Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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:  April 3rd (this Friday) 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

Wed, 04/01/2015

Please join us for the next Ignite VII!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Mesa Lab Main Seminar
3:00 - 4:15pm

Ignite VII Presenters:

Jeff Lukas, (Guest) CU CIRES, Western Water Assessment
John Ristvey, UCAR Center for Science Education
Kristin Wegner, Climate Voices
Matt Mayernik, NCAR Library
Michael Peterson, PostDoc, RAL
Rick Koehler COMET
Sarah Gibson, HAO

20 slides x 15 seconds per slide

Five-minute presentations that will enlighten, inspire, or make us think a little differently.

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

Wed, 04/01/2015

The Mesa Lab semi-annual building maintenance shutdown is scheduled for Saturday, 18 April from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  During this time the Mesa Lab and Fleischmann Buildings will experience intermittent electrical, heating, and air conditioning interruptions, some for extended periods.

Access to the Mesa Lab will be restricted to authorized employees, and there will be no public access to the building.  Visitors may still use the trails around the building.

CISL/ISGB will be releasing information regarding the impact of the Mesa Lab Data Center portion of the shutdown in the near future as details become available. Please direct questions about the Mesa Lab Data Center to isgb@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact David Maddy at ext. 1134, maddy@ucar.edu

Wed, 04/01/2015

UCAR sponsors climate and energy talk at CU Conference on World Affairs

Acclaimed polar ice expert and PBS host Richard Alley will give UCAR's next Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 8, from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium. Alley's talk, entitled “Ways Forward on Climate and Energy: Getting Good from What We Do and Don’t Know,” is part of the 2015 Conference on World Affairs. more>

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609, rebeccas@ucar.edu

Wed, 04/01/2015

The IRS states 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 "Review My Coverage"

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 blue "Health Savings Account" link

Click on "Statements" on the light blue banner

Click on "Tax Statements" in the dark blue banner below the light blue banner.

Click on the year and click on "1099"

You will only have a Form 1099-SA if funds were withdrawn from the account.

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

Tue, 03/31/2015

You are invited to participate in a day of discovery, sharing, and networking on Friday, April 17 in the Center Green Auditorium. This special day has been set aside to give an opportunity to all NCAR and UCAR staff to learn more about science and related activities occurring across NCAR.  

There will be opportunities to interact and network with colleagues and be exposed to research, engineering, and other technical advancements. In particular, it will be a great opportunity to hear from colleagues about science that is outside of your normal circle of activities.

This will be a full-day event in which NCAR staff will present talks on interesting, cutting-edge work in three parallel sessions. The 25-minute talks will be geared toward the non-expert and will include time for discussion. The day will culminate in a networking reception sponsored by the UCAR President's Office.  

More details, and a full agenda, will be forthcoming. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn and to interact with your colleagues across NCAR, and to focus on our science, engineering and educational efforts.

Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 17 and RSVP (for catering purposes) to Beverly Johnson (beverlyj@ucar.edu) by April 8.

For more information, contact Beverly Johnson at ext. 2188, beverlyj@ucar.edu

Tue, 03/31/2015

The Global Distribution of Atmospheric Oxygen

Britton Stephens

Research Aviation Facility
Earth Observing Laboratory

Measurements of atmospheric oxygen (O2) provide unique insights into global scale physical and biological ocean processes. During the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) campaign, which flew on the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V research aircraft from 2009-2011, we measured the vertical, latitudinal, and seasonal distribution of atmospheric O2 with unprecedented precision and coverage. Subsequently, since 2012 we have been conducting continuous measurements of atmospheric O2 from the NSF ship ARSV Laurence M. Gould, operating in all seasons between Chile and the Antarctic Peninsula, and resolving the seasonal and latitudinal O2 variations over the Southern Ocean with even greater clarity. These recent in situ measurement programs leverage a multi-decade global network of flask sampling stations, with O2 measurements conducted by colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other institutions. I will discuss the challenges in making these measurements and will present some of the insights we are gaining from them, including novel constraints on the thermal and physical forcing of Southern Ocean seasonal carbon exchange and an improved quantification of global north-south ocean heat transport. I will also confirm or reject the existence of a large Equatorial Pacific bulge in atmospheric O2 concentration, long suspected from a subset of global ocean biogeochemistry models but never well documented.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 3:30PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg. 2 Large Auditorium (Rm 1022)

For more information, contact Steve Oncley at ext. 8757, oncley@ucar.edu

Tue, 03/31/2015

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.

Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World
Author: Christine L. Borgman
Publisher: The MIT Press
Call Number: AZ195 .B66 2015
Location: FL Library

Verification and Validation in Scientific Computing
Authors: William L. Oberkampf, Christopher J. Roy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: Q183.9 .O24 2010
Location: ML Library

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

Tue, 03/31/2015

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

Tue, 03/31/2015

Solicitation Analysis & Effective Proposal Writing:
Strategies for Success
April 28, 2015
8:30 am-12:00 pm
FL2-Auditorium
Facilitator: Janet Arrowood, The Write Source

Register at: EOD Training Catalog via Connect

This session lays the foundation for increasing your success rate for obtaining funding. It is the first of a series of EOD resources designed to enhance your writing, analysis, compliance, and funder-identification skills to increase your proposal writing success. This workshop sets the stage for subsequent sessions and resources around proposal writing topics. To provide input on your proposal writing training needs, please take a moment to complete a brief EOD Proposal Writing Training Needs Assessment.

April 28th Topics Include:

  • Why Proposals Win/Lose: Top reasons proposal lose and win, with examples and explanations.

  • Identifying the Audience: Who are the reviewers? What will make reviewers happy? Importance of being audience-focused—making it about them, rather than about the proposal writer.

  • Structuring the Proposal: Aligning with the outline, assigning word/page counts, and ensuring completeness/compliance.

  • Writing Effectively: The “Cs” of effective writing: being clear, concise, complete, considerate, compliant, and consistent. Managing sentences and paragraphs. Using bullets.

What You Will Gain

  • Understanding the common and easily avoided pitfalls that virtually guarantee your proposal will be rejected, often out-of-hand

  • Strategies and tips to make the proposal writing process simpler and more productive

  • How to make a “bid/no-bid” decision

  • How to stay focused on the proposal writing process

  • How to identify and write to the audience(s)

  • Simple techniques to ensure 100% identification of and compliance with solicitation requirements

  • Writing tips and techniques to ensure documents are written in “plain English”

  • How to structure a logical proposal

Janet Arrowood has been a technical editor and writing trainer for over 30 years. She specializes in training professionals to write in ‘plain English’; proposal and grant writing and training; writing government and military communications; technical and professional writing; and presentation skills training. She has worked with numerous government agencies and clients throughout the world including OPM, NASA GSFC, CFPB, EPA, NREL, ITS, UCAR/NCAR, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Department of Transportation, Newmont Mining, NATO, UNEP, UNDP, UNOPS, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Secretariat of the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP), Regional Transportation District (Denver), Unigroup, Herzog Contracting Corporation, Newmont Mining, Freeport McMoRan International, Knight Piesold, and Mountain States Employers Council.

In addition to her training, editing, and writing expertise, Janet brings both engineering and military backgrounds to her work. She served as an Army Signal Corps Officer, a member of the technical staff at MITRE, and a staff engineer at Martin Marietta and NATO. She holds a degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and has completed graduate level courses in Operations Research at George Washington University. Janet’s training programs are consistently rated among the highest in any organization where she facilitates training.

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To provide input on your proposal writing training needs for future sessions and resources, please take a moment to complete a brief EOD Proposal Writing Training Needs Assessment.


For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708, cherylc@ucar.edu

Mon, 03/30/2015

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two new exhibits:

FIBER ART BY GAY E. LASHER

Gay E. Lasher’s work combines digital photography, printing and computers and is expressed in the medium of textiles. As an artist, she is concerned with ideas of transformation and re-creation. Lasher is fascinated by the potential that even common photographs can be reborn in a new and completely different way. Using features of Adobe Photoshop, she transforms ordinary photographs into abstract images. Small areas are then greatly enlarged to produce the final composition which is printed on cotton. She then uses black thread and stitching to sharpen the image, create depth, and give the surface a sculptural quality. In this show Lasher is presenting selected works from her Transformations and Playing in Traffic series. Lasher's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery l of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.

ACRYLIC PAINTINGS BY M. G. DAVIS

Over the past ten years, Michael “m.g.” Davis has explored the character of distinctly Western icons such as the horse and saddle, grain elevators, and Airstream trailers, and has sought to capture common Front Range landscapes in an uncommon style—Pointillism2. The style, employing gentle abstraction, allows Davis to recreate underappreciated objects and places which he injects with new energy through unexpected contexts and the use of vibrant color. Davis will feature two works in this show never before exhibited publicly. Davis's work will be on exhibit in the Community Art Gallery ll of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab March 30, 2015 through May 30, 2015.

