Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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

This event of possible interest to staff is being posted on behalf of IEEE

26th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines 

(FCCM 2018)
April 29 – May 1, 2018
Boulder, CO, USA

Call for Participation

The IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM) is the original and premier forum for presenting and discussing new research related to computing that exploits the unique features and capabilities of FPGAs and other reconfigurable hardware.

For 25 years, FCCM has been the place to present papers on architectures, tools, and programming models for field-programmable custom computing machines and applications that use such systems.
This year’s site is in Boulder, CO, at the Hotel Boulderado.

More information:

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Thursday, March 29, 2018 to Tuesday, May 1, 2018

March 04, 2018 - April 28, 2018

Large Format Fine Art Prints from Paper Collage by Kimberly McClintock

Each of Kimberly McClintock’s prints begins as a tiny 2 to 4 inch square collage, assembled from original children’s book illustrations, postcards, maps, advertisements, found paper artifacts and other documents. Once finished, the collage is scanned at high resolution, color corrected, and archivally printed at twenty to thirty times its original size. A poet for over thirty years, Ms. McClintock considers her visual art a translation into the visual domain, using the same principles of contrast, association, and juxtaposition that are at work in poetry. Kimberly McClintock grew up in southern New Jersey. For the last twenty years, she has made her home in Colorado’s Front Range.

Photography by Vandy Vandervort

“Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (homage to Gene R.)” is a collection of international travel portraits taken by photographer Vandy Vandervort. Vandy reaches beyond the static in her photographic endeavors, exploring filter apps to enhance her images. Her work is inspired by her travels across all 7 continents. Vandy is a Colorado native and a retired fine arts teacher.

Art Reception: Saturday April 7th from 3:00 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 UCAR Community Art Calendar

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, March 5, 2018 to Saturday, April 28, 2018