Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Construction Update
Construction has completed on Phase 2b.  Construction on Phase 2c will begin on Monday 11/20 and last approximately 1 week.  Be aware of the changed parking lot closure area and obey all traffic control personnel, signs and barriers.

Please click on the <Site Map> that indicates construction phasing.

FMS&S will be repairing and replacing the asphalt parking surfaces at the Center Green Campus beginning October 18. Construction will be completed in five (5) phases to allow parking access to other areas of the parking lot during the project.

Project Phasing
Phase 1:  Replacement of the asphalt Parking Lot at CG2.
Phase 2a:  Repairs to the West portion of the concrete parking lot (closest to the railroad tracks). 
Phase 2b:  Repairs to a portion of the concrete parking lot located in front of Logistics in CG3.
Phase 2c:  Repairs to a portion of the concrete parking lot located between CG1 & CG2 (Main Drive).
Phase 2d:  Repairs to the main driveway leading into the CG1 parking structure.  The parking structure will be closed on a Friday and reopened the following Monday morning.

Schedule
The entire project is expected to take six weeks to complete.  Phase 1 and 2a of the project are  scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 18th (after 10:00 a.m.).  All construction schedules are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. Because of this, subsequent scheduling information will be posted on Staff Notes prior to the start of each phase. 

Other Considerations

  • Please obey all traffic control personnel, signs and barriers and exercise additional caution.
  • Staff will notice some construction noise and minimal vibration during construction activities. 
  • Since parking will be restricted during each phase of the project, we are encouraging staff to use UCAR’s shuttle services whenever possible.
  • The basement level of the parking structure routinely has open parking spaces available.  We encourage staff to use these during construction.

Posted by Brad Pattison at ext. 2403, bradp@ucar.edu

Friday, November 17, 2017 to Monday, November 20, 2017

In an effort to make wireless access easier for our visitors, guests and staff with personal devices, we are standing up a new wireless network called "UCAR Visitor" starting Monday, November 20th at the Mesa Lab.  This network will not be using the weekly password used on "UCAR Guests", but will instead allow visitors to put in their name and email address to gain Internet access. Additionally on the 20th the "UCAR Guests" wireless network will no longer be available at the Mesa Lab. Visitors, guests and staff with personal devices will need to connect to the "UCAR Visitor" wireless ID.

Posted by Nick Wehrheim at ext. 1374, nickw@ucar.edu

Thursday, November 16, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 2017

ACOM SEMINAR

Title: What happens to air pollution when it is cold and dark? Insights from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign

Presenter: Joel Thornton, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences -University of Washington

Abstract: Emissions of primary pollutants occur year round. Episodes of significantly degraded air quality can occur during wintertime in mid-latitude urban areas. Yet, the rates and mechanisms by which primary pollutants are transformed under the darker and colder conditions of winter remain poorly understood. I will present on forthcoming results obtained from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign, which utilized the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft to study trace gas and particulate emissions and chemistry across the eastern U.S. during February - March 2015. These observations suggest significant photochemical oxidation occurs, driven by radical precursors not commonly incorporated in chemical transport models, that are strongly linked to local and regional anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen oxides and short-lived VOC. We find that by reconciling model representations of multiphase reactive nitrogen chemistry, related radical precursors and formaldehyde emission sources are consistent with observations.  This allows for an accurate description of secondary nitrate and sulfate aerosol formation and reactive nitrogen partitioning and deposition, which in turn allows for more robust predictions of responses to future changes in emissions.

Joel Thornton is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.   He received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2002 and was than a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 2002 – 2004,   His research focuses on understanding the atmospheric chemistry of reactive nitrogen and organic compounds, with an emphasis on aerosol formation and multiphase chemistry.   His group uses a combination of  mass spectrometry, method and instrumentation development, laboratory process studies, in situ observations, and modeling.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Refreshments 3:15pm, Seminar 3:30pm 

NCAR Foothills Laboratory
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium
Live webcast: http://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318, bonnie@ucar.edu

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

The Children's Holiday Party is upon us and volunteers are needed.

Date of Event: Saturday, 12/2/17
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: CG1

If you're interested in having some fun with colleagues and supporting this annual and eventful tradition, please click here to view the volunteer form and sign up today!

Note: There are two volunteer shifts to select from. Each volunteer is being asked to volunteer two hours of their time. Bring your family along too! The more, the merrier!!!

Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration.

If you have questions, please contact Toni Wallace, twallace@ucar.edu.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

Santa Claus is coming to our organization on Saturday, 12/2! ALL employees and their families are invited!

