Staff Notes Daily Announcements

To ensure the UCAR Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan encompasses the diversity of needs and ideas identified by the culture survey, we are looking for volunteers from across the organization to take part in a couple of additional Next Steps Workshops (NSWs). The two groups we are looking for more participants from are People with disabilities and people with conservative political beliefs. 

The workshop for people with conservative political beliefs will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 2-4pm in ML- 680- Tower B.

The workshop for people with disabilities will be held on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-3pm in FL1- 2198 EOL Atrium. 

The workshops will be two hours long and facilitated by The Spring Institute. If you identify as a member of either (or both) of these groups and are interested in participating, please email Kristen Luna Aponte (kaponte@ucar.edu). 

Posted by Kristen Luna Aponte at ext. 1657, kaponte@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Join us for the next event in our DBAMS Book Club series on Thursday, March 29.

We will discuss meteorologist and journalist Bob Henson's book, "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change" (if you don't already have it, this book can be purchased from AMS here). 

Bob will provide an overview of updates he's currently working on for the book, and we'll find out how the landscape has evolved over the last four years, including:

  • The blazing global temperatures of the mid-2010s: just a blip, or a sign of more sustained heating to come?
  • The growth of "hot droughts" and how they're transforming the climate of California
  • The catastrophic Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 and the weather and climate factors that played into it
  • The creation of the Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse emissions—and why the U.S. wants to leave it.

Bob is co-author of the Category 6 website at Weather Underground and a former science writer at UCAR/NCAR.

Get involved with this lively discussion with the author!

6:00 PM – Arrive, social, light refreshments served
6:30 PM – Presentation and Book Discussion
8:00 PM – Meeting Adjourns

Posted by Emily Laidlaw at ext. 1707, laidlaw@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018

The micro-purchase threshold for procurement activities is the level above which competition is required.  Currently, the micro-purchase threshold in the OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) is $3,500.

The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA) increased the micro-purchase threshold for research agencies to $10,000.  UCAR has recently received direction from NSF that they are applying this $10,000 threshold to their large facility awardees, which includes UCAR. 

Based on the above, UCAR will continue to retain the $10,000 competitive threshold.

If you have questions about this, please contact the Contract Administrator on the Procurement team that is assigned to your lab/program for assistance.

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877, apropes@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jim Hurrell, the NCAR Director, will be holding two NCAR Town Halls in Boulder tomorrow, Thursday 22 February. Please also see below for two additional Town Halls at NWSC and RAF. Updates will be given on recent accomplishments across the Center, the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, some recent strategic investments to accelerate progress and enhance excellence, and the process for developing the 2019-2024 NCAR strategic plan, among other topics.

NCAR Town Hall Schedule: Foothills, Mesa, NWSC & RAF:

22 February:  FL-2 Auditorium - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

22 February:  ML Seminar Room - 1:30-2:30 p.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

8 March:  NWSC - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

9 March:  RAF - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Please note the MMS technicians will be monitoring the chat feature in the webcast for any technical issues, but the chat feature will not be used for the Q&A part of the town hall.

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102, chavez@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018

Have you ever been curious what it is like to work in Antarctica where temperatures can drop below -50F and wind speeds can exceed hurricane force? Snow accumulation is the primary precipitation method that sustains the Antarctic ice sheets. Yet, snowfall remains one of the most difficult meteorological variables to accurately measure, especially in windy conditions. A new field program funded by the National Science Foundation is focused on testing recent advances in technology to determine if accurate snowfall measurements are now possible in the Antarctic environment. Join NCAR Scientist Scott Landolt as he provides an overview of this field program, the challenges of working in Antarctica, day-to-day life around McMurdo Station, and stunning photography of the Antarctic ice sheets.

To atttend this free public talk, you will need a ticket. There are still a few tickets available, please see the website below for more information about the talk and for a link to EventBrite website where you can reserve your ticket.

NCAR Explorer Series - Scott Landolt

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00 pm

Both talks will be webcast if you can't come to the Mesa Lab. 
Viw the webcast here, https://ucarconnect.ucar.edu/live

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607, sbriggs@ucar.edu

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Friday, February 23, 2018

All the cafeterias will be closing at 1 pm this Friday, February 23, for an all department meeting. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Posted by Nancy Post van der Burg at ext. 1158, npostvan@ucar.edu

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jim Hurrell, the NCAR Director, will be holding two NCAR Town Halls this Thursday, 22 February. Please see the schedule below for times and locations for those as well as two additional Town Halls in early March at NWSC and RAF. Updates will be given on recent accomplishments across the Center, the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, some recent strategic investments to accelerate progress and enhance excellence, and the process for developing the 2019-2024 NCAR strategic plan, among other topics.

