Staff Notes Daily Announcements

At UCAR and NCAR every day is an opportunity to better understand the Earth’s atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems. Sunday, April 22nd, nationally recognized as Earth Day, is a time to acknowledge the importance of the work done here at UCAR|NCAR, and it is a time to celebrate the cumulative results of a daily commitment by staff to make our impact on the Earth’s systems as positive as possible.

Here are just a few highlights from our collective efforts:

  • The waste diversion rate at UCAR|NCAR has reached an impressive 68%. In FY17, UCAR|NCAR recycled 71,960 pounds of single-stream materials and composted 50,866 pounds of organic materials, which means that a total of 122,826 pounds of waste has been saved from the landfill. You may have noticed that all common area waste receptacles now have signage above each bin. Please keep the bins in your area together with their corresponding signage in order to improve waste diversion and reduce contamination. By simply throwing away your waste in the correct bin you have reduced your environmental footprint, avoided greenhouse gas emissions, improved soil quality, and you have helped to set an example for how businesses across the city, state, and nation can achieve higher diversion rates. Don’t know where to throw? Find out!
  • UCAR|NCAR now composts all paper towels in restrooms! This effort is aimed at reducing the amount of paper towels being sent to the landfill, and will also help to achieve our collective goal of reaching a 75% diversion rate.
  • To date, 621 employees have signed up to utilize their UCAR paid B-cycle memberships. These memberships provide all UCAR|NCAR staff with access to bikes all over Boulder, Denver and beyond. In FY17, staff rode 11,357 miles on B-cycle bikes which reduced carbon emissions by 10,789 pounds. This is also equivalent to burning 454,280 calories. Learn more about how to join the fun with your free B-cycle membership!
  • In August of 2017, the new FreeCycle website was launched. FreeCycle is an office supply exchange program that now offers online “shopping”. When staff has gently used office supplies that they no longer need, they can donate them to FreeCycle by bringing them to drop-off locations available at each campus. The Sustainability team inventories the items and puts them on the FreeCycle website so that all staff can see what items are available, and then place an order with a click of a button. The best part is that it’s all 100% free. Once you submit your order, we will deliver your items right to your office within five business days. Since the launch of the new website, 3,157 items have been ordered and delivered to staff. In the eight months since the program launched, the staff members that have used FreeCycle instead of purchasing new items have collectively saved over $17,000. This is a great monetary benefit, but it also means that we’ve reduced the strain on valuable natural resources and habitats, prevented pollution caused by harvesting new raw materials, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. What are you waiting for? Start shopping on FreeCycle today! 
  • UCAR’s workplace EV charging program was established in August of 2016. Since then, the stations have been used to charge electric vehicles 1,467 times. This program has helped to avoid 10,166 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. That's like planting 136 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 

Congratulations on being part of these significant efforts, and the many more that occur on a daily basis! We look forward to supporting your continued excellent stewardship. 

Happy Earth Day!

Your Sustainability Team

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Monday, April 23, 2018

Supervisory Training: Essential People Management


  • Available to supervisors and managers
  • Must be able to attend the 1.5 day training sessions
  • Approval from supervisor to engage in this cohort


April: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July: 18 & 19
18th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
19th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location for all sessions: CG1-North Auditorium

Register via Connect.

  • Select "EOD Training Catalog"
  • 25 participants max per 1.5 day training sessions. Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

More information can be found on the EOD website.

  • View in the Leadership Development Tab.

Questions: Contact Toni Wallace, 303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A new Delphi question and answer has been posted about: costs and benefits of the My Total Rewards Tool.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NCL + VAPOR Workshop

July 9-12, 2018
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)
Boulder, CO

This 4-day workshop is geared towards new users of NCL and VAPOR. It will include a combination of introductory lectures on NCL and scientific data formats and graphics, and 3D visualization using VAPOR. Students will be encouraged to bring their own data to the workshop. There will be hands-on labs every afternoon, where the instructors will work individually with students to help them analyze their own data using NCL and VAPOR.

Registration is limited and the summer workshop tends to fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The deadline is June 15, 2018.

Travel support is available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students from EPSCoR states or minority-serving institutions to attend. The deadline for applying for funds is May 14, 2018.

See the link below for full details and a link to the registration form.

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018

Title: Ocean Heat Uptake and Dynamic Sea Level Rise: Past and Future Uncertainty

Speaker: Laure Zanna, Univ. of Oxford, U.K.

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 3:30 pm
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

The ocean absorbs a significant portion of the anthropogenic heat released in the climate system, leading to an increase in global mean sea level rise. Observed and projected regional patterns of heat uptake in mid- and high-latitudes are controlled in part by changes in ocean circulation. Using a new estimate of ocean heat content, direct measurements and models, I will present evidence that in the Atlantic: 1) half of the thermosteric sea level trend since 1970 is due to ocean circulation changes; 2) the uncertainty in dynamic sea level projections can be explained by the ocean circulation response to uncertain air-sea fluxes (rather than from ocean model uncertainty). I will use a simple conceptual model to explain the changes and discuss the implications for climate projections of dynamic sea level. 

