Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014

Modeling the future of a charismatic bird
Emperor penguins, known from their frequent film and TV appearances, are in danger. By 2100, according to a new study involving NCAR and several collaborating institutions, the numbers of emperor penguins will have fallen by around 19% and will continue to decline, qualifying the species for endangered status. more>

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611, hosansky@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014

The EAC is collecting donations for Crayons to Calculators to provide school supplies to students unable to afford them in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts.

Crayons to Calculators is currently experiencing a shortage of middle and high school supply donations. To view the supply list, visit http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list.

Donation boxes are located at the front desks in FL2, FLA, CG1, and ML. Final donations are needed by Friday, August 8.  If you plan to donate, download the printable supply list at http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list and turn in the bottom of the sheet with your donation to receive a tax-deductible receipt. Please consider donating today.

Thank you for your help with our community!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cirrus cloud formation and evolution from the microscale to the synoptic scale

Minghui Diao

NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP)

Earth Observing Laboratory

Cirrus clouds, covering ~30% of the Earth’s surface, play important roles in Earth’s climate, weather and atmospheric chemistry. As a major uncertainty in climate models, the magnitude and sign of cirrus clouds’ radiative forcing (cooling or warming) are influenced by both their microphysical properties (such as ice crystal number density and size distribution) and the larger scale characteristics (such as horizontal and vertical extent). However, it is challenging to understand these multi-scale processes due to the limited spatial and temporal coverage of in-situ observations.

In this work, we link in-situ observations with the meteorological background using reanalysis data. Two formation mechanisms are found for cirrus clouds’ initial conditions - ice supersaturation. These two mechanisms show different dynamical conditions (large scale uplifting versus small scale waves/turbulences), as well as mixing of different air masses (tropospheric mixing versus stratospheric-troposphere mixing). Jet stream and the extratropical tropopause are found to play important roles in setting these dynamical conditions.

Besides the regional analyses, we conduct a hemispheric comparison on cirrus cloud formation and evolution (Diao et al. 2013, 2014). Our work is motivated by the question of “are there any differences in cirrus cloud formation and evolution, given that the Northern Hemisphere has ~10 times higher aerosol loading than the Southern Hemisphere?” Comparisons of relative humidity, ice crystal number density and mean diameter, as well as the relative lifetime of cirrus will be shown.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014, 3:30PM

NCAR - Foothills Laboratory

3450 Mitchell Lane

Bldg 2 Small Seminar Room (Rm1001)

 


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

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR THIS COLLOQUIUM HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF JULY 29 TO THURSDAY, JULY 31.

Time:  3:00–4:00 pm
Date:  Thursday, July 31, 2014
Location:  CG1 – 2139 Captain Mary (no webcast or recording will be available)

Title: Magnetic Phenomena on the Solar Surface using 3D radiative MHD simulations

Abstract:


In my talk, I will concentrate on the investigation of magnetic phenomena on the solar surface using the realistic 3D MHD simulation code STAGGER. I will touch upon three different topics, mainly focusing on the estimation of the brightness contribution of the strong magnetic field component present in the quiet Sun. Since a possible long term variation of the quiet Sun magnetic field is under debate, a good estimate of the brightness contribution could help to evaluate its potential influence on the Earth’s climate. The second part will focus on the question of existence of local dynamo processes on the solar surface, and in the third, we look at how subsurface processes influence the time scaleof magnetic flux cancellation in active regions.

For more information, contact Adrian Trujillo at ext. 1578, cuace@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Join us to celebrate student research conducted both within UCAR/NCAR and external organizations too!  Poster Evaluation is from 2:30 - 4:00 followed by refreshments and public viewing from 4:00 - 5:30 in the Center Green Auditorium & Lobby.

Students from the following programs will present their summer research:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) - UCAR/NCAR

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) - Unavco

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Internship Program

Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) - NCAR Library

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) - RAL

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) - CIRES & INSTAAR at CU Boulder

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/31/2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks to everyone who took time to provide feedback during one or more of the Goal Team Open House sessions for the UCAR Strategic Plan. We realize that summer is a busy time so we've made recordings for those who missed one or more of these sessions. I encourage you to listen to the recordings pertaining to the goals that interest you, and to join the conversation, using the online commenting feature for each goal.

Look for the “Add New Comment” field for each page at https://president.ucar.edu/president/strat-plans/2014/goals (use your UCAS password to log in). The Goal Team leaders can also be emailed with your input

I've appreciated the thoughtful, spirited and valuable contributions made by colleagues attending the live sessions, and look forward to continuing the conversation on the website.