NCAR Town Hall Schedule: Foothills, Mesa, NWSC & RAF

22 February:  FL-2 Auditorium  - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

22 February: ML Seminar Room  -  1:30-2:30 p.m.
**Webcast: http://www.fin.ucar.edu/it/mms/live-chat-hd.htm

8 March:  NWSC - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

9 March:  RAF - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

**Please note the MMS technicians will be monitoring the chat feature in the webcast for any technical issues, but the chat feature will not be used for the Q&A part of the town hall.

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102, chavez@ucar.edu

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Course Description

This three-day course, April 17-19, 2018, will provide an introduction to fundamental methods used in Machine Learning.  We will start with dimension reduction methods, which are often used as precursors to subsequent analysis.  This will be followed by an overview of unsupervised vs. supervised learning.  For unsupervised learning, we will cover various cluster analysis methods such as k-means.  For supervised learning, we will introduce data-driven approaches such as regression trees and modeling-based approaches with a special focus on artificial neural networks and deep learning.  The course is aimed at an applied audience and will make heavy use of data examples to illustrate the concepts.  We'll use the open-source statistical software R [https://www.r-project.org/]. The format of the course is hands-on and participants will use their own laptops.

Instructors

The lead instructor for the course is Valerie Monbet, Professor of Statistics at the University of Rennes. She will be assisted by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows specializing in Statistics and Machine Learning. Seats are limited to 12 participants to allow for effective one-on-one coaching. To apply, please visit the Machine Learning Application link on the left hand-side of the workshop webpage.  Note the application deadline is March 2, at 5:00 PM MST.

This training is for UCAR employees only.  For more information, see the webpage here.  To apply, click here.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231, banner@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018
Announcement regarding HR Staff availability from 2/14/2018-2/23/2018: As part of the Human Capital Management initiative, many of our Human Resources staff will be attending all-day vendor demonstrations. These all-day demos are scheduled for February 14-February 15 and February 20-February 23. Though we will be checking our emails and phone messages intermittently during these days, please be aware that we will do our best to answer requests in a timely manner. The HR Department will have a limited number of employees available in our FLA office to handle in-person requests.
 
If your request is urgent, you may contact Martha Jones, x8715, martha@ucar.edu, and she will notify the appropriate individual. Additionally, all Data Entry changes for Pay Period 5 are due by 5:00PM on Wednesday, February 21. Submissions received after this deadline will not be processed until the following pay period. We appreciate your understanding and are excited to embark on this new initiative. 

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710, afronk@ucar.edu

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to Friday, February 23, 2018

High Resolution ensemble Background Error Covariances for 4D Ensemble-Variational Data Assimilation

Joel Bédard, Environnement and Climate Change Canada

Higher model resolution model implies a higher number of degrees of freedom and a need for dense observation networks (e.g. satellite, radar and surface observations) to constrain the model initial state. Like in many other NWP centers, only a small fraction of the available observations is being used in ECCC operational systems. The horizontal thinning for all assimilated radiances is 150 km; radar observations are not yet assimilated operationally; and the screen level wind observations are not yet operationally assimilated over land. Although data assimilation for convective scale NWP has been the object of intense research lately, the resolution and the quality of background error covariances remain factors limiting the assimilation of dense observations. 

The data assimilation component for a new short-term convective-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) system covering most of Canada at2.5 km resolution is currently being developed. It is based on a fully cycling deterministic 4DEnVar scheme with analysis increments initially computed at 10 km resolution. Several practical approaches have been evaluated and compared for generating ensembles of short-term forecasts for specifying the required background-error covariances. This includes ensembles from an EnKF and also from much simpler approaches. The new system is evaluated and compared with using Environment and Climate Change Canada's currently operational regional data assimilation system (with increments computed at 50 km resolution) for initializing forecasts from the identically configured atmospheric model.

Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00-2:00
FL2-1001

Posted by Jessa Johnson at ext. 2751, jessaj@ucar.edu

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018

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