Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Since launching Operational Excellence (OPEX) earlier this year, a number of data gathering activities have been completed including conducting multiple surveys, focus groups, interviews, and workshops. This research is the first stage in our efforts to ensure UCAR continuously improves its administrative and business service delivery in support of its scientific mission.  

Staff Activity Analysis Summary

In October, an Activity Analysis was designed and implemented to quantify the amount of time staff spends on specific administrative tasks.  The survey was developed to help assess administrative processes so that UCAR as a whole can become more efficient, productive, and flexible.

There were 414 staff members identified who spend 20 percent of their time on business, administrative, and IT services to take the survey. Of those who were identified to complete the survey, 226 surveys were completed. 

The responses have been compiled and a high-level summary has been created, which is called UCAR by the Numbers.  This is a first look at results and is meant to be a baseline for the current state of our business and administrative services. The data will require a lot of further analysis in order to implement the necessary improvements right the first time.  

The facts & figures on the UCAR by the Numbers document represent the areas of administrative work, the staff time involved, some key findings from those 226 respondents, as well as some data collected in focus groups.

Thank you to those staff members who took the time to complete this analysis and participate in focus groups.  

OPEX Next Steps

Taking these data into account, as well as the qualitative reports from interviews and focus groups, several areas for business process improvements are being evaluated, including:
    •    Researching and improving the Sourcing and Procurement workflows
    •    Improving the Human Resources hiring process

Other business processes will be considered over the next few months, with a concentrated effort to seek opportunities to improve customer service, obtain cost efficiencies, and implement best practices.  Additional information on next steps will be  shared in the first quarter of 2015.  

For more information, contact Anthony Mariani at ext. 8566,

Fri, 12/19/2014

Based on feedback received since Contracts released its new version of the PR form on October 23rd, improvements have been made to the PR form.  A revised version can be found on the Contracts website.  Improvements made include: 1) a change to the font size, 2) realignment and expansion of certain fields, and 3) change to the grand total calculation.

Some helpful tips regarding the revised PR form include the following:

-          Firefox is not currently compatible with .pdf files.  Please use a different browser.

-          If you fill out the PR form directly from the website, please make sure to save it in order to retain the completed contents.

-          Please fill in the item numbers.

-          The PR form can be signed electronically in both Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Pro; however, you will have to save the document in order to do so.

If you have any questions about changes to the PR form or the helpful tips, please contact Contracts at or call 303-497-8866.

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

Fri, 12/19/2014

It’s the holiday season, and we know everyone is busy! Did you know that you are able to return items to any library in the state by returning them to the NCAR Library? Save time and energy by returning items you may have checked out from other libraries to either the FL or ML library. We will put your books, DVDs, CDs, etc. on the Colorado State Library System Courier truck, and they will be returned for you to the library where you checked them out.

Please be aware that any overdue charges or late fees charged by public or academic libraries may still apply.

For more information, contact Terry Murray at ext. 1178,

Wed, 12/17/2014

All receiving of goods procured must be at 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301 unless the UCAR Contracts office has authorized an alternate receiving location. ‘Standing’ authorized alternate receiving locations are: 

  • EOL Machine Shop (bulk materials) – 3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301
  • RAF (specifically Aircraft on Ground and/or very large or sensitive goods) – Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 10802 Airport Court, Broomfield, CO 80021
  • NWSC – 8120 Veta Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82009
  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20006
  • 2349 Distribution Circle, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • 1201 New York Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20005

If you need to request an alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, please complete the form found at:

If you are making purchases on the UCAR P-Card and need to request an alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, please complete the Exception Form located at:

Once you have obtained an authorized alternate receiving location for a specific purchase, it is the responsibility of the requisitioner to:

1) obtain the appropriate receiving documentation, e.g., packing list and 3rd party verification of receiving (someone other than the requisitioner);

2) write “all items received” or “received only items as specified” and sign the packing list; and

3) forward all documents in hard copy to Logistics at CG3 or electronically to within 5 business days.

Please freely disseminate to all staff that need this information in order to perform their respective job duties.

Questions?  Please contact your assigned lab/division/program Contract Administrator or send your inquiry to    

For more information, contact Peter Chamberlain at ext. 8892,

Tue, 12/16/2014

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.

