Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Mark your calendars for UCAR’s 2018 Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork sessions and Health & Benefits Fair, sponsored by the Wellness Advisory Committee (WAC).  These valuable wellness events are open to UCAR employees, retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent adult children 18-26 years of age. For more information, visit the UCAR Health Fair website.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Registration Site

To participate in the pre-health fair bloodwork screenings, register to attend one of the following onsite sessions.  The standard full-blood chemistry screenings and PSA blood screening for men 50+ are FREE; optional, additional bloodwork screenings are also available upon request at participant cost. Each participant must register individually.

Pre-Health Fair Bloodwork Session Dates/Locations (Registration and 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments provided at each location)

  • FL:        January 25, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, FL2-1003
  • ML:       February 1, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, ML-Damon
  • CG:       February 8, 2018, 7:30-11:30 am, Room 3131
  • NWSC:   February 14, 2018, 7:00-9:00 am, NWSC Janice Room
  • RAF:      February 15, 2018, 8:00-10:30 am, RAF Conference Room

Schedule a blood draw appointment through Health Promotions Management's external, secure registration site: Registration site requires account setup for each participant.

Confirmation emails will include additional instructions with links to all required forms:  bloodwork lab form and instructions, listing of optional blood test and costs (optional tests to be paid by participants), and consent and release forms for you download, complete and bring with you to your appointment.  You'll also receive appointment email reminders closer to your appointment date.  Please note, bloodwork screening results can be claimed at the Health Fair. To have a proxy claim your results, they must bring your signed Proxy Release Form to the Health & Benefits Fair.  All unclaimed results will be postal-mailed to participants.

For those who can't make any of the onsite sessions, click here for information, forms and instructions to have bloodwork done at a local Quest Lab location.  All Quest Lab appointments must be completed by February 15, 2018.  Results will be postal mailed to participants. 

UCAR 2018 Health & Benefits Fair
Tuesday, March 28, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
No registration required

Health Fair events include:  Blood Screening Results and Private Consultations; Blood Pressure Screening, Full Blood Chemistry, PSA Prostate Cancer Screening; Optional Blood Screening Screenings; Pulmonary Screening; Bone Density Screening; Body Mass Analysis; Skin Cancer Screening; Vision/Hearing Screening; Ergonomics; Child and Elder Care Resources; Benefits Information; Chair Massage; Health Information Booths, Refreshments, Giveaways; Prizes; and much, much more!

UCAR offers these events as a service and participation is voluntary.  UCAR does not recommend or endorse any products, services or resources associated with these events. For more information, visit UCAR's Health & Benefits Fair website.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018


Title: Local to Hemispheric Atmospheric Impacts of U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Development

Presenter: Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)

Abstract: The development of hydraulic fracturing drilling techniques (‘fracking’) for oil and natural gas (O&NG) extraction has triggered a steep rise in drilling activity and O&NG production in the U.S.  Atmospheric emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) associated with these activities have become a concern for local and regional air quality and climate forcing on regional, continental and global scales. 
Monitoring during the summer 2014 Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment (FRAPPÉ) showed atmospheric VOC increases along a transect from Boulder to the east, reflecting higher emissions from the more dense O&NG operations in eastern parts of Boulder County and Weld County.  Since late winter 2017 we have been conducting continuous atmospheric monitoring at the Boulder Reservoir for tracking O&NG related emission changes, with results being provided to the public in near real time via a public web portal. These observations demonstrate frequent occurrences of conditions with highly elevated O&NG-associated atmospheric alkanes, mostly transported from north to southeast sectors.  Larger scale emission changes are reflected in global observations from the NOAA-INSTAAR global VOC monitoring program. This monitoring has shown a remarkable reversal of Northern Hemisphere long-term trends of O&NG related VOC. Global atmospheric concentrations of O&NG tracers peaked around 1970-1980, followed by downward trends for the next four decades. These declining trends halted during 2005-2010, and reversed to increasing concentrations thereafter, indicative of the hemispheric impact of North American O&NG emissions.

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: Refreshments 3:15pm, Seminar 3:30pm
Location: NCAR Foothills Laboratory - FL2-1001, Small Auditorium
Live webcast:


Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Monday, January 22, 2018

The Bonfils Blood Center mobile bus will visit CG1 on Monday, January 22.  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.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018

Are you interested in K-12 education and public outreach? If so, please join your colleagues in a discussion about this topic on Tuesday, February 20th from 2:30-3:30pm in the CG1 South Auditorium. During this meeting we'll share updates on education and outreach efforts happening across the organization, discuss ideas for collaborations across groups, and discuss how we'd like these meetings to be structured in the future.

To RSVP please send an email to Becca Hatheway ( and you'll be added to the calendar invite. In addition, if you haven't already signed up for the email list for this group ( please let Becca know that you would like to be added to the list.

We hope to see you at this meeting!

Posted by Becca Hatheway at ext. 2597,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Please join us for the second ASP Thompson Lecture of 2018.

