Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Please attend the upcoming free seminars presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services .  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".


Medicare Basics
March 3, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
CG1 – Room 2126
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
March 10, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017

For all employees at FLA and FOOTHILLS LAB buildings, Fed Ex no longer makes a pick-up at either of these building locations. All future outbound Fed Ex packages must be routed through the logistics department at the central shipping receiving location at 3090 Center Green CG3 building. 

Standard sized packages of documents and small or medium sized Fed Ex boxes may be left in outgoing mail for mailstop service. Logistics requires an email alert in the event of larger packages needing to be picked up. These alerts can be sent to

Questions can be directed to the logistics team at or by calling extension: 1922.

Thank you.

UCAR Logistics.

Posted by UCAR Logistics at ext. 1922,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017

Weather permitting, work will begin on Friday March 3 on the Mesa Lab roofs.  Several roofs on the B-Tower and portions of the lower roofs will be removed and replaced. At times staff may notice a crane, dumpsters and construction vehicles in the front drive circle and rear dock areas.

The first crane operations – required to stock the new roofing material onto the roofs – are scheduled for Friday March 3. Throughout the construction period, please obey all construction signs and barriers.

Adhesive odors may be present during some phases of the project, and all windows in the upper levels of the B tower should be kept closed during construction.

The roof replacements are expected to be complete by the end of May.

For information, please contact Brad Pattison at ext. 2403 or email

Posted by Brad Pattison at ext. 2403,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Thursday, March 2, 2017

In light of last week’s updated guidance to universities and schools on the interpretation of Title IX and protections for transgender students, we want to reassure UCAR/NCAR employees that these new rules will not affect trans* protections at UCAR/NCAR in any way. We stand firmly in support of our trans* employees and those with trans* family and friends, and it is our policy that everyone has the right to use the bathroom at UCAR/NCAR that is consistent with their gender identity. We also provide all-gender/gender-neutral single-stall restrooms on every Boulder-based campus for any employee who prefers to use them. A list of all-gender/gender-neutral restrooms can be found here.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion has more resources for people wanting to know more. If you have been affected by this issue and would like to talk more, or have questions about our policies, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Important information from the Identity Access Management Team (IAM):


Please logout of the following applications prior to 5:30 PM Mountain/Standard Time:

  • Google Suites (email, calendar, etc.)
  • Time Card
  • Signature Authority

What you can expect during this time:

Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority will be unavailable.

If everything goes as planned, you will be able to log back into these applications within an hour using yourCIT Password; however, if we encounter any unforeseen transition issues, log in access to these applications will be secured by Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 AM Mountain/Standard Time.

This organization-wide transition was introduced and communicated back on November 10, 2016 via All-Staff email and Staff Notes Daily. You can also find additional information on our OPEX Customer Web Site under Identity Access Management.

Information on What is Changing

CIT Password will be required to log into Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority. You will no longer use your UCAS password. If you need further assistance in reference to your CIT Password, please contact your local System’s Administrator. The list by organizational unit can be found at:

Once you log into one of these applications, such as Google email, you will no longer have to log into Timecard or Signature Authority separately. They will now be apart of  Single Sign On.

This is another positive and exciting step in the direction of all business applications being a part of Single Sign On. Single Sign On will require fewer passwords for staff to remember, reduce staff frustration with entering multiple passwords over the course of a day’s work, and enable easier collaboration with partner research organizations

We will communicate to you as the rest of the business applications transition over to Single Sign On.

Posted by Gail Rutledge at ext. 1267,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

All Staff Ethics Workshop - postponed from February (bad weather day)

Presented by: UCAR Ethics Officer, Meg McClellan

Mark your calendars, now rescheduled for:

March 9, 2017

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Center Green (CG1) 1214 - North Auditorium

All Staff Ethics Workshop

Learn about science and research ethics,

Ponder case studies


Play ethics jeopardy.

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017
Vote to Name Our New eProcurement Site!

Help us name our Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) eProcurement application website where staff will be able to order goods and services using online catalogs and contracts from select suppliers, saving time and money (think Amazon). Vote for your favorite one of the top four submissions selected from over 50 entries from staff across the organization
Take just a minute to complete this ballot and cast your vote by Friday, March 10!

The winner will receive:

  • Design Credit
  • Renown in Staff Notes Daily
  • Kudos from your peers
  • Gratitude from the Project Team
  • A $35 Gift Certificate

We will announce the winner in Staff Notes the week of March 13. One vote per person. In the unlikely event of a tie, our President Tony Busalacchi will cast the tie breaking vote!

Check out the OPEX Jaggaer Purchasing project site at for more information!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The summary of the February 13, 2017 President's Council meeting can be found here.

Posted by Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017

Christopher K. Wikle
Curators’ Distinguished Professor
Department of Statistics
University of Missouri

Spatio-temporal data are ubiquitous in the environmental sciences, and their study is important for understanding and predicting a wide variety of processes of interest to meteorologists and climate scientists.  One of the primary difficulties in modeling spatial processes that change with time is the complexity of the dependence structures that must describe how such a process varies, and the presence of high-dimensional datasets and prediction domains. Much of the methodological development in recent years has considered either efficient moment-based approaches or spatio-temporal dynamical models. To date, most of the focus on statistical methods for dynamic spatio-temporal processes has been on linear models. Even in these relatively simple models, there are significant challenges in specifying parameterizations that are simultaneously useful scientifically and efficient computationally.  This talk presents some recent attempts to place these models, some of which were motivated in the atmospheric sciences, into a more rigorous uncertainty quantification framework.  Examples of such methods include quadratically nonlinear, analog, and agent-based models.  

(Bring your lunch)

Thursday, March 2, 12-1 p.m.
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Thursday, March 2, 2017

News clips at a glance: Feb. 18 – 24

Total:  ~125

Summary: UCAR President Tony Busalacchi talked about the grand challenge in atmospheric research and other priorities in an interview with EOS.

An Associated Press story focusing on the Cheyenne Supercomputer supporting climate research work in the country's biggest coal-mining state continued to generate media coverage over the Feb. 18 weekend.

Notable clips:

Earth-System Prediction and the Role of Science (Tony Busalacchi, UCAR):
New UCAR Leader Sees Scientific, Administrative Challenges Ahead

California's Heavy Rains  (Christine Shields, CGD):
California Rains Put the Spotlight on Atmospheric Rivers

Cheyenne Supercomputer (Rich Loft, CISL):
New Supercomputer Aids Climate Research in Top Coal State
(Associated Press story picked up by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and dozens of other media outlets)

Ocean Oxygen Loss (Matthew Long, CGD):
Fish Under Threat from Ocean Oxygen Depletion, Finds Study
(Guardian, cites previous work by Matthew Long)

Including Human Factors into Environmental Modeling (UCAR's Tony Busalacchi as co-author of University of Maryland-led study):
It's More than Just Climate Change
(Science News)

Social media highlights:

The University at Albany, SUNY tweeted that Everette Joseph had been elected chair of UCAR. Joseph is director of UAlbany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center.

More than 550 people viewed a Facebook post featuring a UCAR video on science education.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017