Staff Notes Daily Announcements

*Special RAL/MMM Joint Seminar - Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 3:00pm

*Please note special time - 3:00pm

Speaker: Dr. David L. Darmofal

Affiliation: Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For phenomenon that exhibit a wide range of scales, adaptive methods can enable efficient yet accurate discretizations.  In this talk, we consider the use of space-time adaptive methods to solve time-dependent, multi-scale phenomenon in which the space-time domain is discretized using simplices (i.e. pentatopes for 3D+time) that are not required to have face aligned with the temporal direction.  The adaptive method utilizes an goal-oriented approach in which an adjoint solution and dual-weighted residual is employed to estimate the local contribution to the discretization error of a desired output.  The dependence of the error estimate on the mesh is then synthesized into a model using the Metric Optimization through Error Sampling and Synthesis (MOESS) algorithm, and the resulting error model is then optimized to produce adapted meshes with minimal error at a fixed computational cost. We demonstrate this approach for higher-order finite element discretizations applied to convection-dominated flows and porous media.  Also, similar to parallel-in-time strategies, we show that parallel solution of space-time adapted meshes are more scalable than time-marching approaches.  We conclude with a discussion of remaining challenges and opportunities for space-time adaptive methods.

Refreshments: 2:45pm

Posted by Nancy Sue Kerner at ext. 8946,

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Thursday, December 5, 2019

U-ENGAGE! is looking for a lead volunteer for a new Staff Discounts process. Discounts are expected to include ski resorts, concerts, restaurants, computer equipment, bike services, etc. The lead volunteer would be responsible for being the key contact with the vendors -- making the arrangements with the vendor, receiving the PDFs or web link for the discount, and submitting the pdfs or weblink to UCAR Operations for uploading to the web page, and confirming there is no conflict with UCAR policies and procedures.

If you are interested in taking the lead, please contact Lory Mitchell Wingate at x1719.


Posted by Lory Mitchell Wingate at ext. 1719,

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Monday, December 16, 2019

Every year UCAR produces an Annual Management Report, a requirement of our Cooperative Agreement (CA) with the National Science Foundation, for the management and operation of NCAR.

The report was worked on by a large number of subject matter experts and leads for various programs and departments from UCAR Operations, UCP, the President’s Office and NCAR. It details UCAR’s performance against specific responsibilities listed in the CA and provides an overview of the many activities UCAR does to support and promote NCAR science.

You can find the report on the web. For more information contact Jill Reisdorf.


Posted by Jill Reisdorf at ext. 1654,

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Thursday, December 5, 2019

December 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020

Acrylic on Canvas by Monica Tymcio – Gallery I

Monica Tymcio’s paintings are a testimonial to her love of nature. She has spent the last 30 years living off-grid near the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Western Boulder County. It is here in this inspirational locale with her rescued horses, dogs and cats that she has made her home. She spends her time exploring the wilderness areas of Colorado on horseback, as well as backpacking in the remote canyons of Utah and New Mexico. Monica draws upon the deep sense of emotion she feels about a place or experience and then expresses that through her paintings to share with the viewer.

Fiber Art by Six Artists – Gallery II

Our love of fiber and its transformation through stitch, dye, paint, and print brought us together. Our varied voices, borne of differing life experiences, have inspired our conversations to connect literal and metaphorical threads and feed our self-expression. We support, nourish, and celebrate each other’s work! Artists are Susan Brooks, Judy Duffield, Jo Fitsell, Jeanne Gray, Irene Takahashi and Anne Severn.

Art Reception: Saturday December 14th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Mesa Lab cafe. Light refreshments will be served. Come meet the artists and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!

Preview all artists work on the NCAR Community Art Calendar:

Thank you!

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, December 2, 2019 to Friday, January 24, 2020

The UCAR/NCAR SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) Program is an undergraduate to graduate research internship program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. It is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences and is built around genuine research experiences, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful protégés are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years. Benefits in the summer include a competitive wage, housing, and travel to / from Boulder; as well as funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education throughout the year. The application deadline is Feburary 1, 2020. For more information and for the online application, please visit:

Thank you for sharing this opportunity with students who may be good candidates for SOARS! 

Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

Monday, November 25, 2019 to Saturday, February 1, 2020

Attend the 8th Annual Rising Voices Workshop on Climate Resilience through Intergenerational and Place-based Knowledges from April 29  to May 1, 2020

Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenousand Earth Sciences supports a growing network of over 560 Indigenous, tribal, and community leaders, atmospheric, social, biological, and ecological scientists, students,educators, and other experts. This network facilitates intercultural research for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events through the annual workshop.

We are encouraging NCAR and UCAR participants to join us at the next RV workshop. Please see NCAR|UCAR invitation here. The workshop will be held in partnership with the Lummi Nation and Northwest Indian College near Bellingham, Washington, April 29 th to May 1 st , 2020.  Applications for the 2020 RV workshop will be open from November 18 to December 18, and can be found at:

For more information about Rising Voices at NCAR|UCAR and the workshop, please visit or contact Heather Lazrus ( or Katy Putsavage (  

Posted by Kris Marwitz at ext. 8198,

Friday, November 22, 2019 to Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9 am–Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Mesa Lab Auditorium

This meeting celebrates Michael Knoelker’s original work on solar and stellar magnetism and seismology, as well as his major contributions to the High Altitude Observatory during his 15-year directorship, and his recent appointment to Senior Scientist Emeritus. Michael started his career with ground breaking work on magnetic flux concentrations in the solar photosphere. Michael Knoelker is known for his mentoring of young scientists, his collaborations on high-altitude, long-duration, balloon programs and his role as a Co-PI on the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

This symposium will focus on recent developments and future directions in solar physics, the solar-stellar connection, exoplanets and modeling of exoplanet atmospheres.

Registration and abstract submission are open. ( Early registration ends January 31, 2020.


Guy Brasseur—NCAR/Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Tim Brown—Las Cumbres Observatory

Valentin M. Pillet—National Solar Observatory

Matthias Rempel—High Altitude Observatory

Invited Speakers

Axel Brandenburg—Carnegie Mellon University, Nordita

Roberto Casini—High Altitude Observatory

Paul Charbonneau—University of Montreal

Bruce Lites—High Altitude Observatory

Yuhong Fan—High Altitude Observatory

Sarah Gibson—High Altitude Observatory

Philip Goode—Big Bear Solar Observatory, New Jersey Institute of Technology

James Kasting—Penn State University

Travis Metcalf—Space Science Institute

Matthias Rempel—High Altitude Observatory

Thomas Rimmele—National Solar Observatory

Wolfgang Schmidt—Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics

Manfred Schüssler—Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Sami Solanki—Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Oskar von der Lühe—Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics

Eric Wolf—CU Boulder

Posted by Wendy Hawkins at ext. 1552,

Monday, November 18, 2019 to Saturday, December 7, 2019

Every month, a TIAA representative is on-site to meet with employees on an individual basis to answer questions about the TIAA retirement plan and provide guidance with retirement portfolios.

December’s sessions with Rhett Belcher: 12/5/2019 -- CG1 Board Room 3150 12/17/2019 – FL2-1002

Register Today: Click here to schedule an appointment with TIAA in December 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 Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Monday, November 18, 2019 to Tuesday, December 17, 2019


We had a great turn out for our webinar: Community Training, Resources & Support for WRF-Hydro® & its configuration as the National Water Model hosted on 12 November by NCAR & CUAHSI! The video is now available via YouTube.

Happy viewing!

Please feel free to contact if you have questions regarding WRF-Hydro or the webinar.

Posted by Molly McAllister at ext. 8253,

Monday, November 18, 2019 to Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hello UCAR/NCAR, We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science . The application deadline for the 2020 SIParCS program is January 10, 2020 at 4pm Mountain Time.   Please share this widely with your networks and prospective interns!

This year we are offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work with 14 projects ranging in topic from machine learning, neural networks, fortran, data assimilation, augmented reality, digital asset management, and HPC training among others. Students interested in applying, please review our project statements of work .

Share this email widely to students who may be interested in an internship at NCAR next summer. International Students who are eligible to work in the U.S. are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

As always, if you have any questions about the program or the application process, you can reach us at or 303-497-1288.

Posted by Virginia Do at ext. 1249,

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Thursday, January 9, 2020


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