Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Celebrate the achievements of the Boulder Solar Alliance and listen to talks from member scientists about Sun-Earth connections, space weather forecasting and strategy, and upper atmosphere models. Speakers from NCAR, CU Boulder, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, National Solar Observatory, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Today in the Center Green 1 Auditorium, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For a detailed agenda, see: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/HAO-75th-anniversary

For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679, jeffs@ucar.edu

Wed, 09/02/2015

NCAR computational scientists are encouraged to submit requests for the Fall round of NCAR Strategic Capability (NSC) allocations to run on the Yellowstone system. The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2015.

NSC project allocations target large-scale activities that directly relate to one or more specific priorities in the new NCAR strategic plan. Requests that address the grand challenges in the Path Forward, including the development of global models with limited-area higher-resolution grids and the use of data assimilation techniques and statistics with model development and verification, are especially encouraged.

NSC projects must be technically ready to begin production runs starting November 1, 2015, and should be completed within 12 months. NSC projects requiring more than one year’s allocation must submit continuation requests each year to report progress toward the project’s objectives. An estimated 40 million core-hours will be available for the Fall 2015 projects.

For more information and how to apply, see the NSC allocations documentation at http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations/ncar/nsc.

Because of the competitive nature of these allocations, labs may have chosen to coordinate submissions from each lab. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact their lab's allocation representative prior to submitting a request.

Please send any questions to alloc@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact David Hart at ext. 1234, dhart@ucar.edu

Wed, 09/02/2015

Not Finding What You Are Looking For At The Library?

When you need articles, books, or other items not in the NCAR Library’s collection to conduct your research, our interlibrary loan (ILL) service will get them for you. Most items can be obtained within a few days. Fill out the “Request-It” web form on the library’s home page:

http://library.ucar.edu/form/request-it-interlibrary-loan-form

or send an email to:

ncarill@ucar.edu

Journal articles and similar documents will likely arrive on your desktop as PDF files. Books will be borrowed from other libraries and sent to you via interoffice mail. If you have special delivery instructions, please specify them when ordering.

For more information, contact NCAR Library Interlibrary Loan at ext. 1178, ncarill@ucar.edu

Wed, 09/02/2015

UNEION (UCAR|NCAR Equity and InclusiON) Training Series

Join a cohort of your colleagues from across NCAR|UCAR to read, learn and talk about topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. This 4-part program is offered as an introduction to the ways in which gender and race can affect our experiences in society and the workplace, and offers practical tools for intervening in problematic situations. Each session will focus on a different topic, with some required readings and videos (about 1-2 hours' worth) before each session. Sessions will include a combination of hands-on activities and discussion about the readings and their relevance to the group's experiences.

Because the subject matter builds on each session and we are creating a community, you must be able to attend ALL FOUR sessions.

Session Topics and Schedule:

Session 1: Friday, October 2, 1-2:30, ML Fleischmann Bldg Board Room
Our place in society: Unconscious bias, and an introduction to the idea of privilege and the many different types (e.g. gender, race, socioeconomic status, heterosexism)

Session 2: Monday, October 19, 1:30-3:00, CG 1214 North Auditorium
Gender: how people identify their gender, how gender can affect workplace experience, and sexual harassment

Session 3: Thursday, November 19, 1-2:30, ML Fleischmann Bldg Board Room
Race: the idea of race as a social construct, microaggressions, the effect of society's attitudes towards race, and people of color's workplace experiences

Session 4: Thursday, December 10, 1-2:30, ML Fleischmann Bldg Board Room
Putting it into practice: hands-on training in "bystander intervention," or tools for how to interrupt a problematic situation and stand up for colleagues and friends in the moment.

Register: EOD Training Catalog: https://eod.ucar.edu/

(UCAS login>EOD Training Catalog>Search: UNEION>Details>Enroll).

Once registered, be sure to make session dates on your calendars.

Contact: Carolyn Brinkworth, carolyn@ucar.edu, x1137

For more information, contact Marissa Miller at ext. 1108, marissa@ucar.edu

Wed, 09/02/2015

Late summer and early fall bring more opportunities for wildlife viewing.  Usually we observe the deer, bear, mountain lions, foxes, coyotes, rodents, snakes, bats and birds from a distance.  On rare occasions we have the opportunity to see them at closer range.  If you see wildlife near, or in our buildings, please report the sighting to security by calling x1139.  Security, Maintenance staff, Boulder Animal Control and Mountain Parks and Open Space Rangers work together to manage wildlife issues.

