Staff Notes Daily Announcements

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Beth Swanson to UCAR as Employee Engagement and Event Planning Specialist.

Beth joins us with extensive experience in managing events within non-profit organizations and through operating her own business.

She will be assisting in the facilitation and delivery of employee events and engagement and providing support to the U-Engage volunteer group and other activities across UCAR. Beth will be reaching out to the U-Engage volunteers individually and as a group to discuss current ideas and plans, as well as further new ideas that can develop engagement in our telework environment.

Beth can be reached at

Welcome to UCAR, Beth!

Posted by Neil Barker at ext. 8721,

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Effective March 25, The Special Recognition Awards program will be on pause until the mandatory telework period has ended. As mentioned in Human Resources Director Neil Barker's March 19 email, one of our priorities is to ensure that our staff continue to get paid through this uncertain period. Overall, the organization is managing cash flow carefully to ensure we can pay all of our employees for the foreseeable future.

Any questions about the Special Recognition Awards change can be directed to Anita Monk-Ryan or Justin Young

Posted by Anita Monk-Ryan at ext. 8854,

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Yesterday’s Boulder County “Stay at home” order lists getting outdoors as an essential activity, but only, of course, “if strict social distancing is observed.” If you’re wondering about ways to keep moving indoors, too, today’s tip from a colleague suggests a handy source of inspiration:

“I've done several YouTube workouts this week (there's SO MANY available online that you can do a new one every day!). It's really helped clear my head when I'm feeling coop'd up working in the house all day, every day.”

If you don’t have a fitness app on your watch to remind you to get up and take the recommended 2 minutes per hour (the time it takes to walk 250 steps), consider adding periodic gentle nudges to keep your energy moving:

Add a few reminders or events in your Calendar. (mark your event availability as “free” to stay open to virtual meeting invites during that time). Set a timer on your smartphone or old-school kitchen timer to ring at 50-minute Use each interruption by a pet or household member as a reminder to walk around for 2 minutes.

Search the tips archive. Thanks for all the tip suggestions! Share yours through

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The CISL User Services Section will host an online “drop-in” consulting event at 10:30 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, March 31, to answer users’ questions about working with the Cheyenne and Casper clusters, the GLADE and Campaign Storage file spaces, and migrating data from the HPSS tape archive. Please register at the link below so we have an idea of how many participants to expect in the Zoom meeting. The form includes space to submit questions in advance, but that is optional.

Yes, I plan to drop in!

We will answer as many questions as possible during the event and may schedule additional sessions.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Due to the major changes that took place in our work environment lately, the ECSA is extending its travel fund application until April 1st 2020. 

The link to the application is here:

Let me know if you have any questions. 



Posted by Gunter Leguy at ext. 1790,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This week summary: ~35 appearances in the news media with ~$10,000 in equivalent advertising value

Notable news stories

US research agency to make weather data software available to private sector (UCAR, Antonio Busalacchi)

Meteorological Technology International


Forecast for NCAR climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: retirement (NCAR, Everette Joseph; CGD, Kevin Trenberth and Gerald Meehl)

The Daily Camera


Next-gen supercomputers are fast-tracking treatments for the coronavirus in a race against time (CISL, Rich Loft)



Boulder’s UCAR, NCAR, closing Tuesday (UCAR, NCAR)

The Daily Camera


New research first to relate Antarctic sea ice melt to weather change in tropics (NCAR)


New science centers will explore the complex relationship between the Earth and sun (NCAR)

CU Boulder Today


Social media highlight

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology highlighted UCAR in a tweet as a resource for online learning during the COVID-19 crisis. The post was retweeted 51 times.

Posted by Ali Branscmobe at ext. 8609,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Mapping out your workday, with time blocked out for specific tasks, meetings, and breaks is a tool you might want to try, or pay more attention to if it’s already a habit. A schedule with enough flexibility to adapt to changes as the day progresses can replace some of the normal rhythms of office life and help prevent work time from spilling into nonwork hours.


A colleague shared this tip from her husband, “who has worked from home for almost 20 years. Treat getting up, taking a shower, getting dressed, etc., just like you would if you were going to the office.  You need to treat your home office like any other office.”

Whether you wear jeans and a t-shirt, business casual, or something in between, wearing “work clothes” can be a signal to family that you’re “on deck.” At the end of the day, consider changing up your wardrobe to head out for a walk or whatever’s ahead after working hours.

Search the tips archive. Share tip suggestions through

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8554,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As the TIAA representatives transition to working from home, all future meetings will be by phone, email, or virtually until further notice. Their Financial Consultants have the technology to conduct counseling remotely. Plan participants can schedule a counseling appointment by calling 800-732-8353.

TIAA's goal is to maintain the highest service levels possible, is available 24/7 and includes the latest updates on issues like market volatility.

Posted by Nancy Hopek at ext. 8704,

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to Friday, April 17, 2020

USING GOOGLE MEET: Attend a live training any day this coming week

Choose one of five 75-minute sessions to fit your schedule, offered Mon March 23 - Fri March 27. Learn how to launch a Google Meet, understand functionality such as audio lines and international call-in, how to record a session, screen share presentations, and best practices. The schedule and signup instructions are on the Telework Support page of the NCAR/UCAR Google Apps Support website.


  • New page about the Crisis Management Team added March 20
  • Resources added to Managing Stress page March 20
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webcast portal now available
    • Several new links/articles added under "Other Guidance/Articles."



If you have questions that are not answered on the website, please reach out through

Posted by Bob Wiley at ext. 8554,

Monday, March 23, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Community Climate Intervention Strategies workshop has been postponed. The new in-person workshop dates are set for October 28-30th, 2020, and the workshop will be held at UCAR/NCAR's Center Green Campus in Boulder, CO, USA. In the meantime, we decided to arrange an online webinar series to move this very important work forward.

The first webinar is scheduled for April 15th, 9-11am MDT: Introduction and motivation of the CCIS project. Details regarding upcoming webinars and dial-in information will be provided at our workshop website:

Best regards, the CCIS workshop organizing committee

Posted by Auliya McCauley-Hartner at ext. 8303,

Monday, March 23, 2020 to Tuesday, April 14, 2020


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