Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/11/2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014

Predicting the Lyme disease season
Warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and less rain help lead to an earlier Lyme disease season, researchers from NCAR and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have found. The research should help forecasters develop predictions of the onset and peak of future Lyme disease seasons. more>

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

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/11/2014 to Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Heliophysics Summer School is in session in CG1 until Wednesday, July 16th. 

Students and undergraduate faculty will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.  At the same time, a goal of the Summer School is to provide a professional development opportunity for undergraduate faculty to incorporate heliophysics and astrophysics examples into physics, astronomy and earth science courses.

The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere of Earth and their counterparts around the other planets throughout the solar system. 

The 2014 Summer School is focusing on the foundations of heliophysics while exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our local cosmos: stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.

Please visit the Heliophysics Summer School Schedule to view the presentations and live tapings of the event @

For more information, contact Susanne Demaree at ext. 8627,

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/11/2014 to Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You are invited to attend the upcoming Open House Meetings for the UCAR Strategic Plan. The 5-year plan is intended to describe at a high level what UCAR is, its vision and values, how it serves the community, and its priorities for the future.

Earlier this year the President’s Council defined eight goals that address UCAR’s role in facilitating key activities across NCAR, UCP, and the community, and it tasked eight goal teams to flesh these out.  The teams have done a tremendous job developing these goals and objectives. We have also revised UCAR’s vision and mission. Now, in order for the UCAR Strategic Plan to fully reflect the talents, ideas and vision of our organization, we need your input to provide constructive feedback on the plan’s direction and how and where it might be improved. There are a number of opportunities for feedback including posting comments and engaging in discussion on the website (UCAS password required), as well as attending the goal team Open House meetings.

Strategic Plan website:

Goal Team Open House Schedule

Managing operations through best practices (Co-leads: Katy Schmoll and Michael Thompson)

Tuesday, July 15, 1pm to 2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Advocating for the atmospheric sciences (Co-leads: Scott Rayder and Joanie Kleypas)

Friday, July 18, 10am to 11:30 am, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Fostering an engaged, inclusive workforce (Co-leads: Helen Moshak and Jielun Sun)

Friday, July 18, 11am to 12:30 pm, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Building connections and partnerships (Co-leads: Emily CoBabe-Ammann and Liz Ritchie, University of Arizona)

Friday, July 18, 1pm-2:30 pm, FL2 1022 (large auditorium)

Inspiring a culture of excellence (Co-leads: David Edwards and Meg Austin)

Friday, July 25, 9am to 10:30am, FL2 1001 (small auditorium)

Serving as a locus of capability and innovation (Co-leads: Karyn Sawyer and Mohan Ramamurthy)

Monday, July 28, 10:30 am to noon, CG1 (north auditorium)

Supporting NCAR’s mission (Co-leads: Vanda Grubišić and Bill Brune, Penn State)

Tuesday, July 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm, CG1 (north auditorium)

Translating our science into learning (Co-leads: Mary Marlino and John Ristvey)

Wednesday, July 30, 2pm-3:30 pm, FLA 2111

* Note: Becca Hatheway will lead this session with John in Mary’s absence.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the future of UCAR and how you would like the organization to evolve in support of our shared goals.


Tom Bogdan,
UCAR President

For more information, contact Tom Bogdan at ext. 1652,

Announcement will run from Fri, 07/11/2014 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Two of the NCAR Director for Diversity, Education, and Outreach candidates' archived webcasts can be viewed at:

Please join us on Wednesday, July 16, at 2:30 PM MDT, in the FL2 Large Auditorium, for the third candidate's presentation:  Dr. C. Susan Weiler (Whitman College).

This presentation will be webcast live:

For more information, contact Bev Johnson at ext. 2188,

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/09/2014 to Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The NCAR Library and its staff are happy to support the preparation and publication of new NCAR Technical Notes.

The Technical Notes series provides an outlet for a variety of NCAR Manuscripts that contribute in specialized ways to the body of scientific knowledge but that are not yet at a point of a formal journal, monograph or book publication.  Reports in this series are issued by the NCAR scientific divisions, serviced by OpenSky and operated through the NCAR Library.

Step-by-step instructions to submit an NCAR Technical Note for publication are found on the Library website at

If you have any questions about this process or the forms required, please contact NCAR Reference at or (303) 497-8505.

