Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Mesa Lab semi-annual building maintenance shutdown is scheduled for Saturday, 8 October from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  During this time the Mesa Lab and Fleischmann Buildings will experience intermittent electrical, heating, and air conditioning interruptions, some for extended periods.

Access to the Mesa Lab will be restricted to authorized employees, and there will be no public access to the building.  Visitors may still use the trails around the building.

CISL will be releasing information regarding the impact of the Mesa Lab Data Center portion of the shutdown in the near future as details become available.

For Mesa Lab Data Center questions, contact Jasen Boyington, ext. 1859 or

Posted by David Maddy at ext. 1134,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for September 2016 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:  

Mesa Lab – Chapman Rm 245

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm

Click here to schedule an appointment with TIAA at Mesa Lab on September 7

RAF – Conference Room

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm   

Click here to schedule an appointment with TIAA at the Jeffco Airport/RAF on September 20


To schedule a counseling session, please either follow the 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-CREF as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot. 

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Monday, September 19, 2016

Is Your Shipment Export Controlled?  Is Your Project In Compliance with Export Controls?"

This will be a Q&A format with open discussion open to all interested Staff.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Noon - 1:30 pm

FL2 - Room 1022 Main Seminar Room

Facilitated by ECCs, Logistics Staff and David Sundvall

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016

A new question has been posted to the Delphi Question and Answer Service on the topic: Mesa Lab signage and dish antenna.

UCAR’s Delphi Service (log in with your Google password) was created in 1974 to give staff a vehicle to ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner. Submit questions to the Delphi Coordinator: Marc Genty, Mesa Lab Room 39D,, ext 1210. Staff can submit questions the following ways:
    1.    Interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked "confidential,”
    2.    Email, with “confidential” in the subject line, or
    3.    US mail to the Delphi Coordinator’s home (call the coordinator to get his home address).

All questions must include your name and contact information so the coordinator can correspond confidentially with you. Questions and answers of general interest will be published in Staff Notes Daily.

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DOIs are unique and persistent identifiers, used for referencing scientific resources on the web and in scientific publications. The NCAR Library, in collaboration with the Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET), has recently published two new pages under its “Scientific Data Management” section:

The “UCAR/NCAR DOI Process” page provides the step-by-step process that can be used to obtain a DOI for a UCAR/NCAR resource, such as a data set, a model, software, or an instrument. The page also includes recommendations for requesting a DOI and four different DOI examples. The “DOI FAQs” page contains 11 common questions regarding DOIs and the assignment process. These two new pages aim to help the UCAR/NCAR community to become more familiar and consistent with DOI assignment across the organization.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Posted by Sophie Hou at ext. 1832,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

We are pleased to announce that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now available for use at our Center Green, Foothills, and Mesa Lab campuses!

EV drivers who wish to use the stations must first complete the following steps:
     1)   Sign up here for a free ChargePoint membership account or login to your existing ChargePoint account.
     2)   Once logged in, click on the “Connections” tab.
     3)   Find "UCAR/NCAR" in the list of organizations shown and click “Request”.
     4)   Complete the request form and click “Submit Request”.
     5)   Approval of your request can take up to two hours. This approval applies to all UCAR/NCAR stations.

Start Charging
All approved drivers can start a charging session in multiple ways. One option is to wave your ChargePoint membership card in front of the station’s card reader. You can also use the ‘Start Charging’ feature on the ChargePoint mobile app, or call the toll free 1-888 number printed on the station.

The cost to charge a vehicle is $0.25 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the first three hours.  After the first three hours, there is an additional cost of $0.15 per minute to remain plugged in.  The fee increases after three hours to encourage customers to move their vehicles so that other customers can access the charging stations.

Please visit our webpage for more important information on EV charging at UCAR/NCAR. Thank you!

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

UCAR HR provides a service for verifying employment and income to lenders, landlords, and others that you authorize to receive such information (verifiers).  The service is contracted with InVerify, a third party that specializes in employment and income verifications.  InVerify provides secure, accurate, and timely access to employment and income information-- 24/7.

To utilize InVerify, the employee provides the requestor (or verifier) with the authorization to contact InVerify directly by providing them with UCAR's code and specific employee data, depending on the type of information being requested.  For complete instructions and FAQ's, please visit the website:

Questions regarding this service may be directed to Annette Lampert, x 8719 (  or InVerify Customer Service, 1-866-295-7363

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

News clips at a glance: Aug. 19-26

Total: 300

Notable clips:

New solar forecasting system, Sue Haupt (RAL): (Bloomberg and other coverage in progress)

Nationwide Collaboration Leads to New Solar Forecasting System (Solar Industry)

Researchers Develop Better Solar Forecasting System  (Wyoming Public Radio)

Solar Energy to Power Up with Better Forecasting (Energy Matters)

WRF-Hydro, the underlying model for NOAA's new hydrologic prediction system, David Gochis, (RAL): Continues to get good press a week after the news release

Boulder Scientists Key in Rollout of Hydrology Forecast Model (Boulder Daily Camera)

Climate change, John Fasullo, (CGD):A story by AP's Seth Borenstein on an Australian study was widely covered around the world. Seth turned to John Fasullo for comment.

Study: Man-Made Warming May Have Started Decades Earlier (Associated Press)

Wildfire emissions, Christine Wiedinmyer, (ACOM): Christine was asked by John Upton (Grist and Climate Central) for comments about a wildfire study.

Smoke Waves from Wildfires are Getting Worse  (Grist)

Solar science helped avert nuclear conflict, Delores Knipp (HAO): An AtmosNews story a couple of weeks ago continues to get coverage.

Nuclear Confrontation Likely Avoided by Early Science on Solar Storms (Rocky Mountain PBS)

Week before:  WRF-Hydro was featured by Channel 9 Denver, Bloomberg, Maritime Global News and others.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, August 26

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016

AVAPS New Registered Trademark!

Congratulations to Terry Hock and Nicholas Potts at EOL, (Earth Observatory Laboratory).  On June 28, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued "AVAPS" as a registered trademark.  The trademark is registered in international class 009: as an atmospheric instrument, that measures vertical profiles of ambient temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and wind direction.  Registration No. 4,986,828.

To view other UCAR trademarks click here:


Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Friday, August 26, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016