Staff Notes Daily Announcements

A new Delphi question and answer has been posted about: costs and benefits of the My Total Rewards Tool.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NCL + VAPOR Workshop

July 9-12, 2018
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)
Boulder, CO

This 4-day workshop is geared towards new users of NCL and VAPOR. It will include a combination of introductory lectures on NCL and scientific data formats and graphics, and 3D visualization using VAPOR. Students will be encouraged to bring their own data to the workshop. There will be hands-on labs every afternoon, where the instructors will work individually with students to help them analyze their own data using NCL and VAPOR.

Registration is limited and the summer workshop tends to fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The deadline is June 15, 2018.

Travel support is available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students from EPSCoR states or minority-serving institutions to attend. The deadline for applying for funds is May 14, 2018.

See the link below for full details and a link to the registration form.

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018

CPO/IT Security would like to inform all staff that an active phishing campaign is targeting UCAR employees directly. “Phishing” is a type of cyber attack that uses a fraudulent email or phone call to convince you to give up sensitive information, or to click on links that download malware or spyware. UCAR is currently the target of a group that is creating custom websites to trick UCAR employees into entering their UCAR credentials through the pretense of an “Employee Survey”. Please be very careful before clicking on links sent to you in any email, even if it appears to be signed by a UCAR executive. UCAR surveys hosted on our own Google Forms will not ask you for your username and password. Check the “From” field and make sure it is from the recipient with email that you expect to see. If it is from an email address outside of UCAR, call and verify with the sender before trusting it. “Hover over” the link to see where it really goes and if the URL in the link does not end in, then it is not a UCAR hosted link. If you think there is anything “phishy” about the email, trust your instincts and check first. Please forward any suspicious emails to or your designated system administrator.  Thank you, CPO/IT Security Team.

Posted by Susan Ramsey at ext. 1264,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

Title: Ocean Heat Uptake and Dynamic Sea Level Rise: Past and Future Uncertainty

Speaker: Laure Zanna, Univ. of Oxford, U.K.

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:30 pm
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

The ocean absorbs a significant portion of the anthropogenic heat released in the climate system, leading to an increase in global mean sea level rise. Observed and projected regional patterns of heat uptake in mid- and high-latitudes are controlled in part by changes in ocean circulation. Using a new estimate of ocean heat content, direct measurements and models, I will present evidence that in the Atlantic: 1) half of the thermosteric sea level trend since 1970 is due to ocean circulation changes; 2) the uncertainty in dynamic sea level projections can be explained by the ocean circulation response to uncertain air-sea fluxes (rather than from ocean model uncertainty). I will use a simple conceptual model to explain the changes and discuss the implications for climate projections of dynamic sea level. 

Posted by Barbara Middlebrook at ext. 1366,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Monday, April 23, 2018
Biking season is upon us and there's no better way to start it off than with a freshly tuned bike! We know that it can be a hassle to bring your bike into the shop for a tune-up, so we're bringing the mechanic to you! Sign up here to get your bike tuned right outside your office on Wednesday, May 2nd.
The tune-ups are discounted at $49.95 per bike, and include the following:
-Adjust Front & Rear Derailleurs
-Adjust Front & Rear Brakes
-Adjust Hubs & Headset
-True Wheels
-Lube Cables and Pivot Points
-Lubricate Chain 
-Inspect & Inflate Tires to Proper Levels
-Adjust Bottom Bracket
-Check & Tighten Attachments
-One Free Tube!
There are only 10 slots available, so sign up today to guarantee your spot. 
Event Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 8:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $49.95 (All methods of payment are accepted & payment will be taken at the time of your tune-up) 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sustainability at ext.8549. Thanks! 

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

Planar Nanotube-Based Radiometers for Space and Telecommunications
John H. Lehman
NIST, Sources and Detectors Group

The primary standards for optical power measurements at NIST and other National Metrology Institutes in the world are based on thermal detectors and the principle of electrical substitution. Traceability is realized through electrical measurements and the SI by way of the volt and ohm. We have recently demonstrated that we can achieve small, fast, accurate and extremely efficient and broadband radiometers based on micromachined silicon and vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. These chipscale radiometers embody all the essential elements of an absolute radiometer on a single chip. The application for these radiometers ranges from optical fiber power meter calibrations, laser-power measurements, and space-based solar irradiance and solar spectral irradiance.

 Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 2:30 PM
Refreshments 2:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory • 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

 Webcast: (Room 2: FL2-1022)

Posted by Erin Fundalinski at ext. 8713,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ACOM Seminar

Title:  Deodorant, Cleaning Products and the Virtue of Smelling Bad: Investigations into Emerging Sources of Air Pollution from Consumer Chemical Products

Presenter:  Matthew M. Coggon, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Bouler

Abstract: Over the past 50 years, urban air pollution due to vehicle emissions has steadily decreased at a rate of 7.5%/year. In the meantime, other sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have largely remained unchanged. Now that cars are cleaner, it has been estimated that other sources of reactive carbon, such as personal care products, cleaning products, and solvents from paints, may contribute up to half of the VOC burden in urban areas. The VOCs emitted from these sources are highest in indoor environments, but once exhausted to the outdoors, are likely to contribute to the formation of ozone and secondary organic aerosol. Here, we will present work aimed at evaluating VOCs emitted from consumer products. First, we present work from Los Angeles showing that volatile chemical products are a major source of VOCs in urban air. Second, we will explore potential tracers that could be used to detect the presence of VOCs emitted from consumer products, including decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5-siloxane). Finally, we will present recent measurements aimed at assessing emissions of terpenes from fragranced consumer products. We will explore whether an anthropogenic signal can be detected in the urban environment, and distinguishable from biogenic sources.

Monday, 30 April 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory • 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)
Webcast: (Room 2: FL2-1022)

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

The 2018 NCAR Explorer Series continues with a public talk from Dr. Richard Loft of CISL

Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Both talks will take place in the NCAR Mesa Lab main seminar room. (Tickets required! See link below for details)

Soon after their invention, scientists harnessed computers to serve as powerful mathematical “telescopes”, enabling the investigation of problems that couldn’t be solved by human brainpower alone.  These early explorations led to the discovery of chaos theory and soon thereafter to the modeling of that crucial, thin layer of fluids that enshrouds planet Earth – our atmosphere and oceans. These models produced improved weather forecasts, saving untold lives and property, and led to an understanding of the risks of continued greenhouse gas emissions, knowledge surely critical to sustaining human technological civilization.

What lies ahead for computing in atmospheric science? Today, the computing power once largely wielded by scientists is now in the hands of billions of people, readily accessible from any tablet or smartphone. Ideas like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the cloud have leapt from science fiction and straight into consumer products. Science, which once led the charge in computing technology, is now both feeding off these macro trends and struggling to keep up. The road ahead will require us to rethink our approach to modeling, prediction, and delivering information to an increasingly-wired society. This public talk will discuss some of the challenges and also provide a glimpse of the wonders that lie in store.

More details about this talk and other NCAR Explorer Series talks please click the link below:

This is a public event and tickets are required. Links to order your ticket for Saturday or Wednesday are at the bottom of this web page:

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Kuali Awards Management system is now live. This marks another successful milestone in delivering improved systems as part of the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program. Kuali provides robust data to assist with award management by labs/programs, the NCAR and UCP directorates, and UCAR administration. The platform includes:

  • A central repository for accessing award documents for all new awards and modifications going forward

  • Migrated information for all existing awards in Active, Pending, and WRAP status as of March 30, 2018 

  • Integration with Advance Notice and PandA to identify high-level proposal data in Kuali

  • Integration with IFAS and iVantage

  • Single sign-on to Kuali and award access based on defined permissions

  • Enhanced award data for reporting through Cognos

For the best viewing experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Please be sure to visit the Kuali User Support site where you will find a number of learning resources including how-to videos to help you get started. This site is easily accessible while you are in Kuali by clicking on the GET HELP link in the upper righthand corner.

If you run into any issues or questions, please enter a Help Desk ticket or dial the Contracts line at ext. 8894 for assistance. The help link and instructions can also be found on the user support site.

Learn more about OPEX here

Posted by Jill Lampe at ext. 8522,

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

View the 2018 Years of Service Awards Honoree List here.

Congratulations Everyone!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Monday, April 2, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018