Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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

Heads up and please plan ahead!  In order to migrate and test purchase order data and set up for the UProcure Go Live on Monday, June 19, Contracts and Accounts Payable will not encumber any new purchases orders or funded contracts, or make payments against existing purchase orders for the two weeks starting Monday, June 5 and ending Friday, June 16.

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 this period, contact the Contract Administrator assigned to your lab/program for assistance.  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. 1112,

Friday, May 19, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr. Deanna Hence
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Small thunderstorms, squall lines, tropical cyclones; all of these systems, organized across a range of scales in both space and time, comprise the tropical convection that is the source of precipitation for the most highly populated regions of the world. While significant progress has been made in understanding tropical convective systems and their associated precipitation processes, the understanding and accurate prediction of their evolution remains elusive.

May 22, 11:00-12:00, FL2 1022

Download the full abstract here, ASP Thompson Lecture science talk

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr. Deanna Hence
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Like many arenas in the United States, broadening the inclusion of people and perspectives in the scientific enterprise continues to be a hot button issue. Terms like “diversity of thought” have been used, and misused, in the academy as a way of attempting to frame the desired end goal of what it means to have truly representative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Reaching this desired goal is especially important given the complex nature of the types of questions and problems the atmospheric sciences attempts to address.

May 23, 11-12, FL2 1022

Download the full abstract here, ASP Thompson Lecture general talk

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Observations and modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer and
its impact on the general circulation
Gunilla Svensson, Stockholm University

The atmospheric boundary layer is the turbulent layer that is in contact with the surface and where the exchange of heat and momentum by turbulent processes occur. Turbulence is a small-scale process that are not resolved in numerical models used for weather prediction and climate projections and therefore has to be parameterized. Some evaluation of boundary-layer properties and surface fluxes will be presented. The focus will be on the link between the momentum transfer at the surface and its effects on the general circulation.

The effect of the boundary-layer friction on large-scale circulation can be expressed in terms of the cross-isobaric flow angle, related to the surface stress acting on the flow. Analysis of this angle reveals that it is systematically underestimated in climate models and reanalysis products. An idealized single-column model framework and LES results are used to examine the turning angle over a range of geostrophic winds and static stabilities. It is found that both the vertical resolution and the stability functions, e.g. the so-called long- and short-tail formulation in stably stratified conditions, impact the cross-isobaric angle.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
11:00 AM, refreshments at 10:45
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Live webcast:
For more information, contact Gaylynn Potemkin, email, phone: 303.497.1618

Posted by Gaylynn Potemkin at ext. 1618,

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The following tribute to Griff Morgan was prepared by Rich Rotunno (MMM). You may read about other colleagues we'll miss here.  

Griffith "Griff" Mon Morgan, Jr. passed away on May 1, 2017. Griff worked at NCAR from 1977 to 1982 working initially in the National Hail Research Experiment. Before coming to NCAR, Griff had been involved with hailstorm research for a number of years; at NCAR he was involved with the problem of measuring hail fall at the surface using hail pads (styrofoam pieces, about one foot square, usually covered with aluminum foil). One of the issues around evaluating cloud-seeding trials is accounting for natural storm-to-storm variability in hail fall, and Griff's research was also concerned with identifying new indices for hail potential that could be used as covariates in the statistical evaluation. He was also interested in hail embryo chemistry and growth, including both experiments in a cloud chamber and in-situ aircraft measurement using a Learjet.

Griff studied hail around the world (USA, Africa, Europe) and in particular in Italy. He was the scientific director of the Hail Research and Prevention Center in Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy (later to become the regional meteorological observatory of the Italian environmental agency, OSMER - ARPA FVG). The hail-pad network that he installed in northeast Italy is still working.

Griffith Mon Morgan, Jr. was born in Chicago on March 18, 1934.  His mother died of tuberculosis when he was very young and consequently he spent five years in an orphanage with his twin brother Phil Morgan. After his father remarried, Griff and Phil were reunited as a family. As a young man in Chicago, Griff liked music (he played drums and then classical guitar), ice-skating, and learning languages. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in physics and then worked for a period as a meteorologist for the U. S. Air Force. Afterwards he took a second Bachelor’s degree in meteorology at New York University. Griff worked at distant points around the globe (Griff was fluent in Italian, French and Spanish) including Libya, South Africa, Boulder, and in particular in Italy, where he met and married Marisa Sala. 

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Due to expected heavy traffic departing Senator Bennet's town hall meeting at Center Green on Friday afternoon, shuttle service to/from CG will be canceled for one hour after the event, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Regular shuttle service at CG will resume at 4:33.  Please note that only CG is impacted and shuttle service to/from Mesa and Foothills Labs will not be affected Friday afternoon.  

Posted by Jean Hancock at ext. 8504,

Thursday, May 18, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

After the UCAR/NCAR/UCP Education Summit, multiple people inquired about the next steps we could take with Virtual and Augmented Reality within UCAR/NCAR/UCP.  

To understand the next steps, we have decided to get together some brainstorming groups to help us understand what is available at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, what is out there that we could investigate, and how we could take advantage of these technologies in data visualization and education.  Initially, these brainstorming sessions will be separated into two groupings, one for the technical side and the other for the users (data providers/educators).  We have started two different Doodle polls to figure out the timing for the first meetings.  Both meetings are meant to occur during the first two full weeks of June.  

For those interested in the technical side, please RSVP here:

For those interested in the user side, please RSVP here:

Hope to see you there to share and understand the possibilities.

Posted by Bryan Guarente at ext. 8368,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

CISL Seminar Series

 Opportunities and Challenges: Diversifying Your Workforce
Toni Collis
Co-Founder of Women in HPC & Applications Consultant in HPC Research & Industry, EPCC,
University of Edinburgh

The under-representation of women and minorities is a challenge that the entire supercomputing industry faces. As a community we are only just beginning to measure and understand how ‘leaky’ our pipeline is, but attrition rates are likely as high as the general tech community: 41% of women working in tech eventually leave the field (compared to just 17% of men).

This session will discuss the work being carried out by Women in HPC and ARCHER to diversify HPC in the UK and beyond. I will discuss the impact of inhibiting factors such as unconscious bias and impostor syndrome as well steps that can be taken to address these issues in the workplace, in recruitment activities and in training.


Toni Collis, Co-Founder of Women in HPC & Applications Consultant in HPC Research & Industry, EPCC, University of Edinburgh. Toni Collis is an Applications Consultant in HPC Research and Industry, providing consultancy and project management on a range of academic and commercial projects at EPCC, the University of Edinburgh Supercomputing Centre. Toni has a wide-ranging interest in the use of HPC to improve the productivity of scientific research, in particular developing new HPC tools, improving the scalability of software and introducing new programming models to existing software. Toni is also a consultant for the Software Sustainability Institute and a member of the ARCHER team, providing ARCHER users with support and resources for using the UK national supercomputing service as effectively as possible. In 2013 Toni co- founded Women in HPC (WHPC) as part of her work with ARCHER. WHPC has now become an internationally recognized initiative, addressing the under- representation of women working in high performance computing. Toni is Inclusivity Chair and a member of the Executive committee for the SC17 conference. Toni is also a member of the XSEDE Advisory Board and has contributed to the organization and program of a number of conferences and workshops over the last five years. 

Friday, June 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017