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Join the 2019 IUGG in Montréal for the first-ever IUGG Womxn’s Networking Event!

Friday July 12, 7-9pm @ Les 3 Brasseurs, 103 St-Paul Est, Montréal.

RSVP here:

The goal of this event is to foster relationships and solidarity among womxn members of IUGG (womxn is a term that includes cis and trans women).

Many of the womxn who attend the IUGG conference are the only womxn in their research group -- so conferences/workshops are critical times for them to connect with other womxn in their field. This networking event aims to strengthen the community of womxn scientists in IUGG and provide a welcoming place for womxn to network with each other at the conference. Appetizers and ample time for meeting each other will be provided. The event will also include an acknowledgement of our sponsors and a discussion of next steps to support and build community among womxn geophysicists.

The Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN) is co-sponsoring this event. Other co-sponsors for this event include ExxonMobil, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), GFZ Potsdam, Green Geophysics, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Posted by Astrid Maute at ext. 1539,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019

Bike to Work Day is next week on Wednesday, June 26th! Take two minutes now to sign up for Bike to Work Day with Team NCAR|UCAR!  Free breakfast, prizes, and victory awaits!

NCAR|UCAR is competing in the 2019 Business Challenge against 1,000+ organizations all along the Front Range for the title of Bike to Work Day Champion. Register with team NCAR|UCAR today and you will be leading us in our first steps (or pedals) toward victory! The more people that register with Team NCAR|UCAR, the better we do in the competition. It’s that simple! Last year, Team NCAR|UCAR ranked #2 overall. Register today to help our team get to #1!

All registered participants will be eligible to win some seriously amazing prizes. Winners will be announced periodically between now and Bike to Work Day on June 26th, so register today to make sure you are eligible to win. Prizes include items such as concert tickets, airline vouchers, and an electric bike. UCAR’s Sustainability Team is also hosting a bonus prize drawing exclusively for registered NCAR|UCAR staff. Prizes include a smart speaker ($50 value), five $10 cafeteria coupons provided by UCAR Event Services, and more! Winners will be announced via Staff Notes between now and Bike to Work Day. 

This annual event is a grassroots effort where you get to show off your support for a strong workplace bike culture AND your registration helps to send a message to our local and statewide decision-makers about the importance of bike-friendly infrastructure and policies. To top it off, over 200 complimentary breakfast stations will be serving participants free delicious breakfast between 6:30am-9:00am up and down the Front Range.

Won't be able to bike on June 26th for Bike to Work Day? No problem! Register and you will still be counted as being one of the growing numbers of people who support the cause and/or choose to commute by bike.

If you have any questions contact for additional information.

Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Please join us on Thursday June 20th from 11:30-1pm in the EOL atrium for the Innovator Program Seminar Series featuring Dr. Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, an Innovator Program awardee and faculty at Standford University. Gabrielle will be speaking for approximately 45 minutes, with 45 minutes of discussion from the audience. Below are presentation details and a short biography. Gabrielle's talk is part of a weekly summer seminar series featuring the Early Career Faculty Innovator faculty.

Title: Integrating Social Science into Global Environmental Change Solutions

Abstract: The social and behavioral sciences are critical for informing the development of policies to meet the challenge of global environmental change. Policies for mitigating environmental change or reducing the harm that it causes inevitably make assumptions about the behavior of the people who must execute or respond to those policies. Unless those assumptions are realistic, those policies may fail. Applying the social and behavioral sciences, decision science approaches any problem through three interrelated activities: formal analysis, characterizing the choices a fully informed rational actor would take; descriptive research, examining how people actually behave in those circumstances; interventions, designed to create viable, effective options and help decision makers choose among them. Each activity requires substantive collaboration with technical experts (e.g., climate scientists, geologists, engineers, hydrologists, regulatory analysts) and continuing engagement with decision makers. I apply a decision science approach in a variety of domains related to mitigating global environmental change or adapting to its effects, including preparing for sea level rise, adoption of emerging green transportation technologies, managing freshwater resources, and investment in green infrastructure. This talk will illustrate the approach through an example of my work on adapting to and preparing for gradual (sea level rise) and episodic (hurricanes) environmental threats, followed by ideas for moving forward. When successful, decision science can facilitate creating environmental policies that are behaviorally informed, realistic, and respectful of the people for whom they seek to aid. It can also help uncover critical relationships that affect the dynamics of human-environmental systems, suggesting targets for further collaborative research.

