Staff Notes Daily Announcements

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 KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR, 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 KinderCare Learning Center at UCAR to partake!

Mark your calendars for future dates: stay tuned for 2018 dates!

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

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017

The 2018 Open Enrollment site is available until Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m. MT.

You can enroll in UCAR’s benefits, change your current elections, add or remove dependents, and enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care and/or Dependent Care) and/or a Health Savings Account.

If you would like to keep your existing Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) for 2018, you must re-enroll in these accounts through the Open Enrollment site. Please note that HSA is only an option if you’re enrolled in the Cigna High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

New Vision Plan for 2018

UCAR is very pleased to introduce a new voluntary vision plan through Cigna for 2018. This plan is available to all benefit-eligible employees, regardless of medical plan enrollment with Cigna and Kaiser.

Under the vision plan, you may use the eye care professional of your choice. However, when you use a participating network provider, you receive higher levels of benefits. Please note, premiums are pretax and are 100% paid for by you. See the Cigna Vision Plan Summary of Benefits.

To enroll or make changes to your benefits for 2018, please access the 2018 Open Enrollment site: You will need your CIT login ID and password to enter the site.

If you have questions, please contact the UCAR Human Resources Benefits Team:

Irena Haimsky, x8706,

Alyssa Fronk, x8710,

Laurie Carr, x8702,

Posted by Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 to Friday, December 1, 2017
ASP Faculty Fellowship Program now accepting applications

The Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that its Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) is now accepting applications for two-month visits that occur between 1 March 2018 and 30 September 2019. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities andresources for faculty employed at universities and their students to work in residence at NCAR.

Application deadline: 5 January 2018

Please see the Web page at

Posted by Paula Fisher at ext. 1328,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017

FedEx Office will be on site on Monday, December 4th to provide information on the printing services and other capabilities they offer. 

The presentations will take place on December 4th from 10am to 11am in FL2, Room 1001, and from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room.

Please plan to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the services they offer.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Ben Cross at x8569 or email

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, December 4, 2017

The Google Calendar view that you see in your web browser will be changing. Some private accounts may have already seen this. Most functions are the same, but there are new functions and a cleaner look. This change is rolling out from Google in stages and will be seen for our organization sometime after November 28th, but before February 28, 2018. You can learn about the new Calendar features at

Users of Drive for Mac/PC may have seen messages notifying them that Drive for Mac/PC is going away. Support for that tool will end on December 11th and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. This only affects the local PC/Mac desktop application, not the web based Drive App. A new tool named Drive File Stream will replace the desktop Drive applications for Mac/PC. Further details on installing and using Drive File Stream will be communicated via your local IT support.

Posted by Nick Wehrheim at ext. 1374,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

There will be two All-Staff Town Halls on Thursday, November 30.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi for an update on UCAR activities and Q & A:

  • Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Foothills Lab 2, 1022 Large Auditorium, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017

Each year, UCAR is required to notify all employee participants of the status of the benefit plans. Each of the annual reports has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 

The Summary Annual Reports are furnished electronically via a website that can be viewed here.

Posted by Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017

In an effort to make wireless access easier for our visitors, guests and staff with personal devices, we are standing up a new wireless network called "UCAR Visitor" starting Monday, November 20th at the Mesa Lab.  This network will not be using the weekly password used on "UCAR Guests", but will instead allow visitors to put in their name and email address to gain Internet access. Additionally on the 20th the "UCAR Guests" wireless network will no longer be available at the Mesa Lab. Visitors, guests and staff with personal devices will need to connect to the "UCAR Visitor" wireless ID.

Posted by Nick Wehrheim at ext. 1374,

Thursday, November 16, 2017 to Thursday, November 23, 2017


Title: What happens to air pollution when it is cold and dark? Insights from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign

Presenter: Joel Thornton, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences -University of Washington

Abstract: Emissions of primary pollutants occur year round. Episodes of significantly degraded air quality can occur during wintertime in mid-latitude urban areas. Yet, the rates and mechanisms by which primary pollutants are transformed under the darker and colder conditions of winter remain poorly understood. I will present on forthcoming results obtained from the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) Campaign, which utilized the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft to study trace gas and particulate emissions and chemistry across the eastern U.S. during February - March 2015. These observations suggest significant photochemical oxidation occurs, driven by radical precursors not commonly incorporated in chemical transport models, that are strongly linked to local and regional anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen oxides and short-lived VOC. We find that by reconciling model representations of multiphase reactive nitrogen chemistry, related radical precursors and formaldehyde emission sources are consistent with observations.  This allows for an accurate description of secondary nitrate and sulfate aerosol formation and reactive nitrogen partitioning and deposition, which in turn allows for more robust predictions of responses to future changes in emissions.

Joel Thornton is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.   He received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2002 and was than a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 2002 – 2004,   His research focuses on understanding the atmospheric chemistry of reactive nitrogen and organic compounds, with an emphasis on aerosol formation and multiphase chemistry.   His group uses a combination of  mass spectrometry, method and instrumentation development, laboratory process studies, in situ observations, and modeling.

Monday, November 27, 2017
Refreshments 3:15pm, Seminar 3:30pm 

NCAR Foothills Laboratory
FL2-1022, Large Auditorium
Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to Monday, November 27, 2017