Staff Notes Daily Announcements

UProcure, our web-based sourcing and procurement system went live on Monday, June 19 and staff are already busy shopping, requisitioning and approving on line!  Be sure to check with your administator or coach about how the purchasing workflow works with your team. Are you ready?

The permanent URL is ready at so create a bookmark to UProcure in your favorite browser for easy single-sign-on.

Join us at one of the Open Labs scheduled through June and July for one-on-one help from UProcure experts.

If you missed the Go Live email follow these Day 1 instructions but be sure to use the URL.


Questions?  Contact your local UProcure Coach, create a Sourcing and Procurement Help Desk ticket, check out the UProcure User Support site,  or call ext. 8866.  Let’s start sourcing and saving!

Posted by Helen Moshak at ext. 1112,

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Data Stewardship and Engineering Team (DSET) - Building Community Informed and Driven Data Services

Sophie Hou

 Being able to enable and facilitate scientific progress by providing advanced computing capabilities has been a focus for NCAR, especially through CISL. Additional developments of dedicated technical infrastructures for supporting data-related activities, such as visualization, analysis, processing, and transformation, have also been prioritized. However, in order to meet the diverse existing and emerging data needs from the scientific community, data services must integrate human and organizational services with technical developments. Data services have a better chance to be accepted and used by the target community if the community members are represented and consulted during the design and implementation process. The NCAR’s Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET) was created to design and implement comprehensive NCAR digital asset search, discovery, and access. To achieve this challenging task, cross-organizational participation and communication are essential, including having representatives and stakeholders from the NCAR science and technical divisions to leverage the expertise of both groups. The goal of DSET is to ensure that feedback from users is built into the process, and ultimately, enable data services, including the technical infrastructures, to be developed in alignment with the community’s research and data needs.

Bio: Sophie Hou ( is the Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). At NCAR/UCAR, Sophie focuses on providing dedicated support, engagement, and training for questions and issues that scientific researchers might encounter when working with data (including software tools and model codes). Additionally, Sophie collaborates with and participates in both internal and external data curation-centric communities and activities, including NCAR Data Stewardship Engineering Team, to help share experiences and key lessons learned, especially those relating to data management infrastructures and best practices. Sophie has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with the specialization in Data Curation from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and prior to joining NCAR, Sophie's previous Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and professional work experience were in the field of Electrical Engineering.


Friday, June 30, 2017
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room


Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

It’s time to nominate your colleagues for the 2017 UCAR Distinguished Achievement and Outstanding Accomplishment Awards. Tony Busalacchi's memo requesting nominations for this year's awards can be found on the Employee Recognition Awards Policy website. In order for your submission to be favorably considered, please use the appropriate Criteria Checklist (there are two): for either the Distinguished Achievement Award and/or for one of the Outstanding Accomplishments Awards.

A note on the publications awards, the focus of which is: "published results in the past five years of original research, review papers, or pedagogically oriented books that contribute to the atmospheric sciences".  “Five years" is counted as five years prior to January 1 of the current year.  I.e., the nominated activity must have been accomplished or published AFTER January 1, 2012 for 2017's nominations.

Submit your nominations electronically to Judy Skidmore, either in a Google Drive folder or on a flash drive. Although any employee may initiate a nomination, only Directors or designates may submit nominations.

The deadline for this year’s nominations is Friday, October 13th.

For more information, contact Judy Skidmore, ext. 1658,

Posted by Judy Skidmore at ext. 1658,

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Friday, August 11, 2017

ACOM Seminar

Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) Campaign: Objectives, Measurements Strategy, and Preliminary Findings

Jerome Fast
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


This talk describes the objectives, measurement strategy, and preliminary findings from the Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) campaign that was conducted in May and September of 2016 near the DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) site located in Oklahoma. Current shallow and deep convective cloud parameterizations used by regional and global models contain uncertainties resulting from insufficient coincident data that couples cloud macrophysical and microphysical properties to inhomogeneity in land use and ecosystems, boundary layer turbulence, and aerosol properties. Rather than targeting a narrow set of processes, the goal of the HI-SCALE campaign was to provide a detailed set of aircraft and surface measurements needed to obtain a more complete understanding and improved parameterizations of the lifecycle of shallow clouds. Aerosol and aerosol precursor measurements on the research aircraft included a High Resolution Time-of- Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF- AMS), a single particle mass spectrometer (miniSPLAT), various size distribution instruments, a cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) particle counter, a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS), as well as O3, SO2 , NO, NO2 , and CO. Similar measurements were continuously collected at the surface. The sampling was done in two periods, one in the spring and the other in the late summer to take advantage of variations in the “greenness” for various types of vegetation, new particle formation, anthropogenic enhancement of biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA), and other aerosol properties.

