Staff Notes Daily Announcements

On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, a process will be implemented to synchronize a user’s CIT password to G Suite whenever they change their CIT password. There's a very small number of people this will affect.

*** No user action is required. ***

This will resolve some instances where mail clients or devices are still authenticating to Google using a user’s UCAS password. If you currently have an application authenticating to Google using your UCAS password, the next time you change your CIT password you will need to update that application with your new CIT password.

This is another step in the Identity and Access Management (IAM) project to require fewer passwords, reduce staff frustration with entering multiple passwords over the course of a day’s work, and enable easier collaboration with partner  organizations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Lab or Program IT Help Desk.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Software engineers from NCAR, NOAA, NREL, UCAR, and other institutions are invited to attend a free, one-day training session on Intel Parallel Studio from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16.

Topics to be covered include Intel’s performance and threading analysis tools as well as Intel MPI, cluster tools, Python distribution, and Intel libraries. A detailed agenda is available here.

Intel staff members will provide the training at the Foothills Lab (FL2-1022) in Boulder. Please register here to attend, either in person or by webcast. The training will not be recorded. 

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273, bjsmith@ucar.edu

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Thursday, August 17, 2017

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 ncarref@ucar.edu or ext. 8505.

Ocean Studies, 2nd edition
Editor: Joseph M. Moran
Publisher: AMS
Location: FL Library
Call Number: GC 11.2 O24 2008

Deep Learning
Authors: Ian Goodfellow and others
Publisher: MIT Press
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 325.5 .G66 2016

Python Data Visualization Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Authors: Igor Milovanovic and others
Publisher: Packt
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 76.73 .P98 M55 2015

Python Machine Learning by Example
Author: Yuxi Liu
Publisher: Packt
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 76.73 .P98 L783 2017

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505, ncarref@ucar.edu

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR to partake! 

Mark your calendars for future dates:   FridaySeptember 1, 15 & 29; October 13 & 27; November 10: December 1 & 15.

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Friday, August 18, 2017

A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services, will begin on August 4.  Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".

PLEASE ENROLL EVEN IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE WEBCAST.  AT LEAST 10 PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ENROLLED IN ORDER TO HOLD EACH SESSION.

UCAR Benefits, TIAA Retirement Planning Resources
August 4, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST
FL2 – 1001 or Webcast
Overview - Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA retirement program and how to maximize their value. 

Empowerment of Income Protection Planning & Social Security
August 11, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
FL2-1001
Overview – During the first part of this session, you will learn whether your family and income is properly protected and empowered.  Also learn about Social Security Benefits.

Financial Planning & Investments
August 18, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
FL2-1001
Overview - Discover the benefits of financial planning and different types of investment options.

Medicare Basics
August 25, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
CG1 – Room 2126
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
September 1, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
FL2-1001
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702, lcarr@ucar.edu

Monday, July 24, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is looking for staff from across the institution to provide feedback on protégé posters on Thursday, August 3rd, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the CG auditorium (reception to follow). Please consider offering your time to review SOARS posters and interact with protégés about their summer research. Evaluators will provide feedback on both content and presentation. We invite those with a scientific background, and those without, to join us in providing this important component for student research. 

 

Please contact Laura Allen by Friday, July 28th, if you are interested in evaluating SOARS posters.

Posted by Laura Allen at ext. 2408, lallen@ucar.edu

Monday, July 24, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Presenting Data and Information: A Summary of the Edward Tufte Course and Its Relevant Lessons for NCAR Scientists

David John Gagne II

National Center for Atmospheric Research

I recently attended the one-day course on “Presenting Data and Information” by Edward Tufte, a major pioneer of data visualization, thanks to generous support from Dr. Doug Nychka and IMAGe. During the course, Tufte covered important principles of analytical design and guidelines for giving effective presentations. He also provided his perspective on a wide range of topics related to data visualization and showcased visualizations that exemplified his design principles. In this seminar, I will highlight important lessons from the course, analyze some of the featured visualizations, and discuss how NCAR scientists can incorporate these design principles into their scientific workflows.