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

Mon, 03/30/2015

There were fifteen articles by NCAR/UCAR staff recently added to OpenSky and published between March 1 and March 27, 2015:

Archer Nicholls, S., D. Lowe, E. Darbyshire, W.T. Morgan, M.M. Bela, G. Pereira, J. Trembath, J.W. Kaiser, K.M. Longo, S.R. Freitas, H. Coe, and G. McFiggans, 2015: Characterising Brazilian biomass burning emissions using WRF-Chem with MOSAIC sectional aerosol. Geoscientific Model Development8, 549-577, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-8-549-2015 | OpenSky

Bao, L., R. Klöefkorn, and R.D. Nair, 2015: Horizontally Explicit and Vertically Implicit (HEVI) time discretization scheme for a discontinuous Galerkin non-hydrostatic model. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 972-990, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00083.1 | OpenSky

Burakowski, E., S.V. Ollinger, L. Lepine, C.B. Schaaf, Z. Wang, J.E. Dibb, D.Y. Hollinger, J. Kim, A. Erb, and M. Martin, 2015: Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periods. Remote Sensing of Environment158, 465-477, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.11.023 | OpenSky

de Foy, B., Y.Y. Cui, J.J. Schauer, M. Janssen, J.R. Turner, and C. Wiedinmyer, 2015: Estimating sources of elemental and organic carbon and their temporal emission patterns using a least squares inverse model and hourly measurements from the St. Louis-Midwest supersite. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics15, 2405-2427, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2405-2015 | OpenSky

Fisher, J.A., S.R. Wilson, G. Zeng, J.E. Williams, L. Emmons, R.L. Langenfelds, P.B. Krummel, and L.P. Steele, 2015: Seasonal changes in the tropospheric carbon monoxide profile over the remote Southern Hemisphere evaluated using multi-model simulations and aircraft observations. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics15, 3217-3239, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-3217-2015 | OpenSky

Hess, P., D. Kinnison, and Q. Tang, 2015: Ensemble simulations of the role of the stratosphere in the attribution of northern extratropical tropospheric ozone variability. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 2341-2365, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2341-2015 | OpenSky

Hu, L., and N.A. Brunsell, 2015: A new perspective to assess the urban heat island through remotely sensed atmospheric profiles. Remote Sensing of Environment, 158, 393-406, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.10.022 | OpenSky

Jimenez Munoz, P., J. Navarro, A.M. Palomares, and J. Dudhia, 2015: Mesoscale modeling of offshore wind turbine wakes at the wind farm resolving scale: A composite-based analysis with the Weather Research and Forecasting model over Horns Rev. Wind Energy, 186, 559-566, DOI: 10.1002/we.1708 | OpenSky

Martin, M.V., C.L. Heald, J.-F. Lamarque, S. Tilmes, L. Emmons, and B.A. Schichtel, 2015: How emissions, climate, and land use change will impact mid-century air quality over the United States: A focus on effects at national parks. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 2805-2823, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2805-2015 | OpenSky

Millán, L., S. Wang, N. Livesey, D. Kinnison, H. Sagawa, and Y. Kasai, 2015: Stratospheric and mesospheric HO₂ observations from the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics15, 2889-2902, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2889-2015 | OpenSky

Randel, W., and F. Wu, 2015: Variability of zonal mean tropical temperatures derived from a decade of GPS radio occultation data. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences72, 1261-1275, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0216.1 | OpenSky

Viatte, C., K. Strong, J. HanniganE. NussbaumerL. Emmons, S. Conway, C. Paton-Walsh, J. Hartley, J. Benmergui, and J. Lin, 2015: Identifying fire plumes in the Arctic with tropospheric FTIR measurements and transport models. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics15, 2227-2246, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2227-2015 | OpenSky

Vigouroux, C., T. Blumenstock, M.T. Coffey, Q. Errera, O. Garcia, N.B. Jones, J.W. Hannigan, F. Hase, B. Liley, E. Mahieu, J. Mellqvist, J. Notholt, M. Palm, G. Persson, M. Schneider, C. Servais, D. Smale, L. Thölix, and M. De Mazière, 2015: Trends of ozone total columns and vertical distribution from FTIR observations at eight NDACC stations around the globe. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics15, 2915-2933, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-2915-2015 | OpenSky

Xu, D.T.D. Auligne, and X.-Y. Huang, 2015: A validation of the multivariate and minimum residual method for cloud retrieval using radiance from multiple satellites. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences32, 349-362, DOI: 10.1007/s00376-014-3258-5 | OpenSky

Zheng, J., J. Li, T.J. Schmit, J. Li, and Z. Liu, 2015: The impact of AIRS atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles on hurricane forecasts: Ike (2008) and Irene (2011). Advances in Atmospheric Sciences32, 319-335, DOI: 10.1007/s00376-014-3162-z | OpenSky

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan at ext. 1180, flanagan@ucar.edu

Mon, 03/30/2015

The purpose of the Foothills Parkway (Diagonal Highway to Valmont Road) Operational Improvements Project is to reduce congestion and improve safety. The project will extend the third southbound lane on Foothills Parkway from the Diagonal Highway through the intersection of Valmont Road, and will make other bicycle and pedestrian system enhancements .

