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Bike to Work Day is next week! We know that it can be a hassle to bring your bike into the shop for a tune-up, so we're bringing the mechanic to you! Sign up here to get your bike tuned right outside your office on Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 26th.  In celebration of Bike to Work Day, anyone who signs up for a tune-up gets a bonus gift of a water bottle or a bike bell.

The tune-ups are discounted at $49.95 per bike, and include the following: Adjust Front & Rear Derailleurs, Adjust Front & Rear Brakes, Adjust Hubs & Headset, True Wheels, Lube Cables and Pivot Points, Lubricate Chain, Inspect & Inflate Tires to Proper Levels, Adjust Bottom Bracket, Check & Tighten Attachments.

There are only 15 slots available, so sign up today to guarantee your spot.

When: Wednesday, June 26th Time: 8:00am-4:00pm Cost: $49.95 (All methods of payment are accepted)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sustainability at ext.8549. Thanks!

To be on Team NCAR|UCAR for Bike to Work Day, register here! Your registration automatically enters you to win amazing prizes and also helps our organization win the annual Business Challenge against 1,000+ Colorado companies!

Posted by Kirsten Bailey at ext. 8549,

Monday, June 17, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Throughout this month and next there will be many opportunities to see demonstrations, try the system hands-on before we are live, and bring your real-world scenarios and questions to open labs to receive individual assistance. The complete training schedule is available on our Workday project website at

Workday Training Schedule for 6/17 - 6/21/19

MONDAY, JUNE 17 At Center Green in CG1-2607:

At Center Green in CG2-3024:

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 At Foothills Lab in EOL Atrium (FL1-2198):

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: Intro to Workday demo
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Entering Time & Planned Absences demo

At Mesa Lab in the Main Seminar Room (ML-132):

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 At Silver Spring in the Large Conference Room (Rm-12836):

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Intro to Workday demo
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Entering Time & Planned Absences demo

THURSDAY, JUNE 20 At College Park in the Med Conference Room (Rm-2551):

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Intro to Workday demo
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Entering Time & Planned Absences demo
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Managing Your Team in Workday supervisor demo

Questions about Workday? Visit our Workday User Support site or contact your local change ambassador.

What is Workday?

Workday is changing the way we do HR and payroll by replacing our seven aging and discrete systems with one integrated and comprehensive system. Effective July 1, 2019, everyone in the organization will use Workday to do such tasks as enter time cards, view payslips, enter planned absences (such as Paid Time Off or sick/vacation), and manage our employee information and benefit elections.

Posted by Katharyne Spires at ext. 2188,

Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019

Barb Bunting is retiring from UCAR on June 27. Please join us on June 25 from 2:00-3:00 in FLA room 2205  to celebrate her 29 years at UCAR. Many probably remember Barb's time in Payroll where she worked for many years before moving into Project Accounting. Please come share some memories with Barb on the 25th!

Posted by Ruth Johnson at ext. 8571,

Friday, June 14, 2019 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019

CISL will begin phasing in enforcement of the purge policy for files in the /glade/p file space later this year. The project space was released to users on July 1, 2018, with a stated purge policy of 12 months from file create date. With that in place, files would have been purged as soon as July 1 of this year, but users now will have more time to adjust.

Once it is fully implemented, the project space purge policy will remove files 12 months after their last access date. On October 1, 2019, files will be purged if they have not been accessed in 18 months rather than 12 months. On the first Tuesday of each subsequent month, the retention period will be shortened by one month until the 12-month limit is fully implemented in April 2020.

The detailed schedule is provided below. Users will be notified well in advance of any changes to this schedule.

Retention period implementation dates

  • 18 months – October 1, 2019
  • 17 months – November 5, 2019
  • 16 months – December 3, 2019
  • 15 months – January 7, 2020
  • 14 months – February 4, 2020
  • 13 months – March 3, 2020
  • 12 months – April 7, 2020

CISL will deploy data management tools this summer that will include utilities to help users identify files that are nearing the purge limits.

Posted by B.J. Smith at ext. 4971273,

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Fortran language has evolved a lot since its first version in 1957 in order to take advantage of new computing systems. Now, the use of vector instructions (or SIMD) can result in substantial performance improvements on current and future architectures.

Alessandro Fanfarillo, NCAR Research Applications Laboratory, will lead a workshop July 22 to help participants make their Fortran codes run more efficiently through vectorization and other techniques.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 22nd

Where: Room 3131, Center Green campus (CG1), Boulder

Participants will get a detailed, practical explanation of how to obtain high-performance from modern Fortran codes, with a particular focus on how to exploit the hardware instructions provided by modern processors. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of Fortran 90 constructs, such as array syntax and allocation, recursion, modules, and intrinsic, elemental and pure functions.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own codes and laptop computers.

Lunch will be provided.

Travel funding is available for individuals who are part of groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering, as defined by the NSF (women, persons with disabilities, people who are Black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Natives).

Deadline for travel funding requests is June 21st.

Please register at this link.

