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CANCELED - This seminar will be rescheduled for a future date that has yet to be determined. Thank you for your patience, and apologies for any inconvenience.
"Machine Learning Applications in Scientific Programming"
Wendy Carande
University of Colorado Boulder
As scientific datasets expand in size and scope, machine learning tools can enhance our understanding of data and our ability to analyze data effectively. However, determining whether machine learning is the right fit for a scientific problem and which algorithm to use can be daunting. This talk will focus on what types of scientific problems and data are well-suited to machine learning solutions, from molecular to astronomical scales, as well as what algorithms are employed in these solutions. The latter part of the talk will address current techniques for space weather forecasting and the advantages and challenges of introducing machine learning into the field.
Wendy Carande is a Scientific Software Engineer at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, CO. She is passionate about projects that use cutting-edge data science techniques on challenging scientific questions. In 2012, she earned her PhD in astrophysics from Arizona State University, followed by a three year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology developing machine learning methods to predict critical properties of pure compounds. She completed an Insight Data Science Fellowship in 2017 before joining the Data Systems group at LASP. 
Refreshments will be served at 9:45am outside of the MSR!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A recording of the July 9 tutorial, “Using Globus and Campaign Storage,” is now available on the CISL web site. See the course page to review the presentation and download the slides. The 45-minute tutorial familiarizes users with the Globus file transfer system and the new Campaign Storage resource.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Please save the date to celebrate NCAR Director Jim Hurrell's 28 years with us! Celebration to occur in the Tree Plaza and the main entrance of the Mesa Lab.  More details to come.

Tuesday, July 24, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Posted by Joanna Schmitz at ext. 1653,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018

The UCAR leave donation program has a need for additional donated leave hours. This program gives employees the opportunity to voluntarily donate accrued PTO or traditional vacation hours to fellow employees who may deplete their own PTO or traditional vacation leave due to unusual medical circumstances. The circumstances may include a catastrophic illness or injury, an illness or injury of an immediate family member, or other critical family medical situations.

Donation of hours will be accepted from Tuesday, July 10, 2018, until Friday, August 10, 2018. If you would like to make a donation, please email a completed and signed Donation of Hours Form to Irena Haimsky by Friday, August 10, 2018.

Employees have donated a total of 5,785 hours to the leave donation program. A total of 5,465 hours have been granted to employees from this pool. Those employees were greatly appreciative of the generosity of their fellow colleagues.

For more information, please refer to the Leave Donation Program page on the Human Resources website. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Irena Haimsky, X8706.


Posted by Irena Haimsky at ext. 8706,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018

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

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions

JULY:Wednesday, July 11, 2018CG1-  Board Room 3150

AUGUST:Tuesday, August 7, 2018ML - Chapman Room 245

Wednesday, August 22, 2018FL2 - Room 1002

SEPTEMBER:Wednesday, September 12, 2018CG1 - Board Room 3150

Tuesday, September 18, 2018FL2 - Room 1002 

SIGN UP TODAY: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
Agenda:  Registration: No charge to attend; space is limited so register earlyAbout 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


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