Staff Notes Daily Announcements

UCAR families can save 10% on tuition at KinderCare® Learning Centers, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs and participating CCLC® Child Care Centers across the U.S. From infant to school age, your child will receive outstanding care and proven, curriculum-based education from expert, caring teachers.  Learning and laughing, guaranteed.

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

Fri, 08/28/2015

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Tuesday,  September 8.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.
Appointments are available between 10:30 am and 1:20 pm.  The bus will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.  Please review the blood donation guidelines below.

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

Thu, 08/27/2015

Super Science Saturday is NCAR's largest public event and is designed to increase public science literacy by bringing kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, learn about science, and highlight the exciting scientific research happening in Boulder and the surrounding communities!

This year's theme is "LIGHT" in conjunction with the 2015 International Year of Light!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables

  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics

  • Science Shows

  • Weather Balloon Launches

  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos

  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public and providing general information, engaging the public in simple science education activities, or assisting our Science Wizards.

Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us by Monday, October 5, 2015:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

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

Thu, 08/27/2015

On August 12, 2015, UCAR Policy 3.6: Access to and Use of Computer and Information Systems was modified in order to clarify who may authorize access to an individual’s email account and other UCAR information systems protected by individually-assigned passwords.  Here is the language that was added to the end of Policy 3-6:   

[E]xcept as described in the immediately following paragraph, access to and use of an individual’s email account and other UCAR information systems protected by individually-assigned passwords (“Individual Accounts”) should be limited to that individual. 

The supervisor of, or relevant lab/program director (division/department head) for, any former employee may authorize access to that former employee’s Individual Accounts in order to ensure business continuity.  Additionally, a member of UCAR President’s Council may, after consultation with UCAR legal counsel and without prior notice to the affected user, authorize access to any user's computer and information system(s) to ensure business continuity or to review the manner of their use in order to ensure compliance with this policy.

Please be reminded that the content of individual accounts, including Google Apps accounts are ultimately owned by UCAR, and users should have no expectation of privacy in UCAR communications and computer systems, including, but not limited to, electronic mail.

For more information, contact Sarah Pritchard at ext. 8564, sarahp@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/27/2015

You are invited to attend Human Resources' Open House from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, Sept 11 on the third floor of FLA. Please stop by during this meet and greet opportunity to enjoy some light breakfast fare, learn about our new structure, and share with us how we can best assist you in our various roles. All staff members are welcome. We look forward to connecting with you!

For more information, contact Michelle Havens at ext. 8711, mhavens@ucar.edu

Tue, 08/25/2015

ASP Faculty Fellowship Program now accepting applications 

The Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that its Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) is now accepting applications for visits that occur between 1 May 2016 and 31 May 2018. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR and enables NCAR scientific staff to spend a period of time in residence at U.S. universities.  

Application deadline: 31 October 2015

For more information, contact Paula Fisher at ext. 1328, paulad@ucar.edu

Tue, 08/25/2015
Please join us in celebrating Bruce Lite's appointment as an NCAR Distinguished Scholar at HAO's 75th celebration. 

NCAR seeks to honor prominent scientists and research engineers with truly outstanding and long-term records of achievement with the highest honors that can be accorded to a member of the NCAR scientist or research engineer community who has retired or is in phased retirement with a Distinguished Scholar appointment.

Event: Distinguished Scholar Talk and Celebration 

Topic: Remote Sensing of Solar Magnetism via Polarimetry

Date:  Tuesday, September 1, 2015,
 
Time: 3:30 PM

Location: CG1 Auditorium, Center Green

Refreshments:  Join us after the talk and appointment for beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and merriment!

All are invited - please share this invite!


For more information, contact Marissa Miller at ext. 1108, marissa@ucar.edu

Tue, 08/25/2015

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.

