Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Important information from the Identity Access Management Team (IAM):


Please logout of the following applications prior to 5:30 PM Mountain/Standard Time:

  • Google Suites (email, calendar, etc.)
  • Time Card
  • Signature Authority

What you can expect during this time:

Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority will be unavailable.

If everything goes as planned, you will be able to log back into these applications within an hour using yourCIT Password; however, if we encounter any unforeseen transition issues, log in access to these applications will be secured by Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 AM Mountain/Standard Time.

This organization-wide transition was introduced and communicated back on November 10, 2016 via All-Staff email and Staff Notes Daily. You can also find additional information on our OPEX Customer Web Site under Identity Access Management.

Information on What is Changing

CIT Password will be required to log into Google Suite (email, calendar, etc.), Time Card and Signature Authority. You will no longer use your UCAS password. If you need further assistance in reference to your CIT Password, please contact your local System’s Administrator. The list by organizational unit can be found at:

Once you log into one of these applications, such as Google email, you will no longer have to log into Timecard or Signature Authority separately. They will now be apart of  Single Sign On.

This is another positive and exciting step in the direction of all business applications being a part of Single Sign On. Single Sign On will require fewer passwords for staff to remember, reduce staff frustration with entering multiple passwords over the course of a day’s work, and enable easier collaboration with partner research organizations

We will communicate to you as the rest of the business applications transition over to Single Sign On.

Posted by Gail Rutledge at ext. 1267,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

All Staff Ethics Workshop - postponed from February (bad weather day)

Presented by: UCAR Ethics Officer, Meg McClellan

Mark your calendars, now rescheduled for:

March 9, 2017

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Center Green (CG1) 1214 - North Auditorium

All Staff Ethics Workshop

Learn about science and research ethics,

Ponder case studies


Play ethics jeopardy.

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017
Vote to Name Our New eProcurement Site!

Help us name our Jaggaer (formerly SciQuest) eProcurement application website where staff will be able to order goods and services using online catalogs and contracts from select suppliers, saving time and money (think Amazon). Vote for your favorite one of the top four submissions selected from over 50 entries from staff across the organization
Take just a minute to complete this ballot and cast your vote by Friday, March 10!

The winner will receive:

  • Design Credit
  • Renown in Staff Notes Daily
  • Kudos from your peers
  • Gratitude from the Project Team
  • A $35 Gift Certificate

We will announce the winner in Staff Notes the week of March 13. One vote per person. In the unlikely event of a tie, our President Tony Busalacchi will cast the tie breaking vote!

Check out the OPEX Jaggaer Purchasing project site at for more information!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The summary of the February 13, 2017 President's Council meeting can be found here.

Posted by Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017

Christopher K. Wikle
Curators’ Distinguished Professor
Department of Statistics
University of Missouri

Spatio-temporal data are ubiquitous in the environmental sciences, and their study is important for understanding and predicting a wide variety of processes of interest to meteorologists and climate scientists.  One of the primary difficulties in modeling spatial processes that change with time is the complexity of the dependence structures that must describe how such a process varies, and the presence of high-dimensional datasets and prediction domains. Much of the methodological development in recent years has considered either efficient moment-based approaches or spatio-temporal dynamical models. To date, most of the focus on statistical methods for dynamic spatio-temporal processes has been on linear models. Even in these relatively simple models, there are significant challenges in specifying parameterizations that are simultaneously useful scientifically and efficient computationally.  This talk presents some recent attempts to place these models, some of which were motivated in the atmospheric sciences, into a more rigorous uncertainty quantification framework.  Examples of such methods include quadratically nonlinear, analog, and agent-based models.  

(Bring your lunch)

Thursday, March 2, 12-1 p.m.
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Thursday, March 2, 2017

News clips at a glance: Feb. 18 – 24

Total:  ~125

Summary: UCAR President Tony Busalacchi talked about the grand challenge in atmospheric research and other priorities in an interview with EOS.

An Associated Press story focusing on the Cheyenne Supercomputer supporting climate research work in the country's biggest coal-mining state continued to generate media coverage over the Feb. 18 weekend.

Notable clips:

Earth-System Prediction and the Role of Science (Tony Busalacchi, UCAR):
New UCAR Leader Sees Scientific, Administrative Challenges Ahead

California's Heavy Rains  (Christine Shields, CGD):
California Rains Put the Spotlight on Atmospheric Rivers

Cheyenne Supercomputer (Rich Loft, CISL):
New Supercomputer Aids Climate Research in Top Coal State
(Associated Press story picked up by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and dozens of other media outlets)

Ocean Oxygen Loss (Matthew Long, CGD):
Fish Under Threat from Ocean Oxygen Depletion, Finds Study
(Guardian, cites previous work by Matthew Long)

Including Human Factors into Environmental Modeling (UCAR's Tony Busalacchi as co-author of University of Maryland-led study):
It's More than Just Climate Change
(Science News)

Social media highlights:

The University at Albany, SUNY tweeted that Everette Joseph had been elected chair of UCAR. Joseph is director of UAlbany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center.

More than 550 people viewed a Facebook post featuring a UCAR video on science education.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

WHO:  All staff who travel internationally

WHAT:  Don’t travel with data that is not needed for your trip. Don’t take export controlled or other sensitive or controlled data on international travel if it is not required and authorized.

WHY: U.S. customs officials are authorized to search or retain electronic devices, including digital cameras, cell phones, media players, disk drives, flash drives, tablet devices, and laptops, even without probable cause, to look for violation of export control regulations as well as other laws and regulations. To prepare for this possibility:

  • Don’t carry data you don’t want others to see: medical records, research data files that cannot be published, financial information, photos, etc.
  • Before you travel, back up any data that you don’t want to lose.
  • Consider taking a minimal device (clean laptop) equipped with only ordinary, recognizable software and minimal data so any search can be fast.

CONTACT:  For further guidance view or download “International Travel with Devices and Data”, contact, or your ECC (Export Compliance Coordinator).

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017


SUBJECT: CPM Scheduled Outage including FAB User Interface and Cognos BI Reports

DATE/TIME: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 3pm


SERVICES AFFECTED: All CPM services including Cognos BI Reports and FAB User Interface

REASON: Regular maintenance

START: Fri March 3, 2017 3:00 PM MST
DURATION: 3 days

END: Monday, March 6 at 7PM MST

Cognos BI

Reta Kubler

Kelly Box

Posted by Kelly Box at ext. 8558,

Monday, February 27, 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 gender and race 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 stepping in to intervene when they do. . Each session will focus on a different topic, with some required pre-readings and videos (about 2-3 hours' worth). 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 (UCAR|NCAR Equity and InclusiON) Training Series (PRO143)”. You must register for ALL FOUR sessions in order to participate. All sessions will be held in CG1 3131 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on March 16, April 27, May 25, and June 22

For more information please visit the UNEION page on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website or contact Kristen Luna Aponte.

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Monday, February 27, 2017 to Thursday, March 16, 2017