Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Let's share our story. Metrics reporting plays a crucial role in communicating our achievements and service contributions to the broader community.  Per the cooperative agreement with NSF and our institutional commitment to accurately account to our sponsors, reviewers, peers and taxpayers, it is the responsibility of all NCAR staff members to contribute and update their metrics each year.  While this takes time, it is an important activity. Staff metrics, for instance, are a significant part of our annual management report, and NSF pays attention!

Please work with your team to enter your FY 2017 (Oct 1, 2016 - Sept 30, 2017) metrics into the Metrics Database ( by Friday, Oct. 27. This will ensure that your Staff Directory metrics and individual Activity Reports are current and our year-end reporting to NSF is accurate.

Please take a few minutes to enter your metrics if you have:

  • Served on a thesis committee

  • Served as a journal editor

  • Received an external award or honor

  • Contributed to K-12 activities

  • Mentored a colleague

  • Presented a poster or talk

  • Served on an external  or internal committee

  • Gone on a collaborative staff leave greater than 2 weeks

  • Taught in a college classroom

  • Taught in a Workshop/Tutorial

Data about the accomplishments and contributions of you and your colleagues is essential information that we are proud and honored to share with our sponsors, peers and constituents.  Thank you for taking valuable time from your busy schedule to contribute your data.

Need help?  Check out the Learn in a Minute Videos - The Metrics Database Series

Click on the link to Videos in the navigation near the top of the page in the database or go directly to the video by clicking on the title below:

Metrics Database 101

Data Entry

Metrics Dashboard

Activity Report

Metrics in the Staff Directory

Call or email Konnie Phillips at ext. 1101, or your Metrics Maven if you have any questions.  

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to Thursday, September 21, 2017

Title: Why Are High-Resolution Western Boundary Currents Required to Properly Model Their Influence on Mid-latitude Weather and Climate?

Speaker: Rhys Parfitt, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

This talk considers some of the key processes that determine the impact of Western Boundary Currents on mid-latitude weather and climate. Specifically, we focus on the coupled interaction between the oceanic frontal zone and individual atmospheric fronts, and discuss why this is primarily responsible for the local as well as basin-scale ocean-to-atmosphere feedback in the seasonal mean and longer time scale. As this interaction is highly sensitive to resolution, it is suggested that the influence of the Gulf Stream on climate can’t be properly realised in general circulation models unless they are at sufficiently high resolution (i.e. horizontal grid size of 25km or less). The implications for current general circulation models and reanalysis datasets are addressed.

Posted by Barbara Middlebrook at ext. 1366,

Tuesday, September 19, 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 or ext. 8505.

Water Governance in the Face of Global Change
Author: Pahl-Wostl
Publisher: Springer
Location: FL Library
Call Number: HD 1691 .P34 2015

Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn & TensorFlow
Author: Geron
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: Q 325.5 .G47 2017

Deep Learning
Authors: Patterson and Gibson
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA 325.5 .P38 2017

Beyond Bibliometrics
Editors: Cronin and Sugimoto
Publisher: MIT
Location: ML Library
Call Number: Z669.8 .B49 2014

Cassandra: The definitive Guide
Authors: Carpenter and Hewitt
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA76.9 .D3 C3737 2016

High Performance Spark
Authors: Karau and Warren
Publisher: O'Reilly
Location: ML Library
Call Number: QA76.9 .D343 K37 2017

Flood Damage Survey and Assessment
Editors: Molinari et. al.
Publisher: AGU
Location: FL Library
Call Number: HV609 .F53 2017

Fault Zone Dynamic Processes
Editors: Thomas et. al.
Publisher: AGU
Location: FL Library
Call Number: QE 606 .F36 2017

Posted by NCAR Library at ext. 8505,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you to bring your attention to revised language in the  "Administrative Achievement" award category in the Annual Awards.
The language in this category has been tweaked to be more inclusive of a broader array of administrative and technical job categories -- including but not limited to:  employees in finance and administration, information technology, communications, logistics, general counsel, facilities management, engineering and craft work.  We know there are many superstars in the organization that provide administrative and technical support and we want to be sure they are recognized appropriately!  
The full revised text is below and is incorporated into the revised procedures for policy 6-14   Employee Recognition Awards.
Administrative and Technical Support Services Achievement Award

