Staff Notes Daily Announcements

EPICS 151 is a required course, structured around an engineering design project, at the Colorado School of Mines. Projects may involve many different types of technologies. Please see for information about the course.

This semester, two sections of EPICS 151 are being taught by Mines Adjunct Professors Vivian Dullien (Dullien Associates; President and Chair of the Board of Trustees, UCAR Foundation) and Robert Dullien (Dullien Associates). They are seeking judges to review this semester's design project, a dormitory for international students.

No specific expertise is required for what the professors anticipate will be a fun experience. The judging criteria are aesthetics, functionality, use of space, costing, sustainability, and architectural engineering considerations.

Every team will present a physical prototype, in addition to a poster and design report. Judges are requested for:

Tuesday, December 2nd

   1-2:50 pm (EPICS 151 Y & Z)

   3-4:50 pm EPICS 151 Q & R)

Colorado School of Mines
Center for Technology and Learning Media (CTLM, Room 129)
1650 Arapahoe Street, Golden, CO 80401

Please contact Robert Dullien, Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Mines, for more information or to volunteer your time:, (303) 499-2224

For more information, contact Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Wed, 11/26/2014

Plains elevated convection at night: the PECAN project

The PECAN campaign (June-July 2015) is a multi-agency project (NSF, NOAA, NASA, DOE) designed to advance the understanding of continental, nocturnal, warm-season precipitation. PECAN will focus on nocturnal convection in conditions over the central Great Plains with a stable boundary layer (SBL), a low-level jet (LLJ) and the largest CAPE located above the SBL. Thunderstorms are most common after sunset across this region in summer, and much of the resulting precipitation falls from MCSs. To date, an accurate prediction and an in-depth understanding of elevated convection in this environment remains an elusive goal. While the initiation of deep convection (CI) in well-mixed daytime boundary layers occurs along pre-existing boundaries of surface convergence, the initiation of nocturnal convection above the SBL is poorly understood and relatively unexplored. Nocturnal CI and MCS maintenance may be controlled by vertical parcel displacements due to undular bores and non-linear wave-like features triggered by the MCS cold pools. It remains uncertain how the dynamics and microphysics of MCSs evolve as the boundary layer stabilizes in response to nocturnal radiative cooling, and what controls the decoupling of strong winds from the surface. Finally, PECAN aims to improve NWP, in particular nocturnal QPF in the Great Plains, mainly by means of a mesoscale network of thermodynamic and kinematic profiling systems.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014, 3:30PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg. 2 Large Auditorium (Rm 1022)
Webcast Link:

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

Wed, 11/26/2014

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

This is your opportunity to learn about the benefit plan changes occurring in 2015, switch to another health insurance plan, add/or delete dependents, enroll/re-enroll in the Health Savings Account and the Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts for the 2015 calendar year. Please be aware that if you want to participate in Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts or the Health Savings Account, you must enroll/re-enroll in the Open Enrollment website. Your current elections do not roll over into next year. You have until next Monday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. MST to make your decisions.

The Open Enrollment meeting that was presented on Monday, November 10 is available for viewing at

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

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

Mon, 11/24/2014

Below is a listing of the classes, seminars, and workshops offered during 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 Bettys Singleton at ext. 2005,

Mon, 11/24/2014

There were 2 articles published by NCAR/UCAR staff between November 8 and November 21, 2014:

Meiyappana, P., M. Dalton, B. C. O’Neill, A. K. Jaina, 2014: Spatial modeling of agricultural land use change at global scale. Ecological Modelling, 291, 152-174, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.07.027 | OpenSky

You, Y., V. P. Kanawade, J. A. de Gouw, A. B. Guenther, S. Madronich, M. R. Sierra-Hernández, M. Lawler, J. N. Smith, S. Takahama, G. Ruggeri, A. Koss, K. Olson, K. Baumann, R. J. Weber, A. Nenes, H. Guo, E. S. Edgerton, L. Porcelli, W. H. Brune, A. H. Goldstein, and S.-H. Lee, 2014: Atmospheric amines and ammonia measured with a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 12181–12194, DOI: 10.5194/acp-14-12181-2014 | OpenSky

For more information, contact Jennifer Phillips at ext. 1173,

Mon, 11/24/2014

Workshop:  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 - full
Wednesday, December 17, FL2, Room 1002 - full

Additional sessions have been added:
Monday, December 15, CG1, Room 2503
Tuesday, December 16, FL2, Room 1002

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

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

Mon, 11/24/2014

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

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

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

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