This seminar will feature Doctor Jonathan E. Martin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

It could well be argued that modern synoptic-dynamic meteorology was christened by three intellectual advances; 1) the adoption of isobaric coordinates as a means of simplifying the equation of continuity, 2) the development of the quasi-geostrophic system of equations to approximate and simplify the equations of motion, and 3) the formulation of an omega equation that could both qualitatively and quantitatively diagnose regions of upward and downward vertical motions at the cyclone scale as well as explain the ubiquity of the transverse circulations at fronts.  Though many eminent thinkers in our field contributed to these developments in the two decades after WW II, all three of them originated before and during the war from aspects of the work of a single scientist – Reginald C. Sutcliffe.

In this talk I will share the experiences I had over the past three years chasing the scientific and personal history of this giant in the field.  His life included moments that testify to the great power of inspirational teachers, the horror and waste of war, the inevitable momentum of good ideas and the necessity of broad vision in both human and scientific affairs that leads to the creation of important and successful institutions.  The exhilarating adventures and discoveries I was fortunate enough to enjoy in my sabbatical year will serve as the backdrop for my account of a journey into biographical research.  I hope to relate a number of interesting stories from Sutcliffe’s impactful and interesting life as well as from my personal pursuit of his history.

This seminar will begin promptly at 1:00 pm., January 18th in the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room, refreshments will be provided beforehand.

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Wednesday, January 17, 2018

All staff are invited to attend one of four listening sessions with UCAR leadership on Friday, January 19. As the name implies, there will be no presentations. Instead, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of directors and leaders from the President’s Office, HR, and F&A on services they provide to support and enable the research in our organization.

UCAR Listening Sessions: How can UCAR leadership support you in 2018?

Friday, January 19

10:00 – 10:50 a.m.    FL-Auditorium for NCAR Foothills and Center Green personnel

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.    FL-Auditorium for UCAR F&A, HR, and President’s office personnel

1:30 – 2:25 p.m.       CG-Auditorium, Center Bay, for UCP, including offsite personnel via webcast

3:00 – 3:55 p.m.       ML-Main Seminar Room for NCAR ML and offsite personnel via webcast

If you would like to submit questions ahead of these sessions, please feel free to send them to either Joanna Schmitz ( or UCAR President Antonio Busalacchi via the President’s Anonymous Suggestion Box.


Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018

Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS mentor for the 2018 Summer Program: May 20 - August 4.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.  Each year, approximately 20 students spend their summers at UCAR, NOAA and our partner labs collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. SOARS protégés are partnered with a team of mentors that includes a research mentor (or mentors), writing and computing mentors, and a coach (see more detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested UCAR/NCAR staff to get involved – no experience necessary!

For more information about mentoring, please see To sign up to be a mentor, fill out an application online at or contact Bec Batchelor at

The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles.

Research Mentor: The research mentor works with the protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, a project mentor spends about ten hours per week with a protégé discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping the protégé with their research paper and presentations. Research mentoring teams are welcome, especially if you have travel plans during the summer period.

Writing Mentor: A writing mentor offers one-on-one feedback to their protégé on writing and presentations. The writing mentor supplements the instruction protégés receive in their weekly scientific communications workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.

Computing Mentor: The computing mentor helps the protégé learn the computing skills necessary to complete their project. Mentoring includes providing one-on-one tutoring, recommending resources and helping debug or troubleshoot code.

Coach (aka Community Mentor): Each first-year SOARS protégé is assigned a coach. The coach meets approximately once a week to help their protégé develop solutions to troubling situations by helping them define the problem, envision the way they would like things to be, and develop and implement steps to get there.

Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Friday, March 30, 2018

The Early Career Scientist Assembly is pleased to announce that we are soliciting applications for VISITOR funds for FY2018. ECSA members who would like to bring a visitor to NCAR for a collaborative visit may apply for these limited funds.

These visits have the goals of enhancing partnerships with other public and private institutions, and furthering the science done by early career scientists here at NCAR. These funds are available to all ECSA members. The length of the visit should be appropriate for the purpose, and awards will be limited to $5000. If funding is awarded, you will be required to write a 1-page summary about the visit and what was achieved as a result. Also, depending on the length/purpose of the visit, the ECSA may request your visitor give a seminar.

Please visit the ECSA visitor funds web page for more information, and a link to the online application. 

For questions, please contact Rachel McCrary, Chair of the ECSA Steering Committee:, x2482
Or Diana Zucco in the ASP office:, x1851

Posted by Diana Zucco at ext. 1851,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Friday, February 2, 2018

The next free seminar presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on Friday, February 9.

A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on February 9. Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".

UCAR Benefits, TIAA Retirement Planning Resources
February 9, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST
FL2 – 1001 and Webcast
Overview - Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA retirement program and how to maximize their value. 

Financial Planning & Investments
February 16, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
Overview - Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options

Social Security & Income Protection Planning
February 23, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits

Medicare Basics
March 2, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
FL2-Room 1022 (Large Auditorium)
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
March 9, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

Connect Employee Self-Service Website - EOD Catalog

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Saturday, March 10, 2018

Howdy! Please join SciEd as we celebrate Karen Smith-Herman’s 18 years of service to UCAR and SOARS in education. We want to thank Karen for everything she has done for all of us so mark your calendars for Friday, January 19th from 2:00pm-4:30pm. It’s a western party folks, so put on your boots and celebrate!

Posted by Shaun Bush at ext. 2590,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Saturday, January 20, 2018