Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, February 13, 2001

WITI, RAP, UCAR, the UCAR Foundation, and a major commercial weather
information provider engaged in the DiCast project to implement an
automated weather forecasting system for locations within the United States
and throughout the rest of the world. As a result of this project, RAP
received revenues from three sources:

(1) RAP fulfilled its contractual obligations to WITI on the DiCast project
in October 2000. The ~$900,000 project was completed under budget by more
than $150,000.

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, February 2, 2001

My question has to do with the UCAR policy on intellectual property and
technology transfer (IP and TT). There seems to be a mismatch between the
description of this policy in the December 2000 issue of Staff Notes
Monthly and the version available on the UCAR internal Web site.

The Staff Notes Monthly article refers to 90% of revenue going to the
programs and divisions, but the Web site states that 50% of the revenues
will be retained by the UCAR Foundation and the division/program will

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, January 12, 2001

I am writing to ask if there would be any support for changing the UCAR
leave policy and to find out who I would approach with my ideas.

Currently, many UCAR employees start by accruing one vacation day per
month. After two years the accrual rate increases to one and one half days
per month, and then, after eight years, to two days per month. Other
employees who accrue two days per month immediately are not addressed in
this letter.

In order for UCAR to stay competitive with educational and industrial

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, November 16, 2000

I've heard that other corporations have a policy in place whereby employees
are granted vacation time inversely proportional to how much sick time they
take, the idea being that if you're a person who's always calling in sick,
you get less vacation accrual (or the flip side-if you rarely call in sick,
you get more vacation). I don't know the finer details, but it basically
sounds like a good idea. Other organizations may have a generalized leave
policy whereby a set amount of leave is granted each year. It can be used

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, November 16, 2000

I'm concerned about the response in Staff Notes Monthly in regard to leave
time for adoption. I think it's important to add to the comments made by
Laurie Carr in HR [question #455, published in the
September Staff Notes Monthly
] that individuals can
only use their FMLA (Family Medical and Leave Act) time if their supervisor
supports the leave. I know of one employee's supervisor who did approve the
paid leave when this person adopted. I know of another employee who

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, November 16, 2000

I'm having trouble with a co-worker whose personal odor is so foul at times
that when this person enters the room the environmental quality therein is
changed. There are folks in our division who wait to let the air clear
before they enter a space this person has been in. It is that bad. I can't
imagine confronting anyone with this problem. Are there UCAR policies
concerning personal hygiene in the workplace, or are there suggestions
someone can provide that might help someone in my position solve this

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Although federally chartered since 1916, the Boy Scouts of America have
recently gone to great lengths to define themselves as a private group,
outside the public domain and able to discriminate. This year, the Scouts
have successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court (Boy Scouts of
America et al. v. Dale) to overturn a 1999 New Jersey Supreme Court
decision (Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, et al. ), which stated the Scouts
could not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, September 5, 2000

This summer I and other bike-commuting coworkers noticed a significant
increase in the number of close calls [between bikes and cars] on Mitchell
Lane and in the Foothills Lab parking lots. It is getting more dangerous
and is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. UCAR has a
policy of encouraging alternative transportation; what can it do to promote
the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Mitchell Lane and in the
parking lots?

Note: The questioner had some follow-up comments to clarify the situation

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, August 18, 2000

I am a long-time NCAR employee who remembers the days before the wonderful
exhibit involving a fan used to generate a vortex was installed in the
entry area of the Mesa Lab. In spite of the pleasure I take from that
exhibit, I miss the peace and quiet of those days. It is now necessary to
have the library doors closed to avoid distraction by the noise, which also
pervades the entire visitor area of the building. One only has to come in
after hours, when the fan is not in use, to be reminded of how pleasant
that area and the library can be.

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, August 18, 2000

What does NCAR do to guard against wildfires? There seem to be a lot of
cigarette butts on the path from the parking lot. Are visitors allowed to
smoke on trails around NCAR?


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