Webcast recordings of all eight sessions

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)
Tuesday, July 15
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/SGT_3.mp4

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Joanie Kleypas and Scott Rayder)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_1.mp4

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads: Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_8.mp4

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie)
Friday, July 18
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_5.mp4

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)
Friday, July 25
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_7.mp4

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)
Monday, July 28
http://www.video.ucar.edu/mms/ucar/2014/sgt_6.mp4

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads:Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)
Tuesday, July 29
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/fanda/open-house/open-house-2.mp4  

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)
Wednesday, July 30
http://video.ucar.edu/mms/fanda/open-house/open-house-4.mp4

Thanks again to everyone for your participation in this important effort.

Tom

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652, bogdan@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/30/2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Please join us as we learn about the summer research performed by EOL's SUPER (Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research) interns.

Julian Quick - Humboldt State University

Live Data Monitoring Via Quality Control Metadata

Brandon Butterfield - Arizona State University

Redesign of Automated Giant Nuclei Impactor

Jose Diaz - University of Puerto Rico

Multilayer Radome Design and Experimental Characterization of Scattering and Propagation Properties for Atmospheric Radar Applications

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

9:00 - 10:30am

FL2 Small Seminar Room (FL2-1001)

For more information, contact Whitney Robinson at ext. 8713, wrobs@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/30/2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014

Scientists, tell your story and be a part of the Fall semester Earth Explorers education opportunity. Help local Longmont, CO students to demystify science and technology and think BIG for the future!

Many NCAR scientists have already participated in this exiting project, and we are looking for 5 new candidates for the upcoming Fall 2014 Semester. This program allows you to work with a small group of middle school students with a college and teacher advisor, to tell your story and allow students to explore the science you are discovering through their eyes. Students will work with you to see your lab, get into your science, and make a mini-movie that tells your story for all.

It does not require a large committment on your part at all. Please reply asap to join in on the orientation process that will begin after Friday, Augut 15, 2014, which is the due date to be included in this year's Earth Explorer opportunity. If you have done Earth Explorers in the past, you may repeat if interested! Please spread the word and also get some new colleagues to get involved too. Important dates to check for participation include: 

Introduction to your student group at Trail Ridge Middle School in Longmont, CO: September 24, 2014, 9 am to 1 pm (you can leave early if needed this day)

Interview session at your lab: October 15, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm

Action Filming at your lab: November 4, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm

Film Premier to the public at Trail Ridge Middle School in Lonmont, CO: TBD in December, 2014, possibly December 10, 2014, 5:30 to 8 pm

See the Earth Explorers website @earthexplorers.org

Orientation documents and further infomation will be sent to you upon interest by contacting Marc Mueller in the UCAR Center for Science Education, or SciEd @ X1162, or email marcm@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact marc Mueller at ext. 1162, marcm@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/30/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR/UCAR is driving positive change by working to transform the way we drive:

The demand for electricity-fueled transportation is growing across the globe due to various economical, environmental, social, and technological forces. As we transition towards this more sustainable means of transportation, the infrastructural incorporation of charging stations (the point of connection to the electrical grid where electric vehicles receive power) will become a critical component for widespread adoption.

UCAR's Sustainability team is working to support this effort by applying for a grant through the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to aid in the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at the Center Green, Foothills, and Mesa Lab campuses.

As a part of this initiative we are asking staff to participate in this short, 4 question survey.

Your participation is valuable as it not only helps to determine interest and demand for workplace electric vehicle charging stations, but also helps to make our organization a more viable candidate to be awarded the grant.  Thank you for your time and input.

For more information, contact Chelsea Gitlin-Castellano at ext. 8549, Chelsea@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

It’s almost time to lace up your running shoes and pump up your bicycle tires for the annual Up the Hill Race!  

The annual Up The Hill Race and all-staff party will be on Friday, August 8 at the Mesa Lab. The race starts at 3 p.m. on the road to the Mesa Lab.  It is about a mile race with a significant vertical climb.  We will have a running race and bike race this year.  The top three fastest times for men and for women will win race medals and bragging rights.  Sign up today at https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/eac.

If racing is not your cup of tea, the EAC is still looking for volunteers to help time the runners and to staff the race.  To volunteer, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.  

After the race, we will have the last summer all staff party on the tree terrace at the Mesa Lab.  Join us for cold beverages, appetizers, a bluegrass jam session, and social time with your colleagues.  Families are welcome to attend.    

Free! -  Mini bike tune-ups will be available at the party (4PM - 6PM), so bring your bike if you’d like some free maintenance to keep it in good condition.

