Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Title: Gordian Knots of Prevision: The lessons of history

Speaker: James Fleming, Colby College

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Atmospheric researchers have long attempted to untie the Gordian Knot of meteorology—that intractable and intertwined tangle of observational imprecision, theoretical uncertainties, and non-linear influences—that, if unraveled, would provide perfect prevision of the weather for ten days, of seasonal conditions for next year, and of climatic conditions for a decade, a century, a millennium, or longer. This presentation, based on Inventing Atmospheric Science (M.I.T. Press, 2016), examines the work of three interconnected generations of scientists (Vilhelm Bjerknes, C.-G. Rossby, Harry Wexler) and the influence of three families of transformative technologies (radio, aerospace, nuclear) in the first six decades of the twentieth century, from the dawn of applied fluid dynamics to the emergence, by 1960, of the interdisciplinary atmospheric sciences and the new Gordian Knot of chaos.

Posted by Barbara Middlebrook at ext. 1366,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The telephone and voicemail system web page access have been updated to use CIT authentication today, which is the same password you use for timecard.

NOTE:  The passwords you use through the telephone keypad (TUI) to access your voicemail messages will not change.

This represents another step at UCAR to minimize the number of passwords and reduce staff frustration with entering multiple passwords over the course of a day’s work.

If you have issues accessing these web pages, please submit  a ticket in Extraview.  The request should be problem classification “Phone Change/Install/Problem/Phonemail

Other information about the phone system and voicemail can be found at

Posted by Teresa Shibao at ext. 8510,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FMS&S will be repairing and replacing the asphalt parking surfaces at the Center Green Campus beginning October 18. Construction will be completed in five (5) phases to allow parking access to other areas of the parking lot during the project. 

Project Phasing

Phase 1:  Replacement of the asphalt Parking Lot at CG2.
Phase 2a:  Repairs to the West portion of the concrete parking lot (closest to the railroad tracks). 
Phase 2b:  Repairs to a portion of the concrete parking lot located in front of Logistics in CG3.
Phase 2c:  Repairs to a portion of the concrete parking lot located between CG1 & CG2 (Main Drive).
Phase 2d:  Repairs to the main driveway leading into the CG1 parking structure.  The parking structure will be closed on a Friday and reopened the following Monday morning.

Please click on the <Site Map> that indicates construction phasing.


The entire project is expected to take six weeks to complete.  Phase 1 and 2a of the project are  scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 18th (after 10:00 a.m.).  All construction schedules are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. Because of this, subsequent scheduling information will be posted on Staff Notes prior to the start of each phase. 

Other Considerations

  • Please obey all traffic control personnel, signs and barriers and exercise additional caution. 
  • Staff will notice some construction noise and minimal vibration during construction activities.  
  • Since parking will be restricted during each phase of the project, we are encouraging staff to use UCAR’s shuttle services whenever possible.
  • The basement level of the parking structure routinely has open parking spaces available.  We encourage staff to use these during construction.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact FMS&S Project Manager Brad Pattison at ext. 2403 or email

Posted by Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Monday, October 16, 2017 to Tuesday, October 17, 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): 

  • 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,

Monday, October 16, 2017 to Friday, October 27, 2017

Join the UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd) for our Spectacular Super Science Saturday Event on Nov. 4th! This year's theme is "Wild Weather".

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public, providing general information and engaging the public in simple science education activities. Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us at this amazing event:

Posted by Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Monday, October 16, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Annual Holiday Market is on Friday, November 17th and we have 9 more spots available for vendors.

Vendors are being reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Please RSVP a table as soon as possible.

If you want more information about becoming a vendor, please contact Toni Wallace,

General Event Information:
Date: Friday, November 17th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: CG1 Building, South, Center, and North Auditoriums

The EAC looks forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Saturday, November 18, 2017

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, October 6, 2017 at this location:

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, October 9, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017

Effective Monday, October 9, off-peak shuttle service will be reduced from every 30 minutes to hourly between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. During these off-peak times, shuttles will depart Foothills on the hour, and the Mesa Lab on the half hour.

Shuttle service during peak hours, 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., remains unaffected by this change.

Shuttle users are encouraged to download the Shuttle Tracker App to monitor current shuttle locations.

FLA’s Black Bag service will reduce from 11 to 5 stops daily. Black Bag service at Mesa Lab and Foothills Lab will be hourly during off-peak hours (10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), the same as the shuttle service. Black Bag services at CG will remain unchanged with 3 stops per day.

In addition, UCAR will be terminating the leases on two GSA vehicles. Four vehicles remain available to staff for short-term use.

Posted by Jean Hancock at ext. 8504,

Monday, October 9, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 2017

Essential People Management 

UCAR Human Resources is excited to announce a new best practices one-day training program and cohort project for all managers and supervisors. Essential People Management will run quarterly (every January, April, July, and October).

Program Purpose:
Through each quarterly cohort, supervisors will learn current best practices, including:

·      Defining Leadership and Management

·      How to Get Things Done

·      Legal Implications of Managing

·      Managing Diversity in the Workplace & Unconscious Bias

·      How to Communicate Effectively

·      Creating a Cohort Development Project

First Training Date: Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (lunch provided)

Location: CG1 3131

*Future dates are provided in Connect via EOD Training Catalog as well.

Please register as soon as possible. Each session allows 25 participants maximum and spots will go quickly.

Registration Instructions:
Managers and Supervisors can register with their manager’s approval.

REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select "EOD Training Catalog" and register.

If you have questions, please contact: Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Thursday, October 5, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Software Carpentry instructor training offered through SEA.

Thanks to the UCAR Software Engineering Assembly’s partnership with Software Carpentry, UCAR and NCAR personnel can take advantage of some great instructor training to “teach teachers how to teach better.” Up to six people can sign up as a group to become certified Carpentries instructors. All of the instructor training events are offered online.

See for further details and contact Davide Del Vento if you are interested in attending.

Posted by Davide DelVento at ext. 1233,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017