S. Levy and Jonathan A. Patz
Publisher: Oxford
Location: FL Library
Call Number: RA 427 .C482 2015

Climate in Context
Editor: Adam S. Parris
Publisher: AGU
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QC 903.2 .C25 C55 2016

Extreme Value Modeling and Risk Analysis
Editors: Dipik K. Dey and Jun Yan
Publisher: CRC Press
LocationL ML Library
Call Number: QA 273.6 .E98 2016

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

Tue, 05/31/2016


Robert Castellino is passionate about teaching photography and project-based publishing. He has a unique ability to mold ideas, words and images into powerfully impassioned stories. Bob enjoys engaging students in exploring their passion for making photographs and gently challenging them to improve their skills through a participative and interactive approach. Castellino’s work will be on exhibit in UCAR Gallery I of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab May 31, 2016 to July 30, 2016. 


Strange AttractorsAccording to artist Jeff Richards, in the study of Chaos Theory it has been found that any chaotic system has within it a tendency to work its way toward order, beginning in a specific domain and then spreading throughout the system. Early computer modeling showed these domains to be rare and elusive, thus they were termed 'strange attractors'. Jeff Richards’ art work, in a peculiar way, is his own way of searching for these strange attractors, these domains of order within chaos wherein the seeds of order and beauty lie. Often distant as a faint echo, or lost in cold and claustrophobic darkness, the strange attractors yet call. Richard’s work will be on exhibit in UCAR Gallery II of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab May 30, 2016 to July 30, 2016.

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

Tue, 05/31/2016

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for June 2016 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Center Green 1 - Room 3150

  • Thursday, June 9 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Foothills Lab 2 - Room 1002

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm


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 Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

Tue, 05/31/2016

EarthCube, a landmark initiative to develop new technological and computational capabilities for geosciences research, will be supported by UCAR under an agreement with NSF. (News release by David Hosansky, manager of media relations. Read more.)

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Fri, 05/27/2016

REGISTER for JUNE Courses! 

Don't let June pass by without taking advantage of the opportunity to particpate in some incredible courses! We have a fantastic June planned!

All UCAR/NCAR/UCP employees can register for FREE educational courses. There are a variety of options and the training schedules are updated regularly to help provide the most current and up to date information.


View the 2016 training schedule to date & REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select “EOD Training Catalog” to view and register for current offerings.

For more information, contact:

Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716 

  • Class sizes vary and space is limited. Reserve your attendance as soon as possible.
  • Courses may be offered more than once, depending on the demand and participation.
  • Note: Course times & dates can change, please view the calendar via the EOD Training Catalog for the most up-to-date information!

JUNE - 2016 Courses: 

(log into Connect and view the "EOD Training Catalog" for locations and descriptions per course)


6/14/16:      Elevations CU: Make the Most of Your Vacation

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM / Open to all managers / Complimentary Lunch provided -- Please RSVP by 6/7/14 to reserve your spot for lunch.

6/15/16:      The Writing Source: Proposal Writing Training

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / Open to employees new to proposal writing & those needing to refresh skills

6/16/16:      MSEC: Performance Management: The Employee's Role

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM / Open to all employees 

6/22/16:      Time Management: Creating Balance in Today's Workplace

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM / Open to all employees 

6/23/16:      MSEC: Performance Management: Managing Employee Development

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM / Open to all employees 

CEB Manager Success Workshop Series:

Open to all managers & aspiring managers

Times & Registration per Virtual Coursesare listed on the

EOD website:

(Select the Leadership Development tab for more information)

Becoming a Manager II: Making a Quick Impact

June Dates Offered: 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th


Getting Results from Formal Feedback

June Dates Offered: 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Fri, 05/27/2016


Miranda Fix
Colorado State University

In this talk, we will present two separate studies which analyze environmental extremes.

The first study uses two CESM initial condition ensembles to investigate potential changes in extreme precipitation under two climate change scenarios over the contiguous United States. We fit non-stationary generalized extreme value (GEV) models to annual maximum daily precipitation simulated from the 30-member “Large Ensemble” under the RCP8.5 scenario and a 15-member “Medium Ensemble” under the RCP4.5 scenario. We then compare impacts using the 1% annual exceedance probability level, which is the amount of daily rainfall with only a 1% chance of being exceeded in a given year. We also investigate a pattern scaling approach in which we produce predictive GEV distributions of annual precipitation maxima under RCP4.5 given only global mean temperatures for this scenario. We compare results from this less computationally intensive method to those obtained from our GEV model fitted directly to the CESM RCP4.5 output and find that pattern scaling produces reasonable projections. This study is part of a larger project on the Benefits of Reduced Anthropogenic Climate change (BRACE).

The second study examines the sensitivities of extreme ground-level ozone to meteorological drivers (e.g. air temperature) using quantile regression and a recently-developed method based on maximizing tail dependence. We will present a case study comparing the sensitivities for observed ozone to those we find in WRF-Chem output. Preliminary results show discrepancies between the relationships between the driving meteorological variables and ozone levels between the observations and the WRF-Chem output

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room
(Bring your lunch)

For more information, contact Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Thu, 05/26/2016

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Seminars

We all face challenges in the quest to balance productive work and a satisfying personal life. Managing relationships, family issues, and good work practices can be stressful. It can be a struggle to maintain health and make good lifestyle choices!

