Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The 2017 Bike to Work Day Business Challenge has officially begun! Take two minutes now to register here with Team NCAR|UCAR to help showcase just how much we value biking within our organization and throughout the broader community.

More than 1,000 businesses across Colorado are participating in the Bike to Work Day (BTWD) Business Challenge, including our BTWD rivals, NOAA and NIST. The more people that register with Team NCAR|UCAR, the better we do in the competition. It’s that simple and the best part is that when you register, you will automatically be entered to win some amazing prizes.

Prizes will be drawn every week starting on June 1st, so register now to make sure you don’t miss out. You could win an electric bike, concert tickets, a night at the Brown Palace, and if you are really lucky, a 2-person trip to Croatia! Details on the full list of prizes can be found here.

UCAR’s Sustainability Team is also hosting a bonus prize drawing exclusively for registered NCAR|UCAR staff. Prizes include a Fitbit Flex ($40 value), five $10 cafeteria coupons provided by UCAR Event Services, and more! Winners will be announced via Staff Notes each week in June.

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 28th. Join the fun here!

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017

We hope that everyone in our organization will participate and take the workplace culture survey. Since we are unable to translate the survey into every language, National Research Center (NRC) is going to hold a proctored session on Thursday, June 1 from 10am  to 11am in FL2 1003 for those who would like assistance with the questions. To help maintain anonymity there will only be a member of NRC staff present to help anyone who may wish to have additional assistance in understanding and reading through the culture survey. If you would like additional assistance but cannot attend this scheduled session, please email Kristen Luna Aponte ( to find a solution for additional assistance. If you plan to attend this session please RSVP to Kristen Luna Aponte so we can plan accordingly with NRC.

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657,

Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Are your ready for the purchase order processing downtime (June 5-16) before UProcure Go Live on Monday, June 19? During these two weeks we will be migrating and testing data in IFAS and UProcure. Contracts and Accounts Payable will not encumber any new purchases orders or funded contracts, or make payments against existing purchase orders between Monday, June 5 and Friday, June 16.

Be sure to take these next steps:

  • Before close of business, Wednesday, May 31: Submit your requisitions and invoices against current purchase orders for processing.

  • Beginning Thursday, June 1:

    • For requisitions: Wait to enter your orders into UProcure beginning Monday, June 19.

    • For invoices: Continue to send your invoices to Accounts Payable.  They will start payment processing again on June 19. 

If you have a purchasing emergency during the downtime period, contact your Contract Administrator.  If you have an invoice emergency, contact Karen Jess at ext. 2138. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Stay tuned to Staff Notes and the UProcure Purchasing Project web site  for the latest updates!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1115,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

Spatial Methods That Combine Ideas From Wavelets and Lattices: LatticeKrig
Doug Nychka
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Kriging is a non-parametric regression method used in geostatistics for estimating curves and surfaces and forms the core of most statistical methods for spatial data. In climate science these methods are very useful for estimating how climate varies over a geographic region when the observational data is sparse or the computer model runs are limited. A statistical challenge is to implement spatial methods for large sample sizes, a common feature of many geophysical problems.  Here a family of covariance models is proposed that expands the field in a set of basis functions and places a Gaussian Markov random field (GMRF) latent model on the basis coefficients. The idea, in contrast to fixed rank Kriging, is to use many basis functions organized on lattices. In addition, the basis functions add more smoothness and larger scale spatial dependence than a GMRF alone.

Friday, May 26th, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mesa Lab,  Chapman Room
(Bring your lunch)

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

ACOM - MMM Joint Seminar
Eric Girard, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal
Title: Aerosol-Cloud-Radiation Interactions in the Arctic: Imprtance of the ice nucleating particles (INP)

Abstract: Cloud microstructure is strongly linked to the aerosols and their ability to nucleate liquid water (CCN) or ice (INP). Cloud phase is mostly determined by the aerosol thermodynamic properties. It is therefore important to understand these aerosol-cloud interactions since they determine cloud phase and cloud radiative forcing. In this talk, I will first give a brief overview of the aerosol indirect radiative effects and then focus on the INP deactivation effect within ice clouds and its effect on clouds and radiation. Simulations and observations of the deactivation effect during the ISDAC Campaign in April 2008 will be presented. Results show the importance of the INP parameterization used in models and the need to consider the chemical composition of the aerosols. In a second modelling study, the Weather and Research Forecasting Model coupled with chemistry (WRF-CHEM) is used to simulate the INP concentration observed during the NETCARE field experiment that took place over the Canadian Arctic near Baffin Island in July 2014. WRF-CHEM simulates several gases and particle matters relevant for ice nucleation. Using this information combined to parameterizations based on field and laboratory studies, it is shown that the model simulates within a factor 5 to 30 the observed INP concentration depending on the ice nucleation parameterization used. Results suggest that large particles are the main contributor to the INP concentration suggesting that a bin scheme for the simulation of the aerosol size distribution is needed to get more realistic INP values.

Monday, 12 June, 3:30pm
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Human Subjects Research
2017 Annual Training
June 6, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Are you undertaking research that involves human subjects?  Do you need a refresher on the federal human subject research regulations?

Attend the annual training to learn about the federal regulations and how the institutional review board, known as the UCAR Human Subjects Committee (HSC), works at UCAR.

For questions, please contact: Kelly Coleman, ext: 8870

Posted by Christy Locke at ext. 8874,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017

NCAR|UCAR colleagues were saddened to hear news of the death of Med Medrud on April 18 at the age of 92. He retired from NCAR in 1989 after more than 20 years as a meteorologist and manager, first in the Atmospheric Technology Division (now EOL) and later in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division (now ACOM). In a note with news of his passing, retired NCAR staff member Teresa Rivas recalled that Med "always had a smile and a kind word for everyone."

A memorial service of worship will be held Saturday June 3, at 1:00pm at the Boulder Friends Meetinghouse, with a simple reception to follow. An obituary has been posted on the Daily Camera's website. 

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017

NCAR Senior Scientist Warren Washington was honored over the weekend at the Colby College commencement ceremony, where former Vice President Joe Biden delivered the commencement address. See a picture of the event in Staff News.

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday, June 12.  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, May 22, 2017 to Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Posted by Annette Lampert at ext. 8719,

Monday, May 22, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017