Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Please join us for cake to celebrate Shelley Richards-Craig’s retirement 30+ years of service to UCAR! Everyone is welcome Thursday, September 15th, in FLA Room 2111 from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Shelley permanently joined UCAR Finance and Administration in 1987 as the Accounts Payable Supervisor. In 1995, Shelley was appointed the Finance and Administration General Accounting Manager, a position she’s held since that time. Shelley will be officially retiring on September 23 following a long and successful career.

Shelley’s accomplishments are many. She supported the labs/programs as the General Accounting Manager in a number of areas including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Travel, and Payroll. UCAR was inducted into the Community Shares Hall of Fame for Shelley’s work in support of the annual UCAR Charity Drive. Her knowledge has been integral to a significant number of automation projects including electronic time cards and travel authorizations, eCommerce, electronic paystubs, and electronic IRS Form W-2s. In the mid-1990s, Shelley handled on-site travel reimbursement offices for two international field projects (TOGA-COARE and CEPEX). Also, Shelley designed and has managed the current workers compensation annual audit resulting in significant savings to UCAR over the years.  

These are but a few of the many accomplishments Shelley can take credit for during her career and we hope you will join us on Thursday, September 15, to express our gratitude to Shelley for 30 dedicated years of service to this organization!

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Thursday, August 25, 2016 to Thursday, September 15, 2016

A cutting edge forecasting system developed by RAL in collaboration with a national team of experts offers the potential to save the solar energy industry hundreds of millions of dollars through improved forecasts of the atmosphere. (Story by David Hosansky, Manager of Media Relations. Read more here.)

Posted by David Hosansky at ext. 8611,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Raffaele Montuoro, PhD Instructional Assistant Professor

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

The increasing demand for timely, high-quality weather and climate predictions that can be effectively used to support impact-based decision support systems (IDSS) at regional to local scales presents us with a unique opportunity for rethinking the design of software frameworks that will be driving our next generation of high-resolution climate models. Computation and data workflows are especially important as we attempt to improve our models’ prediction skills by means of ensemble runs and data assimilation.

This talk will present two practical approaches to this challenge: one that introduces an integrated, real-time 3D visualization and computational steering framework for critical weather applications, and the other that extends the current CESM framework by enabling multiple coupler instances to run concurrently.

Friday, August 26, 2016


NCAR, Mesa Laboratory, Main Seminar Room


Posted by s gentile at ext. 2480,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016

Space is still available in the upcoming Retirement and Financial Planning sessions!

Upcoming sessions:

  • Long Term Care & Social Security, Friday, August 26
  • Medicare Basics, Friday, September 2 (FL2 auditorium)
  • Estate Planning & Housing Transitions, September 9

All sessions will be held between noon and 2 p.m. in FL2, room 1001 (except for the September 2 session in the FL2 auditorium).

Please enroll in the individual sessions through Connect EOD:

These sessions will also be Webcast via this link:



Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016

The Dynamics of the Generation of Internal Waves by Explosive Volcanic Eruptions
Peter G. Baines
Department of Infrastructure Engineering - University of Melbourne

Explosive volcanic eruptions (in locations such as Iceland) have the potential to cause sudden disruption and potential for damage to air traffic on a large scale. Observations on the Caribbean island of Montserrat have shown that explosive volcanic eruptions can generate atmospheric internal waves with periods of several minutes. These waves can be observed by surface microbarographs (Baines & Sacks 2014, Geol. Soc. London Mem. 39, 153), and can give information about the nature of such eruptions. This may be significant in locations where other observations are scarce or absent. In this paper a new model for the generation of such waves is presented, based on the representation of the eruptions as modified forms of turbulent plumes, and the results are compared with observations. Properties of the internal waves produced by various forms of eruption are determined, for a variety of atmospheric conditions. One general conclusion is that powerful eruptions that are confined to the troposphere will generate larger amplitude waves than eruptions that penetrate into the stratosphere.

Seminar will be webcast at:
Thursday 25 August, 2016 11 a.m., Refreshments 10:45 a.m.
Foothills Laboratory 2, Small Seminar Room (Room 1001)

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Friday, August 19, 2016 to Thursday, August 25, 2016

As a child, Becca Hatheway loved taking rain and temperature measurements at school. The Virginia native also enjoyed visiting the Smithsonian museums and wondered what it would be like to create the dioramas and other displays. So today, overseeing the updated climate exhibit at Mesa Lab seems like "coming full circle." By Jeff Smith, Science Writer and Public Information Officer. (Read more here.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Friday, August 19, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016
Deadline: September 30, 201

 ASP invites proposals from the NCAR staff for the annual Summer Colloquium topic for 201
. As you may know, ASP hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate students. We favor subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas or research for which good course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students for 
weeks at NCAR for classroom presentations and other forms of instruction and interaction. 
ASP covers the cost of travel for students and speakers.  In addition, we also have an Education Specialist who can help you
design your workshop.  

Please refer to the link below for the full text of the call for proposals. 
Paula Fisher

Posted by Paula Fisher at ext. 1328,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Monday, August 29, 2016

NCAR/CISL is hosting a Globus tutorial and developer workshop October 25 and 26 at the Center Green campus (CG1) in Boulder. The workshop, which is organized and led by the Globus development team, is targeted at developers building web applications for research, system administrators who have deployed or are planning to deploy Globus, and others who are  interested in learning more about the research data management service. It is open to all UCAR staff.

Attendees will walk away with the knowledge and tools required to build and maintain a modern research data portal that leverages the Globus platform.

The workshop is free to participants, who will need to bring a laptop and are asked to register here. Space is limited.

For more information, see the GlobusWorld Tour announcement or contact

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Hires and Departures as of Friday, August 12, 2016


Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 26, 2016

The nominations for the UCAR annual awards are due on Friday, October 14th, before the close of business. Please submit nominations electronically to Susan Montgomery-Hodge, either in a Google Drive folder or on a flash drive. 

Please note that only NCAR Associate Directors, UCAR or UCP Program Directors, or their designates may submit nominations.

More information can be found at the “Request for 2016 Nominations” on the Employee Recognition Awards Procedures. There are two classes of awards: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards. Categories for the latter award include:  Publication; Scientific and/or Technical Advancement; Administrative Achievement; Education and Outreach; Mentoring; and, Diversity.  

A note on the publications awards, the focus of which is:  "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences".  “Five years" is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year.  I.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2011 for 2016's nominations.

In order to submit nominations which will be favorably considered, please use the appropriate checklists:

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Outstanding Accomplishments Awards

These Checklists have been compiled by previous Awards Jury members in order to make the process more consistent and streamlined.  This past year’s jury suggested that those who are providing supporting documents and/or letters of support for nominations should reference the appropriate Criteria Checklist.  It may also be helpful for them to review the request for nominations noted above.

Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions. 

For more information, contact Susan Montgomery-Hodge, ext. 1653,

Posted by Susan Montgomery-Hodge at ext. 1653,

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016