Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The HR team has a surprise theme for Halloween and we welcome all to join us for some fun!

Stop by and visit us on Monday, 10/31 for a Halloween treat!

FLA Building - 3rd Floor, come by between 9am-2pm

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, October 28, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016

Last month we moved to a more detailed timecard as a proactive step to comply with sponsor requirements. Thank you for your cooperation with this necessary change and your diligence in completing timecards. As mentioned in previous communications, the next timekeeping change will be supervisor approval and acceptance of the time reported as satisfactory, on all timecards (exempt and non-exempt employees).

Beginning with timecards due on Friday, November 18, supervisors will be asked to review and approve all their employees’ (exempt and non-exempt) timecards. The change to the Timecard Application will be effective Monday, November 7. Timecards for non-exempt staff already have supervisor review and approval and will not be impacted by this change.

As with the detailed timecard, this change is a proactive step to comply with sponsor timekeeping requirements. Many similar organizations with federal government funding are currently in compliance with these requirements.
A brief training video and a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document are available to support you through this transition. Thank you in advance for your support.

Posted by Rebecca Swisher at ext. 8609,

Friday, October 28, 2016 to Wednesday, November 2, 2016








Posted by Kara Mayock at ext. 2188,

Friday, October 28, 2016 to Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sim D. Aberson

Dropsondes in Hurricanes (1949 to the present)

The history of the use of dropsondes in hurricanes will be presented with special emphasis on the achievements since the development and implementation of the NCAR GPS dropwindsonde 20 years ago. The GPS dropwindsonde revolutionized the science of hurricanes. Though originally developed as part of a program to improve numerical forecasts, it spurred development of targeting and data assimilation techniques to optimize data gathering. Most importantly, the instrument provided the first detailed look at the kinematics and dynamics of tropical cyclones, especially in the eyewalls and near the most intense systems. Current research using dropwindsonde data in tropical cyclones will be presented, along with hopes for future measurements.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016, 3:30 PM

Refreshments 3:15 PM

NCAR-Foothills Laboratory 3450 Mitchell Lane
Bldg 2 Large Auditorium (Rm1022)

The seminar will be webcast live at

Posted by Meghan Stell at ext. 2043,

Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A new question has been posted to the Delphi Question and Answer Service on the topic: How many people are employed in the NCAR Directorate and what do they do?

UCAR’s Delphi Service (log in with your Google password) was created in 1974 to give staff a vehicle to ask management about UCAR policies and practices in a confidential manner. Submit questions to the Delphi Coordinator: Marc Genty, Mesa Lab Room 39D,, ext 1210. Staff can submit questions the following ways: 
    1.    Interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked "confidential,”
    2.    Email, with “confidential” in the subject line, or
    3.    US mail to the Delphi Coordinator’s home (call the coordinator to get his home address).

All questions must include your name and contact information so the coordinator can correspond confidentially with you. Questions and answers of general interest will be published in Staff Notes Daily.

Posted by Jeff Smith at ext. 2679,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions for November 2016 have been Scheduled:

Foothills Lab 2 – Room 1002 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Click here to schedule an appointment with TIAA on November 1, 2016

Center Green 1 – Board Room 3150

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm


Sign Up Today:  

To schedule a counseling session: Follow the link above 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,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 to Thursday, November 17, 2016

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 2017 and 30 September 2018.

The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities and their students to work in residence at NCAR.

Application deadline: 23 December 2016

For more information, contact Paula Fisher at ext. 1328, or see the Web page at

Posted by Paula Fisher at ext. 1328,

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Friday, November 11, 2016

CO2 as Seen from Space: Highlights from the OCO-2 Mission and the Development of OCO-3

Annmarie Eldering

Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology

The OCO-2 mission was launched into space in July 2014, and is returning about 100,000 measurements of carbon dioxide across the globe each day. The mission was designed to measure CO2 with the coverage, precision, and resolution to allow us to determine the fluxes of carbon dioxide across the globe on regional scales. I will report on the challenges of making this remote sensing measurement and present some of the science results on local and global scales. In addition, a spare instrument is being prepared for installation on the International Space Station in 2018 (called OCO-3). I will provide and overview of the science goals for this mission and the current development status.

Friday, October 28, 2016

12:00-1:00 pm

Mesa Lab, Chapman Room

 (Bring your lunch)

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Friday, October 28, 2016

Please plan on coming to an NCAR Town Hall to hear about the major outcomes of this summer's NSF site visit team reviews, an update on the NSF budget outlook for NCAR, strategic priorities moving forward, and some research and technical highlights of the past year. Jim Hurrell and Michael Thompson look forward to seeing you at one of the following venues:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016:
Research Aviation Facility: 9:30-10:30am
Foothills Lab Main Auditorium: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room: 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, November 30, 2016:
NWSC: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Posted by Susan Chavez at ext. 1102,

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Friday, October 28, 2016

Super Science Saturday is open to the public and welcomes science explorers of all ages!

Please join us for Super Science Saturday on November 5, 2016 from 10 am - 4 pm. This annual event at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) brings kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, and learn about science. This year's theme is Our Changing Climate!

Activities and Events:

  • Hands-on activity tables
  • Science Shows
  • NCAR 3D Visualization Lab Demos
  • NCAR Wizards Showcase
Detailed schedule of events is coming soon.

Posted by Natalie Ponsford at ext. 2585,

Monday, October 24, 2016 to Sunday, November 6, 2016