Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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

A Woman's Guide to Financial Ever After

Wednesday, December 3
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
CG1 - Center Auditorium

Whether retirement is a distant dream or right around the corner, preparing for it should be Goal Number One.  This workshop will address particular challenges women may face, but is open to everyone.  It is ideal for anyone within 15 years of retirement to learn what you can do to make your retirement dream come true and on schedule:

- Uncover the retirement challenges that women face
- Identify your "retirement number" - how much  you'll need and when
- Define the simple steps to getting your finances on track to reach your financial goals
- Learn the unique characteristics of retirement plans, from 403(b) to IRAs - and which will work best for you

Join TIAA-CREF on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at CG1-Center Auditorium as participants share experiences,
develop new investing skills and bring retirement into focus.

Any TIAA-CREF participant, spouse or domestic partner may register.

RSVP required via
Phone: 800-732-8353 (Mon - Fri, 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., MST)

Individual Counseling Sessions

Every month, a TIAA-CREF representative is available on-site to meet with employees on an individual basis to answer questions about the TIAA-CREF retirement plan and provide guidance with retirement portfolios.  The next dates are:

Tuesday, December 9, CG1, Room 2126
Wednesday, December 17, FL2, Room 1002
Additional December sessions are being scheduled and will be announced.

Please call TIAA-CREF at 800-732-8353 to register for an individual session.

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

Fri, 11/21/2014

Commencing on December 1st, Contracts will only accept the updated version of the PR form that was released in October.  Please return and/or destroy any other versions.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Contracts at or call 303-497-8866.

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

Fri, 11/21/2014

The Employees Activity Committee is hosting the Annual Children's Holiday Party on Saturday December 6, 2014 from 10am-2pm.  The EAC is in desperate need of 24 volunteers to help with the event.  We have split the volunteer stations into shifts so that volunteers do not need to commit a full day.  There is an AM shift (9:45am-Noon) and a PM shift (Noon-2:15pm).  Volunteers are needed to make this event a success, so if you can spare a few hours, please contact Chrissy Fladung ( or x2139), Konnie Carrillo ( or x8723), or Kristen Alipit ( or x1661).  Also please keep in mind, we are more than willing to accept the help of older kids that once enjoyed the festivities!

For more information, contact Chrissy Fladung at ext. 2139,

Fri, 11/21/2014

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

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for December 2014 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Center Green 1, Room 2126. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1002. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm


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 Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Thu, 11/20/2014

The annual limits for TIAA-CREF additional contributions are changing in 2015. Employees under age 50 may contribute up to an additional $18,000. Employees over age 50 in 2015 may contribute up to an additional catch-up of $6,000 for a total maximum contribution of $24,000. These additional maximum amounts do not include the mandatory 5%.

When determining your per pay period contribution, please remember that there are 26 pay periods in 2015. If you adjust your additional contribution to be effective the first pay period of 2015, please use December 21, 2014 as the "Effective Date of Change" on the form.

The TIAA-CREF Election Change form is available in the HR Forms Library through the link below. Changes to these contributions can be made at any time throughout the year. Please send the completed form to Human Resources.

For more information, contact Cyd Perrone at ext. 8710,

Wed, 11/19/2014

The 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment website is available to make your 2015 benefits selection. Open Enrollment closes at 5:00 p.m., MST, Monday, December 1.

This is your opportunity to learn about the benefits plan changes occurring in 2015, switch to another health insurance plan, add/or delete dependents, enroll/re-enroll in the Health Savings Account for the 2015 calendar year. You have until Monday, December 1, 5:00 p.m., MST to make your decisions.

The Open Enrollment meeting that was presented Monday, November 10 is available on webcast.

If you have any questions, please contact Cyd Perrone, x8710,, Irena Haimsky, x8706,, or Laurie Carr, x8702,

For more information, contact Cyd Perrone at ext. 8710,

Tue, 11/18/2014

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

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.

Sustainability Science
Author: Bert J.M. de Vries
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: HC79.E5 V735 2013
Location: ML Library

Chile Site Survey Reports
Author: Jurgen Stock
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Call Number: QB82 .C5 C411 2014
Location: FL Library

The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change
Author: Robert Henson
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Call Number: QC981.8.C5 H4688 2014
Location: ML Library

Review and Comparison of Discrete and Continuous Gust Methods for the Determination of Airplane Design Loads
Author: R. Noback
Publisher: Nationaal Lucht-en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (Netherlands)
Call Number: 102136
Location: ML Reports

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

Tue, 11/18/2014

There's major disagreement among scientists at NCAR and elsewhere on exactly what might be causing a general tendency toward colder winters in places like the central and eastern United States, Europe, and Russia. One factor is the Arctic, where depleted sea ice may be playing a role. Another is the tropical Pacific, where a tendency toward cooler-than-average sea-surface temperatures may also be involved. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605,

Mon, 11/17/2014

Below is a listing of the EOD classes, seminars, and workshops offered for the month of December, 2014.

STAND AND DELIVER: Fast Track Presentation Skills for Speakers
December 3, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm; FL2-1003
Facilitator:  Doug Gertner

This session provides an easy to apply framework, strategies and hints for giving great speeches and presentations. Participants will: Assess their current comfort with speaking/presenting; Learn a powerful, simple structure for any speech or presentation; Review the top 3-5 skills/strategies effective/memorable speakers must have; learn key tips for successful speaking; and Practice newly learned skills, tools and strategies by giving a short speech/presentation using newly learned skills, tools and strategies.

December 4, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm; FL2-1002
Facilitator: Luis Rutledge

Learn the proper use of fire extinguisher equipment and what type of equipment should be used to extinguish different types of fires. Use different types of fire extinguishers and test abilities to extinguish an actual controlled fire in the parking lot.

CPR Certification & First Aid Training (Field Campaign & Facilities Staff Only)
December 4, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm; FL2-1002
Facilitator: Luis Rutledge

Review and practice basic CPR techniques and first aid skills and how to use them in real life emergency situations. Participants will learn how to provide emergency care until 911 Emergency Medical Services arrive. Completion of this workshop meets both certification and recertification requirements.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT I: Foundations of Project Management
December 9, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Fleischman Board Room
Facilitator: Stuart Thomas

This class provides a project management framework, tools, and techniques that help participants to initiate, plan, manage, control and close projects effectively. Key topics: PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW: Project Management Institute (PMI/PMP), Books24x7; PROJECT INITIATION: Project Charter/Vision, Scope, Sponsorship; PROJECT PLANNING: Work Breakdown Structure, Scope/Cost/Schedule; Budgeting, Gantt/PERT Techniques, Risk Management; PROJECT EXECUTION, MONITORING & CONTROL: Team Management, Project Status Reporting; PROJECT CLOSURE.

WILLS & TRUSTS: Uncommon Solutions to Common Problems (L/L Seminar)
December 11, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm; FL2-1001
Facilitator: Laura Zavala

If you don’t consider yourself wealthy, the concept of estate planning may not seem important. But planning can help you distribute your assets according to your wishes and the needs of your survivors, while minimizing taxes. Topics include: PROBATE -- What it is and how to avoid it; TRUSTS -- What they can do for you; FEES -- Review attorney & legal fees; DEATH TAXES -- What they can amount to; POWER OF ATTORNEY-- Never leave home without one!

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

Mon, 11/17/2014

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

The NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

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

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

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

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

Tue, 09/30/2014

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

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

Fri, 08/29/2014

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

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

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

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

Thu, 08/28/2014