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mesa Lab, 680 - Penthouse

(Bring your lunch)

 

 

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

Friday, July 21, 2017 to Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 12, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. as part of the festivities celebrating the City of Cheyenne's 150th anniversary. All staff and their families are enthusiastically invited to attend, and enjoy the visitor center and hands-on activities for all ages.
 
Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., NCAR, UCAR SciEd, and University of Wyoming staff and students will present fun, interactive events and games for the whole family, including:
  • Robot demonstrations
  • Raspberry Pi video games
  • Tornado simulations
  • Computational thinking challenges
The visitor center is also inaugurating new exhibits, videos, and information about the Sun and the oceans, the new Cheyenne supercomputer, and the 2017 solar eclipse.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the NWSC!
 
Date: 12 August
Location: NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC)
Address: 8120 Veta Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82009
Time: Open 10a.m.-4p.m., activities and demos 11a.m.-3p.m.
Admission: free

Posted by Marijke Unger at ext. 1285, marijke@ucar.edu

Friday, July 21, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Beginners Introduction to the Analog Ensemble Technique

LAURA CLEMENTE-HARDING | THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, AND THE ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, ALEXANDRIA, VA

Have you heard about the Analog Ensemble (AnEn) technique? Would you like to learn more about the technique and its evolution? Want to learn its possible applications and the current state-of-the-art research being conducted using this technique? Then come for a beginners adventure into the AnEn technique brought to you by the Warner Internship for Scientific Enrichment (WISE) Program!

 The Analog Ensemble (AnEn) technique was developed to generate a probability distribution function (PDF) of an expected outcome from a current deterministic forecast and corresponding sets of historical forecasts and verifying observations. The technique has implications in physical science subject areas where: 1) single deterministic predictions, past predictions, and their corresponding observations are available; 2) it is necessary to have quantifiable and justifiable measures of uncertainty; and 3) computational resources are precious.  The AnEn technique provides an alternative option for generating probabilistic forecasts without requiring the computational expense of a NWP ensemble thus allowing scientists to choose between the tradeoff of higher resolution modeling or ensemble modeling at a coarser resolution. The AnEn improves short-term weather prediction accuracy, decreases real-time computational costs, and provides spatial and temporal uncertainty estimation (Delle Monache et al. 2011; Delle Monache et al. 2013; Alessasndrini et al. 2015; Zhang et al. 2015).  Applications of the technique include but are not limited to: a range of weather parameters (e.g., 10-m and 80-m wind speed, 2-m temperature, relative humidity) solar power forecasting, wind power forecasting, air quality forecasting, tropical cyclone predictions, and downscaling of parameters as wind speed and precipitation.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:00PM-2:00PM FL2-1001

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751, jessaj@ucar.edu

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join a cohort of your colleagues from across NCAR|UCAR to share, learn, and talk about topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This 4-part training series is an introduction to the ways in which various identities can affect our experiences in society and the workplace. Together we will explore different aspects of our own identities, hear the background and lived experiences of people with different gender identities and from different races. We’ll learn how to identify problematic and potentially hurtful interactions as they occur, and learn practical tools for intervening. Each session will focus on a different topic, with some required pre-readings and videos (about 2-3 hours). The sessions will involve reflection on the pre-readings, hands-on activities to explore further, and shared discussions to learn from each other’s perspectives. Check your calendars, sign up now! 

To sign up please go to the Connect Website. Once you log in, click on the EOD calendar and registration link, search for “UNEION)”. You must register for ALL FOUR sessions in order to participate- the sessions are under the general title UNEION, be sure to register for the courses with the PRO144, PRO145, PRO146, and PRO147 in the titles. All sessions will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on August 8, September 12, October 17, and November 7.

For more information please visit the UNEION page on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website or contact Kristen Luna Aponte (kaponte@ucar.edu).  

Target Audience:

Open to all NCAR|UCAR employees (who have not already completed UNEION 101) interested in learning more about diversity, equity and inclusion, and who are willing to approach these topics with an open mind, and a willingness to be challenged and consider alternative viewpoints. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory, as the sessions build on each other, and you will be part of a cohort learning group. Please DO NOT sign up if you are unable to attend ALL FOUR sessions. Please note dates, times, and locations for all the sessions.

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657, kaponte@ucar.edu

Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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