Staff Notes Daily Announcements

On June 18 the President’s Council approved the business case for a new comprehensive, cloud-based system to replace and modernize a range of Human Resources- and Payroll-related applications and processes. This initiative will see staff recruiting and retention, onboarding, time reporting, compensation, payroll, performance, and learning management encompassed in one system. 
This initiative is one of nine in the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program, UCAR’s multi-year effort to modernize business operations started in 2014 to provide state-of-the-art support to NCAR and UCP and implement a framework for continuous process improvement. OPEX was an important component of our recompete proposal to manage NCAR, consistent with NSF’s expectations of the need to modernize our business practices.
Through an extensive competitive procurement process, UCAR selected Workday’s Human Capital Management Suite. This summer, we will begin working with an integrator, Sierra-Cedar, to support us in configuring and deploying the Workday HCM solution for first use in mid-2019. Sierra-Cedar is a recognized Workday Services Partner. Thank you to the more than 30 staff from NCAR, UCP, and UCAR who participated in the evaluation process.
Workday’s Human Capital Management Suite will provide employees with a single, online system for all financial and HR needs, and will be used to improve service levels, optimize costs, provide enhanced analytic capabilities, and improve security and privacy. Recruiters and hiring committees will have improved tools and metrics to support both sourcing of diverse, highly talented candidate pools and onboarding of successful new hires. Managers and leaders will gain improved tools and metrics that integrate performance evaluation, development, and retention with career and succession planning.
We will keep you apprised of further information on the project as it becomes available. For regular updates on this project, visit or contact the Project Manager, Karla Waltman at x8881 or
About Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organizations, including federally-funded organizations such as the National Renewable Energies Laboratory, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as several of our member universities, have selected Workday.
About Sierra-Cedar, Inc.  
Founded in 1995, Sierra-Cedar is a recognized Workday Services Partner. With a focus on public sector and higher education, Sierra-Cedar has successfully completed over 1,500 projects with colleges, universities, and public sector organizations, including successful Workday deployments with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City and County of Denver. 

Posted by Karla Waltman at ext. 8881,

Friday, June 22, 2018 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Title: The Tropical Tropopause Definitions and Water Vapor Transport in the TTL: New Insights from Airborne in situ Measurements over the Tropical Western Pacific

Presenter: Laura Pan, Senior Scientist, ACOM

Abstract: The tropical tropoause region plays an important role in the Earth's climate system. The tempature and transport structure there control the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere, which has a significant contribution to the climate forcing. Correctly, representing the temperture structure in the tropical tropopause region is a significant challenge for the chemistry climate models. Understanding the controlling processes is a critical step for making progress. The ATTREX campaign provides a unique data set for examing our theory and hypothesis on the tropical tropopause and TTL. I will present an analysis of temperature, water vapor and ozone across the tropopause over the tropical Western Pacific (TWP) using the ATTREX 2014 observations. The analysis aims to address two connected questions:

(1) The cold point and the WMO lapse rate criteria, which one provides the "correct" definition for the tropical tropopause?
(2) Vertical versus horizontal transport processes, what are the relative importance for dehydration across the TTL?

These questions have been addressed in the past mostly through theoretical and model approaches. The new insights from the observational study on the these problems will be discussed.

Monday, 25 June 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments: 3:15 PM
NCAR Foothills Laboratory Large Auditorium - FL2-1022
Live webcast:



Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, June 18, 2018 to Monday, June 25, 2018

Google has announced that there will be changes pushed out on June 30th to improve the performance and security of classic Google Sites. This may change the appearance of some Sites. To prepare for this, Sites owners or editors can find more information at Creation of classic Sites will not be re-enabled nor will creation of new Sites.This pertains to only those existing Sites that were grandfathered in.

Posted by Gary Studwell at ext. 1815,

Thursday, June 14, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018

Registration is now open for an NCAR/CISL series of four one-day workshops on Modern Fortran beginning Tuesday, July 3. Dan Nagle, CISL Consulting Services Group software engineer and a member of the U.S. Fortran Standards Technical Committee, will provide the training at the NCAR Mesa Lab’s Fleischmann Building (Walter Orr Roberts room) in Boulder.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with recent releases of gfortran, mpich, and opencoarrays. Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an hour break at noon.

  • Scalar Fortran - Tuesday, July 3:Scope, definition, scalar declarations and usage, and interacting with the processor.

  • Vector Fortran - Tuesday, July 17:Arrays, storage order, elemental operations, and array intrinsics.

  • Object-Oriented Fortran - Tuesday, July 24:Derived types, defined operations, defined assignment, and inheritance.