To assist with these challenges, Cigna’s EAP offers a variety of free online seminars for UCAR employees and family members.  Live webcast seminars are offered each month along with the option to view replays of previous seminars.

How do I view the upcoming seminars?

Visit the website:

If you are a first time visitor, simply fill in the required information under the “First Time User” section and then select Submit when complete. This will promote you to the homepage of the website and you can view the calendar of seminars.

If you are a returning visitor, simply log in with the credentials that you established previously and you will promote to the homepage of the website.

How do I register for a seminar?

Upcoming Live Seminars are listed for the 2016 calendar year and can be viewed from the homepage:

Scroll over a course of your choice and select the title. This will prompt you to the description of the course and provide you the option to Register/Attend the seminar. When you select “Attend”, you will receive a confirmation email with the seminar description, date, time, etc.

To view a seminar playback, simply click on the seminar you are interested in. On-demand replays will be available starting 2 hours after the live presentation initially began.


CIGNA EAP LIVE Wellness Seminars in JUNE:

There are Two Cigna EAP Webcast seminars for JUNE 2016. EAP seminars are one hour in length including a Q&A at the close of each session. All webcasts take place on Wednesdays at 2pm EST.


Registration information, live seminars, and on-demand replays can be accessed directly at our seminar portal:


June 2016 Seminars:


Wednesday, June 8, 2016: Unique You: Personality Styles at Work

Wednesday, June 22, 2016: Endings and Opportunities: The Power of Acceptance

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tue, 05/24/2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, May 20

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tue, 05/24/2016

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Engineering for Climate Extremes Workshop (on July 14, 2016).

The attached flyer and website have more information, or you can register directly at the link below.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Water-Energy-People” within a context of resilience within coupled natural and social systems.

Societal and climate change, and heterogeneous resource distribution are increasingly highlighting critical vulnerabilities within the WEP system. The interplay of economic and policy drivers with social and environmental changes and climate stresses is important but largely unexplored. The workshop will highlight knowledge gaps and focus discussion on ways that ECEP can help to improve WEP system resilience.

Abstracts are invited for “Ignite” (5-minute) and longer (15-minute) presentations. Participants are welcome from all areas involved in strengthening societal resilience to weather and climate extremes.
Participants include representatives from Indigenous Americans, Re/insurance, Local Government, Industry and Business, and National and International Universities.

WORKSHOP VENUE: Main Seminar Room, NCAR Foothills Laboratory, 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder 

WORKSHOP DATES: July 14, 2016
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE: $100 (Early Bird Registration deadline is June 14, 2016)

Beginning June 15, 2016 Registration is $150.

On-site registration $200

For more information, contact Kris Marwitz at ext. 8198,

Wed, 04/06/2016

Contracts invites all interested staff to attend its upcoming lunch and learn sessions.  Information is as follows:





April 6, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Roles and responsibilities (Direct Awards, Procurement)

May 3, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Pre-spending / over-spending considerations and contractual authority/committing the corporation

June 6, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Procurement process (PR through payment)

July 8, 2016

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

ML-Chapman Room


Various funding vehicle types from sponsors (e.g., financial assistance, contracts, etc.)

A Google hangout will be initiated for each of the sessions if you are unable to join in person; however, hangouts are limited to 14 participants so please email Michelle Stringham at to reserve a spot if you wish to participant via a hangout.  Please note that the sessions will not be recorded. 

For more information, contact Michelle Stringham at ext. 8879,

Fri, 03/18/2016

A contractor working for the City of Boulder has begun work on drainage and path improvements north of Center Green Building 3. The project includes installation of a new pedestrian/bicycle path that will pass under the railroad track and connect to the existing path east of CG1 and CG3. For more details on the project visit

 During construction, vehicles and equipment will be accessing the work site via the Center Green parking lot. Also, construction vehicles and equipment may be temporarily staged in the parking lot west of CG3.

 The work will continue intermittently through the spring and into the summer and should not cause significant disruption at Center Green. Intermittent vehicle and construction noise will be present.

 The path is to remain open through the project, but brief delays are possible during some phases of the project.

For more information, contact David Maddy at ext. 1134,

Fri, 02/12/2016

Per the previous Heads Up announcement, Contracts issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vendor for the next office supply Non-Encumbered Blanket Purchase Order (NBPO).  This process is now complete.  Faison Office Products was the successful vendor in this RFP.  Thanks to all those who participated in the evaluation process!

If your lab/program wants to purchase office supplies through this NBPO, please submit a Purchase Requisition (PR) to Contracts at  The account key series for the lab/program should be used on the PR with the exception of account keys in 30xxxx, 31xxxx, or 32xxxx.  Also, the person(s) authorizing the PR must have at least $5,000 in signature authority for the account key series included on the PR.   Please utilize the NBPO Purchase Requisition form found on the Contracts webpage under Contract Forms.

Please submit the PRs for this NBPO to Contracts no later than Friday July 17, 2015. 

Please direct any questions regarding this NBPO or the ordering process to Justin Lee at or 303-497-2069

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069,

Wed, 07/15/2015