New! - Department Participation Contest!  The department with the highest percentage of participants at the party will win a happy hour of their very own planned by the EAC.  Be sure to bring your colleagues and register to win!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014

A fresh look at internal communication
UCAR’s new internal communications specialist, Rebecca Swisher, wants to streamline and strengthen the mechanisms that communicate news from around the organization and help build a sense of community with colleagues. She's also a specialist in change management and will be sharing her expertise in two upcoming change management workshops open to all staff (July 30 or August 4).  more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605, bhenson@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Monday, August 4, 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 ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505

Climate Change and Climate Modeling
Author: J. David Neelin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: QC861.3 .N44 2011
Location: ML Library

Physics of Waves
Author: William C. (William Cronk) Elmore
Publisher: Dover Publications
Call Number: QC157 .E44 1985
Location: ML Library

Linkages Between Arctic Warming and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns: Summary of a Workshop 
Rapporteur: Katie Thomas
Publisher: National Research Council of the National Academies
Call Number: QC903.2.A68 T46 2014
Location: ML Library

A Guide to Empirical Orthogonal Functions for Climate Data Analysis
Authors: A. (Antonio) Navarra, V. (Valeria) Simoncini
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: QC981.45 .N383 2010
Location: ML Library

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

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/29/2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014

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

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room 245. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1002. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm

SIGN UP TODAY:

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, irena@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

The EAC is collecting donations for Crayons to Calculators to provide school supplies to students unable to afford them in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts.

Crayons to Calculators is currently experiencing a shortage of middle and high school supply donations. To view the supply list, visit http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list.

Donation boxes are located at the front desks in FL2, FLA, CG1, and ML. Final donations are needed by Friday, August 8.  If you plan to donate, download the printable supply list at http://crayonstocalculators.org/in-the-spotlight/school-supply-list and turn in the bottom of the sheet with your donation to receive a tax-deductible receipt. Please consider donating today.

Thank you for your help with our community!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

UCAR is offering FREE mini bike tune-ups by Community Cycles at the Mesa Lab after the Up-The-Hill Race on Friday, August 8. The race begins at 3:00, and the tune-ups will be available at the end of the race. Join us for the fun and bring your bike if you’d like some free maintenance to keep it in good condition.

Racers wanted! The race starts at 3 p.m. on the road to the Mesa Lab. It is about a mile race with a significant vertical climb. We will have a running race and bike race this year. The top three fastest times for men and for women will win race medals and bragging rights. Sign up today at https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/eac.

If racing is not your cup of tea, the EAC is still looking for volunteers to help time the runners and to staff the race.  To volunteer, please contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661. Volunteer training will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.

New! – Department Participation Contest! The department with the highest percentage of participants at the party will win a happy hour of their very own planned by the EAC.  Be sure to bring your colleagues and register to win!

For more information, contact Kristen Alipit at ext. 1661, kalipit@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

The UCAR leave donation program has a need for additional donated leave hours. This program gives employees the opportunity to voluntarily donate accrued PTO or traditional vacation hours to fellow employees who may deplete their own PTO or traditional vacation leave due to unusual medical circumstances. The circumstances may include catastrophic illness or injury of an immediate family member or other unusual family medical situations. Hours donation will be accepted between July 28, 2014 - August 15, 2014. Please refer to the website below to read the complete guidelines.

Employees have donated a total of 5,425 hours to the leave donation program. A total of 5,219 hours have been granted to employees from this pool. Those employees were greatly appreciative of the generosity of their fellow employees.

To either donate hours to the program or to request donation hours, please submit donation forms that are available in the HR Forms Library.

For more information, contact Cyd Perrone at ext. 8710, cperrone@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Mon, 07/28/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

UCAR employees and visitors share the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains with wildlife.  Most of the time we share spaces without conflict, other times we’re a little too close for comfort. Check out our web site for information about how we manage close encounters with snakes, bats, bears and other wildlife.

For more information, contact Milenda Powers at ext. 8625, mpowers@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/25/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Please join us for the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) final presentations next week.

Monday, July 28:

Colloquium Talks, 8:45 - 3:15, FL2 1001 Small Auditorium. For a complete listing of presentations, see the website below.

Thursday, July 31:

Poster Session public viewing and reception, 4:00 - 5:30, CG Auditorium & Lobby. I am also looking for posters evaluators from 2:30 - 4:00 so let me know if you're interested. Students from the following programs will present their summer research:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) - UCAR/NCAR

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS) - Unavco

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Internship Program

Data Curation Education in Research Centers (DCERC) - NCAR Library

Pre-College Internship Program (PRECIP) - RAL

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) - CIRES & INSTAAR at CU Boulder

For more information, contact Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 07/24/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Nature's roadblock to hurricane prediction
The quiet Atlantic hurricane season of 2013 came as a surprise to many, as seasonal forecasts had consistently predicted an unusually large crop of named storms. A new study by scientists at NCAR and North-West University (South Africa) finds that internal variability—processes that unfold without being dictated by larger-scale features—can make one season twice as active as another, even when El Niño and other large-scale hurricane-shaping elements are unchanged. The results suggest that seasonal hurricane forecasts could be improved by conveying the amount of unavoidable uncertainty in the outlook. more>

For more information, contact Bob Henson at ext. 8605, bhenson@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

Come and see what the 2014 SIParCS interns have been working on.  Student presentations take place from 9:00 am to 11:45 am both Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in the ML Main Seminar Room. Each morning will begin with opening remarks by Dr. Richard Loft, Director of SIParCS, followed by each intern's 15-minute  presentation and 5-minute Q&A. 

