Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Title: Building Convection from the Ground Up

Speaker: Ahmed Tawfik, NCAR

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

This talk explores how convection initiates and grows with emphasis on the role of the land surface. There are two processes that will be specifically outlined, the effects of surface energy partitioning on convective initiation and the impact of land use/land cover change on convection. This will be viewed through the lens of three levels of model complexity: 1) single-column models, 2) large-eddy simulations and mesoscale models, and 3) Earth Systems Models. The shortcomings and advantages of each technique will be discussed. Beyond the particular shortcomings this talk will attempt to map what is actually being represented in terms of physical processes for each modeling strategy. Using the single column approach I will show how convective onset time shifts given drier and wetter than normal surface conditions. Unlike typical single-column studies the effects of synoptic scale vertical velocity will also be considered. A strategy for including moving clouds produced by local initiation will also be discussed.

Posted by Barbara Middlebrook at ext. 1366,

Tuesday, September 26, 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.

An Architectural Masterpiece: The National Center for Atmospheric Research
Editor: Warner
Publisher: NCAR
Location: FL and ML Libraries
Call Number: NA6751 .A673 2017

Being The Change
Author: Kalmus
Publisher: New Society
Location: ML Library
Call Number: GE196 .K35 2017

Extreme Weather
Editor: Doe
Publisher: Wiley
Location: ML Library
Call Number: GB5008 .G69 E97 2016

Python 3 Standard Library by Example
Author: Hellmann
Publisher: Pearson
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA76.73 .P98 H47 2017

Terraform Up & Running
Author: Brikman
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TK5105.5 .B75 2017

Weather in the Courtroom
Author: Haggard
Publisher: AMS
Location: ML Library
Call Number: HV6030 .H34 2016

Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities
Editors: Maheshwari et. al.
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: HT166 .B35 2016

Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights
Author: Windridge
Publisher: Collins
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QC972.5 .B6 W56 2016

Chaos in Hydrology
Author: Sivakumar
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: GB656.2 .M33 S58 2017

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Monday, October 2, 2017

Mark your calendars for UCAR's 2017 Free Onsite Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics, offered through Passport Health. This event is open to UCAR employees, their spouses/partners and dependent (adult) children 18-26 years of age and retirees. For dependent children under 18 years of age, please consult their healthcare provider(s) for these services.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are free to eligible participants. For questions on whether the vaccine is appropriate for you or a family member, please contact your healthcare provider.   Please note that Flumist is not available for the 2017-2018 flu season.  The traditional trivalent flu vaccine will be available onsite this year.  It offers protection against three flu viruses that are expected to circulate throughout the flu season.

2017 Onsite/Walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinics Schedule (No registration or vouchers required): 

  • NWSC – Main Conference Room     Wednesday, October 11, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
  • FL2-1003                                     Thursday, October 12,  9:00-11:30 am
  • CG1-2503                                    Thursday, October 19,  9:00-11:30 am
  • RAF/RMAA – Conference Room       Thursday, October 26, 10-11:30 am
  • ML – Director’s Conference Room    Thursday, November 2, 9:00-11:30 am

Vouchers: Eligible participants who cannot attend any of the on-site clinics can schedule an appointment for the seasonal flu vaccination at any of the Passport Health Facilities listed below.  UCAR employees visiting the Boulder Passport Health location must show their employee ID/access card.  No voucher is needed for the Boulder Passport Health location. Vouchers are required for all other eligible participants and for everyone visiting any other Passport Health location listed below. Vouchers are ONLY valid at these select Passport Health locations and can be redeemed any time between October 1 - December 31, 2017 (or while supplies last).  For more information or to request a voucher, contact Laurie Carr, x8702.

Please visit this link to view other available Passport Health facilities.

If there is not a scheduled event in your area OR you miss the scheduled Flu Shot Event in your location and there is no local Passport Health location, flu vaccines are available through all UCAR health insurance plans as preventive care and paid at 100%.

This event is offered as a service and participation is voluntary. UCAR does not endorse or recommend any product or service associated with this event.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

Heads Up Announcement – Printing Services

Procurement staff have been working with labs/programs to transition the Non-Encumbered Blanket Purchase Orders (NBPOs).  This transition will be complete by September 30.

