Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The city of Boulder has notified UCAR that the multi-use path east of Center Green will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, Jan. 22. The path, which crosses under Foothills Parkway, will be closed from Valmont Road to 47th Street.

The closure is necessary to allow the city's contractor to complete additional construction related to the ongoing Wonderland Creek Project. For more information on the project, see

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Monday, January 22, 2018 to Monday, February 5, 2018

Precipitation variability — the swing from dry to wet and back again — will continue to increase across the majority of the world's land area as the climate warms, according to a new study led by scientists at NCAR. The researchers expect precipitation variability to become greater from day to day, year to year, and even decade to decade. (Story by Senior Science Writer Laura Snider. Read more.)

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Monday, January 22, 2018 to Monday, January 29, 2018

Facing a medical challenge can be stressful enough without worrying whether you have the right diagnosis or the most effective treatment—especially when you consider that, according to the Institute of Medicine, it is likely that most of us will experience at least one diagnostic error in our lifetime.

UCAR is pleased to offer you the innovative medical benefit called Best Doctors.

Best Doctors is a better kind of second opinion service. It lets you get advice from the world’s leading physicians on everything from minor surgery and maternity challenges to more serious issues like cancer and heart disease. If you’re uncertain about a diagnosis or treatment, a Best Doctors clinician will take another look at your case and provide a confirmation or recommend a change.

What’s more: Best Doctors is 100% confidential and cost-free. It’s included in your benefits package and available at no charge to you and any of your dependents enrolled in the UCAR health plans – both Cigna and Kaiser throughout the United States. You don’t even have to make doctors’ appointments or travel. All of the Best Doctors services are provided over the phone or the Internet.

Please review the Best Doctors Web Page and Guide for additional information.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, January 22, 2018 to Friday, February 2, 2018

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit Center Green 1 today, Monday, January 22.  The bus will be located in the north parking lot.  Walk-in appointments are available between:  9:50 a.m. through 10:30 a.m., between 12:20 p.m. through 12:50 p.m., 1:10, 1:20 and between 2:00 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

These walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please review the Blood Donation Guidelines.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Registration is now open for an NCAR/CISL series of four one-day workshops on Modern Fortran beginning Tuesday, February 6. Dan Nagle, CISL Consulting Services Group software engineer and a member of the U.S.  Fortran Standards Technical Committee, will provide the training at the NCAR Mesa Lab’s Fleischmann Building in Boulder.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with recent releases of gfortran, mpich, and opencoarrays. Each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with an hour break at noon.

  • Scalar Fortran - February 6: Scope, definition, scalar declarations and usage, and interacting with the processor.
  • Vector Fortran - February 20: Arrays, storage order, elemental operations, and array intrinsics.
  • Object-Oriented Fortran - February 27: Derived types, defined operations, defined assignment, and inheritance.
  • Parallel Fortran - March 6: Coarray concepts, declarations, and usage; synchronization and treating failed images.

Use this form to register to attend one or more workshops. The workshops will not be webcast or recorded.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Monday, January 22, 2018 to Tuesday, March 6, 2018

UCAR Human Resources provides a service for verifying employment and income to lenders, landlords, and others that you authorize to receive such information.  The service is contracted with InVerify, a third party that specializes in employment and income verifications.  InVerify provides secure, accurate, and timely access to employment and income information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To utilize InVerify, the employee provides the requestor (or verifier) with the authorization to contact InVerify directly by providing them with UCAR's code and specific employee data depending on the type of information being requested.  For complete instructions and FAQs, please visit the website:

Questions regarding this service may be directed to Martha Jones, x8715 ( or InVerify Customer Service, 1-866-295-7363.

Posted by Martha Jones at ext. 8715,

Thursday, January 18, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018

March 7, 2018, 8 AM - 12 PM

Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green Campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)
Boulder, CO 

There will be a four hour tutorial for wrf-python on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 8 AM to 12 PM. This tutorial provides a beginner friendly introduction to wrf-python for users of the Python programming language. The tutorial is free, but seating is limited to only 16 students, so registration is required. The deadline for registration is Febuary 21, 2018. The tutorial will be held in Boulder, Colorado. There is no travel support for this tutorial.