Pest Management in Museums, Archives, and Historic Houses
Authors: David Pinniger; illustrated by Annette Townsend; Rodent and Bird chapter by Adrian Meyer
Publisher: Archetype Publications
Call Number: AM141 .P56 2001
Location: ML Library

Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place In the Natural World : An Anthology
Editor: Martin Keogh
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Call Number: GE196 .H67 2010 
Location: FL Library

Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology / Special Section: Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace
Author: Special Section Editors: Victoria C Plaut, Kecia M. Thomas, and Michelle R Hebl
Publisher: Educational Publishing Foundation of the American Psychological Association
Call Number: 102137
Location: ML Reports

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

Tue, 12/16/2014

Staff awards presented at holiday party
It was a packed house at CG1 on Friday, December 12, for the annual EAC all-staff holiday party and awards presentation. Many UCAR staff members and their families turned out for the fun and enjoyed a great meal, music, awards, and time to connect with colleagues. more>

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Tue, 12/16/2014

Mark your calendars for UCAR’s 2015 Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork sessions and Health & Benefits Fair, sponsored by the Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC).  These valuable wellness events are open to UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent adult children 18-26 years of age. For more information, visit the UCAR Health Fair website.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Registration Site Now Available
To participate in the pre-health fair bloodwork screenings, register to attend one of the following onsite sessions.  The standard full-blood chemistry screenings and PSA blood screening for men 50+ are FREE; optional, additional bloodwork screenings are also available upon request at participant cost. Each participant must register individually.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Session Dates/Locations (Registration and 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments provided at each location)

  • FL:       January 28, 2015, 7:30-11:30 am, FL2-1003
  • ML:       February 5, 2015, 7:30-11:30 am, ML-Damon
  • CG:       February 10, 2015, 7:30-11:30 am, CG1-S Auditorium
  • NWSC:  February 12, 2015, 8:00-10:30 am, NWSC Conference Room
  • RAF:      February 19, 2015, 8:00-10:30 am, RAF Conf Room

Schedule a blood draw appointment through Health Promotions Management's external, secure registration site: Registration site requires account setup for each participant.

Confirmation emails will include additional instructions with links to all required forms:  bloodwork lab form and instructions, listing of optional blood test and costs (optional tests to be paid by participants), and consent and release forms for you download, complete and bring with you to your appointment.  You'll also receive appointment email reminders closer to your appointment date.  Please note, bloodwork screening results can be claimed at the Health Fair. To have a proxy claim your results, they must bring your signed Proxy Release Form to the Health & Benefits Fair.  All unclaimed results will be postal-mailed to participants.

For those who can't make any of the onsite sessions, click here for information, forms and instructions to have bloodwork done at a local Quest Lab location.  All Quest Lab appointments must be completed by March 1, 2015.  Results will be postal mailed to participants. 

UCAR FY15 Health & Benefits Fair
Friday, March 6, 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
No registration required

Health Fair events include:  Blood Screening Results and Private Consultations; Blood Pressure Screening, Full Blood Chemistry, PSA Prostate Cancer Screening; Optional Blood Screening Screenings; Pulmonary Screening; Bone Density Screening; Body Mass Analysis; Skin Cancer Screening; Vision/Hearing Screening; Ergonomics; Child and Elder Care Resources; Benefits Information; Chair Massage; Health Information Booths, Refreshments, Giveaways; Prizes; and much, much more!

UCAR offers these events as a service and participation is voluntary.  UCAR does not recommend or endorse any products, services or resources associated with these events. For more information, visit UCAR's Health & Benefits Fair website.

Here's to your good health from your friends on the Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC).

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708,

Tue, 12/16/2014

On Friday December 26, 2014 and Friday January 2, 2015, the CG and FL campuses will only be accessible with an employee access card. If you are expecting visitors on those days, please have them use the outside phones by the main entrances to call your extension. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Mon, 12/15/2014

Will you be attending the 2015 annual AMS meeting in Phoenix next month?  For those of you who are, we're looking for some help on Sunday, January 4th.

Every year, a committee of dedicated AMS members and staff work hard to plan and run WeatherFest. This is a four-hour long, interactive fair geared toward generating interest and excitement about weather, cllimate, the Sun-Earth connection, and math amongst learners of all ages.  In past years, as many as 3,000 people have attended, so it is a major event and a lot of fun.  This year, WeatherFest is being held at the Phoenix Convention Center, which is the same location as AMS, from 12–4pm on Sunday, January 4th.

