Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Overview of the DoD HPCMP, PETTT, Select Projects, and Upcoming Interests
Sean Ziegeler
Engility Corporation

The DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) provides HPC capability to DoD scientists and engineers.  Within the HPCMP, the Productivity Enhancement, Technology Transfer and Training (PETTT) program assists DoD HPC users in optimally utilizing HPCMP resources.  An overview of the HPCMP and PETTT will be provided, along with a synopsis of current HPC projects and anticipated areas of interest for future collaborations.  Such areas can include profiling methods and tools, performance optimization, programming for next-generation architectures, parallel I/O, multi-scale modeling, data science and analytics, and visualization, among others.


Sean Ziegeler coordinates DoD HPC computational scientists at Navy locations in the continental U.S. and leads members of the PETTT program's Advanced Computational Environments (ACE) technology area.  He also provides technical guidance to DoD HPC users and HPC center staff in the areas of parallel I/O, performance optimization, performance profiling, visualization and analysis, emerging computational technology, and general parallel computing.  Sean has been involved with the DoD HPCMP in various capacities for over 20 years and joined a predecessor of Engility as a contractor for the HPCMP in 2006.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
2:00pm - Mesa Lab, Vislab Room


Posted by Silvia Gentile at ext. 2480,

Friday, July 29, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 2016
It's Time to Bid Wendy Abshire, Bon Voyage - August 4, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, CG1 Atrium
Please join us for a reception to celebrate the culmination of Wendy Abshire's 33 years of UCAR service-- 26 of which have been a part of UCP's COMET Program. Wendy has accepted a new position as the next director of the American Meteorological Society Education Program beginning in September, 2016.
Having first joined NCAR as a Student Assistant in the Field Observing Facility at the age of 19, Wendy has had too many amazing career opportunities to recount! She is a three-time nominee for UCAR Outstanding Achievement Awards covering Publications (1987), Technology Advancement (1992), and Education (1996). She had the honor to work in many capacities, including service on the Employee Activities Committee, the UOP Divisional Equity Committee, the Web Outreach and Design Committee, and the President's Advisory Committee on University Relations, to mention a few. She was especially honored to be a graduate of the UCAR Leadership Academy in 2004 and became an AMS Fellow in 2009. For the past 11 years, Wendy has been a member of COMET's senior management team and has worked to meet the training needs of numerous sponsoring agencies primarily focusing on NOAA's NWS and NESDIS, the Meteorological Service of Canada, and more recently, the Bureau of Reclamation and the USACE.
From participating in ground-breaking field studies which included storm chasing in a purple Ford Pinto, to joining the brand new experimental COMET Program in 1990, to performing in lip synch contests as both Barbie and Albert Einstein, and having most recently served as one of UCAR's founding ombudspersons, Wendy has been an integral part of UCAR for over three decades. She is eager to swap stories and memories with colleagues and friends during the reception. Please join us in wishing her well in her new role.

Posted by Hildy Kane at ext. 8306,

Friday, July 29, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
10am - 11am
FL 2 - Room 1001

Doug Olsen and Mark Askelson - University of North Dakota

Unmanned Aerial Systems at UND:

Center of Excellens, FAA Test Site and Atmospheric Research

The University of North Dakota (UND), home to the pre-eminent collegiate aviation program in the country, is a national leading institution for research, education, and training in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  UND’s UAS Center of Excellence has been on the forefront of UAS research for both integration into the National Airspace System (NAS) and for scientific and commercial applications of UAS.  Integration into the NAS research is focused on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) topics, and has included Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA), Airborne Sense and Avoid (ABSAA), and Command/Control (C2) systems.  UND is a core member of the FAA’s designated research UAS Center of Excellence, the ASSURE program (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence).  UND is also a key partner in one of the six national test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for UAS flight testing, the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NP UAS TS), and is the host organization for NP UAS TS flight operations.  In addition, research applications of UAS at UND range from atmospheric research and other science investigations to UAS training systems to powerline and infrastructure inspections, as well as collaborative initiatives in agriculture and ecosystem remote sensing.

Posted by Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Thursday, July 28, 2016 to Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Register for this course today: Assertiveness Training for Support Staff

Date: 8/16/16

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: FL2-1003


Would you like to increase your professional effectiveness? Would you personally benefit from increased cooperation within your team or department? Do you ever struggle to get your ideas or concerns heard? Assertive communication skills can provide the tools you need to be able to say what you need to say in a way that it can be heard.

This powerful program will focus on examining three different styles of communication and the costs, benefits, and appropriate applications of those styles. You will leave with concrete tools to use when leading others and be on your way to confidently using these tools.


  • Identify roadblocks to your assertiveness so you can remove them.
  • Use three assessments to determine your own degree of assertiveness.
  • Build skills to boost self-confidence, achieve cooperation, provide effective feedback, and manage highly-charged situations.
  • Generate concrete assertive strategies to address a specific, real-life situation you are struggling with in a more assertive.

You can enroll for this course through Connect:

Select "EOD Training Catalog" to view and register.

