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Staff Notes Daily Announcements

UCAR Center for Science Education and the NOAA Climate Stewards Program will be co-hosting the 2016 Climate Change workshop, June 30 - July 2. You are welcome to tune-in to the following discussions via UCARLive at

  • Thursday, June 30 at 10am Kevin Trenberth will give the keynote Weather and Climate Extremes: Attribution and Risk.
  • Thursday, June 30 at 2:15pm a panel discussion will be held entitled Attribution, Extremes, and Resilience. Presenters will be :
    • Jerry Meehl, NCAR Sr. Climate Scientst
    • Rod Moraga, Fire Management Consultant, Anchor Point Group
    • Janice Coen, NCAR Scientist, Fire Modeler
    • Mari Tye, Engineering & Climate Extremes Partnership, NCAR Scientist
    • Brett KenCairn, City of Boulder Sr. Environmental Planner
  • Friday, July 1st at 3:30pm COMET hydrologist Matt Kelsch will discuss The Boulder 2013 Flood, Climate, and Resiliency Planning. 

We hope that you will join us via UCARLive.


For more information, contact Karen Herman at ext. 2590,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Sunday, July 3, 2016

As in the past several years, the Mesa Lab will close to the public on Monday, July 4 as follows:

  • The NCAR road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists may continue to use the road until 7 p.m. 
  • Security will patrol the parking lot at 7 p.m. and ask remaining visitors to leave the premises.
  • Employees requiring access to work at the Mesa Lab will be allowed up the road after 4 p.m. with their UCAR identification. 
  • Security will have increased patrols during the day. An officer will be at the bottom of the NCAR road starting at noon to make sure everyone is aware of the 4 p.m. closure. 
  • There is signage at the bottom of the road announcing the closure.
  • The road will re-open for normal use on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 a.m.

For more information, contact Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Former HAO Senior Scientist Tim Brown has received a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for landmark research that he conducted while at NCAR. (Read more.)

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Effective Monday, June 27th, the Contracts point of contact for cell phones is Adam Mayfield.  He can be reached by phone at extension or via email at  The backup point of contact is Justin Lee (ext. 2069,  

If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at or via phone at 303-497-8877.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016

Marc Genty serves in multiple roles, and each is a passion. By day, he is a software engineer in the Mass Storage Systems Group of NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Also by day and often by night, for several years he has been the coordinator of the UCAR Delphi Question and Answer Service, a volunteer position. But his volunteer spirit doesn't end there. (Story by Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer, read more here.)

For more information, contact Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, June 27, 2016 to Monday, July 4, 2016

In June 2015, Contracts held presentations open to all staff about key changes that impact UCAR resulting from the Uniform Guidance that was effective on December 26, 2014.  At that time it was mentioned that UCAR had chosen to take advantage of the grace period that the government granted for entities that wish to delay the implementation of the new procurement standards.  The Government has since granted an extension to the grace period that UCAR is taking advantage of, which means that UCAR will be required to be in compliance with the procurement standards of the Uniform Guidance by October 1, 2017. 

The significant changes to the procurement standards in the Uniform Guidance include publicizing solicitations for procurements > $150,000, independent cost estimates for procurements >  $150,000 before receiving bids or proposals, taking all necessary affirmative steps to assure that small, disadvantaged/women owned businesses are used when possible, more restrictive criteria for sole sources, and lowering the competitive threshold to $3,500.

Within the next year, Contracts will be working on meeting these updated procurement standards and will be providing further information and training.  The new sourcing and procurement system will also assist with meeting these standards.

If you have questions about this, please contract Alison Propes at or via phone at 303-497-8877.

For more information, contact Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Friday, June 24, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016

A new open-access book by NCAR scientist Andrew Gettelman and Richard Rood of the University of Michigan aims to demystify climate modeling without using a single equation. The book, which can be downloaded for free, is aimed at grad students, researchers outside the climate field, and anyone else who is curious about how climate models work. (Story by Laura Snider, Senior Science Writer. Read more here.)

For more information, contact Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Thursday, June 23, 2016 to Thursday, June 30, 2016

REGISTER for JULY Courses! 

Don't let July pass by without taking advantage of the opportunity to particpate in some incredible courses! We have a fantastic July planned!

