Staff Notes Daily Announcements


TITLE: Mobile Lab Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) near an active suburban Oil and Natural Gas drilling Site in Erie, Colorado

PRESENTER: Daniel Bon, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division

ABSTRACT: Oil and Gas is a major contributor to Colorado’s economy. However, when new development occurs at or near setback limits (500 feet) to existing houses, citizens often report health effects. The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has built a mobile laboratory to conduct air sampling in response to oil and gas related health concerns. The Colorado Air Monitoring Mobile Laboratory (CAMML) , is equipped with a commercial thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometer and dual flame ionization detectors to quantify mixing ratios of 55 VOCs as well as instruments to measure ozone, oxides of nitrogen, CO, CO2, methane, PM10, PM2.5, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. In 2017, the CAMML was deployed to a location less than 1000 feet from an active oil drilling operation in Erie, Colorado. The lab was sited between a housing development and an active drilling site for a period of about 12 weeks. VOCs were measured hourly, using an integrated 30 minute, constant flow, collection on a chilled sorbent trap, while other gases and meteorology were measured once per minute. Approximately 3-4 weeks were spent at the site during each stage of the development process: drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and flowback. Chromatography quantitation was done using the open-source Igor Pro based TERN software, which performs peak fitting integration rather than traditional baseline integration. We report here measurements of the VOCs from this deployment, the first of many planned deployments of the CAMML. VOC mixing ratios are compared to Health Guideline Values compiled in a recent review paper.


Monday, February 25, 2019, 3:30 p.m Refreshments 3:15 p.m NCAR Foothills Laboratory FL2-1022, large seminar room Live webcast:

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Monday, February 25, 2019

CISL Visitor Program (CVP) Accepting Applications

CISL would like to make NCAR staff aware that the application for the CISL Visitor Program (CVP) is now open The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visitors between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application window is between now and March 8, 2019 for visits occurring between summer 2019 and spring 2020.


Posted by Gail Rutledge at ext. 1267,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019

The SOARS Program invites you to stop in to meet the new SOARS director Kadidia Thiero at one of these scheduled open houses:

Friday, March 1st, 1:00 - 2:00, FL EOL Atrium Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30 - 1:30 ML Chapman Room

In addition to meeting Kadidia, please stop in to find out about opportunities to mentor for the SOARS program. We are looking for Research Mentors, Writing Mentors, Computing Mentors, and Coaches. For more information about mentoring, please see:

If you are interested in mentoring and haven't already done so, please fill out the application here:


Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 to Wednesday, March 13, 2019

We are seeking input from UCAR staff into future workforce management planning to be able to set goals and actionable strategies that enable us to attract, develop, and retain a diverse, adaptable and high caliber workforce; and to ensure our continued leadership within the scientific community. Please join us for this meeting, where you will have a chance to share your perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing us in the next 5 -10 years.

Sincerely, Neil Barker Director of Human Resources

Date:  February 26, 2019 Time:  8:30 am to 10:30 am Location: CG1-1212-Center-Auditorium

Posted by Martha Jones at ext. 8715,

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Friday, February 22, 2019

If you missed your blood draw appointment due to recent inclement weather or you had to cancel, there’s good news!  There will be a bloodwork station available at the 2019 Health & Benefits Fair on Thursday, March 21 from 9:00 am - noon in the CG1 Auditorium.

Schedule a blood draw appointment through Health Promotion Management's external, secure registration site: The registration site requires account setup for each participant.  UCAR employees and retirees, their spouses/partners and dependent adult children 18-26 yrs of age are eligible to participate.

The standard full-blood chemistry screenings and PSA blood screening for men 50+ are FREE; optional, additional bloodwork screenings are also available upon request at participant cost.

Registration and a 12-hour fast required; Light refreshments will be provided at the fair.

All blood screening results will be mailed to the participants.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019

NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) is seeking users’ input as part of the process of procuring a system to follow the Cheyenne cluster currently in production in the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. Users’ input will help ensure procurement of a system that best meets the community’s future needs.