This time of year we may begin to see bear scrounging for extra calories in advance of hibernation, foxes and coyote searching for food and snakes hunting rodents or just sunning on the rocks.  Soon the deer will be in rut and become more aggressive. 

On rare occasions, snakes have been known to enter the building from the basement levels in search of those rodents.  Keep your distance from all wildlife and report unusual or aggressive behavior to Security x1139.

Wasps and bats can be more active and sometimes aggressive in the autumn months.

Wasps' nests in or on UCAR property should be reported to security x1139 or maintenance x1120

Bats found inside any UCAR facility should be reported to security x1139 or maintenance x1120. Do not disturb or touch any bat.

These wildlife species are sharing their habitat with us.  Let’s avoid causing trouble for them by remaining observant, watching from a distance, keeping trash secured from the bears and reporting unusual behavior.

For more information, please visit our website:

https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/fms/articles/2014/09/urban-wildlife-ucar-campuses

For more information, contact Christy Fletcher at ext. 8557, cfletche@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

Super Science Saturday is NCAR's largest public event and is designed to increase public science literacy by bringing kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, learn about science, and highlight the exciting scientific research happening in Boulder and the surrounding communities!

This year's theme is "LIGHT" in conjunction with the 2015 International Year of Light!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables

  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics

  • Science Shows

  • Weather Balloon Launches

  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos

  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public and providing general information, engaging the public in simple science education activities, or assisting our Science Wizards.

Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us by Monday, October 5, 2015:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

UCAR Human Resources is pleased to announce the premiere session of our new Retirement Transition Planning Service. We have partnered with the IMPACT Group, the nation’s leading career management firm, to conduct a retirement workshop, designed to help you plan for the non-financial aspects of retirement.

Open to anyone considering retirement, this expert-led workshop will cover important aspects of retirement impacting your life.

The workshop is divided over two consecutive Saturday mornings, September 12 and September 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The September 12 session is designed for the participation of the employee only.  The September 19 session is a continuation of materials covered in the first session and is designed for the participation of the employee and a guest (ideally a spouse or partner).

Both sessions will be held in Center Green 1.  Employees located outside of Boulder are invited to participate via web conference.

Contact Laurie Carr, x8702 or lcarr@ucar.edu to reserve your spot today.

For additional information about the workshop, including topics to be covered, please access the link below.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

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 ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505.

Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun
Author: Eric Priest
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Location: FL & CG Libraries
Call Number: QB524 .P75 2014

2014 Japanese Progress in Climatology
Dr. Norihito Sato, Chief Editor
Publisher: Department of Geography, Hosei University
Location: ML Reports
Call Number: 102142

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

There were 18 articles by NCAR/UCAR staff recently added to OpenSky and published between August 1 and August 15, 2015:

Brunner, D., N. Savage, O. Jorba, B. Eder, L. Giordano, A. Badia, A. Balzarini, R. Baró, R. Bianconi, C. Chemel, G. Curci, R. Forkel, P. Jiménez-Guerrero, M. Hirtl, A. Hodzic, L. Honzak, U. Im, C. Knote, P. Makar, A. Manders-Groot, E. van Meijgaard, L. Neal, J.L. Pérez, G. Pirovano, R. San Jose, W. Schröder, R.S. Sokhi, D. Syrakov, A. Torian, P. Tuccella, J. Werhahn, R. Wolke, K. Yahya, R. Zabkar, Y. Zhang, C. Hogrefe, and S. Galmarini, 2015: Comparative analysis of meteorological performance of coupled chemistry-meteorology models in the context of AQMEII phase 2. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 470-498, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.12.032 | OpenSky

Campbell, P., Y. Zhang, K. Yahya, K. Wang, C. Hogrefe, G. Pouliot, C. Knote, A. Hodzic, R. San Jose, J.L. Perez, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, R. Baro, and P. Makar, 2015: A multi-model assessment for the 2006 and 2010 simulations under the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) phase 2 over North America: Part I. Indicators of the sensitivity of O3 and PM2.5 formation regimes. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 569-586, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.12.026 | OpenSky

