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Abstract:

I am a climate scientist. I am also a professor, mentor, mother, partner, sister, daughter, friend, and general member of society. Performing well in any one of these roles is hard work for me, but performing perfectly in all of them is impossible. Here, I will discuss my continuing struggle to find balance between these aspects of my life, and how I am coming to terms with the fact that true “balance” may instead be the continuous movement between unstable states. Throughout this talk I will highlight lessons I have learned and those I am still learning, while sprinkling-in thoughts from colleagues across the field.

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607, sbriggs@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Monday, April 22, 2019

Abstract:

The atmosphere is a noisy and chaotic place, and our job as scientists is to disentangle the signal from the noise, and thus, determine cause and effect. This talk focuses on two signals and the tools employed to extract them from their noise.

The first signal is that of remote Arctic and tropical drivers of subseasonal variations in the midlatitude jet-streams. Daily variations in the midlatitude jet-stream can lead both to devastating extreme events, or mild weather, and thus, understanding the drivers of jet-stream variations on sub-seasonal timescales is one step toward accurate predictions. However, internal variability makes it challenging to determine who is driving whom. The second signal is that of humanity’s influence on climate. Identifying this signal in observations, and distinguishing it from internal variability across a range of timescales, often requires one estimate the signal from climate model simulations. However, uncertainty across model projections introduces yet another layer of noise.

Separating the signal from the noise is no easy task, and success requires that one have the right tools for the job. Here, we apply methods from machine learning, specifically, causal discovery techniques and artificial neural networks, to extract these very different signals from the background of internal climate variability and model uncertainty. While this talk is focused on two specific signals, we will also use it as an opportunity to provide a brief overview of some causal discovery and machine learning methods to highlight their relevance for climate dynamics research as whole.

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607, sbriggs@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The GLOBE Program is looking for volunteers to help score projects for the 2019 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

The IVSS is a way for students from all over the world to showcase their hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment.

Volunteers are STEM professionals, teachers, graduate students, and other interested community members who will assist in scoring student projects.

Scoring begins on 26 April 2019 after all of the projects have been submitted. It can take an hour or more, depending on how much time you are willing to commit. There will be an informational webinar (which will be recorded) on 25 April 2019 at 10:00 am MT (click here at the time of the webinar to join!) and then judging will need to take place between 26 April-05 May 2019. Judging consists of filling out a Google form with your scores and feedback for the project.

To sign-up as a volunteer, please go here: https://www.globe.gov/news-events/globe-events/virtual-conferences/2019-international-virtual-science-symposium/judges. We will cantact you once you have filled out the form.

The students really appreciate getting feedback on their projects in order to improve as researchers!

Posted by Amy Barfield at ext. 2645, barfield@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Thursday, April 25, 2019

Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has added new dates for our Difficult Conversations/Bystander Intervention training. These are stand-alone training opportunities, open to anyone at NCAR|UCAR on-site in Boulder (we are still working to identify a way to provide to off-site staff). You only need to sign up for one of these trainings if you are interested in attending. 

In the Difficult Conversations/Bystander Intervention training we will discuss the barriers that exist, preventing us from intervening. You will learn skills and techniques to intervene in difficult workplace situations that are counter to the culture we are trying to create and expect from our colleagues. We will provide you with a model for difficult conversations and you will practice having difficult conversations that are constructive. 

To sign up please visit the Connect website: https://www.fin.ucar.edu/hrisConnect/employee. From the home screen, click "View the EOD training calendar and register for courses" and search for "PRO158" to select the session you want to attend. 

Dates for training are as follows: 

  • Wednesday, June 19, 12:30- 4:30pm, FL1 EOL Atrium
  • Wednesay, July 10, 12:30- 4:30pm, ML- Damon Room
  • Friday, August 16, 8am-12pm, CG1 2126
  • Friday, September 13, 12:30- 4:30 pm, FL1- EOL Atrium
  • Wednesay, October 16, 8am-12pm, FL1- EOL Atrium
  • Tuesday, November 12, 8am-12pm, ML- Damon Room

If you have questions please contact Kristen Aponte (kaponte@ucar.edu) or x1657

Posted by Kristen Aponte at ext. 1657, kaponte@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, April 19, 2019 at the link below:

https://operations.ucar.edu/hr/new-hires-and-departures

Posted by Evette Aragon at ext. 8725, earagon@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Monday, May 6, 2019

Treasury & Finance invites all interested staff to attend its upcoming lunch and learn sessions.  All sessions will be held from Noon – 1:00 pm.