Users are asked to provide their input by completing this survey by March 1: User Survey for CISL's Next HPC Procurement. The survey includes questions about users’ experience with the Cheyenne environment and priorities for the next-generation environment, which is expected to be in production by mid-2021.

Two of the three sections of the survey can be completed in about 10 minutes. Users are welcome and encouraged to respond to some open-ended questions in the third section if they can take the time.

Posted by Shilo Hall at ext. 2477,

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Friday, February 22, 2019

NOTE: Registration is now open, please click here to register.

April 8-12, 2019, Center Green Auditorium

The 2019 annual SEA (now Improving Scientific Software) conference will take place in Boulder, CO at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 8th to April 12th. The theme for 2019 will be Improving Scientific Software.

PROGRAM DETAILS The conference will have the following tracks. See the program for more information

Utilizing modern HPC architectures for Scientific Software Utilizing Machine Learning Techniques in Scientific Software Utilizing Software Engineering practices to improve Scientific Software Utilizing containers and cloud for HPC

For more information, visit the SEA website.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 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 month’s demos will give you a glimpse into Workday Employee Self-Service.

See Workday: Employee Self-Service Demos Schedule

RAF (Research Aviation Facility): Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 11:00 - 11:30 in the conference room

Mesa Lab: Friday, February 22, 2019 from 2:00 - 2:30 in the Main Seminar Room (ML-132)  (webcast)

Foothills Lab: Monday, February 25, 2019 from 10:30 - 11:00 in the Large Auditorium (webcast)

Webinar: Monday, February 25 from 2:00 - 2:30 (click here to register)

Center Green: Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 1:30 - 2:00 in South Auditorium (CG-1210) (webcast)

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

Stay tuned for additional “See Workday”demos throughout the next several months. Questions about Workday? Visit our Workday project website or contact Heather Hoyer at x 8574 or

Posted by Amy Knack at ext. 2174,

Friday, February 15, 2019 to Friday, February 22, 2019

Google has announced that in May they will be changing the group management experience.  Settings and features that are rarely used will be removed or combined with settings that cover a similar functionality.   These changes may result in users with limited management permissions losing those rights.  Owners and users with full management permissions are not expected to be affected by these changes.  Please refer to the below link for the full details of this announcement and a comprehensive list of all the changes that are coming.

How to prepare for the changes

Audit your group settings before may!

Audit your groups and adjust users' permission settings before changes take effect in May. Make sure users who need to manage members and content have the permissions they need:

• For users who manage members—Give users permission to manage all the member management settings being merged. If users don't have permission to manage all these settings, they won't be able to manage members.

• For users who manage content—Give users permission to manage all the content moderation settings being merged. If users don't have permission to manage all these settings, they won't be able to moderate content.

• For users who manage content metadata—Verify that users have permission to manage at least one of the content metadata settings being merged. Also, ensure that all the content metadata settings are disabled for users who don’t need to manage content metadata.

Posted by CISL Help Desk at ext. 2400,

Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019

Are you interested in K-12 education and public outreach? If so, please join your colleagues in a discussion about this topic on Tuesday, March 12 from 3:00-4:15 pm in FL4’s 1201 UNIDATA Conference Room. During this meeting we'll share updates on education and outreach efforts happening across the organization, discuss ideas for collaborations across groups, and discuss new ideas for education and outreach efforts we want to consider doing in the future. To RSVP, please send an email to Shaun Bush at and you'll be added to the calendar invite. In addition, if you haven't already signed up for the email list for this group ( please email Emily Snode-Brenneman at and let her know that you would like to be added to the list to get notifications of education and outreach efforts you can participate in.

We hope to see you at this meeting!

Posted by Emily Snode-Brenneman at ext. 2579,

Thursday, February 14, 2019 to Tuesday, March 12, 2019


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