Curci, G., C. Hogrefe, R. Bianconi, U. Im, A. Balzarini, R. Baro, D. Brunner, R. Forkel, L. Giordano, M. Hirtl, L. Honzak, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, C. Knote, M. Langer, P.A. Makar, G. Pirovano, J.L. Perez, R. San Jose, D. Syrakov, P. Tuccella, J. Werhahn, R. Wolke, R. Zabkar, J. Zhang, and S. Galmarini, 2015: Uncertainties of simulated aerosol optical properties induced by assumptions on aerosol physical and chemical properties: An AQMEII-2 perspective. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 541-552, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.09.009 | OpenSky

Giordano, L., D. Brunner, J. Flemming, C. Hogrefe, U. Im, R. Bianconi, A. Badia, A. Balzarini, R. Baro, C. Chemel, G. Curci, R. Forkel, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, M. Hirtl, A. Hodzic, L. Honzak, O. Jorba, C. Knote, J.J. Kuenen, P.A. Makar, A. Manders-Groot, L. Neal, J.L. Perez, G. Pirovano, G. Pouliot, R. San Jose, N. Savage, W. Schroder, R.S. Sokhi, D. Syrakov, A. Torian, P. Tuccella, J. Werhahn, R. Wolke, K. Yahya, R. Zabkar, Y. Zhang, and S. Galmarini, 2015: Assessment of the MACC reanalysis and its influence as chemical boundary conditions for regional air quality modeling in AQMEII-2. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 371-388, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.02.034 | OpenSky

Haacker-Santos, R., 2015: From recruitment to retention. Nature Geoscience, 8, 577-578, DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2501 | OpenSky

Helmig, D., M. Munoz, J. Hueber, C. Mazzoleni, L. Mazzoleni, R.C. Owen, M. Val-Martin, P. Fialho, C. Plass-Duelmer, P.I. Palmer, A.C. Lewis, and G. Pfister, 2015: Climatology and atmospheric chemistry of the non-methane hydrocarbons ethane and propane over the North Atlantic. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 3, 000054, DOI: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000054 | OpenSky

Im, U., R. Bianconi, E. Solazzo, I. Kioutsioukis, A. Badia, A. Balzarini, R. Baro, R. Bellasio, D. Brunner, C. Chemel, G. Curci, H. Denier van der Gon, J. Flemming, R. Forkel, L. Giordano, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, M. Hirtl, A. Hodzic, L. Honzak, O. Jorba, C. Knote, P.A. Makar, A. Manders-Groot, L. Neal, J.L. Perez, G. Pirovano, G. Pouliot, R. San Jose, N. Savage, W. Schroder, and R.S. Sokhi, 2015: Evaluation of operational online-coupled regional air quality models over Europe and North America in the context of AQMEII phase 2. Part II: Particulate matter. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 421-441, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.08.072 | OpenSky

Im, U., R. Bianconi, E. Solazzo, I. Kioutsioukis, A. Badia, A. Balzarini, R. Baro, R. Bellasio, D. Brunner, C. Chemel, G. Curci, J. Flemming, R. Forkel, L. Giordano, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, M. Hirtl, A. Hodzic, L. Honzak, O. Jorba, C. Knote, J.J. Kuenen, P.A. Makar, A. Manders-Groot, L. Neal, J.L. Perez, G. Pirovano, G. Pouliot, R. San Jose, N. Savage, W. Schroder, R.S. Sokhi, and D. Syrakov, 2015: Evaluation of operational on-line-coupled regional air quality models over Europe and North America in the context of AQMEII phase 2. Part I: Ozone. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 404-420, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.09.042 | OpenSky

Kim, J., and S.-W. Son, 2015: Formation and maintenance of the tropical cold-point tropopause in a dry dynamic-core GCM. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 72, 3097-3115, DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-14-0338.1 | OpenSky