If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016

A Tribute Concert Honoring climate scientist Charles Keeling by his daughter Emily Keeling Takahashi

Emily will be performing solo piano works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

Introductory remarks will be made by Lead scientist of NOAA's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network Pieter Tans

Charles David Keeling’s recording of global carbon dioxide levels, known as the Keeling Curve, first alerted the world to the possibilityof anthropogenic contribution to climate change.
Emily says: Since my father played a key role in shaping the world's understanding of climate change through his continuous measurements of carbon dioxide, known as the Keeling Curve, and he was a brilliant pianist, it felt appropriate to me to offer this short evening of music to honor his legacy. If you are interested in learning more about the work and life of my father here is a short video about him. The music you hear in the background is him playing the piano.
Saturday, August 13, 7 pm
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder
This public concert is being offered free of charge as part of the symposium “Living Beyond Hope and Fear: Social Confidence and Climate Change” hosted by the Boulder Shambhala Center

Posted by Davide DelVento at ext. 1233,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016

Data Quality and the Polarimetric WSR-88D

Richard Ice
NOAA Affiliate

The NEXRAD Doppler weather radar (WSR-88D) was fully operational by 1995.  For the past twenty years or more, the NEXRAD project has engaged in continuous product improvement, most recently adding polarimetric capability.  This seminar reviews some of the projects resulting in major improvements in signal processing.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has played a key role in several of the most significant improvement projects, and this talk will describe some of this work.  These project included improvements to spectrum width estimators, automatic identification of clutter, and range velocity ambiguity mitigation. Current NCAR research focuses on Differential Reflectivity calibration and this complex topic is reviewed, including current NEXRAD program efforts to monitor the calibration state of network radars by use of external targets.

The seminar concludes with a forecast of on-going and future efforts to ensure the WSR-88D maintains its world class leadership role.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 10:00 AM
Refreshments 9:45 AM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Main Auditorium (Rm1022)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ice cloud formation from in-situ airborne observations to a hierarchy of models

Minghui Diao
San Jose State University
Department of Meteorology

Radiative forcings of water vapor and ice crystals are significantly different, and the conditions of ice supersaturation (ISS, where relative humidity with respect to ice is greater than 100%) hold a crucial pathway for ice crystal formation. Recent observations reported that ISS can frequently occur in both tropical and extratropical UT/LS, under clear-sky and in-cloud conditions. However, it is challenging to represent the microphysical and macrophysical characteristics of ISS in model simulations.

 Our analysis will use in-situ airborne observations from eight NSF flight campaigns (2008-2016). Comparisons on ice clouds and ISS characteristics will be shown between in-situ observations and a hierarchy of models: the NCAR CM1 cloud-resolving model, WRF and CAM5.

 We found that misrepresenting the in-situ observed ISS as artificial ice crystals leads to the TOA net radiation impacts of 54 (4.24) W/m2 at maximum (average) based on five flight campaigns. Comparisons among in-situ observations, WRF and CM1 simulations will be shown, focusing on the sensitivities to horizontal grid spacings and microphysical parameters. Recent observations from ORCAS campaign (2016) will be compared with CAM5 simulations, to examine the coexistence of supersaturation, ice crystals and liquid droplets. The most recent laboratory calibrations on the NCAR Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) hygrometer using two EOL environmental chambers will also be shown.

Seminar will be webcast at:

Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Small Seminar Room (Rm1001)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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.

Water Policy and Planning
Editor: Kathleen A. Miller
Publisher: CRC Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: TD 390 .W36 2016 

Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Authors: Jordi Vila-Guerau de Arellano and others
Publisher: Cambridge
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QC 880.4 .B65 V55 2015

Using OpenMP
Author: Barbara Chapman
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QA 76.642 .C49 2008

Editors: Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson
Publisher: ACRL
LocationL ML Library
Call Number: Z 675 .U5 D34 2016

Introductory Time Series With R
Authors: Paul S.P. Cowpertwait and Andrew V. Metcalf
Publisher: Springer
LocationL ML Library
Call Number: QA 280 .C69 2009

Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences, 3rd Ed.
Author: Daniel S. Wilks
Publisher: Elsevier
LocationL FL Library
Call Number: QC 874.5 .W55 2011

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Volunteers are needed for the annual Up The Hill Race on Aug. 5th! PLEASE sign up today by clicking here!

The duration for volunteering will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Beyond that, all volunteers are invited to participate in the after-party and festivities for food, refreshments, and music until 6:00 PM. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer and make a positive contribution as we build community within our organization. *All volunteers will receive an informational email regarding the agenda for the event.

Once you register to volunteer, you will be included in the upcoming agenda so you know what to anticipate.

Thank You!!!

If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 to Monday, August 8, 2016

Construction is scheduled to begin this week in the FL3 parking lot and CG1 parking garage.  The contractor will be installing one electric vehicle charging station at each location.  The construction area will be closed off with cones and will have no major impacts on availability to parking.  Completion of the construction phase for these two sites is scheduled for August 5th, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Castellano, ext. 8549.

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016