Posted by Alessandro Fanfarillo at ext. 2673,

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to Friday, July 12, 2019

Special MMM/RAL Joint Seminar - Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 3:30pm

Speaker: Bert Holtslag

Affiliation: Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Urbanization affects human thermal comfort and health, especially for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and people with established health issues. To mitigate heat stress and accompanying excess mortality there is an urgent need of urban weather observations as well as updated tools for fine scale weather forecasting on short to medium-range time scales. In this presentation first an overview will be given of weather observations made within Dutch cities of variable size. Subsequently, experiences with the setup and use of a high-resolution forecasting system for urban areas will be discussed. The forecasting system is based on the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) model, which is used to make forecasts for the city of Amsterdam on a very high spatial resolution of 100 meter and which is driven by extensive and very detailed land surface information. The forecasting system has been used to make 48-hourly daily forecasts for the urban and surrounding areas for the summer period of 2015. The forecasts are validated with observations that were taken at 25 automated weather stations at different locations within the city of Amsterdam. Validation is done for parameters that are important for the well-being of citizens in cities such as the temperature, the evening temperature, the humidity and Wet Bulb Globe Temperatures (WGBT). The potential of future use and improvements of the forecasting system will be discussed.

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

Posted by Nancy Kerner at ext. 8946,

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to Thursday, June 27, 2019

You are cordially invited to join us for the first inaugural annual Paul Crutzen Lecture Series on Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 pm at the NCAR Mesa Lab with Dr. Will Steffen from the Australian National University. His talk is titled “The Anthropocene: Where on Earth are We Going?"

The talk will be live-streamed and can be viewed at:

This free, public event requires registration. Please see the links below for event times and location. For more information about Dr. Steffen and this topic and to reserve tickets, please visit our website: NCAR Explorer Series

Abstract: This lecture series honors the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former director of NCAR’s Atmospheric Chemistry Observation and Modeling Laboratory. Paul Crutzen is known for his work providing evidence of human impacts on the Earth’s climate and environment, and for proposing a new geologic epoch known as the “Anthropocene.” Dr. Will Steffen, who is a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia, will discuss how the Anthropocene came to be, and how we as humans can positively influence the directions that the Anthropocene could take in the future.

"“The Anthropocene: Where on Earth are We Going?”,  Thursday, June 20, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. with Q&A to follow. Get tickets here

Posted by Teresa Foster at ext. 1741,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to Thursday, June 20, 2019

24 - 26 September 2019, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, Colorado

This meeting celebrates Michael Thompson's seminal work on solar and stellar physics, as well as his major contributions to the development of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and marks his untimely death in October 2018.

The conference will focus on dynamical aspects of the sun and stars, based on the large amount data available on solar and stellar oscillations, and the extensive and detailed modelling now becoming feasible. By combining observations, seismic analysis and modelling we hope that this will be a fitting memorial for a close colleague and friend, much missed.

The planning of the conference has progressed, with the selection of the following invited speakers:

Sarbani Basu, Yale University

Earl Bellinger, Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University

Othman Benomar, NYU Abu Dhabi

Aaron Birch, Aaron Birch, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Sacha Brun, CEA, Saclay

William Chaplin, University of Birmingham

Margarida Cunha, Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Porto

Yvonne Elsworth, University of Birmingham

Jim Fuller, Caltech

Pascale Garaud, UC Santa Cruz

Shravan Hanasoge, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Rachel Howe, University of Birmingham

Dan Huber, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaii

Steve Kawaler, Iowa State University, Ames

Scott McIntosh, NCAR/HAO

Mark Rast, University of Colorado, Boulder

Markus Roth, Leibnitz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), Freiburg

Angela Santos, Space Science Institute, Boulder

The conference is also open for contributed talks and posters. We note that we plan to issue proceedings from the conference, including papers based on all invited and contributed talks as well as posters.


15 July: early registration, and contributed talks and abstracts

For further information and registration, see

Posted by Sheryl Shapiro at ext. 1567,

Monday, June 10, 2019 to Thursday, August 15, 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, July 9th from 3:00-4:15 pm in CG1’s 3131 Conference Room. During this meeting, we will 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 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 and let her know that you would like to be added to the list to get notifications about education and outreach efforts you can participate in.

We hope to see you at this meeting!

Posted by Emily Snode-Brenneman at ext. 2579,

Monday, June 10, 2019 to Monday, July 8, 2019

In May, NCAR/UCAR Communications officially published new organization-wide Brand Standards, which are available for download at This month we are hosting two informational sessions for all interested staff to give an overview of the standards and answer questions about how, when, and where to apply them.

Each session will include a short presentation and then plenty of time for Q&A. We have scheduled an hour and a half for each session, with the expectation that people with no further questions may want to leave sooner than that.

To make sure we cover the topics you are most interested in, an RSVP would be appreciated.

Foothills Brand Info Session: When: 2-3:30 p.m. on June 11 Where: FL2-1001

Mesa Lab Brand Info Session: When: 9-10:30 a.m. on June 25 Where: Main Seminar Room

Please contact with any questions.

Posted by Laura Snider at ext. 8605,

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 to Tuesday, June 25, 2019


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