Question #:
Answered on:
Tuesday, July 18, 2000

The Staff Notes Monthly article on the new science store said that the
store will be selling T-shirts. Up until now, the EAC has raised funds by
selling UCAR/NCAR T-shirts each year. If the store sells NCAR T-shirts,
won't that have a negative impact on the EAC? With the EAC understaffed and
struggling to continue sponsoring the services and events they
traditionally have, this seems like a bad time to erode one of their
sources of income.

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, July 13, 2000

I noticed in this month's Staff Notes Monthly that Food Services is setting
up cafeteria space at the Pearl Street site. I am very disappointed to hear
this, especially given the fact that for years Jeffco employees tried and
failed to negotiate with Velma for some sort of service (even when staff
was as high as 60 in the early nineties, all we wanted was fax [ordering
and] shuttle service at noon). Also, I am concerned that divisions and
programs will end up with higher overhead rates in order to subsidize a

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, July 13, 2000

I have several Delphi questions. I'm a male, without children (adopted or
otherwise), who is concerned about the equity of UCAR policy regarding
leave for childbirth and adoption. My understanding is that childbearing
leave is handled in a similar way to "leave due to any other type of
disability" (UCAR Benefits Manual). I take this to mean that sick leave is
to be used for the childbearing leave.

My questions are:

(1) Although childbirth is certainly debilitating, I believe that most

Question #:
Answered on:
Monday, July 10, 2000

The inclusion of a painting of a nude woman in the current exhibit in
Gallery I has triggered reactions from a variety of people in my division,
which fall into two categories:

(1) Portraits of nude women encourage the view of a woman as a sexual
object rather than as an equal and a scientist.

(2) Given the educational role NCAR plays, with frequent visits by
school-age children, the display of nudity in artwork is inappropriate.

A previous Delphi question was similar to (1); in response it was stated

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, June 21, 2000

On the occasion of Flag Day, I have a question for you: Why is it that
there is no flag being flown at the Mesa Lab (recognizing the obvious
answer that there is no flagpole!)? As a national institution, and being a
site that is frequented by the public, it seems odd that we do not have one
at least somewhere on the grounds. Even in the Main Seminar Room, the
American flag gets shoved around more like it's a nuisance than an official
emblem of our nation. Shouldn't we try to do a little better than that?

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, April 26, 2000

I've been wondering ever since they were installed exactly how the
"auto-flush" toilets are supposed to save water . . . or are they? I've
never seen the advantage in them, but when, recently, and not for the first
time, one flushed three times while I was in the stall, I thought they must
actually be wasting water. I'd like to get an explanation of what their
advantages are and what causes them to get out of adjustment. Does
Maintenance rely on employees to call and report malfunctions, or do they
check the mechanisms routinely? Thank you.

Question #:
Answered on:
Wednesday, April 26, 2000

The Delphi questions and follow-on discussion of smoking at FL have been
read with great interest. While the new signs and attention given to the
matter are greatly appreciated, they have not been particularly effective.
Some smokers routinely disregard the spirit of the signs, electing to
continue puffing close to the entrances. We should recognize that the
actual number of feet [between the door and the smoker] is not significant.
Rather, the goal is to avoid an accumulation of smoke and cigarette

Question #:
Answered on:
Friday, April 14, 2000

In the Foothills Lab cafeteria, the service is always good and the
employees friendly. However, in the mornings, there is generally only one
person working on the line. This is understandable, in order to keep labor
costs down.

Nowadays people are educated about food safety, and food workers frequently
wear gloves. However, lately I have noticed that the morning cook/server
will be wearing a glove on only one hand. After making the food, she goes
to the register to ring the sale, without removing the glove. Then she goes

Question #:
Answered on:
Thursday, April 13, 2000

I have a question about serving lunch. Very large groups have meetings at
the Mesa Lab, etc., from time to time, and when they go to lunch in the
cafeteria, some employees have to readjust their lunch time or stand in
line for a while. I was wondering if we could have, say, employees at 11:30
a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and the public from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., or something like
that. I know as spring and the 40th anniversary progress, we will be having
this situation more and more. Thank you for your consideration.

Question #:
Answered on:
Monday, April 10, 2000

It appears that speeding in the Foothills Lab parking lots is getting out
of hand. It's only a matter of time until a pedestrian is hit or a
collision occurs. The posted limit is ten miles per hour, and absolutely
nobody goes that slowly. The most egregious violators appear to be
government vehicles and the Ryder rental trucks. Take a look at the curb
southwest of FL3--the black marks are from the tires of speeding vehicles
that bounce off the curb. Recently, I saw a Ryder truck knock some big
branches off an FL tree. Therefore, I ask:


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