Posted by Barbara Middlebrook at ext. 1366,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Monday, April 23, 2018

Planar Nanotube-Based Radiometers for Space and Telecommunications
John H. Lehman
NIST, Sources and Detectors Group

The primary standards for optical power measurements at NIST and other National Metrology Institutes in the world are based on thermal detectors and the principle of electrical substitution. Traceability is realized through electrical measurements and the SI by way of the volt and ohm. We have recently demonstrated that we can achieve small, fast, accurate and extremely efficient and broadband radiometers based on micromachined silicon and vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. These chipscale radiometers embody all the essential elements of an absolute radiometer on a single chip. The application for these radiometers ranges from optical fiber power meter calibrations, laser-power measurements, and space-based solar irradiance and solar spectral irradiance.

 Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 2:30 PM
Refreshments 2:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory • 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

 Webcast: (Room 2: FL2-1022)

Posted by Erin Fundalinski at ext. 8713,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018

ACOM Seminar

Title:  Deodorant, Cleaning Products and the Virtue of Smelling Bad: Investigations into Emerging Sources of Air Pollution from Consumer Chemical Products

Presenter:  Matthew M. Coggon, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Bouler

Abstract: Over the past 50 years, urban air pollution due to vehicle emissions has steadily decreased at a rate of 7.5%/year. In the meantime, other sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have largely remained unchanged. Now that cars are cleaner, it has been estimated that other sources of reactive carbon, such as personal care products, cleaning products, and solvents from paints, may contribute up to half of the VOC burden in urban areas. The VOCs emitted from these sources are highest in indoor environments, but once exhausted to the outdoors, are likely to contribute to the formation of ozone and secondary organic aerosol. Here, we will present work aimed at evaluating VOCs emitted from consumer products. First, we present work from Los Angeles showing that volatile chemical products are a major source of VOCs in urban air. Second, we will explore potential tracers that could be used to detect the presence of VOCs emitted from consumer products, including decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5-siloxane). Finally, we will present recent measurements aimed at assessing emissions of terpenes from fragranced consumer products. We will explore whether an anthropogenic signal can be detected in the urban environment, and distinguishable from biogenic sources.

Monday, 30 April 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory • 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)
Webcast: (Room 2: FL2-1022)

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

The 2018 NCAR Explorer Series continues with a public talk from Dr. Richard Loft of CISL

Saturday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Both talks will take place in the NCAR Mesa Lab main seminar room. (Tickets required! See link below for details)

Soon after their invention, scientists harnessed computers to serve as powerful mathematical “telescopes”, enabling the investigation of problems that couldn’t be solved by human brainpower alone.  These early explorations led to the discovery of chaos theory and soon thereafter to the modeling of that crucial, thin layer of fluids that enshrouds planet Earth – our atmosphere and oceans. These models produced improved weather forecasts, saving untold lives and property, and led to an understanding of the risks of continued greenhouse gas emissions, knowledge surely critical to sustaining human technological civilization.

What lies ahead for computing in atmospheric science? Today, the computing power once largely wielded by scientists is now in the hands of billions of people, readily accessible from any tablet or smartphone. Ideas like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the cloud have leapt from science fiction and straight into consumer products. Science, which once led the charge in computing technology, is now both feeding off these macro trends and struggling to keep up. The road ahead will require us to rethink our approach to modeling, prediction, and delivering information to an increasingly-wired society. This public talk will discuss some of the challenges and also provide a glimpse of the wonders that lie in store.

More details about this talk and other NCAR Explorer Series talks please click the link below:

This is a public event and tickets are required. Links to order your ticket for Saturday or Wednesday are at the bottom of this web page:

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Kuali Awards Management system is now live. This marks another successful milestone in delivering improved systems as part of the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program. Kuali provides robust data to assist with award management by labs/programs, the NCAR and UCP directorates, and UCAR administration. The platform includes:

  • A central repository for accessing award documents for all new awards and modifications going forward

  • Migrated information for all existing awards in Active, Pending, and WRAP status as of March 30, 2018 

  • Integration with Advance Notice and PandA to identify high-level proposal data in Kuali

  • Integration with IFAS and iVantage

  • Single sign-on to Kuali and award access based on defined permissions

  • Enhanced award data for reporting through Cognos

For the best viewing experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Please be sure to visit the Kuali User Support site where you will find a number of learning resources including how-to videos to help you get started. This site is easily accessible while you are in Kuali by clicking on the GET HELP link in the upper righthand corner.

If you run into any issues or questions, please enter a Help Desk ticket or dial the Contracts line at ext. 8894 for assistance. The help link and instructions can also be found on the user support site.

Learn more about OPEX here

Posted by Jill Lampe at ext. 8522,

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

View the 2018 Years of Service Awards Honoree List here.

Congratulations Everyone!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Monday, April 2, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018