Staff Notes Daily Announcements

We're past the tax deadline, so the next deadlines to think of are May 1st and May 14th.

The Bolder Boulder registration for the 2018 Memorial Day 10k race continues to be  open, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge. If you want your participation to count for UCAR/NCAR, you can do it online via the Bolder Business Challenge version of the registration form where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu.  For families, you can register others on this site too where it gives an option to select which are employees, or they can register on the regular site where they can choose a delivery location. 

The Business Challenge entries' packets will be delivered together to NCAR for convenient  pick-up in May. Business Challenge registration is only open until May 1st. Also registering before May 14th saves you about $10.

The Challenge has a team time competition with three divisions based on company size.  The five fastest times contribute to the team time. There is also a participation rate prize, so the more we have the better.

Whether you are running, jogging or walking, you are welcome to sign up for the NCAR team.

Bolder Business Challenge Registration site:

Posted by Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950,

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

Theory-guided Data Science: A New Paradigm for Scientific Discovery Combining Physics with Machine Learning
Anuj Karpatne
University of Minnesota Twin Cities 

This talk will introduce theory-guided data science, a novel paradigm of scientific discovery that leverages the unique ability of data science methods to automatically extract patterns and models from data, but without ignoring the treasure of knowledge accumulated in scientific theories. Theory-guided data science aims to fully capitalize the power of machine learning and data mining methods in scientific disciplines by deeply coupling them with models based on scientific theories. This talk will describe several ways in which scientific knowledge can be combined with data science methods in various scientific disciplines such as hydrology, climate science, aerospace, and chemistry. To demonstrate the value in combining physics with data science, the talk will also introduce a novel framework for combining deep learning methods with physics-based models, termed as physics-guided neural networks, and present some preliminary results of this framework for an application in lake temperature modeling. The talk will conclude with a discussion of future prospects in exploiting latest advances in deep learning for building the next generation of scientific models for dynamical systems, where theory-based and data science methods are used at an equal footing.

Anuj Karpatne is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota, where he develops data mining methods for solving scientific and socially relevant problems in Prof. Vipin Kumar's research group. He has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles at top-tier conferences and journals in computer science (e.g., KDD, ICDM, SDM, TKDE, and ACM Computing Surveys), given multiple invited talks, and served on panels at leading venues (e.g., SDM and SSDBM). His research has resulted in a system to monitor the dynamics of surface water bodies on a global scale, which was featured in an NSF news story. He is also a co-author of the second edition of the textbook, "Introduction to Data Mining." Anuj received his Ph.D. in September 2017 from the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Prof. Kumar. Before joining the University of Minnesota, Anuj received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Anuj will be joining Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in computer science starting Fall 2018.

Refreshments will be served at 9:45am outside of the MSR!
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday,  May 14.  The bus will be located on the north side of CG1.  Appointments are available between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm.  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,

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

At UCAR and NCAR every day is an opportunity to better understand the Earth’s atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems. Earth Day is a time to acknowledge the importance of the work done here at UCAR|NCAR, and it is a time to celebrate the cumulative results of a daily commitment by staff to make our impact on the Earth’s systems as positive as possible.

Here are just a few highlights from our collective efforts:

  • The waste diversion rate at UCAR|NCAR has reached an impressive 68%. In FY17, UCAR|NCAR recycled 71,960 pounds of single-stream materials and composted 50,866 pounds of organic materials, which means that a total of 122,826 pounds of waste has been saved from the landfill. You may have noticed that all common area waste receptacles now have signage above each bin. Please keep the bins in your area together with their corresponding signage in order to improve waste diversion and reduce contamination. By simply throwing away your waste in the correct bin you have reduced your environmental footprint, avoided greenhouse gas emissions, improved soil quality, and you have helped to set an example for how businesses across the city, state, and nation can achieve higher diversion rates. Don’t know where to throw? Find out!
  • UCAR|NCAR now composts all paper towels in restrooms! This effort is aimed at reducing the amount of paper towels being sent to the landfill, and will also help to achieve our collective goal of reaching a 75% diversion rate.
  • To date, 621 employees have signed up to utilize their UCAR paid B-cycle memberships. These memberships provide all UCAR|NCAR staff with access to bikes all over Boulder, Denver and beyond. In FY17, staff rode 11,357 miles on B-cycle bikes which reduced carbon emissions by 10,789 pounds. This is also equivalent to burning 454,280 calories. Learn more about how to join the fun with your free B-cycle membership!
  • In August of 2017, the new FreeCycle website was launched. FreeCycle is an office supply exchange program that now offers online “shopping”. When staff has gently used office supplies that they no longer need, they can donate them to FreeCycle by bringing them to drop-off locations available at each campus. The Sustainability team inventories the items and puts them on the FreeCycle website so that all staff can see what items are available, and then place an order with a click of a button. The best part is that it’s all 100% free. Once you submit your order, we will deliver your items right to your office within five business days. Since the launch of the new website, 3,157 items have been ordered and delivered to staff. In the eight months since the program launched, the staff members that have used FreeCycle instead of purchasing new items have collectively saved over $17,000. This is a great monetary benefit, but it also means that we’ve reduced the strain on valuable natural resources and habitats, prevented pollution caused by harvesting new raw materials, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. What are you waiting for? Start shopping on FreeCycle today! 
  • UCAR’s workplace EV charging program was established in August of 2016. Since then, the stations have been used to charge electric vehicles 1,467 times. This program has helped to avoid 10,166 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. That's like planting 136 trees and letting them grow for 10 years! 
  • Team UCAR|NCAR always makes a splash during the annual Bike to Work Day Business Challenge and this year was no exception! In fact, in 2017 we beat our own personal record and had 192 staff members register to be Team UCAR|NCAR, which landed us in 7th place out of the 1,000+ businesses that competed across Colorado. 