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Announcement will run from Wed, 07/09/2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014

Speaker:    Guido Cervone – Director of  GeoInformatics & Earth Observation Lab, Department of Geography and Institute for CyberScience at the Pennsylvania State University and Affiliate Scientist with RAL at NCAR
Date:         July 14, 2014
Time:        3:30pm
Place:        FL 2 – Room 1022
Title:         From Big Data to Big Knowledge: The Revolution of CyberScience and


For more than three centuries, scientific discovery has progressed through observation, theory development, and experimentation. Three decades ago, a new and fundamentally revolutionary method was added that has changed the scope of scientific inquiry: computation and data¬-enabled research.

With the emergence of massive data sets and powerful computational capabilities, this new method has become widespread across disciplines leading to new discoveries. About ten years ago it was given a name – CyberScience – with far reaching repercussions in the sciences, engineering, and the humanities. CyberScience has been transformative and will continue to change the way research is undertaken. It has also dramatically changed the founding priorities of most agencies. In order to address these new challenges and capitalize on new potentials, the Institute for CyberScience was formed at The Pennsylvania State University, to build strengths in computationally enabled sciences across disciplines.

Recent advances in sensor technologies and numerical model forecasting have provided scientists with an unprecedented access to Earth-related data. These developments are quickly leading towards a data-rich but knowledge-poor environment. The rate at which geospatial data are being generated exceeds our ability to organize and analyze them. The field of GeoInformatics focuses on the development and implementation of novel scientific algorithms to provide solutions to computation and data-enabled Earth-related problems.

In this talk I will discuss some of the principles of Cyber¬Science and GeoInformatics and will present selected results from my research on the analysis of remote sensing, atmospheric numerical models and social media related to natural disasters and emergencies. Specific examples will be presented of how social media, and non-authoritative sources in general, can be used to ‘fill the gaps’ in remote sensing and model observations during emergencies. Test cases include the flooding of NYC during Hurricane Sandy, and of the city of Boulder CO in September 2013. Potential funding opportunities will also be discussed.

This Seminar will be webcast
NcastFL2_1022 (Large Auditorium) Webcast link

For more information, contact Marybeth Zarlingo at ext. 2751,

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/08/2014 to Sunday, July 13, 2014

How prepared are you for change? When there are organizational changes, placing demands that you change along with it, wariness and uncertainty are natural. Change signals the end of the tried, trusted and familiar. But change is also a new beginning--a springboard into a new and potentially exciting organizational and personal future. EOD’s CHANGE MANAGEMENT LEARNING PLAN provides resources to help you acquire the skills and strategies you and your team need to manage change effectively. 

How EOD’s Change Management Learning Plan Benefits You:

• Understand common reactions to change, and what to expect when dealing with organizational change
• Learn key skills to prepare yourself and your team for change
• Learn practical strategies for dealing with resistance to change, removing organizational obstacles and ensuring transition
• Develop skills to develop positive support for change
• Learn tools and techniques to manage setbacks presented along your route to success
• Develop skills to strengthen you and your team’s perseverance and resiliency

To access the online, anytime Change Management Learning Resources, visit EOD/Skillsoft Site 
(Login credentials: UCAR/work email address, password setup/retrieval at the site)

Cross-Train with Onsite Instructor-Led Classes via EOD's Training Catalog

Opt 1: July 30, 2014, 1-4 pm, CG1-3131
Opt 2: August 4, 2014, 1-4 pm, ML-Damon
Instructor: Rebecca Swisher, UCAR Pres Office/Communications

Overview: Change is everywhere!  We CAN manage change effectively personally and professionally by applying the Prosci ADKAR model - Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability and Reinforcement.  During this interactive, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to: Assess your organization's readiness for change; Develop a change management plan using ADKAR; Involve your sponsors; Communicate the change; Manage resistance to change; and Engage your department, lab or program in the change. The class is open to everyone and is especially valuable for managers/supervisors, project and team leads.

Register at EOD Training Catalog via Connect
(UCAS login>Training Catalog>Search by class name>Details>Enroll in desired date option)

For more information, contact Cheryl Cristanelli at ext. 8708,

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/08/2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014

These new acquisitions will be displayed at each NCAR Library location for one week, first at FL Library and then at ML Library. If you have questions regarding the items or want to suggest additions to the library collection, please contact the NCAR Library at or ext. 8505.