Knote, C., P. Tuccella, G. Curci, L. Emmons, J.J. Orlando, S. Madronich, R. Baro, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, D. Luecken, C. Hogrefe, R. Forkel, J. Werhahn, M. Hirtl, J.L. Perez, R. San Jose, L. Giordano, D. Brunner, K. Yahya, and Y. Zhang, 2015: Influence of the choice of gas-phase mechanism on predictions of key gaseous pollutants during the AQMEII phase-2 intercomparison. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 553-568, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.11.066 | OpenSky

Kumar, R., M. C. Barth, G. G. Pfister, V. S. Nair, S. D. Ghude, and N. Ojha, 2015: What controls the seasonal cycle of black carbon aerosols in India? Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 120, 7788-7812, DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023298 | OpenSky

Lehner, F., and T.F. Stocker, 2015: From local perception to global perspective. Nature Climate Change, 5, 731-734, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2660 | OpenSky

Parkinson, C.D., P. Gao, R. Schulte, S.W. Bougher, Y.L. Yung, C. Bardeen, V. Wilquet, A.C. Vandaele, A. Mahieux, S. Tellmann, and M. Pätzold, 2015: Distribution of sulphuric acid aerosols in the clouds and upper haze of Venus using Venus Express VAST and VeRa temperature profiles. Planetary and Space Science, 113-114, 205-218, DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2015.01.023 | OpenSky

Sobash, R., and L.J. Wicker, 2015: On the impact of additive noise in storm-scale EnKF experiments. Monthly Weather Review, 143, 3067-3086, DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-14-00323.1 | OpenSky

Timmermans, R.M., W.A. Lahoz, J.-L. Attié, V.-H. Peuch, R.L. Curier, D.P. Edwards, H.J. Eskes, and P.J. Builtjes, 2015: Observing System Simulation Experiments for air quality. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 199-213, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.05.032 | OpenSky

Trenberth, K.E., J.T. Fasullo, and T.G. Shepherd, 2015: Attribution of climate extreme events. Nature Climate Change, 5, 725-730, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2657 | OpenSky

Upchurch, G.R., J.T. Kiehl, C.A. Shields, J. Scherer, and C. Scotese, 2015: Latitudinal temperature gradients and high-latitude temperatures during the latest Cretaceous: Congruence of geologic data and climate models. Geology, 43, 683-686, DOI: 10.1130/G36802.1 | OpenSky

Wang, K., K. Yahya, Y. Zhang, C. Hogrefe, G. Pouliot, C. Knote, A. Hodzic, R. San Jose, J.L. Perez, P. Jimenez-Guerrero, R. Baro, P. Makar, and R. Bennartz, 2015: A multi-model assessment for the 2006 and 2010 simulations under the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) Phase 2 over North America: Part II. Evaluation of column variable predictions using satellite data. Atmospheric Environment, 115, 587-603, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.07.044 | OpenSky

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan at ext. 1180, flanagan@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for September 2015 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Foothills Lab 2, Room 1002. Thursday, September 10, 2015, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room 245. Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm

SIGN UP TODAY:

To schedule a counseling session, please 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.

For more information, contact Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706, irena@ucar.edu

Tue, 09/01/2015

EXPORT CONTROLS GENERAL SESSION
September 9, 2015
12:00-2:00 pm
FL2-Main Auditorium
Trainer: Don Fisher, Fisher & Assoc.

This general session is open to all UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff.  ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), EAR (Export Administration Regulations), OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), and general export controls laws and updated regulations will be reviewed in the context of a scientific research institution. In this session you will learn the answers to: 

1. Why is awareness so critical to federally-funded research institutions?
2. What are export controls? How do they work? How are they enforced? 
3. How do controls impact you as a PI (Principal Investigator), researcher or research administrator? 
4. How do you remain compliant while efficiently navigating these controls? 
5. What is the purpose and scope of OFAC Regulations?  

Open to all staff.  Completion of this session fulfills the requirement for initial and annual refresher export compliance training.

EXPORT CONTROLS FOR EOs, ECCs, PIs, DIRECTORS
September 9, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm
FL2-Main Auditorium
Trainer: Don Fisher, Fisher & Assoc.