To view the full schedule with links to the intern pages including abstracts, please visit http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs/siparcs-student-presentations-2014.  We hope to see you there! The presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

For additional information please contact Kristin Mooney, kristin@ucar.edu, x1288.

For more information, contact Kristin Mooney at ext. 1288, kristin@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/23/2014 to Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Traveling abroad? Need to brush up on a foreign language for international collaboration?

Transparent Language Online is an online language learning application available to the UCAR/NCAR/UCP community through the NCAR Library. This product offers free remote access anytime from anywhere for over 80 languages. It provides personal progress tracking as well as audio pronunciation analysis and cultural resources.

Access is available through the Transparent Language NCAR Library login page. Your initial visit will require a one-time set-up process for your account. Once you have established your account a mobile application is available.

See more at NCAR Library On-Line Resources.

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

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/16/2014 to Saturday, August 2, 2014

SATURDAY 2 AUGUST 2014: 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM

NCAR RESEARCH AVIATION FACILITY @ ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN AIRPORT

Visit three research aircraft - NSF/NCAR C-130, NASA P-3, and NASA King Air - and ground-based research equipment involved in FRAPPÉ and DISCOVER-AQ, studying summertime air quality along the Colorado Northern Front Range Metropolitan Area (NFRMA). 

These aircraft are flying laboratories fully equipped with scientists, remote sensors, and air sampling instrumentation and will be flying between 1,000 and 28,000 feet from 16 July - 16 August, 2014 along the urban corridor from Denver to Fort Collins.

  • Get on board and explore the research aircraft
  • Learn about instruments used to study air quality including a mobile lab and a tethered balloon
  • Talk with project scientists from NCAR, NASA, CDPHE, NOAA, and other agencies and universities

For safety reasons, please only bring children 6+ years old, and no more than 3 children per adult, and wear close-toed shoes.

Website: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/AirQuality_OpenHouse
Printable PDF: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/system/files/F_DAQ_Open_House_Flier_f.pdf

For more information, contact Alison Rockwell at ext. 8758, rockwell@ucar.edu

Announcement will run from Thu, 06/26/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents photography by Carlye Calvin

Photographing wildlife is like photographing scientists … you learn something new and interesting at every photo session.

My dad bought me my first camera when I was 8 years old, a Kodak Brownie. I only shot black and white film back then, and I loved to convince my siblings to climb up trees and jump out of them so I could practice “action” shots. My dog was a very willing subject. “Sit, stay” … click.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Biology, I worked for a biology textbook company providing photography for high school textbooks. Eventually, I became the staff photographer for NCAR where for 27 years, I was able to combine my love of photography and science.

When I look through the view finder of my camera, I scan the entire scene, every corner, before focusing on the main subject. A photograph is like a painting. Every part of the canvas is important to the composition.

Calvin's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 24, 2014 to August 1, 2014.


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

Announcement will run from Mon, 06/02/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Richard Warner enjoys images that surprise—be it an unusual perspective, a touch of humor or a subject with shock value.

5POINTS: The stunning street art, captured in this series of photographs, which adorned an entire city block in Queens, New York, no longer exists. Artists from around the world covered the warehouse, scheduled for demolition, with their work, beginning in 2002. During the night of November 19, 2013, the images were blanketed with whitewash. The building developer argued that watching the art being destroyed by the wrecking ball would be “torture”. These pictures were taken less than two months before the art was erased.

Warner is mounting two series of images in NCAR Mesa Lab Gallery I, “5POINTS” and the second “REFLECTIONS”. Warner's work will be on display June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014. 

Eggshell Mosaics by Dorette Carlson

Dorette Carlson sees art as a gift of communication. To her, the artist puts their soul on display, confirming the innate need for connection and the desire to be recognized as part of the greater human experience. Her approach to the ancient art of mosaics reflects the idea that all of creation is a mosaic; it’s all bits and pieces that come together to form the larger whole. Her mosaic art reflects the universal principle that nothing really stands alone; that everything is made of an abundance of interconnected elemental bits. Carlson's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

Come and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!

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

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/03/2014 to Thursday, September 25, 2014

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711, nychka@ucar.edu