January 14, 2009 | The 2009 UCAR Health and Benefits Fair takes place March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Center Green. The fair, sponsored by the Wellness Advisory Committee, is free and open to UCAR employees, retirees, spouses/partners, and dependent children 18-25 years old.
January 14, 2009 | The new year ushered in changes to UCAR benefits. The Hartford became the organization’s new vendor for travel accident insurance (including the Travel Assistance Program), life insurance, long-term disability, and basic and voluntary accidental death and disability (AD&D) insurance. The company’s Travel Assistance Program provides pre-trip information, emergency medical assistance, and emergency personal services for staff during both business and vacation travels.
December 15, 2008 | About two dozen staff toured the Boulder County Recycling Center on December 4 to learn more about the life cycles of milk cartons, newspapers, soda cans, and other discarded items. The facility, located in east Boulder near Arapahoe and 63rd Street, is owned by the county but run by Eco-Cycle. Sustainable UCAR planned the visit and, in the spirit of conservation, arranged for the UCAR shuttles to provide rides.
December 11, 2008 | Staff working at the Mesa Lab might think they’re above it all—literally, that is—when they look down on Boulder from their stone towers in the Flatirons. But the NCAR award for putting in time at high elevation goes to Eric Yasukawa (ESSL/HAO), who’s been working at 11,250 feet (3,440 meters) for the past 36 years.
December 10, 2008 | In a forest outside Colorado Springs, a group of researchers is investigating how forests impact weather and air quality. The team even suspects that the pine beetles eating their way through the West’s forests are altering local weather patterns.
December 10, 2008 | It’s an insecure world out there, with financial meltdowns and rising fuel and food prices—not to mention a warming climate. If there’s a bike in the back of your garage collecting dust, this might be the time to dust it off and burn calories instead of crude. Never used your Eco Pass? Hint: it’s that little sticker on your employee ID card. Just show it to the bus driver when you board.
October 14, 2008 | More than 200 solar scientists met at NCAR during the week of September 29 to discuss how recent observations and leading-edge computer models are producing breakthroughs in understanding the Sun. The Second Hinode Science Meeting focused on findings emerging from the Hinode satellite-borne solar observatory, which was launched by Japan in 2006 with U.S. and European involvement. NCAR contributed to Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope.
September 24, 2008 | While many Americans gazed anxiously toward the Atlantic Ocean in recent weeks, watching hurricanes stream our way, several dozen staff from EOL and ESSL/MMM kept their eyes on the Pacific. Stationed from Guam to Boulder, they’re part of a vast project called T-PARC (THORPEX Pacific Asian Regional Campaign).
September 24, 2008 | In August, the UK’s University of Manchester opened a brand new facility named after ESSL/MMM scientist John Latham. Latham Laboratories, located in the Simon Engineering Building at the university’s Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, pay tribute to John’s contributions to atmospheric sciences, particularly in the field of cloud microphysics. The facilities include aerosol and ice chambers, aerosol and UV labs, and more.
October 28, 2008 | The American Meteorological Society is honoring Warren Washington and Jerry Meehl (ESSL/CGD) with the 2009 Jule G. Charney Award for their “outstanding collaborative contributions to modeling climate and its response to anthropogenic and natural forcings.” The award will be presented in Phoenix next January at the AMS Annual Meeting.


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