This focused session is designed specifically for UCAR's EOs (Empowered Officials), ECCs (Export Compliance Coordinators), PIs (Principal Investigators) and Directors, and those tasked with direct responsibilities for providing guidance to others on UCAR's export compliance policies, processes and procedures.  ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), EAR (Export Administration Regulations), OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control), and general export controls laws and updated regulations will be reviewed in the context of a scientific research institution with in-depth focus on practical applications of export controls as they affect UCAR/NCAR/UCP. This includes outbound transfers of instruments, technology and software as well as foreign national access to these items when certain controls apply. In addition, you will learn the answers to: 

1. Why is awareness so critical to federally-funded research institutions? 
2. What are export controls? How do they work? How are they enforced? 
3. How do controls impact you as a PI, researcher or research administrator? 
4. How do you remain compliant while efficiently navigating these controls? 

Targeted for EOs, ECC, PIs, Directors and those tasked with direct responsibilities for providing guidance to others on UCAR's export controls policies, processes and procedures. Completion of this session fulfills the requirement for initial and annual refresher export compliance training.

Register @ EOD Training Catalog via Connect
(UCAS/timecard login>EOD Training Catalog>Search: Export Controls>Details for desired session>Enroll)

UCAR Export Compliance Website: http://president.ucar.edu/counsel/export-compliance

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8704, cherylc@ucar.edu

Mon, 08/31/2015

UCAR families can save 10% on tuition at KinderCare® Learning Centers, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs and participating CCLC® Child Care Centers across the U.S. From infant to school age, your child will receive outstanding care and proven, curriculum-based education from expert, caring teachers.  Learning and laughing, guaranteed.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Fri, 08/28/2015

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Tuesday,  September 8.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.
Appointments are available between 10:30 am and 1:20 pm.  The bus will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.  Please review the blood donation guidelines below.

For more information, contact Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/27/2015

Super Science Saturday is NCAR's largest public event and is designed to increase public science literacy by bringing kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, learn about science, and highlight the exciting scientific research happening in Boulder and the surrounding communities!

This year's theme is "LIGHT" in conjunction with the 2015 International Year of Light!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables

  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics

  • Science Shows

  • Weather Balloon Launches

  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos

  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public and providing general information, engaging the public in simple science education activities, or assisting our Science Wizards.

Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us by Monday, October 5, 2015:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/27/2015

On August 12, 2015, UCAR Policy 3.6: Access to and Use of Computer and Information Systems was modified in order to clarify who may authorize access to an individual’s email account and other UCAR information systems protected by individually-assigned passwords.  Here is the language that was added to the end of Policy 3-6:   

[E]xcept as described in the immediately following paragraph, access to and use of an individual’s email account and other UCAR information systems protected by individually-assigned passwords (“Individual Accounts”) should be limited to that individual. 

The supervisor of, or relevant lab/program director (division/department head) for, any former employee may authorize access to that former employee’s Individual Accounts in order to ensure business continuity.  Additionally, a member of UCAR President’s Council may, after consultation with UCAR legal counsel and without prior notice to the affected user, authorize access to any user's computer and information system(s) to ensure business continuity or to review the manner of their use in order to ensure compliance with this policy.

Please be reminded that the content of individual accounts, including Google Apps accounts are ultimately owned by UCAR, and users should have no expectation of privacy in UCAR communications and computer systems, including, but not limited to, electronic mail.

For more information, contact Sarah Pritchard at ext. 8564, sarahp@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/27/2015

You are invited to attend Human Resources' Open House from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, Sept 11 on the third floor of FLA. Please stop by during this meet and greet opportunity to enjoy some light breakfast fare, learn about our new structure, and share with us how we can best assist you in our various roles. All staff members are welcome. We look forward to connecting with you!

For more information, contact Michelle Havens at ext. 8711, mhavens@ucar.edu

Tue, 08/25/2015

ASP Faculty Fellowship Program now accepting applications 

The Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that its Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) is now accepting applications for visits that occur between 1 May 2016 and 31 May 2018. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR and enables NCAR scientific staff to spend a period of time in residence at U.S. universities.  

