Question #:
502
Answered on:
Thursday, June 26, 2003

What is with the prairie dog in the foyer of the Mesa Lab? I find it highly
offensive. I suppose that most people find totems and cigar store Indians
cute and whimsical, but I thought we left that in the 20th century. What's
next? A lawn jockey? I suggest asking NCAR to join right-thinking people
who have been fighting this type of stereotyping. See
www.bluecorncomics.com/woodenna.htm.

Question #:
503
Answered on:
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Why is the idea of a nap room such a shocking or laughable idea? In many
cultures siestas are an acceptable part of the daily routine and considered
healthful. Yes, it's true we are not in a warm clime (Mexico, Italy,
Spain), but there are many people who need a quick nap in the afternoon
(pregnant women, athletes, older staff, brainiacs, physically disabled, and
so on). Historically, it was acceptable to have coffee/smoking breaks in
the afternoons. The culture has changed since the high-tech revolution. In

Question #:
499
Answered on:
Friday, February 14, 2003

Why are there no equal opportunity or diversity training classes offered
through the Staff Development catalog?

Question #:
497
Answered on:
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Because UCAR/NCAR portrays itself as a family-oriented organization, and
because it employs several foreigners, or persons of foreign origin who
have made this country their new home, would it be possible to reconsider
the health benefits to include not only employees' spouses and children but
also their parents? I think everyone is aware of the degrading state of
health coverage in this country, and such an action by UCAR/NCAR would
benefit the employees and also portray a true family-oriented image of the
organization.

Question #:
496
Answered on:
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Regarding leave plans, what percentage of employees chose the PTO option,
and what percentage chose the Traditional option? Also, is it possible to
provide a breakdown of those percentages by demographics, i.e., what were
the percentages for men, women, and junior and senior staff, as well as the
overall total?

I have another question: How did the budget come out in the most recent
year (after we had the budget with the ballooning sick leave that caused
the PTO/Traditional changes)?

Question #:
495
Answered on:
Friday, November 1, 2002

Why does the phone-message clock drift? Can't it set itself automatically
using a timeserver? If not, can it be set manually on a daily basis?

Question #:
490
Answered on:
Thursday, October 3, 2002

NCAR/UCAR is the host for many seminars, lectures, and workshops. We use a
variety of different vendors for everything from supplies to caterers. For
outside caterers, we are encouraged to give them a dollar amount that we
would like the cost of the meals to remain within, for accounting and
budgeting purposes. I think this practice should be used for our in-house
catering also. A simple contract which states how much money is to be used
for each function would allow each project leader to stay within budget and

Question #:
491
Answered on:
Thursday, August 29, 2002

I am very concerned about the fact that, on June 22, StorageTek poisoned up
to 8,000 prairie dogs on their Louisville property. What is NCAR's policy
with regard to prairie dogs on its property? As NCAR is one of StorageTek's
largest customers, what is NCAR's view regarding what StorageTek has done?

Question #:
489
Answered on:
Tuesday, August 20, 2002

I have come to understand that the PAM (Portable Automated Mesonet) station is being moved to a new position just outside the west end of the cafeteria. I appreciate the reason for this move, i.e., that if PAM, in its current position, were struck by lightning, it could result in damage to the computers housed below it. However, the first response of everyone I have talked with about this has been, "Why are they moving it to spoil one of the most beautiful views on the site?" So, why is that?

Question #:
488
Answered on:
Monday, July 1, 2002

My question is about the fountain at the Mesa Lab. I have heard that the
fountain uses hundreds of gallons a day. As of yesterday the water was gray
from the ashes in the air, and they will be cleaning it out soon. I believe
that since we are in the middle of the worst drought in 100 years, we
should set a good example of water conservation and turn it off for the
time being. We need to lead by example, wouldn‚t you think? That‚s why I
was hoping to get something resolved before they fill it up again and waste
more precious water.

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