November 22, 2010 | On September 6, the Boulder County Communications Center received a radio call at about 10:00 a.m. of a fire in Fourmile Canyon. High winds helped spread the blaze, and within a week, 6,181 acres had been consumed along with 169 homes in what was the most expensive wildfire in Colorado’s history.
November 16, 2010 | The Mesa Mile construction project, which ran from early August through early November, was nearly as smooth as the new asphalt that’s now on the road. Staff and the public are enjoying the bike and pedestrian paths along the roadway, as well as a new parking lot surface and lighting at the Mesa Lab.
November 16, 2010 | Rumors of the discontinuation of the Delphi Service found their way to the Staff Notes office. We’d like to clarify that these rumors are exactly that—rumors—as Delphi is alive and well. It simply hasn’t received any publishable questions as of late. (Occasionally, certain questions are not published at the questioner’s request.)
November 16, 2010 | On October 5, the UCAR Board of Trustees surprised Rick Anthes and 400 other attendees at the organization’s 50th anniversary dinner by announcing a new name for 3375 Mitchell Lane: the Anthes Building. The announcement left Rick speechless. “I thought the board might be giving me a gift of some kind, but I never expected anything like this, ever,” he says.
November 17, 2010 | A cross section of UCAR/NCAR retirees, veteran staff, and university faculty converged on the CU Stadium Club on October 5 to celebrate UCAR/NCAR’s 50th anniversary. The dinner was scheduled to coincide with the annual meeting of UCAR member and affiliate representatives, most of whom joined the celebration.
November 3, 2010 | A new round of online, interactive educational modules from COMET’s MetEd program covers a variety of geophysical phenomena for professionals, students, and science enthusiasts. Modules are free but require registration.
November 2, 2010 | Flat tire? Don’t sweat it. A handful of staff gathered on October 28 outside Foothills Lab to learn how to keep flats from making them late to work. The hands-on workshop, hosted by FM&S, was part of an evolving series on bike commuting. “We did a session on bike basics in September and learned that sometimes beginner riders have a lot of questions about commuting, so we’ve added two more workshops,” explains Kay Gazaway, sustainability outreach coordinator for FM&S.
October 20, 2010 | On October 15, President Obama named senior scientist Warren Washington (NESL/CGD) as one of 10 eminent researchers to be awarded the National Medal of Science for 2010.
October 20, 2010 | Veterans in the Denver-Boulder area had a chance to meet local employers and learn about veterans’ benefits at Center Green on October 19. The idea for the job fair, which was co-sponsored by UCAR and Workforce Boulder County, was hatched last spring when HR was looking for ways to reach out to veterans. “We hit upon the idea of sponsoring a job fair, since we have such a great venue,” says Nancy Wade (HR). “This was one tangible way that we could focus on the local population and have a positive impact on the community.”
October 8, 2010 | Two nationally recognized artists, Kim Abeles and Brian Collier, will pay a visit to UCAR/NCAR this fall as part of "Visualizing Science: Informing through Arts and Science Collaborations." The presentations, which are open to all staff, are sponsored by EO and EcoArts Connections, a Front Range–based festival that brings scientists, artists, performers, and the public together to raise awareness about climate change.


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