Staff Notes Daily Announcements

SPEAKER:        Dr. Jenna Samra - Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)

DATE:                June 16, 2020

TIME:                 2:00 - 3:00 pm MDT


QUESTIONS:   Email questions during the talk to Ulrike Romatschke:



High-altitude infrared remote sensing is a promising new method for measuring coronal plasma and magnetic fields. This talk presents recent results from Smithsonian’s Airborne Infrared Spectrometer (AIR-Spec) and outlines concepts for future airborne and balloon-based spectrometers and spectro-polarimeters.

AIR-Spec is an imaging spectrometer that measures light over a 0.4 degree field of view in three spectral passbands between 1.4 and 3 microns. The instrument was commissioned during the 2017 total solar eclipse, when it observed five coronal emission lines from the NCAR Gulfstream V research jet. During the 2019 eclipse, significant instrument improvements enabled high-precision measurements higher in the corona. A third flight is planned for December 2020, and a new balloon-based instrument is being designed based on the results of the aircraft missions.

Posted by Melissa Ward at ext. 8713,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Chicken Baked on a Bed of Bread and Swiss Chard

This is a tasty, healthy one pot meal that's prepared in a Dutch oven with a heavy lid to ensure even cooking.  Great for a rainy day when you don't feel like grilling. The Bread and Swiss chard soak up the chicken juices. Bon Appétit!

Maggie Sheridan, Event Services Generalist


Link to Recipe:

Chicken Baked on a Bed of Bread and Swiss Chard

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Or access them through our UCAR Event Services website here  

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Friday, July 3, 2020

Laura Pan, from ACOM will be offering a Tai Chi lesson Friday, June 5, Noon - 12:30.

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art and it is widely practiced contemporarily for its health benefit. It can be practiced by people of all ages and in various health and fitness conditions. Many people consider Tai Chi as a moving meditation because the practice integrates mind and body using deep breathing.  The practice is highly recommended by Harvard Medical School. In this mini class, Laura will briefly introduce the philosophical foundation of Tai Chi (with one slide) and teach a very short routine as a “Taste of Tai Chi”. Please attend the video meeting in a place you can move on spot, preferably with at least 2-3 feet around you. Dress comfortably, barefoot okay on carpet, flat shoes if on a hard floor. To join the video meeting, join this Google Calendar event.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, it will be recorded for later playback and posted in Staff Notes Daily.

And if you're interested in teaching a class, please contact Beth Swanson.

Posted by Beth Swanson at ext. 8509,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Friday, June 5, 2020

The American Economic Association is providing open access to all journal content through August 2020.

Posted by Sara Byrd at ext. 2653,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Friday, June 5, 2020

For staff who have not already submitted their self-evaluations for the July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 Performance Evaluation (PE) cycle, the deadline is approaching. Submit your performance evaluation to your supervisor in Workday by June 8 (unless your lab, program, or department has provided you a different deadline).

Here are some helpful self-evaluation resources from the PE website:


Have questions or need help with your self-evaluation (PE) tasks in Workday? We’re here to help! Feel free to join an Open Lab anytime during the windows outlined below for individual assistance (links to join can be found on the Workday User Support site):

  • June 3, 9-11 a.m.
  • June 4, 1-3 p.m.


Not available during one of these windows? Submit your question via JIRA ticket to the Workday service desk.

Posted by Lameece Erwin at ext. 8711,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Monday, June 8, 2020

Users of mailing lists served by the UCAR Mailman server,, will soon see a change to advertised links to the list web pages. The change will be from using "http://" in the link to using "https://" instead. The encrypted https form has been implemented for a few years already so going forward please direct people to the secure web form in your communications. This change will happen on Sunday, June 7th. After that, both forms will direct connections to the encrypted https form and only that form should be published.

Posted by CISL Help Desk at ext. 2400,

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Creole Hash

My mother made this recipe a lot with several hungry kids hanging around the house. To us it was a fancy, gourmet meal. Little did we know.

Susan Cozad, Mesa Lab Cook


Link to Recipe:

Creole Hash

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Or access them through our UCAR Event Services website here  

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020

Atmopsheric rivers (ARs) transport large amounts of moisture across latitudes and are key to Earth’s water cycle, supplying communities around the globe with important water resources.  Extreme ARs, however, can produce intense precipitation that lead to high impact events, such as severe floods, and pose significant risk to affected communities.

We are organizing an in-house (virtual) workshop this Fall (date to be determined) focused on ARs and their related impacts across NCAR/UCAR labs and projects.

The goals of this workshop are: 1) to increase cross-lab collaborations and 2) educate ourselves on current or planned AR research at our institution.  The workshop will be structured to include short presentations, and will focus on discussion and finding intersections for collaboration. A potential workshop outcome could be writing a common proposal across labs.

If you are working in the field, or are interested in this topic, please fill out the below google form which will help us plan and gauge interest. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Google form survey:

Christine Shields (CGD) James Done (MMM) Daniel Swain (MMM) Manuela Brunner (RAL)

Posted by Christine Shields at ext. 1312,

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Using leftover chicken, we made this at my house, virtually, with our friends in Indiana (who were making it while we were -- all of us online).  It was fun!

Chef Nancy Bottlemy, Mesa Lab


Link to Recipe:

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Or access them through our UCAR Event Services website here  

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Please view our New Hires and Departures for the week of 5/29/2020

Posted by Nancy Hopek at ext. 8704,

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020


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