Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of UCAR’s Child Care Center, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the UCAR Child Care Center to partake!

Mark your calendars for future dates:   July 6 & 20, August 3, 17 & 31, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 2, 16 & 30, December 14.

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to Friday, June 22, 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

Boundary layer mixing in the HWRF model
Robert Fovell
University at Albany, State University of New York

The role of planetary boundary layer (PBL) mixing in influencing storm size, track, and intensity, is investigated utilizing semi-idealized simulations with the Hurricane WRF model. In previous work (Bu et al. 2017), we demonstrated that significant variations in storm size can result from different PBL schemes, owing in large part to disparities in the vertical mixing of water vapor with respect to magnitude and depth. The potential impact on both storm size and intensity motivates a closer examination of PBL mixing in tropical cyclones, and comparisons with available observations.

For some time, the operational HWRF model has been using a version of the GFS PBL parameterization, which is known to generate excessive boundary layer mixing.  In the past, this mixing was restrained via the introduction of an external parameter, and the current version incorporates a more targeted mixing cap.  The HWRF model code has been revised to permit two additional PBL schemes, YSU and MYNN, to operate both with the model and with the GFDL surface layer scheme used to make real-time forecasts.  YSU is similar in many respects to the operational GFS scheme, but tends to generate much less mixing and shallower boundary layer depths owing to important differences in assumptions.  MYNN prognoses turbulent kinetic energy, and is frequently used in the ARW version of WRF.  These schemes have been evaluated in semi-idealized simulations and evidence that MYNN deserves further consideration will be presented.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Wednesday, June 20, 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