This award is given for excellence in leading, providing or enhancing outstanding administrative and technical services that are critical to support the scientific mission of the organization in the past five years.  Nominations that will be considered are individual or team efforts demonstrating substantial, innovative achievement in administrative and technical support areas such as finance and administration, logistics, facilities management, information services, engineering or craft work.  Examples of employee activities that would be eligible for recognition in this category are those that create a work environment that fosters excellent customer service, maximizes employee potential, fosters high ethical standards, and/or demonstrates substantial improvement in productivity or cost savings to the organization.  Contributions are judged on three criteria:  a.)  innovation and creativity; b.)  degree of difficulty and c.)  magnitude of effort.
In order to submit nominations, which will be favorably considered, please use the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards checklist.
The deadline for nominations submissions is Friday, October 13, 2017.
For more information, contact Judy Skidmore, ext. 1658,

Posted by Stephanie Martz at ext. 1654,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday, September 25.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.  Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The bus will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and noon.

If you would like to donate, please contact Laurie Carr to make an appointment.  Please review the blood donation guidelines below.    

Bonfils Blood Center Donation Eligibility Guidelines

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, September 18, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

Spatio-Temporal Climate Reconstructions of the Last Deglaciation

Nils Weitzel

Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn

Spatio-temporal reconstructions of past climate are important to understand the large scale behavior of the climate system and the sensitivity to forcing changes. Unfortunately, they are subject to large uncertainties, have to deal with a complex proxy-climate structure, and a physically reasonable interpolation between the sparse proxy observations is difficult.

I will present a Bayesian hierarchical model to reconstruct the spatio-temporal temperature evolution during the last deglaciation on continental to hemispheric domains. Due to limited availability and resolution of proxy data the focus is on centennial to millennial scale variations. The statistical model has to deal with non-stationarity behavior in space and time and must be

able to reconstruct gradual as well as abrupt climate changes. To test the skill of the model, I use pseudo-proxy experiments with the CCSM3 Trace21K simulation of the last deglaciation.

In the final part of the talk, I look at the physical interpretation of the model parameters and how the framework can be extended to a simple physically motivated stochastic climate model.  Using this extended model, it is also possible to include additional information like reconstructions of external forcings.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mesa Lab, 680 Tower B - Penthouse
(Bring your lunch)

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Friday, September 15, 2017 to Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Join the UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd) for our Spectacular Super Science Saturday Event on Nov. 4th! This year's theme is "Wild Weather".

UCAR/NCAR/UCP staff help to make the event fun, meaningful, and informative by greeting the public, providing general information and engaging the public in simple science education activities. Please consider volunteering for one of the following shifts:
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer with us at this amazing event:

Posted by NATALIE PONSFORD at ext. 2585,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

Please consider sharing news of this new session with colleagues in the community.

Late-Breaking Session on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the AGU fall meeting in New Orleans

Abstracts are now being accepted focusing on the events of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The first-author rule is relaxed for the late-breaking sessions; authors may submit another abstract to the late-breaking sessions even if they also submitted an abstract for the August deadline.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 October 2017, 11:59 ET


Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017

Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and universities are increasingly impacted by the rapidly evolving world of IT security, privacy and regulatory compliance. The Cybersecurity Partnership seeks to inform, clarify and initiate hands-on cooperation among the research community.

This event is highly recommended for security system administrators, principal investigators, proposal and budget administrators, project managers and staff working to support projects and proposals.

October 12 & 13, 2017

OBJECTIVES: Demystify Federal regulations and guidelines:

  • What is the Risk Management Framework and why should we care?
  • Does compliance equal security OR security equal compliance?
  • Is FISMA more than a “check box” exercise?
  • How can security training lead to measurable threat awareness?
  • Will revised Federal Acquisition Regulation impact my contracts?
  • How can budgets and proposals be managed for compliance?
  • How do we get started?
  • How do we factor costs into proposal budgets and justifications?
  • Is the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) applicable to research?
  • How can security and privacy controls be integrated into the user environment?
  • Will compliance impact awards and cash flow?

… and many more questions may need clarification

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Ronald Ross, NIST Fellow and Director FISMA Project
Mark Riddle, Senior Program Analyst NARA Information Security Oversight
To learn more:, or email:
To register:


Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Monday, September 11, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017