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The CO/WY Chapter will host the ASA's traveling course, Introduction to Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data, Fri., Mar. 3, at NCAR in Boulder.  The ASA covers a substantial portion of the cost of the course, which keeps the registration fee very low ($25).  Course materials (presentation slides) will be made available to participants, and light refreshments will be served.  

Here are the details
Title:  Introduction to Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data
Instructor: Christopher Wikle
Date: Fri., Mar. 3
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (see schedule below)
Location:  Main Seminar Room, National Center for Atmospheric Research (Mesa Lab), Boulder, CO
Cost:  $25.00

Abstract: The course gives a contemporary presentation of spatio-temporal processes and data analysis, bridging classic ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts. From understanding environmental processes and climate trends to developing new technologies for mapping public-health data and the spread of invasive-species, there is a high demand for statistical analyses of data that take spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal information into account. This course presents a systematic approach to key quantitative techniques for the statistical analysis of such data that features hierarchical statistical modeling, with an emphasis on dynamical spatio-temporal models. The material follows the book by Cressie and Wikle, Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data (2011) - John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.  Many examples will be included, along with some basic applications from various R packages. The course can be presented in a 1-day or 1/2-day format, with the 1-day format including more applications and software examples.

Prerequisite: Anyone with a Masters or PhD degree in Statistics is suggested, but required background assumes Masters level probability and statistical inference and good understanding of matrix algebra.

About the Instructor: Christopher K. Wikle is Professor of Statistics at the University of Missouri, with additional appointments in Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences and the Truman School of Public Affairs.  He received a PhD co-major in Statistics and Atmospheric Science in 1996 from Iowa State University.  He was research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research from 1996-1998, after which he joined the MU Department of Statistics.  His research interests are in spatio-temporal statistics applied to environmental, ecological, agricultural and federal survey applications, with particular interest in dynamics.  Awards include elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Iowa State University, ASA ENVR Section Distinguished Achievement Award, the MU Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award from the UM Graduate School.  His book Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data (co-authored with Noel Cressie) was the 2011 PROSE Award winner for excellence in the Mathematics Category by the Association of American Publishers and the 2013 DeGroot Prize winner from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.  He is Associate Editor for several journals and is one of six inaugural members of the Statistics Board of Reviewing Editors for Science.

8:30-9:00
1st session: 9:00-10:30am
Break 10:30-11:00am

2nd session 11:00-12:30     
Lunch (on your own) 12:30-1:30pm           

3rd session 1:30-3:00pm      
Break 3:00-3:30

4th session 3:30-4:30

For More Info:


Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Friday, February 24, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

CISL would like to make the NCAR staff aware of the new CISL Visitor Program (CVP) The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visitors between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application deadline is March 3, 2017 for visits occurring between summer 2017 and spring 2018.

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Friday, February 24, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

STATMOS and SAMSI will be hosting a Workshop on Climate Statistics, July 17-21, at NCAR, in Boulder, Colorado.  The main purpose of this meeting is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations in climate statistics. Information about the workshop and a link to the application form can be found at the following link:

This workshop may be of interest to STATMOS researchers at all levels.  The workshop will be small, about 30 total participants, of whom about half will be statisticians, so we likely will not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested, but we are seeking a diverse group of attendees in terms of specific interests and career stages, so all are encouraged to apply.  Note that applications are due March 31.

The STATMOS Annual Meeting will be held the day before the workshop begins, on July 16, also at NCAR, so people attending the workshop will find it convenient to also attend the Annual Meeting.

For more information, please contact Michael Stein at

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Thursday, March 30, 2017

This workshop series is designed to help prepare the next generation of researchers and practitioners to work within, and contribute to, the data-rich era. Each workshop will bring together graduate students and senior scientists in environmental statistics and related fields to explore contemporary topics in applied environmental data modeling.

Across scientific fields, researchers face challenges coupling data with imperfect models to better understand variability in their system of interest. Inference garnered through these analyses support decisions with important economic, ecological, and social implications. Increasingly, the bottleneck for researchers is not access to data; rather, it is the need to identify and apply appropriate statistical methods using efficient software.

Workshop program and objectives

The workshop will consist of hands-on computing and modeling tutorials, presentations from graduate student participants, and invited talks from early career and established leaders in environmental data modeling. Tutorials and invited talks will address useful ideas and tools directly applicable to student participants' current and future research. 

Workshop participants will:

  • Develop new modeling and computing skills through hands-on analyses and lectures led by quantitative scientists
  • Share research findings and explore open questions within and at the interface of environmental, ecological, climatic, and statistical sciences
  • Learn about the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data resources that can facilitate scientific discovery

Workshop participants will also have ample time to enjoy the mountains and downtown Boulder.

