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Artists will be selected by jury for solo or group exhibitions in the two public galleries of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab. The jury show will be held in Boulder on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Individuals interested in submitting their work for consideration may register via: on-line registration at the Community Art Program - UCAR Center for Science Education:

The deadline for registration is July 26, 2018 at 5pm. There is no fee. Registration may be limited, if necessary. This round of judging will select artists for exhibits September 2018 - August 2019, at NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory. Artists are requested to submit three representative pieces of their work (bringing work or sending digital images). You may provide a statement of 100 words or less (optional). Gallery space limits NCAR exhibits to wall-hanging artwork. After registration is received you will receive an information letter explaining details about the jury show process. 

The NCAR Mesa Laboratory is located at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. Its galleries and Visitor Center are open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

For more information about the Community Art Program visit our website:

Thank You!

Audrey Lewis

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Friday, July 6, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018

July 01, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Did you know - What is the art and science connection for two new artists showing in NCAR galleries?

Paintings by Vivienne Douglas - Gallery l

“I do not have a science background, and cannot say there is a specific art and science connection to my work. However, as a painter, some of this can happen incidentally, naturally and almost instinctively. When a painter chooses color, he or she is seeing light. When the painter works on shadows, he or she is seeing reflected light, which can mirror the colors of objects around them. Similarly, a painting of an overcast day will show soft shadows vs the hard light on a bright and sunny day. How colors interact can also fool the eye, so that different colors can create different emotions (warm vs cool can set a tone or mood). Bottom line, however, is that artists and scientists share one trait in common, that of creativity. Neither will look at something without it giving them pause to find a different way."

Artist Statement: Artists are story tellers and Vivienne Douglas paints stories of people, with blanks left open for the viewers to fill in for themselves. She is most drawn to stories of women and their roles in life, whether they come from across the street or halfway around the world. Her stories can come from the day’s headlines with scenes of immigration or refugees, and portray everyday life in a harsh and difficult environment. Other works can depict tender and sweet moments, a woman who escapes the drudgery of laundry by composing a poem or melody in her head, or a mother at day’s end with her child in her arms. She invites you to weave your own feelings into these works, and relate them to your own journey through life. She hopes you will infuse your personal experience into her art, whether it is drawn from a memory, a hope or even regret, from the warmth of love or the bitterness of a lesson learned. This is what her art is about, to make you feel. 

Nature Photography by Kirk Fry

Originally a PhD scientist, I have always been very detail-oriented, and I was initially drawn to the technical aspects of digital photography (understanding optics, depth of focus, origins of color, camera sensor capabilities, etc...). After gaining an understanding and control of the scientific aspects of cameras and lenses, I have more recently been “focusing” on making more artistic images, and I very much enjoy blending the technical and creative elements of my work! As my photography mentor Glenn Randall states: “Master the craft, and the art will follow.”

Artist Statement: Kirk Fry, an award-winning nature photographer, has made a name for himself with his diverse and memorable images, ranging from grand landscapes to the tiniest of snowflakes. With a background as a PhD scientist, he has always had a passion for details. He has taken this passion into the art of photography and has not looked back. With a love for combining creative and technical aspects within nature photography, he strives to capture both common and rarely viewed scenes and subjects, presenting them in a truly indelible fashion. Recent trips to Iceland and Utah have provided ample opportunities for stunning imagery. Closer to home, various gardens and the beautiful hills and fields of Colorado furnish multiple options for close-up photography of flowers, ice and tiny water droplets -- all of which have been showcased in recent exhibits and juried shows. He hopes that the viewers feel the same connection to his work and awe of nature that he does.  

Art Reception: Saturday July 14th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Mesa Lab cafeteria.

Preview all artists work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar at: 

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Friday, June 29, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018

Parents’ Night Out is a great opportunity for you and your significant other to go out to dinner and a movie!

Contact Stephanie Ivancic, Director of UCAR’s Child Care Center, to sign your child up from 6 pm - 8 pm ($30 for one child or $40 for two children) or 6 pm - 10 pm ($50 for one child and $60 for two children).

Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for a fun evening of movies and pizza! If your child has a video that he or she would like to share, bring it along! Please make sure it is labeled and let the fun begin! Siblings under the age of 7 are welcome, too.

We invite all UCAR employees to take advantage of this fun evening as your child does not need to be enrolled at the UCAR Child Care Center to partake!

Mark your calendars for future dates:   August 3, 17 & 31, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 2, 16 & 30, December 14.

Please contact Stephanie Ivancic for enrollment as well as drop-in care rates.  Stephanie’s email address is sivancic@cclc.comand her phone number is 303-443-5595.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Thursday, June 28, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018

Containers are a hot topic in high-performance and scientific computing, but while they can provide significant advantages they don't always live up to the hype. That’s why CISL is offering a hands-on class, “Containers and How They Work,” at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory in the Main Seminar Room (ML-132) from 9 a.m. to noon MDT on Friday, July 20.

Space is limited to 50 participants for this free class, so registration is open through July 16 or until the class is full.

