Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The Denver-Boulder AMS chapter would like to call your attention to this new AMS fund, which our chapter is gladly supporting.

The "Winds of Change For Students" Fund has been established by Marshall Shepherd through the American Meteorological Society. As many of you know, Dr. Shepherd is an AMS past-president and distinguished professor at the University of Georgia.

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has caused hardship for students in parts of the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida. This fund is established to assist students from affected regions that may want to attend the AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas in 2018.

Numerous reports have documented that meteorological-research-instructional programs, particularly in Puerto Rico, have been adversely affected, and students need support. Dr. Shepherd initiated the fund with an initial donation of $1000 with the hope that others would contribute in helping reverse winds of fortune for these students in the same way that winds change as the eye of a hurricane passes.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please contact Stephanie Armstrong at AMS headquarters (armstrong@ametsoc.org). All donations to AMS are tax deductible.

Vanessa Vincente, President
Denver-Boulder AMS Chapter

Posted by Vanessa Vincente at ext. 8475, vincente@ucar.edu

Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 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).

First Training Date: Tuesday, October 24th 2017 - spots are limited, please register ASAP.

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:  https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee

Select "EOD Training Catalog" and register.

If you have questions, please contact: Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu, 303-497-8716

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Thursday, October 19, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ACOM SEMINAR SERIES

TITLE: Parameterization of Blue Jets and lightnings in WACCM: Frequency and chemical impact of atmospheric electricity phenomena

SPEAKERS: Francisco J. Pérez-Invernón and Francisco J. Gordillo-Vázquez
Instituto De Astrofisica De Andalucia
Granada, Andalucia, Spain

ABSTRACT: We will present the results of our ongoing work about four different parameterization of lightning and Blue Jets in WACCM. Blue Jets are 20 km tall stratospheric electrical discharges taking place in the stratosphere from the bottom of the cloud top as a consequence of lightning. It is known that lightning are an important source of tropospheric NOx. In addition, Blue Jets can generate stratospheric NOx, N2O, O and other chemical species. In this seminar, we will comment on the global frequency and possible global chemical influence of both Blue Jets and lightning in the atmosphere of the Earth. Finally, we will compare our calculations with available lightning flash frequency observed by satellites and with some of the latest NOx measurements.

Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments 3:15 p.m.
NCAR Foothills Laboratory
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318, bonnie@ucar.edu

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Monday, October 23, 2017

A Hurricane WRF Tutorial will be held on January 23-25, 2018 at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, MD. This will be a three-day event organized by the Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) and by the NOAA Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). The Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system (HWRF) is a coupled atmosphere-ocean model suitable for tropical cyclone (TC) research and forecasting in all Northern and Southern Hemisphere ocean basins.

Tutorial participants can expect to hear lectures on all aspects of HWRF, including model physics and dynamics, nesting, initialization, coupling with the ocean, postprocessing, and vortex tracking. Additionally, enrichment lectures on HWRF's multistorm capability, TC verification, HWRF ensemble system, and NCEP's future plans for TC numerical weather prediction will be presented. Practical sessions will give tutorial participants hands-on experience in running HWRF.

Date: January 23-25, 2018 

Location: NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD

https://dtcenter.org/HurrWRF/users/tutorial/2018/

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751, jessaj@ucar.edu

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 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).

First Training Date: Tuesday, October 24th 2017 - spots are limited, please register ASAP.

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:  https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee

Select "EOD Training Catalog" and register.

If you have questions, please contact: Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu, 303-497-8716

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Our Go-Tober smart commuter efforts are paying off, but we need more participants to help us go, go, go, further up the leaderboard. There is still time to register! Commute smarter (shuttle, bus, bike, walk, carpool, vanpool, etc.) as many times as possible during October and track your trips. If you track 8 one-way trips throughout the month of October, you will be eligible to win an iPad! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE AND WIN (IT’S EASY!)
     Step One - Take one minute to create an account on MyWayToGo.org/s/ucar-ncar
     Step Two - Once you’ve created an account and are logged in, click on the teal "Go-Tober" tab at the top of your browser.
     Step Three - Once you’re on the “Go-Tober” page, click “Register for Go-Tober” and then “Submit”.
     Step Four - Throughout the month of October, track your trips on MyWayToGo.org/#/go-tober/. You can even track trips that you've taken in the past. Simply backdate your entry, and you're good to go! 

In addition to individual prizes, the company with the highest score at the end of the month wins great prizes (think pizza parties, cupcakes, bike tune-ups, foot massages, etc.) and, of course, the glory of being the Go-Tober Champions.

Ready, Set, GO-Tober! 

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549, Sustainability@ucar.edu

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Friday, October 20, 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, lcarr@ucar.edu

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:

https://scied.ucar.edu/super-science-saturday/volunteer

Posted by Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585, nataliep@ucar.edu

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, twallace@ucar.edu.

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, twallace@ucar.edu

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:

https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/hr/new-hires-and-departures

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

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

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