Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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 two-month visits that occur between 1 March 2018 and 30 September 2019. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities andresources for faculty employed at universities and their students to work in residence at NCAR.

Application deadline: 5 January 2018

Please see the Web page at

Posted by Paula Fisher at ext. 1328,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017

FedEx Office will be on site on Monday, December 4th to provide information on the printing services and other capabilities they offer. 

The presentations will take place on December 4th from 10am to 11am in FL2, Room 1001, and from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room.

Please plan to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the services they offer.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Ben Cross at x8569 or email

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, December 4, 2017

The Google Calendar view that you see in your web browser will be changing. Some private accounts may have already seen this. Most functions are the same, but there are new functions and a cleaner look. This change is rolling out from Google in stages and will be seen for our organization sometime after November 28th, but before February 28, 2018. You can learn about the new Calendar features at

Users of Drive for Mac/PC may have seen messages notifying them that Drive for Mac/PC is going away. Support for that tool will end on December 11th and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. This only affects the local PC/Mac desktop application, not the web based Drive App. A new tool named Drive File Stream will replace the desktop Drive applications for Mac/PC. Further details on installing and using Drive File Stream will be communicated via your local IT support.

Posted by Nick Wehrheim at ext. 1374,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

There will be two All-Staff Town Halls on Thursday, November 30.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi for an update on UCAR activities and Q & A:

  • Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Foothills Lab 2, 1022 Large Auditorium, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

Each year, UCAR is required to notify all employee participants of the status of the benefit plans. Each of the annual reports has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 

The Summary Annual Reports are furnished electronically via a website that can be viewed here.

Posted by Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017

Construction Update
Construction has completed on Phase 2b.  Construction on Phase 2c will begin on Monday 11/20 and last approximately 1 week.  Be aware of the changed parking lot closure area and obey all traffic control personnel, signs and barriers.

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

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.

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.

Posted by Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Friday, November 17, 2017 to Monday, November 20, 2017

In an effort to make wireless access easier for our visitors, guests and staff with personal devices, we are standing up a new wireless network called "UCAR Visitor" starting Monday, November 20th at the Mesa Lab.  This network will not be using the weekly password used on "UCAR Guests", but will instead allow visitors to put in their name and email address to gain Internet access. Additionally on the 20th the "UCAR Guests" wireless network will no longer be available at the Mesa Lab. Visitors, guests and staff with personal devices will need to connect to the "UCAR Visitor" wireless ID.

Posted by Nick Wehrheim at ext. 1374,

Thursday, November 16, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 2017


Title: What happens to air pollution when it is cold and dark? Insights from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign

Presenter: Joel Thornton, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences -University of Washington

Abstract: Emissions of primary pollutants occur year round. Episodes of significantly degraded air quality can occur during wintertime in mid-latitude urban areas. Yet, the rates and mechanisms by which primary pollutants are transformed under the darker and colder conditions of winter remain poorly understood. I will present on forthcoming results obtained from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign, which utilized the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft to study trace gas and particulate emissions and chemistry across the eastern U.S. during February - March 2015. These observations suggest significant photochemical oxidation occurs, driven by radical precursors not commonly incorporated in chemical transport models, that are strongly linked to local and regional anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen oxides and short-lived VOC. We find that by reconciling model representations of multiphase reactive nitrogen chemistry, related radical precursors and formaldehyde emission sources are consistent with observations.  This allows for an accurate description of secondary nitrate and sulfate aerosol formation and reactive nitrogen partitioning and deposition, which in turn allows for more robust predictions of responses to future changes in emissions.

Joel Thornton is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.   He received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2002 and was than a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 2002 – 2004,   His research focuses on understanding the atmospheric chemistry of reactive nitrogen and organic compounds, with an emphasis on aerosol formation and multiphase chemistry.   His group uses a combination of  mass spectrometry, method and instrumentation development, laboratory process studies, in situ observations, and modeling.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Refreshments 3:15pm, Seminar 3:30pm 

NCAR Foothills Laboratory
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

The Children's Holiday Party is upon us and volunteers are needed.

Date of Event: Saturday, 12/2/17
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: CG1

If you're interested in having some fun with colleagues and supporting this annual and eventful tradition, please click here to view the volunteer form and sign up today!

Note: There are two volunteer shifts to select from. Each volunteer is being asked to volunteer two hours of their time. Bring your family along too! The more, the merrier!!!

Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have questions, please contact Toni Wallace,

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to our organization on Saturday, 12/2! ALL employees and their families are invited!

Date: Saturday, 12/2
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: CG1, (3080 Center Green Drive)

Activities and Information:

  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Decorate cookies
  • Fun with stickers and tattoos
  • Paint ceramic art figures

(All activities are free with the exception of painting ceramics. Note: Ceramic figures are $1.50 each.)

There will be refreshments and music for families to enjoy! Come and mingle with your colleagues and their families! This is a great opportunity to build community and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017