The course explains what containers are and how they work, and it surveys some popular implementations with an eye toward supporting scientific workloads. Security and other operational concerns will also be covered for cluster administrators who are thinking about supporting containerized workloads on their systems. Topics to be covered include:

  • What are containers and how do they work?
  • Image formats (tar/filesystem/overlayfs/dense filesystem image/singularity)
  • Build vs. run [singularityhub]
  • Platform independence/reproducibility
  • User namespaces and rootless containers
  • Scheduler integration
  • Container runtimes (Docker, Charliecloud, Inception, Singularity, others)
  • OCI/Standards/runc
  • Applications
  • Education/outreach
  • Cloud
  • Reproducible science

The class is intended for anyone who is planning to deploy applications and create application environments using containers; developers and systems support staff getting started with containers; and others interested in learning about containers.

Participants should be familiar with Linux and system operations and should bring a laptop and authentication token for connecting to Geyser and Caldera. Laptops should be fully charged as there may not be enough power receptacles in the seminar room.

Posted by Shilo Hall at ext. 2477,

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 to Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
CG1-  Board Room 3150

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
ML - Chapman Room 245

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
FL2 - Room 1002

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
CG1 - Board Room 3150

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
FL2 - Room 1002 

Click here or call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at: 1-800-732-8353. 

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Colorado Music Festival is coming to the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder between June 28 - August 4.  Discounts are available by contacting the box office and mentioning the code: NCAR18.  This code can be used online, by phone or in person.  Please note:  two concert dates are not eligible for the discount:  July 12 and August 4, 2018.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018
Globus Research Data Management Workshop at NCAR on September 5
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
Time: 8:30am--5:00pm
Place: NCAR Center Green Campus, CG1-1210-South-Auditorium, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301

Registration: No charge to attend; space is limited so register early

About the Workshop 
Globus ( is a research data management service developed by the University of Chicago and used by hundreds of thousands of researchers at institutions in the US and abroad. The Globus team presents a series of workshops each year targeted at system administrators who have deployed (or are planning to deploy) Globus, developers building applications for research, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the de-facto service for research data management. More details are available here:
The session will include hands-on walkthroughs of:
  • Using Globus for file transfer, sharing and publication
  • Installing and configuring Globus endpoints 
  • Incorporating Globus capabilities into your own data portals, science gateways, and other web applications 
  • Automating research data workflows using Globus CLI and API -- including how to automate scripted transfers to/from the new NCAR campaign store
  • Using Globus in conjunction with the Jupyter platform 
  • Integrating Globus services into your institutional repository and data publication workflows
  • Using Globus Auth authentication and fine-grained authorization for accessing your own services
We hope you will join us!

Posted by Elizabeth Faircloth at ext. 1253,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System
October 23-26, 2018 || Boulder, CO

NCAR is pleased to partner with CUAHSI to offer the Training Workshop: The Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System, a 3.5-day hands-on training workshop on the use and applications of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System.

Course Description
This training workshop will provide graduate students and early career scientists with formal instruction on the structure and application of the WRF-Hydro system and will offer hands-on experience in setting up and running the system for several different research and prediction applications.

Specific topics to be covered during the workshop include:

  • Conceptualization and structure of the WRF-Hydro system
  • Description of physics components and options within WRF-Hydro
  • Model porting and compilation, and an overview of parallel computing with WRF-Hydro
  • Hands-on model input data preparation and creation of an example test case
  • Hands-on model configuration and execution
  • Hands-on experimental model simulations and comparisons with a prepared example test case
  • Overview of the open source Rwrfhydro hydrologic model evaluation package  with example vignettes
  • Overview of model calibration
  • Overview of data assimilation
  • Open discussion on class participant interests and applications

Class participants will receive in-depth training via lectures and hands-on activities on the implementation and use of the WRF-Hydro system where all hands-on tutorial activities will be conducted in a formal computer laboratory located at NCAR in Boulder, CO.

Lead Instructor: Dave Gochis, NCAR

Dave Gochis, NCAR
Aubrey Dugger, NCAR
Kevin Sampson, NCAR
Laura Read, NCAR
Michael Barlage, NCAR
Arezoo RafieeiNassab, NCAR
Logan Karsten, NCAR
James McCreight, NCAR
Joe Mills, NCAR
Katelyn FitzGerald, NCAR

Workshop Eligibility

Applicants must apply to attend the workshop. Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students, post-docs, academics, and professionals working in hydrology and/or the atmospheric sciences. Instructors will review applications to verify in advance that the applicant has the necessary skills and experience to successfully participate in the workshop and get the most out of the course topics. See the event website to apply.


  • Prior hydrologic and/or atmospheric modeling experience is advised.
  • Must be comfortable working in a UNIX environment, running UNIX command line operations and text editors.
  • Familiarity with the R and/or Python programming language is recommended.

How to Apply
See the event website to apply
. Applications will be accepted beginning June 25, 2018. Complete applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5:00 p.m. ET on July 31, 2018. However, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis on first-come, first-served. We reserve the right to review only the first 50 applications. Past offerings of this course have filled up very quickly.

Visit the event website for additional information on applying to the workshop.


Posted by Molly McAllister at ext. 8253,

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Supervisory Training: Essential People Management


  • Available to supervisors and managers
  • Must be able to attend the 1.5 day training sessions
  • Approval from supervisor to engage in this cohort


April: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

July: 18 & 19
18th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
19th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October: 25 & 26
25th: Full Day, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
26th: Half Day, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location for all sessions: CG1-North Auditorium

Register via Connect.

  • Select "EOD Training Catalog"
  • 25 participants max per 1.5 day training sessions. Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

More information can be found on the EOD website.

  • View in the Leadership Development Tab.

Questions: Contact Toni Wallace, 303-497-8716.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Friday, April 20, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018


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