Date: Saturday, 12/2
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: CG1, (3080 Center Green Drive)

Activities and Information:

  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Decorate cookies
  • Fun with stickers and tattoos
  • Paint ceramic art figures

(All activities are free with the exception of painting ceramics. Note: Ceramic figures are $1.50 each.)

There will be refreshments and music for families to enjoy! Come and mingle with your colleagues and their families! This is a great opportunity to build community and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017

Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation Seminar
Dr. Tiago Quintino, Team Leader for Scalability, ECMWF
ECMWF's Next Generation Software Stack for the IFS Model and Product Generation: Future Workflow Adaptations

Starting 2014, ECMWF has embarked on a research programme on HPC Scalability, aiming to achieve Exascale numerical weather prediction systems by 2025.

ECMWF operational forecast generates massive amounts of I/O in short bursts, accumulating to tens of TB in hourly windows. From this output, millions of user-defined daily products are generated by a complex chain of transformations and regridding operators and finally disseminated to member states and commercial clients.

These products are processed from the raw output of the IFS model, within the time critical path and under strict delivery schedule. Upcoming resolution increases and growing popularity will increase both the size and number of these products. Based on expected model resolution increases, by 2020 we estimate the operational model will output over 100 TB/day and need to archive over 400 TB/day. Given that the I/O workload is already one of the strongest bottlenecks in ECMWF's workflow, this is one of the main challenges to reach Exascale NWP.

We present a new software stack that ECMWF is developing to tackle these future challenges in the scalability of model I/O and product generation, and reworking its operational workflows to adapt to forthcoming I/O technologies.

In particular, we will present the adaptation of IFS I/O server to the use of NVRAM technologies as a way to buffer large amounts of forecast outputs en route to the product generation and archival systems, thus minimising file-system I/O within the operational critical path and collocating post-processing with model computation.

November 20, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2A305
NOAA David Skaggs Research Center 

Posted by Whitney Robinson at ext. 8628, wrobs@ucar.edu

Monday, November 13, 2017 to Monday, November 20, 2017
New Notifier services have been established to communicate planned and unplanned outage notifications for Concur and UProcure. These are opt-in services, so you must subscribe to take advantage. 
 
To subscribe to receive Concur and/or UProcure outage notifications: 
  1. Go to https://notifier.ucar.edu and sign in with your UCAS credentials. 
  2. Click on subscribe. 
  3. Search for or scroll/page to the service(s) to which you would like to subscribe (the new services are named "Concur" and "UProcure") and check the box next to it. 
  4. Click Submit. Repeat for any others services for which you wish to receive notifications. 

Posted by Justin Wild at ext. 8707, JWild@ucar.edu

Friday, November 10, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

It's time for the annual Children's Holiday Party!

Santa Claus will be here on Saturday, 12/2. ALL employees and their families are invited!

Date: Saturday, 12/2
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: CG1, (3080 Center Green Drive)

Activities and Information:

  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Decorate cookies
  • Fun with stickers and tattoos
  • Paint ceramic art figures

(All activities are free with the exception of painting ceramics. Note: Ceramic figures are $1.50 each.)

There will be refreshments and music for families to enjoy! Come and mingle with your colleagues and their families! This is a great opportunity to build community and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716, twallace@ucar.edu

Thursday, November 9, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions for November 2017 have been scheduled:

Foothills Lab 2 – Room 1002 
November 9, 2017

Center Green 1 – Board Room 3150
November 28, 2017

SIGN UP TODAY: 
To schedule a counseling session: Click the link above or 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 as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710, afronk@ucar.edu

Thursday, November 2, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

The 2018 annual SEA conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 2nd to April 6th. The theme for this year is Frontiers in Scientific Software.

We are soliciting talks, tutorials on all aspects of state of the art scientific software, including, but not limited to:

  • Bare metal and containerized cloud computing for science
  • Parallel, Distributed and High Performance Computing
  • Advanced use of Parallel, Distributed and High Performance Tools and Techniques (vectorization, debuggers, profilers, overlapping computation and communication, compiler-based optimization, etc)
  • Edge Computing and other techniques to move the analysis closer to the data
  • Data exploration, analysis, visualization
  • Best practices, Testing and Reproducibility
  • Building and managing Scientific Software Communities
  • Collaborative and Open Source Software Development in science
  • Use of Fortran, Python, Matlab, R, or anything language-specific (particularly language interoperability) is welcome

To submit your abstract or tutorial proposal and for additional details, please click HERE.

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253, mpatton@ucar.edu

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018

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