The C++ Programming Language, Fourth Edition
Author: Bjarne Stroustrup
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA76.73.C153 S77 2013

Global Perspectives On Tropical Cyclones : From Science To Mitigation
Editors: Johnny C.L. Chan, Jeffrey D. Kepert
Publisher: World Scientific
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QC948 .G56 2010

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

Tue, 08/25/2015

Tuesday, September 15, FL2 – 3107 at 2pm

Katherine Dickinson

In the face of the expanding wildfire hazard, the actions that homeowners take to reduce fire risk on private property are crucial. However, homeowners’ wildfire risk mitigation actions are interdependent: the risk that any individual faces is affected by the conditions on neighboring properties. Meanwhile, social norms provide another mechanism linking one’s own risk mitigation choice to neighbors’ choices. Households may be encouraged to undertake more mitigation when presented with social comparisons highlighting high levels of mitigation among neighbors. Our web-based survey of homeowners in fire-prone areas on Colorado’s Western Slope combines survey data on current knowledge, risk perceptions, and practices with choice experiments that vary 1) fuel conditions on neighbors’ property (i.e., neighbors’ risk levels), and 2) neighbors’ mitigation actions (i.e., social norms) in order to assess the impact of these factors on wildfire mitigation choices. Of particular interest are the interactive effects of these different factors. For example, if risk interdependency tends to lead to underinvestment in risk mitigation, can social norms help to overcome this problem and “tip” communities toward higher levels of protection? In this presentation I will describe the survey and experiment, and discuss initial findings from our data.

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

Thu, 08/20/2015

Super Science Saturday is NCAR's largest public event and is designed to increase public science literacy by bringing kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, learn about science, and highlight the exciting scientific research happening in Boulder and the surrounding communities!

This year's theme is "LIGHT" in conjunction with the 2015 International Year of Light!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables

  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics

  • Science Shows

  • Weather Balloon Launches

  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos

  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public and providing general information, engaging the public in simple science education activities, or assisting our Science Wizards.

Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us by Monday, October 5, 2015:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

 

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

Wed, 08/19/2015

The nominations for the UCAR annual awards are due Friday, October 16, before the close of business. Please note that nominations must be submitted electronically to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, either on a flash drive or to the UCAR at CIT (U) drive. 

Please also note that only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates can submit nominations.

More information can be found at the “Request for 2015 Nominations” on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures. There are two classes of awards: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards. Categories for the latter award include:  Publication, Scientific and/or Technical Advancement, Administrative Achievement, Education and Outreach, Mentoring, and Diversity.  

A note on the Publications awards, the focus of which is "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences."   Five years is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year, i.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2010 for 2015's nominations.

In order to submit nominations which will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists:

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

These Checklists have been compiled by previous Awards Jury members in order to make the process more consistent and streamlined.

Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions. 

For more information, contact Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653, montgoms@ucar.edu

Mon, 08/17/2015

An Account Representative from Faison will be visiting on Wednesday, September 2 to provide a tutorial on Faison products/services, website and ordering procedures.  There will be three sessions held throughout the day at the following times/locations:

September 2, 2105

  • 9:00am – 10:00am Foothills Lab 2, Room 1001
  • 10:30am – 11:30am Foothills Lab 2, Room 1001
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Mesa Lab, Room 132

All employees that may be placing orders with Faison are strongly encouraged to attend one of the above sessions.  The presentations will highlight updates to the website and delivery processes in addition to the product and website demo.

For more information, please contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069 or justinl@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069, justinl@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/06/2015

The UCAR Community Art Program proudly features:

Photography by Max Seigal

Inspired by his love for the outdoors and all things wild, Max Seigal set out to capture the beauty of the natural world. With degrees in biology and environmental science, Seigal has spent the last few years travelling across the globe working on numerous conservation projects. These trips often lead him to some of the most remote and spectacular locations on the planet, providing wonderful opportunities for him to pursue his passion for photography. Seigal’s work will be on exhibit in UCAR Gallery II of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) August 2, 2015 to September 26, 2015.


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

Mon, 08/03/2015

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 contract@ucar.edu.  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 justinl@ucar.edu or 303-497-2069

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069, justinl@ucar.edu

Wed, 07/15/2015