  • Electricity usage across UCAR|NCAR campuses reduced by 1,075,241 kWh between FY16 and FY17, which is equivalent to avoiding 1,961,305 miles being driven by an average passenger car. 

Congratulations on being part of these significant efforts, and the many more that occur on a daily basis! We look forward to supporting your continued excellent stewardship. 

Happy Earth Day!

Your Sustainability Team

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, April 20, 2018 at this location:

Posted by Macy Nedelka at ext. 8723,

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Friday, April 27, 2018

Supervisory Training: Essential People Management


  • Available to supervisors and managers
  • Must be able to attend the 1.5 day training sessions
  • Approval from supervisor to engage in this cohort


April: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July: 18 & 19
18th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
19th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location for all sessions: CG1-North Auditorium

Register via Connect.

  • Select "EOD Training Catalog"
  • 25 participants max per 1.5 day training sessions. Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

More information can be found on the EOD website.

  • View in the Leadership Development Tab.

Questions: Contact Toni Wallace, 303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A new Delphi question and answer has been posted about: costs and benefits of the My Total Rewards Tool.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NCL + VAPOR Workshop

July 9-12, 2018
Corporate Technical Training Center
Center Green campus, 3085 Center Green Drive (CG-2)
Boulder, CO

This 4-day workshop is geared towards new users of NCL and VAPOR. It will include a combination of introductory lectures on NCL and scientific data formats and graphics, and 3D visualization using VAPOR. Students will be encouraged to bring their own data to the workshop. There will be hands-on labs every afternoon, where the instructors will work individually with students to help them analyze their own data using NCL and VAPOR.

Registration is limited and the summer workshop tends to fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible. The deadline is June 15, 2018.

Travel support is available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students from EPSCoR states or minority-serving institutions to attend. The deadline for applying for funds is May 14, 2018.

See the link below for full details and a link to the registration form.

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Thursday, April 19, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018

ACOM Seminar

Title:  Deodorant, Cleaning Products and the Virtue of Smelling Bad: Investigations into Emerging Sources of Air Pollution from Consumer Chemical Products

Presenter:  Matthew M. Coggon, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Bouler

Abstract: Over the past 50 years, urban air pollution due to vehicle emissions has steadily decreased at a rate of 7.5%/year. In the meantime, other sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have largely remained unchanged. Now that cars are cleaner, it has been estimated that other sources of reactive carbon, such as personal care products, cleaning products, and solvents from paints, may contribute up to half of the VOC burden in urban areas. The VOCs emitted from these sources are highest in indoor environments, but once exhausted to the outdoors, are likely to contribute to the formation of ozone and secondary organic aerosol. Here, we will present work aimed at evaluating VOCs emitted from consumer products. First, we present work from Los Angeles showing that volatile chemical products are a major source of VOCs in urban air. Second, we will explore potential tracers that could be used to detect the presence of VOCs emitted from consumer products, including decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5-siloxane). Finally, we will present recent measurements aimed at assessing emissions of terpenes from fragranced consumer products. We will explore whether an anthropogenic signal can be detected in the urban environment, and distinguishable from biogenic sources.

Monday, 30 April 2018, 3:30 PM
Refreshments 3:15 PM
NCAR-Foothills Laboratory • 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)
Webcast: (Room 2: FL2-1022)

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Kuali Awards Management system is now live. This marks another successful milestone in delivering improved systems as part of the Operational Excellence (OPEX) program. Kuali provides robust data to assist with award management by labs/programs, the NCAR and UCP directorates, and UCAR administration. The platform includes:

  • A central repository for accessing award documents for all new awards and modifications going forward

  • Migrated information for all existing awards in Active, Pending, and WRAP status as of March 30, 2018 

  • Integration with Advance Notice and PandA to identify high-level proposal data in Kuali

  • Integration with IFAS and iVantage

  • Single sign-on to Kuali and award access based on defined permissions

  • Enhanced award data for reporting through Cognos

For the best viewing experience, we recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Please be sure to visit the Kuali User Support site where you will find a number of learning resources including how-to videos to help you get started. This site is easily accessible while you are in Kuali by clicking on the GET HELP link in the upper righthand corner.

If you run into any issues or questions, please enter a Help Desk ticket or dial the Contracts line at ext. 8894 for assistance. The help link and instructions can also be found on the user support site.

Learn more about OPEX here

Posted by Jill Lampe at ext. 8522,

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018