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It's another drought year in this already desert environment. Why does the
nation's premier weather and climate research facility still have large
lawn areas that require additional irrigation beyond what nature provides?
And then, to add insult to injury, these lawns require routine manicures
throughout the growing season with terribly polluting and noisy equipment.
The xeriscaped area in front of FL2 is quite nice. Could that be expanded
to displace more (if not all) of the lawn areas? If the lawns were
On the radio, I recently heard the story of Thomas Concannon, who suffers
from a rare cancer called multiple myeloma. His physician, a professor of
medicine at Tufts University and director of the bone marrow transplant
unit at Tufts-New England Medical Center, recommended that he receive a
bone marrow transplant from his sister. Concannon's insurance company,
CIGNA, informed him that since the treatment was experimental it was not
covered by his insurance, even though his physician states that a
While reviewing the benefits policies due to recent changes in medical
providers covered by PacifiCare, I came across an obvious form of
discrimination by UCAR. In the Eligibility Requirements section for each
plan, domestic partners of the opposite sex are being discriminated
against. The policy in question is in the UCAR Benefits Manual, under
Section 1 (Eligibility Requirements), part B.4 (Dependent/Domestic Partner),
for each medical plan.
NCAR spent a great deal of money on the new official logo. Did management
ever consider having the logo created internally? There are many graphic
artists here that could have designed a professional logo. A contest would
have promoted esprit de corps while allowing staff input.
While the main part of the logo does portray an Earth-system environment,
there are several aspects of the logo that make it difficult to use. This
is not an isolated opinion, but the consensus of many users. Because of the
Do the UCAR drinking fountains have filters installed on them? Is the water
from the fountains different from the water in the kitchen and restroom
sinks on each floor?
At a previous place of employment, the drinking fountains were labeled with
the dates when the filter was last changed on each fountain. Just wondered!
There are two paths on the lower NCAR Mesa Lab property that are used
heavily by the public for walks, runs, and walking dogs. One of these paths
is north of the NCAR road and runs from the end of Table Mesa Drive. The
other runs along the eastern edge of the NCAR property.
My complaint/suggestion concerns mainly the first of these trails. The
trail and surrounding open space are contaminated heavily by dog feces and
urine. Many children use these paths, raising serious health risks and even
I was surprised to learn that UCAR does not offer personal days off, a
practice I had come to expect from modern employers. It appears that this
policy discriminates against non-Christians who may have to use vacation
days to take off religious holidays. This is especially unfortunate at a
time when UCAR is trying to promote diversity. Are there any plans to offer
personal days in addition to, not in place of, vacation days in the future?
What limits, if any, does UCAR policy place on supervisors who require
adherence to a dress code of the supervisor's own invention?
We all recognize that in some instances safety regulations dictate aspects
of dress, e.g., you must wear safety glasses in the machine shop. There are
also those infrequent occasions when a particular employee's dress may
infringe on generally accepted notions of reasonable taste, e.g., when the
holes in an employee's underwear line up with the holes in his or her outer
Recently I gave a bottle of wine to a coworker. This necessitated bringing
the wine to work and keeping it in my office for a while. After that, my
coworker presumably had to keep it in their office for a while before
taking it home.
My understanding is that this did not violate NCAR rules since the bottle
remained sealed while on NCAR premises. Is this correct? What are the rules
regarding alcohol at NCAR?
As a regular NCAR shuttle rider, I am curious to know if there is a policy
regarding shuttle idling. Usually the shuttle arrives, the riders get on or
off, and the shuttle departs-all in a brief enough time interval that
leaving the motor running may be justified. However, the shuttle departing
Table Mesa/Broadway for the Mesa Lab at 6:55 a.m. apparently routinely
arrives at 6:40 or earlier, and the motor is left running for at least 15
A number of riders arrive well enough before 6:55 that sitting in the