Biography: GABRIELLE WONG-PARODI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Her research focuses on applying behavioral decision research methods to address challenges associated with global environmental change. Dr. Wong-Parodi uses behavioral decision science approaches to create evidence-based strategies for informed decision making, with a particular focus on building resilience and promoting sustainability in the face of a changing climate. She has a background in energy resources, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and risk perceptions of emerging technologies, such as unconventional shale gas development. She was an invited speaker at the Sackler Colloquia at the National Academy of Sciences on the Science of Science Communication. She recently served on the National Academy of Sciences committee titled "Long-term Coastal Zone Dynamics: Interactions and Feedbacks between Natural and Human Processes and their Implications for the U.S. Coastline." Dr. Wong-Parodi is a faculty affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and is the social science research liaison for the Climate Advocacy Lab. Dr. Wong-Parodi received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of California Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Risk Perceptions and Communication from the University of California, Berkeley.

Posted by Cassandra O'Lenick at ext. 2821,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Thursday, June 20, 2019

Last week: ~30 appearances in the news media with ~$10,480 in equivalent advertising value


Record Rain Is Drowning Fields in the Midwest — Is It Climate Change? (RAL, Laura Read)


More Rain From Hurricanes Is Changing How We Study Them (ASP, Rosimar Rios-Berrios)


The US Global Weather Forecast System Just Got a Major Upgrade (NCAR)



Experts and Baseball-sized Hail Insurance Claims — A View from the Plains (MMM, Andy Prein)

JD Supra



Our tweet about NCAR’s exploration of machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence to improve representation of cloud behavior in climate models gained about 1,590 impressions out of 17,000 total impressions this week.

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019

The Office of Diversity, Equity & 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. 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
  • Wednesday, 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
  • Wednesday, October 16, 8am-12pm, FL1- EOL Atrium
  • Tuesday, November 12, 8am-12pm, ML- Damon Room

If you have questions please contact Kristen Aponte or x1657

Posted by Katy Putsavage at ext. 8844,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, June 14, 2019 at the link below:

Posted by Evette Aragon at ext. 8725,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Monday, July 1, 2019

All student interns, visitors, etc. are invited to join the SOARS Proteges for a presentation about using social media this Friday, June 21st at 12:30 in the FL2 1001 Small Auditorium. In this workshop, Shelly Sommers and Lindsay Diamond from the University of Colorado Boulder will discuss best practices for building a social media profile and how to use different social media products to engage the general public. If you're curious about how to use social media to grow your professional network, please join us!

Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Saturday, June 22, 2019

You Are Invited to a PRACTICAL, INSPIRATIONAL, and EDUCATIONAL Lunch n' Learn!  Bring your lunch and join us for:

WHAT:  Software Development - Legal Perspective - Get the down low on:

  • The new and revised (again!) NSF requirements
  • Software repositories and standard open source licenses
  • How to protect software under copyright and patent laws
  • Strategies for meeting your obligations to your government sponsor and commercialization

WHO:  Presented by the Office of General Counsel

WHEN:    Thursday June 20, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00

WHERE:  FL2-1001 and via Google Hangout (Google Hangouts Meet: or Via Phone: +1 315-904-1264‬ PIN: ‪734 678‬#)

Posted by Wendy Anderson at ext. 8874,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Title: Feedbacks, Thresholds and Tipping Cascades in the Earth System

Presenter: Will Steffen, Australian National University & Stockholm Resilience Centre

Abstract: The dominant paradigm in climate science has been that human emissions of greenhouse gases will be the dominant forcing factor in driving change in the climate system through the rest of this century and perhaps beyond. However, the view from both Earth System science and the palaeo-sciences suggests that feedbacks internal to the system will become an increasingly important driver of change in the Earth System, with a significant risk that feedbacks will become the dominant driver of change later this century. This talk will examine the recent research on the vulnerability of various feedbacks – primarily ice-albedo and carbon cycle feedbacks, the observational evidence for changes in these feedback processes, the risks of threshold-abrupt change behaviour, and the possibility that feedback cascades could take the trajectory of the Earth System out of human control and towards much hotter conditions.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 3:30 p.m Refreshments 3:15 p.m NCAR Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room 1850 Table Mesa Drive Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Monday, June 17, 2019 to Thursday, June 20, 2019

Contracts invites all interested staff to attend the lunch and learn session being held on June 19, 2019, “Engaging with Small Business.”  Please feel free to bring your lunch if you attend in person.   

Synopsis:  This session will provide an overview of the small business requirements applicable to UCAR as well as how to identify small businesses for your needs. 

Time:  Noon – 1:00 pm

Location:  Center Green 1 (CG1), Room 2603 or Google Hangouts (

The session will not be recorded, so please forward this announcement to anyone else within your labs/programs that you think may be interested.

Please contact Alia Khoury at x8894 or if you have any questions.

Posted by Alia Khoury at ext. 8894,

Monday, June 17, 2019 to Thursday, June 20, 2019


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