Additional information is as follows:

  • June 10, 2019: Property: Policy changes to Constructed Assets (CIPs) in FLA-2111
  • July 9, 2019: Project Accounting: Chart of Accounts in FLA-2111
  • Aug 5, 2019: Project Accounting: Journal Entries in FLA-2238

Please feel free to bring your lunch if you attend in person.  A Google hangout will be initiated for each of the sessions if you are unable to join in person, but please note that the sessions will not be recorded.  Please email the presenter before 11:00 am the day of the session if you wish to participant via a Google hangout.  Presenters are: Property bhulsing@ucar.edu, Chart of Accounts sandrews@ucar.edu, Journal Entries jtorrez@ucar.edu.

Posted by Betsy Hulsing at ext. 8858, bhulsing@ucar.edu

Friday, April 19, 2019 to Friday, August 2, 2019

*MMM Special Seminar  - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 11:00am*

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL DAY & TIME*

Speaker: Adam Varble

Affiliation: Earth Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Convective cloud circulations remain insufficiently measured and understood as a function of the surrounding environmental thermodynamic, kinematic, and aerosol conditions with which they interact. This contributes to model parameterization inadequacies that bias weather and climate prediction in many regions of the world. The DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Cloud, Aerosol, and Complex Terrain Interactions (CACTI) experiment was performed to improve understanding and parameterization of convective cloud and system lifecycles as functions of local environmental conditions through detailed observing of numerous orographic cumulus, deep convective initiation, and mesoscale convective organization cases.

Coordinated measurements were collected between October 2018 and April 2019 from over 50 atmospheric state, cloud, precipitation, land surface, radiation, and aerosol instruments constituting the ARM Mobile Facility-1 and deployable C-band Scanning ARM Precipitation Radar on the eastern slope of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain ridgeline in north-central Argentina. This location was chosen for its exceptionally high frequency of orographic convective cloud development of all types from cumulus to organized deep convection that includes some of the most extreme storms on the planet. This region also experiences many varied environmental influences on convective cloud evolution throughout the summer wet season including orographic, low level jet, and frontal cyclone circulations, significant daily and seasonal changes in surface fluxes, free tropospheric modification by elevated terrain and cloud detrainment, and highly variable aerosol properties. These combined factors coupled with the propensity for convective clouds to develop and organize in close proximity to one another make the region ideal for studying interactions between multi-scale convective cloud evolution and surrounding environmental conditions.

An Intensive Observation Period was performed between 30 October and 13 December 2018 that included participation of the ARM Aerial Facility Gulfstream-1 aircraft equipped with over 50 instruments measuring in situ properties in and around evolving clouds. This period also overlapped with a coincident, collaborating NSF-led field campaign in the same area called RELAMPAGO, which focused on deep convective initiation, upscale growth, and severe weather. In this talk I will provide an overview of datasets collected during CACTI and potential science that can be done with them that may be of interest to researchers at NCAR.

Refreshments: 10:45 AM

 

Posted by Nancy Kerner at ext. 8946, nskerner@ucar.edu

Thursday, April 18, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019

NCAR has partnered with The Weather Company, an IBM subsidiary, to experiment with a new technology that could make global, storm-scale forecasting a practical reality: graphical processing units, or GPUs.

GPUs were originally used to render 3D video games, but more recently they have been applied to a variety of interesting problems that require large amounts of computational resources to solve, including atmospheric modeling.

Read the full news story.

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605, lsnider@ucar.edu

Thursday, April 18, 2019 to Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Workday will change the way we all do HR and payroll tasks - such as time reporting and managing our employee information - starting mid-June. Curious what Workday looks like? Attend one of our upcoming “See Workday” demos. This last series of demos will give you a glimpse into managing your teams in Workday.

See Workday for Managers: Managing Your Teams Demos Schedule

Mesa Lab: Monday, April 22 from 2:00 - 2:30 in the Main Seminar Room (ML-132)  (webcast available)

Foothills Lab: Tuesday, April 23 from 10:30 - 11:00 in the Large Auditorium (FL2-1022)  (webcast available)

Center Green: Thursday, April 25 from 1:00 - 1:30 in CG1-2607 (Google hangout available)

Webinar: Tuesday, April 23 from 1:00 - 1:30 (click here to register)

Unable to make any of these? The webinar will be recorded and posted to our Workday project website.

Questions about Workday? Visit our Workday project website or contact Heather Hoyer at x 8574 or hhoyer@ucar.edu.

Posted by Heather Hoyer at ext. 8574, hhoyer@ucar.edu

Thursday, April 18, 2019 to Thursday, April 25, 2019

A new Delphi question and answer has been posted about: bonuses received for re-compete.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948, sclark@ucar.edu

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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