Workshop tutorials:

    Climate data analytics
Instructor: Doug Nychka, Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, NCAR

    Introduction to Bayesian statistics and modeling for environmental and ecological data
Instructor: Alix Gitelman, Department of Statistics, Oregon State University

    Hierarchical models for spatio-temporal data analysis
Instructors:  Andrew Finley, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Application materials are due March 31 and notification will occur around April 4.

Please see for details.

Posted by Michelle Patton at ext. 1253,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 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! 

Mark your calendars for future dates:  Friday, March 17 and 31

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,

Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

NCAR researchers and computational scientists are encouraged to submit requests for NCAR Strategic Capability (NSC) projects to be run on the new 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne system.

The deadline for NSC submissions is March 30. NSC allocations target large-scale projects lasting one year to a few years that align with NCAR’s scientific priorities and strategic plans.

For more information, see the 2017 Call for Proposals from NCAR Researchers for NSC Resources.

Send questions to:

Posted by Michelle Smart at ext. 1226,

Friday, February 17, 2017 to Friday, March 3, 2017

This conference will be held 28–29 July 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (preceding the 2017 American Statistical Association's Joint Statistical Meetings).The AMS website includes important dates, a link for abstract submission, and additional information for this conference. A preliminary program, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted in late April. 

Papers for this conference are solicited on statistical applications relevant to any area of atmospheric science, but particularly to climate variability and change, as well as methods for handling and mining large data. New statistical applications or methodologies are of particular interest, including statistical applications related to the following topics: subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction and predictability; ensemble and multi-model ensemble forecasting methods; artificial intelligence, machine-learning and decision making; process-oriented model evaluation and prediction; extreme value analysis and prediction; climate change and non-stationarity in analysis and prediction; derived forecasts, decision support and climate services; as well as forecast verification. 

Multiple submissions are allowed by individual authors. However, AMS policy limits participation to one oral presentation each, with additional submissions assigned as posters. When submitting more than one abstract, authors are also asked to specify which abstract they would prefer to be considered for oral presentation.

Submit abstracts online by the deadline: 21 March 2017.

Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via email in late April 2017. 

Student Travel Awards

The Probability and Statistics Committee of AMS is proud to offer three student travel awards to help supplement travel expenses. Applicants must be a current AMS student member and must have submitted an abstract for presentation at the meeting. To apply, students should send a CV and a brief (1/2-page) justification to the program chairpersons (see below) by the travel award deadline: 15 May 2017.

For additional information

Please contact the program chairpersons:

Ed Boone <>, Dan Collins <>, Eric Gilleland <>, Nathaniel C. Johnson <>, Amy McGovern <>, Brian Reich <>

Posted by Eric Gilleland at ext. 2849,

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Future of Software Engineering in Academic and Research-based Organizations

Deadline for submissions:  February 28th, 2017
Conference & Tutorials:  April 10th-14th, 2017

The sixth annual National Center for Atmospheric Research Software Engineering Assembly (SEA) conference will take place in Boulder, CO, at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 10th to April 14th, 2017. The theme for this year is the future of software engineering in academic and research-based organizations.


We are soliciting 30 min. talks from all engineering disciplines with a focus on all aspects of contemporary software engineering. We particularly welcome talks from speakers who are underrepresented in the computational sciences. Conference topics:

1.      Data Analysis and Visualization
2.      Security and Compliance
3.      Agile Software Development
4.      Emerging Technology and Trends

The conference will also have 3 days of tutorials. We are soliciting tutorials that will focus on but not be limited to:

    • Software Carpentry (Git, GitHub)
    • Cloud hosting environments and workflows
    • Continuous Integration / Delivery pipelines
    • Docker / Containerization
    • Shifter HPC
    • Multicore software optimization

    Abstracts can be submitted online at the conference registration website

    For more information or questions please contact:

    Nathan Wilhelmi
    Software and Web Engineering Group Head

    See the full information at:

    Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    It's never too early to think about the Bolder Boulder.

    The Bolder Boulder registration for the 2017 Memorial Day 10k race has now opened, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge. Early registration through the end of February saves you $5. If you want your participation to count for UCAR/NCAR, you can do it online via the Bolder Business Challenge version of the registration form where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu.  For families, you can register others on this site too where it gives an option to select which are employees. The packets will be delivered to NCAR for convenient  pick-up in May. Business Challenge registration is only open until May 1st.

    This year also sees the return of a team time competition with three divisions based on company size. In the new format, the five fastest times contribute to the team time. There is also a participation rate prize, so the more we have the better. Whether you are running, jogging or walking. you are welcome to sign up for the team.

    Bolder Business Challenge Registration site

    Posted by Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950,

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Appointments are still available for the February 28, 2017 Conseling Session for TIAA:

    Foothills Lab 2 – Room 1002 
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:00pm 


    To schedule a counseling session: Click here to schedule an appointment with TIAA or call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at: 1-800-732-8353. 

    These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

    Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

    Monday, February 13, 2017 to Monday, February 27, 2017