From late March through Junethere will be single lane closures in both directions of Foothills Parkway from Valmont Road to Diagonal Highway during weekday off-peak daytime hours:

 Southbound: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Northbound: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

More information can be found by following these links:

boulderconezones.net for the latest construction and traffic updates.

bouldercolorado.gov/transportation/foothills-parkway-improvements

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557, cfletche@ucar.edu

Mon, 03/30/2015

The Advanced Study Program 2014-2015 Seminar Series continues with a seminar presented by Frank Bryan of NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory.

When: 11:30a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Where: Mesa lab Main Seminar Room

Abstract:

The ocean has intrinsic variability arising from hydrodynamic instabilities of the time mean circulation, analogous to weather systems in the atmosphere. However, the ocean models typically used in climate assessments are too coarse and viscous to resolve these instability mechanisms, and this variability is strongly suppressed or entirely absent. Over the last two decades there has been tremendous progress in parameterizing the integrated effects of ocean eddies on the mean circulation, but the contributions to climate variability remain unrepresented. Recent pioneering integrations with high-resolution coupled climate models and the emergence of high-resolution global remote sensing observations allow us to begin to identify the geographical regions, space scales, and time scales at which the ocean may contribute to climate variability. 

For more information, contact Scott Briggs at ext. 1607, sbriggs@ucar.edu

Fri, 03/27/2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 NCAR/CDC Workshop on Climate and Health. This workshop will focus on vector-borne diseases related to human health. The focus will be on a wide variety of vector-borne diseases, including dengue, Lyme, and plague, and their relationship to climate variability and change. The purpose of the workshop is to train health professionals and early career climate and health researchers (public health officials, graduate students,  post-docs and early career scientists and faculty) in the development of robust interdisciplinary research projects in the complex area of climate and health. The four-day workshop will include lectures on relevant topics in climate and climate change and in public health and human health, vulnerability studies, modeling climate and health, and special tools for analysis (e.g., GIS). There will be multiple opportunities for discussions with experts in the field in order to bring public health practitioners and climate scientists  together to examine the integration of epidemiology, ecology, behavioral science, modeling and atmospheric science.

Dates:  July 13-16, 2015 | NCAR Foothills Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado

Applications accepted through April 30.

Participants will be notified in early May.

Sponsored By:

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For more information, contact Mary Hayden at ext. 8116, mhayden@ucar.edu

Thu, 03/26/2015

Dear UCAR Staff:

UCAR is committed to equal opportunity for employees and as a federal contractor, we must take affirmative action to employ and advance qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.  

Effective this year, and in an effort to meet our federal reporting obligations, employees will be asked to voluntarily self-identify as an individual with a disability and/or as a protected veteran.  Completing the online form(s) is voluntary and we hope you will choose to complete the information.

How do I access the self-identification forms?

The link to the Connect system is below. You will need to click on the Personal Info/Update tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the Personal Info page (on the lower left-hand side) is the link to the Disability & Veteran forms. Please review the online forms and make changes as appropriate.

https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee

Some Helpful Facts:

What is considered a disability?

Under federal law, an individual is considered to be a person with a disability if the individual has a physical or mental impairment or condition that substantially limits a major life activity, has a record of having such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. 

What is considered a Protected Veteran?

Protected veterans include disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans and Armed Forces service medal veterans.  If you believe you belong to any of the categories listed above, please self-identity as appropriate. 

How will UCAR use this information?

UCAR reports its disability and veteran employment information in the aggregate to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). 

Where can I go for more information?

More information on the self-identification forms and other federal contractor requirements can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/.

Thank you for taking the time to update your information. If you have any trouble accessing the form(s), please contact Delaine Orendorff at X8711 or LuAnna Allapowa at X8718.  

For more information, contact Delaine Orendorff at ext. 8711, delaine@ucar.edu

Thu, 03/26/2015

The NCAR Library is pleased to announce the publication of an NCAR Technical Note from Senior Research Associate, Akira Kasahara. "Serendipity: Research Career of One Scientist" highlights Dr. Kasahara’s long career and contributions to the study of Atmospheric Science. Dr. Kasahara adeptly blends memoir and scientific history as he examines his role in the development of the Global Circulation Model.  For scientists and scholars studying the history of atmospheric science, this work will add an important human element.

