Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

Please consider sharing news of this new session with colleagues in the community.

Late-Breaking Session on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the AGU fall meeting in New Orleans

Abstracts are now being accepted focusing on the events of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The first-author rule is relaxed for the late-breaking sessions; authors may submit another abstract to the late-breaking sessions even if they also submitted an abstract for the August deadline.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 October 2017, 11:59 ET


Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and universities are increasingly impacted by the rapidly evolving world of IT security, privacy and regulatory compliance. The Cybersecurity Partnership seeks to inform, clarify and initiate hands-on cooperation among the research community.

This event is highly recommended for security system administrators, principal investigators, proposal and budget administrators, project managers and staff working to support projects and proposals.

October 12 & 13, 2017

OBJECTIVES: Demystify Federal regulations and guidelines:

  • What is the Risk Management Framework and why should we care?
  • Does compliance equal security OR security equal compliance?
  • Is FISMA more than a “check box” exercise?
  • How can security training lead to measurable threat awareness?
  • Will revised Federal Acquisition Regulation impact my contracts?
  • How can budgets and proposals be managed for compliance?
  • How do we get started?
  • How do we factor costs into proposal budgets and justifications?
  • Is the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) applicable to research?
  • How can security and privacy controls be integrated into the user environment?
  • Will compliance impact awards and cash flow?

… and many more questions may need clarification

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Ronald Ross, NIST Fellow and Director FISMA Project
Mark Riddle, Senior Program Analyst NARA Information Security Oversight
To learn more:, or email:
To register:


Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

In four weeks, Friday, October 13th, before the close of business, nominations for the annual UCAR awards are due. Please submit them electronically to Judy Skidmore, either in a Google Drive folder or on a flash drive. When submitting nominations, please also send an email to Susan which includes the director submitting the nomination(s), the person(s) being nominated, and the award category.

More information can be found at the Request for 2017 Nominations on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures.

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. This past year’s jury suggested that those who are providing supporting documents and/or letters of support for nominations reference the appropriate Criteria Checklist. It may also be helpful to them to review the request for nominations noted above.

To see winners of past awards, go here.

Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors or designates can submit nominations. Categories for the Outstanding Accomplishment Awards include: Publication; Scientific and/or Technical Advancement; Administrative Achievement; Education and Outreach; Mentoring; and, Diversity.  

Thank you.

For more information, contact Judy Skidmore, ext. 1658,

Posted by Judy Skidmore at ext. 1658,

Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017

Extreme ocean waves and climate change in the Gulf of Mexico

Dr. Christian M. Appendini  | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Campus Sisal - Yucatan, Institute of Engineering

Most extreme waves in the Gulf of Mexico result from either tropical cyclones or anticyclone systems known as Nortes. Waves from tropical cyclones sometimes have devastating consequences but a low rate of occurrence, while Nortes frequently occur during autumn/winter and generate waves that disrupt maritime activities. While current planning practices for maritime operations and marine infrastructure design standards are based on historical data, climate change will likely affect such conditions during the coming years and into the 22nd century. Most projections of General Circulation Models significantly underestimate the maximum wind speeds of tropical cyclones. Meanwhile, the short historical record and low frequency of tropical cyclones pose additional hindrances to the estimation of true return rates. This work analyzes waves from tropical cyclones based on synthetic events to overcome these limitations. The effect of climate change on structure design is illustrated by the 100-year return periods for the present and the future climates. For the Norte-driven waves, a method to identify events is presented, as well as a classification of events based on wave power. The assessment of the effects of climate change on the Norte-driven waves is accomplished by evaluating the change of frequency for the different types of Nortes. In conclusion, the study shows that the extreme wave climate in the Gulf of Mexico due to climate change is expected to be characterized by an intensification of the waves generated by tropical cyclones, a lower occurrence of intense events generated by Nortes, and an increased occurrence of mild Norte events. As such, the design of maritime structures should consider an intensification of the design waves, due to tropical cyclones, and the operational design maritime structures should consider a lower occurrence of extreme events as a result of Nortes.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 to Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Front Range Contemporary Quilters Exhibition: Diversity

September 1, 2017 – October 27, 2017

Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ) is dedicated to expanding the boundaries and expressions of the art quilt well beyond traditional quilting roots. Together they exchange ideas, methods, techniques and skills, but they especially strive to inspire and support one another to extend their horizons in transforming fabric and fibers into exquisite art that touches both the artists and those who view their work.

Diversity is their latest exhibit, featuring 51 works by 33 different artists, inspired by Maya Angelou’s vision: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

The Front Range Contemporary Quilters group exhibition will be on display in UCAR Gallery l & Gallery ll of the NAtional Center for Atmosphereic Research (NCAR) September 1, 2017 to October 27, 2017. Opening art reception Friday September 1st from 5-7:00 pm in the ML cafeteria. 

Preview all artists work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar 

Contact: Audrey Lewis (303) 497-2570, Email:

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Friday, September 1, 2017 to Friday, October 27, 2017

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions for September 2017 have been scheduled: 

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Mesa Lab
Chapman Room 245
Click here to set up an appointment with Julie Marshall 09/07 @ UCAR

Friday, September 15, 2017
Room 1002
Click here to set up an appointment with Julie Marshall 09/15 @ UCAR

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Conference Room
Click here to schedule an appointment with Julie Marshall 09/21 @ UCAR Broomfield


To schedule a counseling session: Click sbove to schedule an appointment with TIAA 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, August 25, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

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 KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR, 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 KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR to partake! 

Mark your calendars for future dates:   Friday,October 13 & 27; November 10: December 1 & 15

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,

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017