As part of that transition, pricing agreements have been set up with the approved printers including Eight Days a Week, Colt Print Services, and FedEx Office.

Instructions on how to purchase from these approved printers can be found on the Contracts website under Procurement / Commodities / Printing Services at:  You will need to login with your UCAS password to access this page.

Contact info for the approved printers can be found on the Contracts website under Procurement / Commodities / Printing Services / Approved Printers at:  You will also need to login with your UCAR password to access this page.

If you have questions about this, please contact the Contract Administrator on the Procurement team that is assigned to your lab/program for assistance.

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

Please join SciEd as we say farewell to Teri Eastburn after almost 16 years of dedicated service to UCAR and NCAR in education and outreach. Most recently, Teri led the development of UCARConnect. Prior to that, Teri led our school and public programs from the Mesa Lab for many years. We hope to see you in the Mesa Lab Damon Room on Wednesday, September 27, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. as we thank Teri for sharing the wonder of science with the public.

Posted by Karen Smith-Herman at ext. 2590,

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Metrics Helpful Hint:

When entering data in the Metrics Database (, take a moment to make sure you aren't duplicating an entry. From the home page:

  • Click on Enter Your Metrics 
  • Click on Add to open the form for the metrics category
  • Enter your name
  • Check at the top of the page for any results already entered for your name to make sure you aren't double entering
  • If it is an ongoing activity be sure to check the dates and update the information that changed by clicking on Edit.

Please work with your team to enter your FY 2017 (Oct 1, 2016 - Sept 30, 2017) metrics into the Metrics Database ( by Friday, Oct. 27. This will ensure that your Staff Directory metrics and individual Activity Reports are current and our year-end reporting to NSF is accurate.

Need help?  Check out the Learn in a Minute Videos - The Metrics Database Series

Click on the link to Videos in the navigation near the top of the page in the database or go directly to the video by clicking on the title below:

Metrics Database 101

Data Entry

Metrics Dashboard

Activity Report

Metrics in the Staff Directory

Call or email Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101, or your Metrics Maven if you have any questions.  

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Mesa Lab semi-annual building maintenance shutdown is scheduled for Saturday, 14 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,

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017

We know that it can be a hassle to bring your bike into the shop for a tune-up, so we're bringing the mechanic to you! Sign up here to get your bike tuned right outside your office on Wednesday, October 4th.

The tune-ups are discounted at $49.95 per bike, and include the following:
-Adjust Front & Rear Derailleurs
-Adjust Front & Rear Brakes
-Adjust Hubs & Headset
-True Wheels
-Lube Cables and Pivot Points
-Lubricate Chain
-Inspect & Inflate Tires to Proper Levels
-Adjust Bottom Bracket
-Check & Tighten Attachments
-One Free Tube!

There are only 15 slots available, so sign up today to guarantee your spot. 

When: Wednesday, October 4th, 8:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $49.95 (All methods of payment are accepted & payment will be taken at the time of your tune-up)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sustainability at ext.8549 or ext.8625. 

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work put in by the Concur Coaches.  These 25 Individuals went to all the training sessions, helped the development team work out bugs and were the front line during the rollout of the new system.  The adoption of the new travel system would not have been successful without their time, dedication and commitment to their fellow peers. Please take a moment and recognize your Concur Coaches for their fabulous job! The Coaches are:

ACOM - Bonnie Slagel & Caitlyn Quinn
CGD - Barbara Ballard & Teresa Foster
CISL - Michelle Patton
COSMIC - Ayesha Summers & Becky Cotter
CPAESS - Kendra Greb
EOL - Erin Fundalinski, Patti Kidd & Tammy Kepple
F&A - Bridget August (Treasury & Finance) & Christy Zwingle (Contracts)
HAO - Amy Knack, Sheryl Shapiro & Wendy Hawkins
HR - Martha Jones
NCAR Library - Pat Steinkamp
MMM - Yemaya Thayer
RAL - Karen Griggs & Rhonda Moore
SciEd - Karen Herman
UCAR Pres - Peggy Stevens
UCP Directorate - Ellen Thomas
Unidata - Inken Purvis

Posted by Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101,

Friday, September 22, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017