All UCAR/NCAR/UCP employees can register for FREE educational courses. There are a variety of options and the training schedules are updated regularly to help provide the most current and up to date information.


View the 2016 training schedule to date & REGISTER by logging into Connect:

Select “EOD Training Catalog” to view and register for current offerings.

For more information, contact:

Toni Wallace,, 303-497-8716 

  • Class sizes vary and space is limited. Reserve your attendance as soon as possible.
  • Courses may be offered more than once, depending on the demand and participation.
  • Note: Course times & dates can change, please view the calendar via the EOD Training Catalog for the most up-to-date information!

JULY - 2016 Courses: 

(log into Connect and view the "EOD Training Catalog" for locations and descriptions per course)

7/12/16: Elevations CU: The Culture of Can
Complimentary lunch. RSVP by 7/5 for lunch.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM /  CG1 2126
Open to all employees

7/21/16: MSEC: Interviewing and Hiring
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM /  FLA-2111.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/6 

7/27/16: MSEC: Workplace Respect
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM / CG1-2503
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/12

7/28/16: MSEC: Performance Management,
Setting the Stage for Success
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM / CG1-2126.
Open to all employees
Please RSVP by: 7/13

CEB Manager Success Workshop Series:
Open to all managers & aspiring managers
Times & Registration per Virtual Courses are listed on the
EOD website:
(Select the Leadership Development tab for more information)

Managing Virtual Teams
July Dates Offered: 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Thursday, June 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016


CIGNA EAP LIVE Wellness Seminars in July:

There are THREE Cigna EAP Webcast seminars for July 2016. EAP seminars are one hour in length including a Q&A at the close of each session. All webcasts take place on Wednesdays at 2pm EST.

Registration information, live seminars, and on-demand replays can be accessed directly at our seminar portal:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016: Positive Parenting: Shaping Behavior
Wednesday, July 20, 2016: Fitness Essentials


How do I view the upcoming seminars?

Visit the website: 

If you are a first time visitor, simply fill in the required information under the “First Time User” section and then select Submit when complete. This will promote you to the homepage of the website and you can view the calendar of seminars. 

If you are a returning visitor, simply log in with the credentials that you established previously and you will promote to the homepage of the website.

How do I register for a seminar?

Upcoming Live Seminars are listed for the 2016 calendar year and can be viewed from the homepage:

Scroll over a course of your choice and select the title. This will prompt you to the description of the course and provide you the option to Register/Attend the seminar. When you select “Attend”, you will receive a confirmation email with the seminar description, date, time, etc.

To view a seminar playback, simply click on the seminar you are interested in. On-demand replays will be available starting 2 hours after the live presentation initially began.

You can also view this information on the EOD website. 

For more information, contact Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016

Safety and security of staff and visitors are top priorities for all of us at UCAR/NCAR/UCP. The cooperation of UCAR Facilities Management Safety & Sustainability, all staff, and our visitors is essential to ensure the success of building safety.

Individuals must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal property by taking the following precautions:

  • Exterior doors to the building should never be propped open

  • When entering or leaving a secured building, you are responsible for ensuring the door locks behind you

  • When entering a building, do not allow unfamiliar individuals to enter the building behind you

  • Access cards and keys should never be shared with others

  • Suspicious-looking individuals should be reported to Security x-1139 immediately

  • Report any damaged/malfunctioning exterior lights or doors to Security at x-1139

  • Store personal belongings in a desk or file cabinet drawer and out of sight

While some security procedures may cause some inconveniences, the ability to provide a higher level of safety and security outweighs the annoyances we may collectively face. Together, we will work to continue to provide a welcoming atmosphere within the context of a safe environment.

To Report an Emergency

Contact Security from your office phone by dialing x911.

Your x911 call will be answered by the Mesa Lab security/front desk, which is staffed 24/7.  State the nature of the emergency and its location (building and room number).  Security/front desk staff will immediately notify city emergency dispatch, send a security officer to the scene, and prepare to escort emergency responders to the location.

For non-emergencies, contact UCAR Security at x1139

For further information, visit the Security Website:  

Questions can be directed to Rob Reid Director of FMS&S:

For more information, contact Bob Wiley at ext. 8554,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 to Thursday, June 30, 2016