See the link below for more information and registration:


Posted by Bill Ladwig at ext. 1213,

Thursday, January 18, 2018 to Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mark your calendars for UCAR’s 2018 Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork sessions and Health & Benefits Fair, sponsored by the Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC).  These valuable wellness events are open to UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent adult children 18-26 years of age. For more information, visit the UCAR Health Fair website.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Registration Site

To participate in the pre-health fair bloodwork screenings, register to attend one of the following onsite sessions.  The standard full-blood chemistry screenings and PSA blood screening for men 50+ are FREE; optional, additional bloodwork screenings are also available upon request at participant cost. Each participant must register individually.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Session Dates/Locations (Registration and 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments provided at each location)

  • FL:        January 25, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, FL2-1003
  • ML:       February 1, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, ML-Damon
  • CG:       February 8, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, Room 3131
  • NWSC:   February 14, 2018, 7:00-9:00 am, NWSC Janice Room
  • RAF:      February 15, 2018, 8:00-10:30 am, RAF Conference Room

Schedule a blood draw appointment through Health Promotions Management's external, secure registration site: Registration site requires account setup for each participant.

Confirmation emails will include additional instructions with links to all required forms:  bloodwork lab form and instructions, listing of optional blood test and costs (optional tests to be paid by participants), and consent and release forms for you download, complete and bring with you to your appointment.  You'll also receive appointment email reminders closer to your appointment date.  Please note, bloodwork screening results can be claimed at the Health Fair. To have a proxy claim your results, they must bring your signed Proxy Release Form to the Health & Benefits Fair.  All unclaimed results will be postal-mailed to participants.

For those who can't make any of the onsite sessions, click here for information, forms and instructions to have bloodwork done at a local Quest Lab location.  All Quest Lab appointments must be completed by February 15, 2018.  Results will be postal mailed to participants. 

UCAR 2018 Health & Benefits Fair
Tuesday, March 28, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
No registration required

Health Fair events include:  Blood Screening Results and Private Consultations; Blood Pressure Screening, Full Blood Chemistry, PSA Prostate Cancer Screening; Optional Blood Screening Screenings; Pulmonary Screening; Bone Density Screening; Body Mass Analysis; Skin Cancer Screening; Vision/Hearing Screening; Ergonomics; Child and Elder Care Resources; Benefits Information; Chair Massage; Health Information Booths, Refreshments, Giveaways; Prizes; and much, much more!

UCAR offers these events as a service and participation is voluntary.  UCAR does not recommend or endorse any products, services or resources associated with these events. For more information, visit UCAR's Health & Benefits Fair website.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018


Title: Local to Hemispheric Atmospheric Impacts of U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Development

Presenter: Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)

Abstract: The development of hydraulic fracturing drilling techniques (‘fracking’) for oil and natural gas (O&NG) extraction has triggered a steep rise in drilling activity and O&NG production in the U.S.  Atmospheric emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) associated with these activities have become a concern for local and regional air quality and climate forcing on regional, continental and global scales. 
Monitoring during the summer 2014 Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ) showed atmospheric VOC increases along a transect from Boulder to the east, reflecting higher emissions from the more dense O&NG operations in eastern parts of Boulder County and Weld County.  Since late winter 2017 we have been conducting continuous atmospheric monitoring at the Boulder Reservoir for tracking O&NG related emission changes, with results being provided to the public in near real time via a public web portal. These observations demonstrate frequent occurrences of conditions with highly elevated O&NG-associated atmospheric alkanes, mostly transported from north to southeast sectors.  Larger scale emission changes are reflected in global observations from the NOAA-INSTAAR global VOC monitoring program. This monitoring has shown a remarkable reversal of Northern Hemisphere long-term trends of O&NG related VOC. Global atmospheric concentrations of O&NG tracers peaked around 1970-1980, followed by downward trends for the next four decades. These declining trends halted during 2005-2010, and reversed to increasing concentrations thereafter, indicative of the hemispheric impact of North American O&NG emissions.

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: Refreshments 3:15pm, Seminar 3:30pm
Location: NCAR Foothills Laboratory - FL2-1001, Small Auditorium
Live webcast:


Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Monday, January 22, 2018

Are you interested in K-12 education and public outreach? If so, please join your colleagues in a discussion about this topic on Tuesday, February 20th from 2:30-3:30pm in the CG1 South Auditorium. During this meeting we'll share updates on education and outreach efforts happening across the organization, discuss ideas for collaborations across groups, and discuss how we'd like these meetings to be structured in the future.

To RSVP please send an email to Becca Hatheway ( and you'll be added to the calendar invite. In addition, if you haven't already signed up for the email list for this group ( please let Becca know that you would like to be added to the list.

We hope to see you at this meeting!

Posted by Becca Hatheway at ext. 2597,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Tuesday, February 20, 2018