Application deadline: 31 October 2015

For more information, contact Paula Fisher at ext. 1328, paulad@ucar.edu

Tue, 08/25/2015

Tuesday, September 15, FL2 – 3107 at 2pm

Katherine Dickinson

In the face of the expanding wildfire hazard, the actions that homeowners take to reduce fire risk on private property are crucial. However, homeowners’ wildfire risk mitigation actions are interdependent: the risk that any individual faces is affected by the conditions on neighboring properties. Meanwhile, social norms provide another mechanism linking one’s own risk mitigation choice to neighbors’ choices. Households may be encouraged to undertake more mitigation when presented with social comparisons highlighting high levels of mitigation among neighbors. Our web-based survey of homeowners in fire-prone areas on Colorado’s Western Slope combines survey data on current knowledge, risk perceptions, and practices with choice experiments that vary 1) fuel conditions on neighbors’ property (i.e., neighbors’ risk levels), and 2) neighbors’ mitigation actions (i.e., social norms) in order to assess the impact of these factors on wildfire mitigation choices. Of particular interest are the interactive effects of these different factors. For example, if risk interdependency tends to lead to underinvestment in risk mitigation, can social norms help to overcome this problem and “tip” communities toward higher levels of protection? In this presentation I will describe the survey and experiment, and discuss initial findings from our data.

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751, zarlingo@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/20/2015

Super Science Saturday is NCAR's largest public event and is designed to increase public science literacy by bringing kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, learn about science, and highlight the exciting scientific research happening in Boulder and the surrounding communities!

This year's theme is "LIGHT" in conjunction with the 2015 International Year of Light!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables

  • Experiments from CSU's Little Shop of Physics

  • Science Shows

  • Weather Balloon Launches

  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos

  • NCAR Wizards Showcase

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public and providing general information, engaging the public in simple science education activities, or assisting our Science Wizards.

Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:

9:30 am – 12:00 pm
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us by Monday, October 5, 2015:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

 

For more information, contact Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

Wed, 08/19/2015

The nominations for the UCAR annual awards are due Friday, October 16, before the close of business. Please note that nominations must be submitted electronically to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, either on a flash drive or to the UCAR at CIT (U) drive. 

Please also note that only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates can submit nominations.

More information can be found at the “Request for 2015 Nominations” on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures. There are two classes of awards: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards. Categories for the latter award include:  Publication, Scientific and/or Technical Advancement, Administrative Achievement, Education and Outreach, Mentoring, and Diversity.  

A note on the Publications awards, the focus of which is "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences."   Five years is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year, i.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2010 for 2015's nominations.

In order to submit nominations which will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists:

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

These Checklists have been compiled by previous Awards Jury members in order to make the process more consistent and streamlined.

Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions. 

For more information, contact Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653, montgoms@ucar.edu

Mon, 08/17/2015

An Account Representative from Faison will be visiting on Wednesday, September 2 to provide a tutorial on Faison products/services, website and ordering procedures.  There will be three sessions held throughout the day at the following times/locations:

September 2, 2105

  • 9:00am – 10:00am Foothills Lab 2, Room 1001
  • 10:30am – 11:30am Foothills Lab 2, Room 1001
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Mesa Lab, Room 132

All employees that may be placing orders with Faison are strongly encouraged to attend one of the above sessions.  The presentations will highlight updates to the website and delivery processes in addition to the product and website demo.

For more information, please contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069 or justinl@ucar.edu.

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069, justinl@ucar.edu

Thu, 08/06/2015

Per the previous Heads Up announcement, Contracts issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit a vendor for the next office supply Non-Encumbered Blanket Purchase Order (NBPO).  This process is now complete.  Faison Office Products was the successful vendor in this RFP.  Thanks to all those who participated in the evaluation process!

If your lab/program wants to purchase office supplies through this NBPO, please submit a Purchase Requisition (PR) to Contracts at contract@ucar.edu.  The account key series for the lab/program should be used on the PR with the exception of account keys in 30xxxx, 31xxxx, or 32xxxx.  Also, the person(s) authorizing the PR must have at least $5,000 in signature authority for the account key series included on the PR.   Please utilize the NBPO Purchase Requisition form found on the Contracts webpage under Contract Forms.

Please submit the PRs for this NBPO to Contracts no later than Friday July 17, 2015. 

Please direct any questions regarding this NBPO or the ordering process to Justin Lee at justinl@ucar.edu or 303-497-2069

For more information, contact Justin Lee at ext. 2069, justinl@ucar.edu

Wed, 07/15/2015