The full text of NCAR Technical Note NCAR/TN-507+PROC can be accessed at the following URL via OpenSky, UCAR’s Open Access Institutional Repository: http://dx.doi.org/10.5065/D6RX9940.

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

Wed, 03/25/2015

Date:     April 8, 2015    
Time:     1:00pm
Place:     FL 2 – Rm 1022 

Advancing A Clean Energy Agenda in America: What Researchers Need to Know about Current and Future Renewable Energy Policy

Abstract:

Governor Bill Ritter led the successful effort to increase the State of Colorado’s renewable energy standard to 30% by 2020 in 2010. Establishing the most aggressive standard in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado became both the first state to adopt a Renewable Energy Standard by a vote of the people and a national and international leader in developing a clean energy economy. Upon leaving office as Colorado Governor in 2011, Bill founded and took on the role as director of Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy. The Center works directly with policy makers, governors, planners, and other decision makers to create a road map that will accelerate the development of a new energy economy nationwide. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. In his talk, Bill will discuss the future of renewable energy, providing an overview on state, national and international policy trends and how these may affect renewable energy research and implementation.

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

Tue, 03/24/2015

Speaker: Ligia Bernardet, NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO
             CU Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, Boulder
Date:     April 6, 2015
Time:     2:00pm
Place:     FL 2 – Rm 1001

In order to support its forecast needs, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has several operational Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) systems, each requiring ongoing development to improve forecast skill. While the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) centralizes the development and determines which updates are implemented in operations, research and development (R&D) are also conducted by the research branch of NOAA and by the academic community in general.  This distributed model of development creates a potential for NOAA to benefit from a large body of scientific work, but also poses some challenges.

In order for scientists to contribute relevant R&D, it is important that they work with the current operational codes, suites, and relevant input datasets. However, obtaining such codes and inputs, and configuring the system to run with data assimilation and cycling workflows identical to the ones used in operations, can be a daunting task for those within and ouside of the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center (EMC).

To facilitate the use of operational NWP systems by the R&D community, NOAA has partnered with the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) to create the design of the NWP Information Technology Environment (NITE).  In this presentation we will review the various elements of the NITE infrastructure, which include data management, source code management and build systems, suite definition and configuration tools, scripts, workflow management system, experiment database, and documentation and training.

UCAR Connect Link
http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

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

Mon, 03/23/2015

The Inclusive Astronomy 2015 Conference will take place on June 17th-19th in Nashville, TN.  The conference is designed to educate scientists in issues around diversity, equity and inclusion. While it is particularly aimed at the astronomy community, the lessons learned will be applicable to all sciences.  Attendees will share and be provided with tools and strategies to take back to their home institutions, and a compilation of Inclusive Astronomy recommendations will be prepared with community feedback and participation. 

The meeting is organized around four broad areas: barriers to access; creating inclusive climates; inclusion and access to leadership, power, and decision making; and establishing a community of inclusive practice. Each of these areas will address the inclusion of marginalized communities in the sciences, such as white women, people of color, LGBT scientists, and people with disabilities, by creating opportunities for understanding, along with strategies and tools for institutional and interpersonal improvement. The meeting will include a diverse set of speakers, including sociologists and other subject matter experts. The program is designed to engage participants at all levels, from students and early career scientists to established practitioners and policy makers with the ultimate goal of establishing meaningful conversations within and between career phases.

Financial aid is available for attendees, with an application deadline of May 1st. To register for the conference, or for more information, see https://vanderbilt.irisregistration.com/Home/Site?code=InclusiveAstronomy2015

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

Tue, 03/17/2015

Through the efforts of the Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) and NOAA, the large visualization sphere known as Science on a Sphere will be gracing the Center Green campus with its presence in mid April. Interested divisions and/or programs that would like to reserve the Sphere for a special event and showing for internal or external audiences are encouraged to do so. There is scheduling availability on the dates of April 14th and 16th at the present time.

Additionally, any staff that would like training from NOAA to operate and display visualizations on Science on a Sphere are invited to one or both of the scheduled trainings on March 4th and April 1st from 2-4pm at NOAA. There will be a few staff showings scheduled as well. We will be looking for staff who would be interested in presenting and interpreting the science visualizations. Interested individuals should contact Teri Eastburn in the UCAR Center for Science Education for more information, to schedule, and to RSVP for NOAA training. Thank you! 

For more information, contact Teri Eastburn at ext. 1152, eastburn@ucar.edu

Fri, 02/13/2015

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

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