Staff Notes Daily Announcements

A new Delphi has been posted about: saving paper on staff communications.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A new Delphi has been posted about: UCAR sustainability practices.

To learn more about Delphi, visit the Delphi website.

Posted by Sharon Clark at ext. 2948,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Cheyenne cluster will be unavailable beginning at 6 a.m. MST on Tuesday, February 25, to allow CISL staff and HPE engineers to perform critical infrastructure maintenance, repairs, and system software updates. The system is expected to be returned to service no later than Saturday evening, February 29. This will be Cheyenne’s last scheduled outage until the third quarter of this year.

A system reservation will prevent most batch jobs from executing after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Jobs and login sessions that are still running when the maintenance period begins will be killed. Cron also will not be available during the maintenance window.

The Casper cluster, GLADE and Campaign Storage file systems, data-access nodes, and HPSS will remain available throughout the week except for approximately four hours beginning at 8 p.m. MST on February 25 while a key network infrastructure component is rebooted. Users will be kept apprised of the effort throughout the week with updates in the CISL Daily Bulletin.

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 1273,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020

MMM Seminar - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 3:30pm

Speaker: Zeljka Fuchs-Stone

Affiliation: Director, Climate and Water Consortium, New Mexico Tech

The OTREC (Organization of Tropical East Pacific Convection) field project took place from August 5 to October 3, 2019. The operational center was in Liberia, Costa Rica. During OTREC, we performed 127 research flight hours in the area of the Eastern Pacific and Southwest Caribbean. We deployed 665 dropsondes in a grid to evaluate mesoscale thermodynamic and vorticity budges. We also used the Hiaper Cloud Radar to determine the characteristics of cloud populations. Both of these tools were deployed from the NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V aircraft.

The Eastern Pacific has a strong meridional gradient in sea surface temperature. The southwest Caribbean exhibits uniform ocean temperatures. The two regions together provide a broad range of atmospheric conditions and a great deal of diversity in convective behavior.

The main goal of the project was to study deep convection in diverse environments to improve global weather and climate models. In this talk I will present an overview of OTREC, the highlights of the field project and the preliminary results that include the thermodynamics of the environment and the vertical mass flux profiles.

Posted by Nancy Sue Kerner at ext. 8946,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Thursday, February 27, 2020

Come learn how to make an impactful pitch at the U-Innovate 2020 Competition. Several of the U-Innovate judges will provide you with their opinions on what makes an impactful pitch.  The first 30 minutes will be a general session open to everyone, followed by 15-minute sessions where you can meet one-on-one with a coach to brainstorm your idea or get specific pointers.

Come with just the idea in your head or a draft pitch and presentation. It’s up to you.  This training will take place from 1 - 2:30 on Friday, February 28 at FL2 – 1001.  The general session will be webcast.

You must sign up in advance for the individual coaching sessions.  It’s first come, first served for 12 sessions, so act quickly.  (If there is more demand, we will look at scheduling more sessions.)  To sign up, please email Wendy Anderson.  The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 24, at 5pm.

Posted by Wendy Anderson at ext. 8874,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

U innovate all the time!  Get UR ideas ready for U-Innovate 2020 on May 1, 2020.  Submissions are due April 8.  Details can be found on the UCAR website.

Posted by Wendy Anderson at ext. 8874,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

UCAR Operations Innovation 3-2-1 (OI321): PPM Town Hall

Please join Wendy Torrance as she takes a deep dive into the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Initiative, which provides a common application that enables UCAR teams to enhance project portfolio prioritization, resource management and project execution capabilities. This is an opportunity to learn more about the project, its purpose, who is involved, and the timeline. There will be a presentation and time for questions. The session will also be recorded and webcast with an opportunity to ask questions remotely.

February 13, FL2-1022, 1 PM - 2 PM

February 19, ML-132, 1 PM - 2 PM

Webcast Link for both sessions

Contact Wendy Torrance (ext. 1904) for further information.

UCAR Operations Innovation 3-2-1 (OI321) Background The President’s Council is taking a strategic investments portfolio approach to new large-scale initiatives that aligns with our 10-year Strategic Plan, and our Operations Plan. Collectively, these initiatives will be known as UCAR Operations Innovation 3-2-1 (OI321). The 3-2-1 refers to the number of years these initiatives -- and new ones still to be reviewed and approved -- will be active. OI321 will be a three year effort and see initiatives last anywhere from three years to just one year.

This approach provides a roadmap of planned activities as well as a cost model that leverages our General Fund. The portfolio will be reviewed by senior leadership (with the project managers) monthly to ensure active management, risk mitigation, and change control.

Posted by Wendy Torrance at ext. 1904,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please join the NCAR Directorate in celebrating the appointment of Dr. Kevin Trenberth to NCAR Distinguished Scholar!

There will be a seminar and reception held in Kevin's honor on Monday, March 16; his seminar is set to begin at 4:00 pm, with a Q & A starting at 5:00 pm, and reception to follow starting at 5:30 pm.

Kevin's seminar will be held in the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room (ML-132); the seminar will be given by Kevin in conjunction with a full-day symposium sponsored by CGD leading up to his presentation at 4:00 pm. Reception to follow will be held in the mezzanine of the Mesa Lab outside the Main Seminar Room. 

A flyer will be distributed via Admin_Net for posting throughout the ML, CG, and FL campuses.

For questions, please contact Katharyne Spires.

Thank you!

Posted by Katharyne Spires at ext. 2188,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020

Are you leading a science and/or research project or planning to lead a project in the future? Are you willing to embrace a new way of thinking and to actively and openly discuss your science or research project? Then please join Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lory M. Wingate for this one day learning course on March 10, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in CG1 North Auditorium.

Complex Systems Methodology provides some key tools and methods that can help drive research and science projects. This session will provide an opportunity to explore how to incorporate these tools and methods to advance your research and science projects. This will be an exploration, where real projects are used to tackle the most pressing challenges. This is much more than schedule, scope, risk, and budget management. Time will be spent in addressing proactive change management and emergent behavior; understand how to apply measurements and metrics to drive life cycle progression; appreciating tailoring and learning how to tailor effectively.

Learn with real-life projects of your choosing – leave with your fully developed executable plans.

To register, please visit the UCAR Human Resources Workday Learning website.

Posted by Denise Moulton at ext. 8551,

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020

Monthly sessions through June will be offered to provide ongoing training and support for any new staff or others that would like to learn more about how to use Kuali. Administrators and investigators are welcome. If needed, the first hour will be used for a general overview of Kuali for newer users. Feel free to bring your questions and stay for all or any part of the session.

Sessions will be used to address any of the following topics:

Direct Awards Module

Negotiations Module

Cognos Reports using Kuali Data

All sessions will be held in FLA-ITTC Room 2282 and are limited to 8 attendees per session so please sign up here in advance. Link to signup sheet

February 27    10:00 to 12:00

March 24          1:30 to 3:30

April 29             10:00 to 12:00

May 27               1:30 to 3:30

June 23              10:00 to 12:00


Contact Kelly Box: or 8558 with questions. 

Posted by Kelly Box at ext. 8558,

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020


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