Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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

Contracts (both Direct Awards and Procurement) will be hosting a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the area outside between FL1 and FL2.  Please plan to stop by even if you only have a few minutes.  This will be a great opportunity for you and the Contracts staff to meet each other face-to-face and get to know each other better.  We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about what we do, Contracts-related processes, etc.   Light refreshments will be provided.  Please spread the word to anyone in your labs/programs that may be interested.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Michelle Stringham at x8879 or if you have any questions.

Posted by Michelle stringham at ext. 8879,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Tuesday, August 9, 2016

EOL is investigating the needs of the observational atmospheric science community that is using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  We are collecting information that will be used to make informed decisions about how EOL can help meet these needs.  We are targeting those who are either actively using UAS in their research or may have an interest in using these platforms.

The link below takes you to a survey that allows you to provide information on your current UAS-based research, planned UAS research, and ideas for EOL to support your UAS-based research.  The results of this survey will be used to guide EOL in developing a strategic plan to support the atmospheric and related geosciences community in utilizing this technology for research.  The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until August 12, 2016.

Follow this link to the survey: EOL UAS Survey

Or, copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

We would like to obtain responses from a broad share of the atmospheric and related science communities.  Therefore, please forward this survey to others that you think would be interested outside of UCAR.  All individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Posted by Cory Wolff at ext. 2845,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016

Maximize your benefits by gaining additional knowledge surrounding financial and pre-retirement information!

You can view the descriptions and enroll for the following sessions through Connect:

Select "EOD Training Catalog" to view and register.


Here is a list of all sessions being offered:

UCAR Benefits and TIAA Retirement Planning Resources: Friday, 8/12 - Room FL2-1001 12-2pm

Financial Planning & Investments: Friday, 8/19 - Room FL2-1001 12-2pm

Long Term Care & Social Security: Friday, 8/26 - Room FL2-1001 12-2pm

Medicare Basics: Friday, 9/2 - Room FL2-Large Auditorium 12-2pm

Estate Planning & Housing Transitions: Friday, 9/9 - Room FL2-1001 12-2pm


If you require assistance or have questions, please contact Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016

 Heliophysics Summer School 2016 & 10th Anniversary Celebration

“Explosive Energy Conversions and Particle Acceleration”

26 July - 2 August, 2016 - Boulder, CO
Please view the full schedule of events here.

On Tuesday, July 26, thirty-two students, and eight faculty will begin the seven day Heliophysics Summer School. The 2016 Summer School will begin with an overview of the various components composing the Heliophysical system, and review some of the universal physical processes at work throughout the system.  It will then focus in on several kinds of explosive events which serve to illustrate these universal processes that occur through the coupled Heliophysical system.  The explosive events include solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and, geomagnetic storms and substorms.  The school will also cover the impacts these and other explosive events might have on infrastructure and people on Earth.

This is also the 10th anniversary of the school, and on Monday, August 1st, there will be a celebration with the following guest speakers:

Madhulika Guhathakurta
NASA Program Manager

Meg Austin
Senior Advisor UCAR/VSP

Fran Bagenal
University of Colorado/LASP/APS, past HSS Dean

Amitava Bhattacharjee
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, HSS Dean, Jack Eddy Host

Tom Bogdan
Past UCAR President, past HSS faculty

David Brain
CU, past HSS faculty

Richard Fischer
Scientist Emeritus, Goddard Space Flight Center

Nicholas Gross
Boston University, HSS faculty

Dana Longcope
Montana State University, HSS Dean

Andres Munoz
Research Scientist at Georgia State University, Visiting Scholar at the University of California - Berkeley and Stanford University, HSS Student, Jack Eddy Fellow, HSS Faculty

Neel Savani
NASA Goddard Space Flight Centetr, HSS Student, Hack Eddy Fellow, HSS faculty

Karel Schrijver
Retired Lockheed Martin Advanced Tech Center, past HSS Dean

George Siscoe
Retired Boston University, past HSS Dean

Jan Sojka
Utah State University, past HSS Dean

To see a full listing of all participants, please visit the Faculty & Participants page. 

Posted by Susanne Demaree at ext. 8627,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Application of Max-Stable Processes to Modelling Extreme Daily Rainfall in Australia
Kate Saunders
The University of Melbourne

 In Australia, we know the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to be a large scale climate driver that affects mean and total rainfall. While we know that ENSO also affects Australian rainfall extremes, we have not yet quantified the size of this effect. In this research, we fit a max-stable process to the daily annual maxima rainfall observed at stations in South East Queensland, Australia. The annual maxima were taken over the non-calendar year July to June to avoid splitting the Australian wet season in two. To include the effect of ENSO in our model, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) was included as a temporal covariate. The preferred model included SOI as a temporal covariate in both location and scale parameters. The result demonstrates that the marginal distributions are both shifted and scaled conditional on the SOI, and therefore the exceedance level associated with a given tail probability is also conditional on the SOI.

Friday, July 29, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mesa Lab, Room 680, Tower B
(ML, Penthouse)

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016

With the election season now in full swing, it’s a good time to review the UCAR policy on Solicitation and Distribution of Materials (Policy 3-4). The policy prohibits solicitation and distribution of all materials (including flyers, pamphlets, petitions, etc.) related to political activities at all times on UCAR and NCAR premises. Please review the policy and procedures for more information regarding allowable activities related to solicitations and distribution of materials. 

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016

HAO staff are deeply saddened to tell you of the sudden passing of our dear friend and long-time colleague, Vic Tisone.  Vic passed away at Boulder Community Hospital on Thursday, July 14th after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. Vic began working at NCAR in 1968. Vic had spent some time at CU working a toward a physics degree.  When he chose work over school, the local employment office offered him two choices – a job unloading boxcars of lumber, or working at NCAR in Boulder. A native Boulderite, Vic chose NCAR and the rest is history. Vic came to work for Sydney Chapman and Jagdish Gupta, who was a postdoc at HAO at the time.  After 46 years of dedication and hard work to our organization, Vic retired from NCAR/HAO in early 2015 as a Software Engineer III.

Vic was dearly loved by many people throughout the organization and the community. The response to his passing has been overwhelming. Vic was quick with a joke and smile, generous with his support of staff and visitors, and is generally the one guy that thousands of HAO visitors and students he worked with never seem to forget. Vic enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, and shortly after retiring was able to take a trip to Hawaii to enjoy the game. It should also be noted that Vic was on the golf course just three weeks before he fell ill. Also, Vic was an artist.  Long-time employee of NCAR/UCAR, Ben Domenico, reflected recently that Vic made sketches of two of his children when they were small.  He also enjoyed painting and hoped to spend more time on some of these projects after retirement.

Vic was a father, husband and grandfather. To HAO and NCAR he was a colleague, a friend, and in so many ways, a role model for how to live – with lots of fun and laughter and always, always, keeping things light.

Vic’s wife, Phyllis, has organized memorial services on Wednesday, July 27 on the NCAR tree plaza at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Vic's obiturary:

Posted by Joanne Graham at ext. 8651,

Monday, July 25, 2016 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016

UCAR's A+ long-term bond rating has been affirmed by the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P). The A+ rating reflects UCAR's role as a leading organization supporting atmospheric and earth-system science, and its ability to increase its financial strength, S&P stated in the report. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer. Read more here.)

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Thursday, July 28, 2016

Please join us for the CISL Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) final presentations next week.

Every morning from Wednesday July 27 until Friday July 29 starting at 9:00am

Location: Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room

For full program and abstracts please visit

Posted by silvia gentile at ext. 2480,

Friday, July 22, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016