Staff Notes Daily Announcements

After 25 years of superb support to UCAR/UCP, Carol Smith is leaving us for a well-deserved permanent vacation.  Her last day onsite is July 27.

Come help us celebrate her career on Thu, Jul 26, 3-5pm at the CG1 Patio.  Light refreshments and cake will be served, gifts and memories will be shared.
Carol has supported us through a multitude of changes, from the creation of the UCAR Office of Programs to standing up the UCAR Service Desk; at FL, ML, CG and even DC. She will be impossible to replace, and so many of us will miss her on a professional and personal basis.
Hope to see many of you next Thursday on the patio.  Feel free to share pictures and stories before and during the festivities!


Posted by Heather Harris at ext. 8883,

Monday, July 23, 2018

DTC Seminar

Talk given by Ting-Chi Wu of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere/Colorado State University

8/9 at FL2 1001 2:00pm - 3:00pm

To increase the utility of satellite measurements of cloud and precipitation information in the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) model, the capability to assimilate satellite hydrometeor retrievals is added to the Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) within the HWRF. That is, the retrievals from the Hurricane Goddard PROFiling (Hurricane GPROF) along with two observation operators are introduced to HWRF-GSI. The first observation operator (OO1) is developed with the purpose to adjust the environment in order to support the existence of cloud condensate without directly introducing cloud hydrometers. The formulation of such observation operator is then a vertical integral of super-saturated water vapor with respect to liquid or ice. In contrast, the second observation operator (OO2) uses the Ferrier-Aligo microphysics scheme and directly adjusts the existing cloud condensate. The two above-mentioned observation operators along with their tangent linear and adjoint parts are implemented and merged to the GSI trunk. Two HWRF-GSI experiments are carried out using three Atlantic hurricanes during 2014. Both experiments assimilate the Hurricane GPROF hydrometeor retrievals into the innermost domain of HWRF where one uses OO1 and the other uses OO2. Results from the two experiments will be presented.

Posted by Lisa Packard at ext. 8403,

Monday, July 23, 2018 to Thursday, August 9, 2018
We are holding a technology transfer strategic planning workshop on July 26, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm at CG1, North Auditorium. We need your help to define and implement a new strategy on how we move innovations and technology that we develop here, out to the various communities that we serve, including the private sector. 
Technology transfer is the process of extending the scientific and engineering advancements and capabilities developed at NCAR/UCP to public and private applications and industries. 
What do you consider our successes? What do you consider our challenges? What would you do differently?  How do we make an impact?
We need your perspective and input! Please register for the workshop with Wendy Olson at; write “Tech Transfer Workshop” in the subject line when registering with Wendy.
The Technology Transfer Team
James Done
Carl Drews
Sue Haupt
Lana Kimayeva
Yaga Richter
Nate Wilhelmi
Michael Anderson
Kelly Coleman
Ari Gerstman
Meg McClellan
Scott Rayder

Posted by Wendy Olson at ext. 8874,

Monday, July 23, 2018 to Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Contracts would like to remind everyone that UCAR’s 2018 fiscal year end is fast approaching.

Year End Deadlines for Purchase Requisitions:

August 22nd, 5:00 pm - Purchase Requisitions that use indirect funds or renew/extend awards that expire on or before September 30th are due to Contracts.

August 29th, 5:00 pm - Purchase Requisitions for new awards that use direct funds are due to Contracts.

Please note:  these deadlines do not mean that Contracts won’t accept additional Purchase Requisitions; Requisitions received after the deadlines may not be able to be processed by 9/30.  

If you have questions please contact the Contract Administrator assigned to your lab/program.


Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Monday, July 23, 2018 to Monday, August 6, 2018

Team NCAR|UCAR won second place overall in the Bike to Work Day Business Challenge! Over 750 businesses across Colorado competed for this exclusive spot!

NCAR|UCAR was featured as a top winner in the official Bike to Work Day emails that were distributed to over 21,000 people, and we will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the Denver Business Journal. This annual event is a grassroots effort where we get to demonstrate our support for a strong bike culture, as well as our commitment to eco-friendly transportation. Congratulations to everyone who participated!


Posted by Chelsea Castellano at ext. 8549,

Thursday, July 19, 2018 to Monday, July 23, 2018

UCAR is required to comply with the Procurement Standards set forth in the OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) no later than October 1, 2018.  One of the requirements set forth in the Procurement Standards is the need for an independent cost estimate for every procurement in excess of the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, which currently is $150,000.

 UCAR Contracts is hosting a class titled “Developing the Independent Government Cost Estimate.”  This class will be a two (2) day course offered August 28 - 29, 2018 here at UCAR.  Since the requirement for an independent cost estimate will be needed for each action in excess of $150,000, it is strongly recommended that at least one or two individuals sign up for this course from each lab/program/department with procurement actions of $150,000 or more.  The course will cover topics such as: the importance of the requirements document, the typical elements of an estimate, making the estimate, and evaluating the estimate.

 The deadline to register for this course is Friday, August 17th.  Please register for this course at:  Independent Cost Estimate Training Class Registration.

 If you have any questions about this training, please contact Alison Propes at x8877 or via email to:

Posted by Alison Propes at ext. 8877,

Thursday, July 19, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018

All staff members are invited to one of two upcoming Information Sessions to preview the new umbrella websites, learn more about the Web Modernization Project, and ask questions.

The redesigned NCAR and UCAR umbrella sites -- which sit above the lab and program websites -- are aimed at external audiences and will funnel traffic to the correct locations in the existing lab and program sites.

Web Information Sessions:

Monday, July 23, 10-11:15, ML Main Seminar Room

Wednesday, July 25, 1-2:15, CG1 North Auditorium


Both locations will include a live webcast, using the same link: You will be able to submit comments and questions during the webcast. The archived version will also be made available after the event.

The Web Modernization Project Team (Helen Moshak, Nate Wilhelmi, Rachael Drummond, Stephen Geinosky, David Vance, Konnie Phillips, Laura Snider, and Zhenya Gallon) will be on hand to take your questions.

Posted by Peggy Stevens at ext. 8601,

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 to Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is looking for staff from across the institution to provide feedback on protégé posters on Thursday, August 2nd, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in the CG auditorium (reception to follow). Please consider offering your time to review SOARS posters and interact with protégés about their summer research. Evaluators will provide feedback on both content and presentation. We invite those with a scientific background, and those without, to join us in providing this important component for student research. 

Please contact Laura Duggan (Allen) if you are interested in evaluating SOARS posters.

For more information about SOARS, please visit:


Posted by Laura Duggan (Allen) at ext. 2408,

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 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

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


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