Staff Notes Daily Announcements

To accommodate employees attending AMS, an additional bloodwork session has been arranged for Wednesday, February 15, in FL2 from 7:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.

If you would like to schedule an appointment on February 15, please access the registration site: Registration site requires account setup for each participant.

Confirmation emails will include additional instructions with links to all required forms: bloodwork lab form and instructions, listing of optional blood test and costs (optional tests to be paid by participants), and consent and release forms for you download, complete and bring with you to your appointment.  You'll also receive appointment email reminders closer to your appointment date.  Please note, bloodwork screening results can be claimed at the Health Fair. To have a proxy claim your results, they must bring your signed Proxy Release Form to the Health & Benefits Fair.  All unclaimed results will be postal-mailed to participants.

For those who can't make any of the onsite sessions, click here for information, forms and instructions to have bloodwork done at a local Quest Lab location.  All Quest Lab appointments must be completed by March 1, 2015.  Results will be postal mailed to participants. 

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Session Dates/Locations (Registration and 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments provided at each location)

  • FL:        January 26, 2017, 7:30-10:15 am, FL2-1003
  • ML:       February 2, 2017, 7:30-11:30 am, ML-Damon
  • CG:       February 9, 2017, 7:30-11:30 am, Room 2126
  • FL:        February 15, 2017, 7:30-9:15 am, FL2-1003  **ADDED**
  • NWSC:   February 15, 2017, 8:00-9:30 am, NWSC Janice Room
  • RAF:      February 16, 2017, 8:00-10:30 am, RAF Conference Room

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, January 23, 2017 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit Center Green 1 today, Monday, January 23. The bus will be located in the north parking lot.  Walk-in appointments are available at: 10:20, 10:30, 12:40, 12:50, 1:00, 1:10, 2:00 and 2:20. These walk-in appointments are first-come, first-served.

Please review the Bonfils Blood Center Donation Eligibility Guidelines.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Software Engineering Assembly Seminar

Date and Time: 2017 January 26th at 3pm

Location: ML main seminar

Speaker: Alessandro Fanfarillo

Abstract: For High Performance Computing applications, scaling across multiple processors is the most viable way to reach Peta and Exascale performance. For an application that scales on hundreds of thousand of cores a major treat is represented by node failures. In fact, on a machine equipped with 1,000,000 nodes, each of which failing on average every 100 years, there will be a failure every 53 minutes. The coarray definition provided by the Fortran 2008 standard allows one to write a fully functional parallel program without directly invoking external communication libraries (e.g. MPI, OpenMP), but it does not provide any functionality to deal with failures. The Fortran 2015 standard introduces several new features to meet challenges that are expected to dominate massively parallel programming in the coming exascale era, including fault tolerance capabilities. In this seminar, a general view of the fault tolerant features of Fortran 2015 will be provided, with particular focus on the changes needed to make a regular application resilient.

Speaker Description: Dr. Alessandro Fanfarillo is a postdoctoral researcher at the NCAR, his research focuses on how to exploit heterogeneous architectures CPU+Accelerators and Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) languages (in particular coarray Fortran) for scientific purposes. He is also the lead developer of OpenCoarrays, the open-source library that implements the coarray support in the GNU Fortran compiler.

Posted by Davide Del Vento at ext. 1233,

Monday, January 23, 2017 to Thursday, January 26, 2017

A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on February 10. Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".


UCAR Benefits, TIAA Retirement Planning Resources
February 10, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST
FL2 – 1001 or Webcast
Overview - Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA retirement program and how to maximize their value. 

Financial Planning & Investments
February 17, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
Overview - Discover the benefits of financial planning and different types of investment options

Long-Term Care & Social Security
February 24, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Review Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits

Medicare Basics
March 3, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
CG1 – Room 2126
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
March 10, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, January 23, 2017 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Interested in learning about our new SciQuest eProcurement & Accounts Payable System that goes live on Monday, June 19?

You can choose between two SciQuest Introductions Sessions:

Tuesday, January 24th  ML Main Seminar Room 1-2 pm


Thursday, January 26th CG1 Center Auditorium 1-2 pm

Learn more about how SciQuest provides:

  • online catalog shopping
  • a user-friendly sourcing (RFP) module,
  • powerful spend analytics,
  • comprehensive contract management, and
  • efficient accounts payable solutions.

You'll also get the chance to summon your creative genius and enter our contest to brand our new online eProcurement marketplace!  

If you are at AMS this week, don’t worry. Sessions will be webcast and recorded. Go to UCAR Live @ or check out the SciQuest Purchasing Project web site @  for the latest news and the recording!

OPEX SciQuest eProcurement and Accounts Payable Go Live Monday, June 19!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, January 23, 2017

News clips at a glance: Jan. 14 – 20

Total:  ~750

Summary: NCAR experts were cited in a number of stories focused on 2016’s record average global temperature, and on climate science under the new administration.