Computation and Visualization For Understanding Dynamics In Geographic Domains : A Research Agenda
Authors: May Yuan, Kathleen Hornsby, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
Publisher: CRC Press
Call Number: G70.212 .Y83 2008
Location: FL Library

Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data
Authors: Noel Cressie, Christopher K. Wilke
Publisher: Wiley
Call Number: QA278.2 .C754 2011
Location: FL

Stellar Structure and Evolution, 2nd edition
Authors: Rudolf Kippenhahn, Alfred Weigert, Achim Weiss
Publisher: Springer
Call Number: QB808 .K57 2012
Location: FL Library

Floods in a Changing Climate. Hydrologic Modeling
Authors: P. P. Mujumdar, D.(Dasika) Nagesh Kumar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Call Number: GB656.2.H9 M85 2012
Location: FL Library

For more information, contact NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Announcement will run from Tue, 07/01/2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014

The TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for July 2014 have been scheduled. The TIAA-CREF representative will be at:

Foothills Lab FL0, Room 2512. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Center Green 1, Board Room 3150. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00am - 3:00pm


To schedule a counseling session, please call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at 1-800-732-8353.

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA-CREF as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

For more information, contact Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Announcement will run from Thu, 06/26/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents photography by Carlye Calvin

Photographing wildlife is like photographing scientists … you learn something new and interesting at every photo session.

My dad bought me my first camera when I was 8 years old, a Kodak Brownie. I only shot black and white film back then, and I loved to convince my siblings to climb up trees and jump out of them so I could practice “action” shots. My dog was a very willing subject. “Sit, stay” … click.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Biology, I worked for a biology textbook company providing photography for high school textbooks. Eventually, I became the staff photographer for NCAR where for 27 years, I was able to combine my love of photography and science.

When I look through the view finder of my camera, I scan the entire scene, every corner, before focusing on the main subject. A photograph is like a painting. Every part of the canvas is important to the composition.

Calvin's work will be on exhibit in Gallery I of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 24, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Announcement will run from Mon, 06/02/2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

NCAR Community Art Program proudly presents two artists:

Richard Warner enjoys images that surprise—be it an unusual perspective, a touch of humor or a subject with shock value.

5POINTS: The stunning street art, captured in this series of photographs, which adorned an entire city block in Queens, New York, no longer exists. Artists from around the world covered the warehouse, scheduled for demolition, with their work, beginning in 2002. During the night of November 19, 2013, the images were blanketed with whitewash. The building developer argued that watching the art being destroyed by the wrecking ball would be “torture”. These pictures were taken less than two months before the art was erased.

Warner is mounting two series of images in NCAR Mesa Lab Gallery I, “5POINTS” and the second “REFLECTIONS”. Warner's work will be on display June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014. 

Eggshell Mosaics by Dorette Carlson

Dorette Carlson sees art as a gift of communication. To her, the artist puts their soul on display, confirming the innate need for connection and the desire to be recognized as part of the greater human experience. Her approach to the ancient art of mosaics reflects the idea that all of creation is a mosaic; it’s all bits and pieces that come together to form the larger whole. Her mosaic art reflects the universal principle that nothing really stands alone; that everything is made of an abundance of interconnected elemental bits. Carlson's work will be on exhibit in Gallery II of the NCAR Mesa Lab June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014.

Come and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!

For more information, contact Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Announcement will run from Mon, 04/14/2014 to Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NCAR Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room

Program Synthesis for Network Updates


We first give a brief overview of the new field of program synthesis. We describe the role that declarative, logical specifications can play in making programmers more efficient. Second, we describe an application of this approach: synthesis of programs that update network configurations.

Configuration updates are a leading cause of instability in networks. A key factor that makes updates difficult to implement is that networks are distributed systems with hundreds or thousands of nodes all interacting with each other. Even if the initial and final configurations are correct, naively updating individual nodes can easily cause the network to exhibit incorrect behaviors such as forwarding loops, black holes, and security vulnerabilities. This paper presents a new approach to the network update problem: we automatically generate updates that are guaranteed to preserve important correctness properties, given in a temporal logic. Our system is based on counterexample-guided search and incorporates heuristics that quickly identify correct updates in many situations.  We exploit the fact that the search algorithm asks a series of related model checking questions, and develop an efficient incremental LTL model checking algorithm. We present experimental results showing that it efficiently generates updates for real-world topologies with thousands of nodes.

For more information, contact Jennifer Williamson at ext. 1224,

Announcement will run from Thu, 04/03/2014 to Thursday, September 25, 2014

For more information, contact D Nychka at ext. 1711,