Preliminary findings using the HI-SCALE data will be presented. The aircraft measurements will be coupled with extensive routine ARM SGP measurements as well as Large Eddy Simulation (LES), cloud resolving, and cloud-system resolving models. Ultimately, these integrated analyses and modeling studies will shed light on the effects of inhomogeneity in land use, vegetation, soil moisture, convective eddies, and aerosol properties (size distribution, composition, mixing state) on the evolution of shallow clouds. This includes the feedbacks of cloud radiative effects on the surface heat, moisture, and momentum fluxes and on aerosol photochemical processes via changes in the downwelling radiation.

Monday, 26 June 2017, 3:30pm
NCAR Foothills Laboratory
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder
FL2-1001, Small Auditorium
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Friday, June 23, 2017 to Monday, June 26, 2017

The Up the Hill Race is on Friday August 18, 2017!

The EAC is looking for volunteers to help with the event, so we have scheduled a time for employees to visit us for an informational meeting and an opportunity to learn more about how you can volunteer this year! Pizza will be served at the meeting; please RSVP your attendance by Monday, 6/26/17 if you plan on eating lunch with us.  RSVP here.

Meeting Information:
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: CG1-1214-North-Auditorium
*Please be prompt, as we're starting at 12pm sharp. There's a lot of information to cover and we want to be courteous of everyone's time/lunch break.

If you can't attend this meeting, but still want to help, please contact Toni Wallace,

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, June 23, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of UCAR’s Child Care Center, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the UCAR Child Care Center to partake! 

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Friday, June 23, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017

There will be a Celebration of Life for Stanley Ruttenberg on Saturday, July 1st in the ML Cafeteria, starting at 10:30 AM.  Starting in 1964, Stan worked at NCAR/UCAR for 30 years and built a house at the foot of the Mesa on Deer Valley Road (a  trail that he wore into the hillside is still visible via OSMP 'not a trail' signs!)  We will include some early history (and photos) of NCAR and its projects.  Any interested staff is invited to attend.

A full obituary is posted here:

Posted by Becky Ruttenberg at ext. 2816,

Friday, June 23, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

Comparison of methods for updating intensity-duration-frequency curves using regional climate data at multiple spatial and temporal resolutions

Lauren Cook
Carnegie Mellon University

Intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves are a common input to engineering design, and are used to represent extreme rainfall in region. As rainfall patterns shift into a non-stationary regime as a result of climate change, these curves will need to be updated with future projections of extreme precipitation. Many regions have begun to update these curves to reflect the trends from downscaled climate models; however, few studies have compared the methods for doing so, as well as the uncertainty that results from the selection of the climate model, and its native grid scale and temporal resolution. This study will examine the variability in updated IDF curves for three locations (Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Phoenix) when the method for creation of future IDF curves is altered, as well as the underlying resolution (spatial, temporal) of the climate ensemble. Additional analysis will compare results using two emissions scenarios (RCP 4.5 and 8.5), climate model data sources (e.g., NA-CORDEX and NARCCAP), and downscaling techniques (dynamical v. statistical). Metrics for comparison include the resulting intensity of precipitation, as well as the effort expended to create the IDF curve. Finally, the resulting intensities will be used to design a stormwater retention basin using the TR-55 method (24-hour duration) and 50-year return period, in order to determine how the basin size is altered as the methods, models, and native resolutions change. 

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Mesa Lab, Chapman Room
(Bring your lunch)


Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Thursday, July 6, 2017

Please welcome and congratulate Jeff on becoming our newest volunteer Ombuds. He recently joined Loretta Quinn and Marijke Unger in providing this important service to all of NCAR|UCAR.

An Ombuds is an independent, neutral person who offers informal assistance to employees and visitors to help resolve issues related to their employment or appointment.

Jeff has been at the Unidata Program Center since 1998 and is currently a project manager in the Community Services group there. A graduate of UCAR's 2006 Leadership Academy, he is a member of the International Ombuds Association and practices in accordance with its codes and practices.

Find out more about Jeff, Loretta, Marijke, and the UCAR Ombuds Office here:

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Friday, July 7, 2017

Effective 3/28/17, a new version 5-7 Travel (Concur) Policy and Procedures is applicable for all travel processed using Concur.  Revisions to the existing 5-7 Travel Policy & Procedures have been made to reflect new federal regulations, signature authority revisions, general updates related to the new software capabilities of Concur and the issuance of the new UCAR Travel Card.

To view a roadmap of changes from the existing Policy 5-7 Travel to the new 5-7 Travel (Concur) please read the UCAR Travel Policy and Procedure Changes.  The existing 5-7 Travel Policy & Procedure will remain available on the UCAR website until all travel booked using the old Travel Application has been completed and expensed.


Please visit the Concur User Support Resources site for details on how to utilize our new cloud hosted web-based travel system (Concur) and for a detailed list of FAQs.  For additional guidance, please contact the Travel Office at or call the Concur help desk at ext. 2121.

Posted by Patty Leslie at ext. 8570,

Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017