Notable clips:

Warmest Year, Climate Change (Kevin Trenberth and Jerry Meehl, CGD)
Scientists React to Earth's Warmest Year: We are Heading into a New Unknown
(Washington Post, Kevin Trenberth and Jerry Meehl quoted)

Last Time Earth Was this Warm Was 125,000 Years Ago
(USA Today, picked up by 10 additional outlets, Jerry Meehl quoted)

2016 Hottest Year Ever Recorded and Scientists Say Human Activity to Blame
(The Guardian, Kevin Trenberth quoted. Carried by other Climate Desk partners such as Grist)

Weather Extremes and Climate Change (Jerry Meehl, CGD)
Study Finds Global Warming Could Steal Postcard-Perfect Days
(Associated Press story carried by The New York Times and about 350 other media outlets)

Climate Change and the New Administration (Kevin Trenberth, Jerry Meehl, and Ben Sanderson, all with CGD)
On Global Warming, Trump Nominees Try Having it Both Ways
(Christian Science Monitor, Kevin Trenberth quoted)

Donald Trump and His Team Are Dodging Climate Science
(Washington Post, Jerry Meehl quoted)

Trump Day One: Global Warming’s Fate
(Scientific American, Ben Sanderson quoted)

Extreme Downpours  (Andreas Prein, MMM; Roy Rasmussen and team, RAL)
Extreme Downpours Could Increase Fivefold
(Iowa Farmer Today, Andreas Prein quoted.)

Solar Cycles (Scott McIntosh, HAO)
Boulder Scientists' Expertise Tapped in Forecast of Continuing Solar Quiet
(Boulder Daily Camera)

Cloud Seeding (NCAR)
Cloud Seeding Aims to Boost Snowfall, Power Generation
(Glenwood Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado)

Social media highlights:

More than 5,000 views were generated by tweets promoting an AtmosNews story on NCAR’s contribution to the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME), which is now part of NOAA's seasonal forecasting effort.

Third tweet’s (also) a charm: The American Geophysical Union retweeted to its 42,000 followers our retweet of NCAR postdoc Falko Judt's tweet about one member of the NCAR ensemble's success in predicting a cold front moving through Boulder.



Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, January 23, 2017 to Friday, January 27, 2017

Come learn about Ethics, the UCAR Code of Conduct and related UCAR policies; look at how some researchers (not at UCAR!) have gotten into trouble.  Learn about resources and ask questions that will help you get your work done.

Date: February 2, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: FL2-1003

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Friday, January 20, 2017 to Thursday, February 2, 2017

An NCAR-based computer model known for global climate projections decades into the future recently joined a suite of other world-class models being used to forecast what may lie just a few months ahead. (Story by Senior Science Writer Laura Snider. Read more here.)

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The focus of the Community Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Systems for Atmospheric Research, hosted by NCAR/EOL, will be to advance the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) on all scales of atmospheric research.  UASs are currently a rapidly developing field with many activities at the University level, within a number of federal agencies, and in private industry.
The thematic focus of this workshop is on emerging needs related to the use of UAS for all scales of atmospheric research. The objective of this community workshop is to create a forum for discussion and for gathering input from the active UAS research community and those interested in becoming part of that community on highest priority observational needs that may be met by UAS and on barriers for use of UAS in atmospheric and atmosphere interface research.  EOL is coordinating this gathering in our role to provide support for the observational needs of the of the NSF supported science community.
The specific goals of the workshop are to:
  • Identify key areas for UAS research (such as forecasting, flux measurements, pollution, constituent measurements, and boundary layer and atmospheric interfaces research).
  • Identify typical and novel instrumentation for UASs.
  • Examine 2D and / or 3D wind measurements from UASs.  This is a unique problem and a key measurement for many UAS. 
  • Discuss needs for calibration of UAS instruments and verification of UAS based measurements.
  • Discuss UAS operations and how to fly in hazardous conditions such as strong winds, icing, rain, and low visibility.
  • Understand evolving FAA UAS regulations and requirements and identify efficient ways to work with the FAA to guarantee safe UAS operations 
  • Discuss other novel ideas for lower atmosphere in situ observations that EOL could support 
The workshop will take place February 21-24, 2017 at Center Green and registration is now open.  For more information and to register please see the workshop website at:

Posted by Cory Wolff at ext. 2845,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Friday, February 3, 2017


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 or ext. 8505.

Integrated Ground Water Management
Editor: Anthony Jakeman and others
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TD403 .J257 2016

Satellites: Orbits and Missions
Author: Michel Capderou
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TL1080 .C3713 2005

Data Management for Researchers
Author: Kristin Briney
Publisher: Pelagic
Location: FL Library
Call Number: Q180.55 .E4 B75 2015

Governing Arctic Change
Editor: Kathrin Keil and others
Publisher: Palgrave
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QC994.8 G271 2016

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017