This year's chairs are UCAR SciEd's Teri Eastburn; Viviane Silvia from NWS; and Kevin Kloesel from the Oklahoma Climate Survey. Together with our committee, we're reaching out to conference goers to volunteer at this fun-filled family event.  Volunteers are absolutely essential to the success of WeatherFest. Duties can consist of anything from directing people in and out of WeatherFest, responding to visitor inquiries, passing out WeatherFest passports or surveys, taking tickets, running AV equipment, assisting with set up/clean up, and much more. This year we will also host GO EXTREME! as part of WeatherFest where professionals knowledgeable about weather extremes will share their stories and careers, and answer questions as well.

We're looking for some energetic and enthusiastic UCAR/NCAR people to volunteer. We'll need help anytime between the hours of 8AM-5PM.  This time period includes set up, the event itself, and clean up.  If you will be in town and are willing to help (even if only for an hour or two), please send an e-mail to at your earliest convenience.  Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • E-mail Address
  • Cell Phone Number (in case of plan changes the day of the event)
  • T-Shirt Size (for your volunteer t-shirt)
  • Shift that You're Available: 8am - 11:30am; 11:15 - 2:15pm; or from 2:00 - 5pm

Please feel free to email Teri if you have any questions or wish to participate. We look forward to seeing many of you in Phoenix!

For more information, contact Teri Eastburn at ext. 1152,

Wed, 12/10/2014

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 ( so I know you’re going, and can report numbers to the NSF.

Thank you!!


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 You participation is greatly appreciated.

To view the Grand Awards Judge Information page, please go to and to register as a Grand Awards Judge, please visit  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

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
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,

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,

Mon, 12/01/2014

Fourth Annual SEA Conference
April 13 – 17, 2015
NCAR Foothills Laboratory ~ Boulder, Colorado ~ USA
Call for Speakers and Tutorials - Registration now open

  • Reproducibility and Standardization
  • Workflow
  • Performance
  • Best Practices
  • Testing / Debugging
  • Big Data
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Security for the Naive User
  • Web / Mobile

To submit an abstract or find more information on upcoming dates, please visit the conference website.


For more information, contact Jennifer Williamson at ext. 1224,

Sat, 11/22/2014

With the holidays quickly approaching, this serves as a reminder to all staff and visitors of the parking policies. 

Security, X-1139, must be notified of all vehicles being left on our property overnight and for short term.

Employees on UCAR business related travel (not personal travel) may park/leave their vehicles in UCAR parking for up to two weeks providing it does not interfere with normal or emergency operations. 

  • Parking for business purposes will be allowed up to 2 weeks. No long-term parking or storage is permitted.
  • The employee is solely responsible for any damage that may occur. UCAR is not responsible for protecting any vehicles in our parking lots.
  • The employee is responsible for moving their vehicle in the event of an emergency such as maintenance work, construction or snow removal. Failure to move a vehicle in a timely manner (within 60 minutes) will result in the vehicle being towed and stored off site at the owner's expense.
  • Vehicles left for more than two weeks will be towed and stored at an off-site facility at the owner’s expense.

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557,

Thu, 11/20/2014

NETS amplifies the cellular signals inside our buildings at NWSC, ML, FLA, and FL4 because these buildings propagate external cellular signals very poorly. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations regarding the re-broadcast (amplification) of cellular signals now require UCAR to obtain approval from the carriers in order to re-broadcast (amplify) cellular signals.  

NETS has secured a re-broadcast agreement from Verizon so UCAR will continue to re-broadcast Verizon cellular signals at the NWSC, ML, FLA, and FL4.  AT&T refused to permit the re-broadcast of their signals.  T-mobile has not yet agreed to permit re-broadcasting.  For these reasons, effective 12/31/14, NETS will cease to re-broadcast AT&T and T-mobile cellular signals.  We will reinitiate T-mobile when and if we negotiate an acceptable re-broadcast agreement with them.

If you are having trouble with your AT&T service this may be the issue.  You can convert to Verizon for better service to receive cellular service within the buildings, UCAR does have a Verizon contract.

Going forward, NETS will be exploring other options in order to support broader mobile device use in UCAR buildings.

Please direct any questions or concerns directly to Marla Meehl (


For more information, contact Marla Meehl at ext. 1301,

Tue, 11/18/2014

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

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