  • Parallel Fortran - Tuesday, July 31:Coarray concepts, declarations, and usage; synchronization and treating failed images.

Use this form to register to attend one or more workshops. The workshops will not be webcast or recorded.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018
Contracts has received notice that Grants Online will be requiring an annual re-authorization of user accounts starting in October 2018 in order to comply with federal system security requirements.  Grants Online is NOAA's online system where information about NOAA grants and cooperative agreements can be accessed and post-award action requests, progress/final reports, and financial reports are submitted.
NOAA will be sending additional communication at a later date to explain how the annual re-authorization process will work and Contracts will share the information as we receive it.  In preparation for this new functionality, NOAA will be deactivating all user accounts which have not been used to log into Grants Online within the last 12 months.   Any users whose accounts are deactiviated during this data cleanup effort will have to request a new account if future Grants Online access is needed
The accounts that have been inactive for the past 12 months will be permanently deactivated on June 8, 2018.  As such, if you have a Grants Online account and would like it to remain active, please ensure you have logged in within the past 12 months or do so prior to June 8, 2018.
Please contact Contracts at if you have any questions.

Posted by Amy Smith at ext. 8872,

Thursday, May 31, 2018 to Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Unidata Users Committee invites you to join Unidata staff, community members, and distinguished speakers this June in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of this year's workshop is to raise awareness of the current trends in the academic geoscience community with an emphasis on Data Proximate Analysis, Machine Learning and Data Analytics, Using GOES-16 Data, and Working with Ensemble NWP Output. Scientists and educators from the academic geoscience community will present ideas and techniques for making effective use of geoscience data and share activities, course materials, and ideas for improving education and research. There will be hands-on workshops, a poster session, and time for informal discussions with presenters and Unidata developers.

The workshop, titled Reducing Time to Science: Evolving Workflows for Geoscience Research and Education, is scheduled for June 25-28, 2018.

The workshop will feature oral presentations, hands-on demonstrations of Unidata and related technologies, collaborative work sessions, and a poster session for those who wish to share their work with workshop participants.

Additional details on speakers and session topics for the workshop are available on the 2018 Users Workshop page.

Registration for locals or others who do not require travel or lodging assistance from Unidata is open through June 10, 2018. See the Registration page for details. 

Posted by Douglas Dirks at ext. 8657,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions for June 2018:

Thursday, June 14, 2018
CG1 - Board Room 3150 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
FL2 - Room 1002 

Click here or call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at: 1-800-732-8353. 

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

Friday, May 25, 2018 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018

April 30, 2018 - June 29, 2018 

Mixed Media Drawing and Watercolor by Ileana Barbu  

Ileana Barbu’s formations as a sculptor infused her artistic view with the fascination of three-dimensionality and the constant impulse of understanding forms in all angles. Drawing is an obsession for her – line and form in all their aspects have been a constant in her artwork. Her body of work can be viewed as a conglomerate of different directions, but she always returns back to line or linear compositions. Even when she “paints,” what really matters to her is the underlying structure. The paintings are, in fact, colored drawings. Ileana is fascinated with the human figure in all its aspects: physical, spiritual, natural, social and historical-temporal. Lately, she has been drawn to the images of trees – but also through the prism of human expression. Each “tree” is in fact another facet of herself.  

Mixed Media Painting by Frederick Pichon  

Frederick Pichon’s paintings reflect his personal interests in design, architecture, science and history. He is grounded in the pictorial tradition of Western art and perspective, but this body of work is contemporary. As a skilled draftsman, he loves precise drawing, but tries to be open to other stylistic expressions, so his work may straddle abstraction and representation, and incorporate materials, collages, computer images and more. His images express a position on man in the universe, both humanistic and technical to reflect on our condition. A good piece is a meditative work that opens on a different level of reality. 

Art Reception: Saturday May 5th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mesa Lab cafeteria.

All artists work will be on display in the UCAR Community Art Galleries at the NCAR Mesa Lab. 

Preview all artists work on the NCAR/UCAR Community Art Calendar





Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018

Supervisory Training: Essential People Management


  • Available to supervisors and managers
  • Must be able to attend the 1.5 day training sessions
  • Approval from supervisor to engage in this cohort


April: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July: 18 & 19
18th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
19th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location for all sessions: CG1-North Auditorium

Register via Connect.

  • Select "EOD Training Catalog"
  • 25 participants max per 1.5 day training sessions. Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

More information can be found on the EOD website.

  • View in the Leadership Development Tab.

Questions: Contact Toni Wallace, 303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 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