Staff Notes Daily Announcements

There are still appointments available for the February 2019 TIAA Individual Counseling Session:


  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 RAF Conference Room
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 CG1 Board Room 3150
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 FL2 Room 1002

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

Posted by Nancy Hopek at ext. 8704,

Monday, January 28, 2019 to Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Contracts invites all interested staff to attend its upcoming lunch and learn sessions.  All sessions will be held from Noon – 1:00 pm. Additional information is as follows:

January 30, 2019: Kuali Refresher Training in FLA-2238

February 27, 2019: UProcure Tips and Tricks in CG1-2603

March 20, 2019: Legal and Contractual Considerations when Engaging with Sponsors in FL1-2133

April 24, 2019: Hotel Agreements in FL3-2072

May 22, 2019: Processes for Post-Award Changes with Sponsors in ML-Chapman Room

June 19, 2019: Engaging with Small Businesses in CG1-2603

Please feel free to bring your lunch if you attend in person.  A Google hangout will be initiated for each of the sessions if you are unable to join in person, but please note that the sessions will not be recorded.  Please email Vicky Epley at before 11:00 am the day of the session if you wish to participant via a Google hangout.

Posted by Amy Smith at ext. 8872,

Friday, January 25, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS mentor for the 2019 Summer Program: May 19 - August 3!

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences.  Each year, approximately 20 students spend their summers at UCAR, NOAA and our partner labs collaborating with their mentors to conduct original research. SOARS protégés are partnered with a team of mentors that includes a research mentor (or mentors), writing and computing mentors, and a coach (see more detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested UCAR/NCAR staff to get involved, no experience necessary!

For more information about mentoring, please see:

To sign up to be a mentor, fill out an application online at:

The following is a brief overview of the mentor types and their roles:

-Research Mentor: The research mentor works with the protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, a project mentor spends about ten hours per week with a protégé discussing the project, guiding research, teaching scientific methods, and helping the protégé with their research paper and presentations. Research mentoring teams are welcome, especially if you have travel plans during the summer period.

-Writing Mentor: A writing mentor offers one-on-one feedback to their protégé on writing and presentations. The writing mentor supplements the instruction protégés receive in their weekly scientific communications workshop and spends about two hours per week with the protégé.

-Computing Mentor: The computing mentor helps the protégé learn the computing skills necessary to complete their project. Mentoring includes providing one-on-one tutoring, recommending resources and helping debug or troubleshoot code.

-Coach (aka Community Mentor): Each first-year SOARS protégé is assigned a coach. The coach meets approximately once a week to help their protégé develop solutions to troubling situations by helping them define the problem, envision the way they would like things to be, and develop and implement steps to get there.

Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

Friday, January 18, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019

CISL would like to make NCAR staff aware that the application for the CISL Visitor Program (CVP) is now open The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visits between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application window is between now and March 8, 2019 for visits occurring between spring 2019 and spring 2020. Please email if you have any questions.

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 to Friday, March 8, 2019

The 2019 annual SEA conference will take place in Boulder CO, at the NCAR Center Green Campus from April 8th to April 12th. The theme for 2019 will be Improving Scientific Software.

PROGRAM DETAILS The conference will have the following tracks:

Utilizing modern HPC architectures for Scientific Software Utilizing Machine Learning Techniques in Scientific Software Utilizing Software Engineering practices to improve Scientific Software Utilizing containers and cloud for HPC SOLICITATION The Software Engineering Assembly is soliciting talks and tutorials about any aspects of Scientific Software, but particularly:

How to improve Scientific Software Utilizing modern HPC architectures for Scientific Software Utilizing Machine Learning Techniques in Scientific Software Utilizing Software Engineering practices to improve Scientific Software Utilizing containers and cloud for HPC

People interested in proposing tutorials may take advantage of our offer to host JupyterHub for you to run the tutorial on.

Only an abstract submission is due. Please SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT HERE.

Posted by Cecilia Banner at ext. 1231,

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 to Friday, April 5, 2019

January 6, 2019 – March 1, 2019 

Mixed Media by Tabitha Aaron 

Tabitha Benedict Aaron establishes a calming spiritual connection to nature with her latest collection “The Peace of Wild Things.” She believes that an intimate connection with nature enhances our lives and can put us at ease during a time when stress is a global epidemic and that nature connects us to the natural rhythm of life. Tabitha aims to create this emotional experience, engaging the viewer a little closer. 

Assemblage/Mixed Media/Sculpture by Michelle Lamb 

Multi-disciplinary artist Michelle Lamb of Littleton, Colorado, considers herself a maxed- rather than mixed-media artist, because she believes diversity keeps creativity fresh, exploration a must, and fuels the fire for reinvention. Lamb is a member of CORE New Art Space Gallery on 900 Santa Fe Drive in Denver and has a BFA from Colorado State University.

This body of work focuses on assemblages where Lamb skillfully manipulates and arranges found objects, allowing a determined amount of original patina, shape, texture or inherent iconography to provide the “plot” for her story. These objects are the “characters”, adding depth and weight to her narratives as Lamb prudently chooses whether to amplify them, or conversely, to alter and deconstruct their original context. 

Art Reception: Saturday February 2nd from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Mesa Lab cafeteria.

Preview all artists' work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar:


Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Friday, January 4, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019

Are you interested in visiting a university to teach a class, give a lecture, provide facilities support or host a workshop but need some support making the visit possible?

UVisit was created to get UCAR and NCAR Scientists and Engineers out to the universities for visits lasting anywhere from a few days to a full semester. UVisit can provide travel support to get you out to a university.

Applications can be submitted from faculty at a university or from UCAR/NCAR staff and are accepted year round. For more information and to submit an application visit:

Posted by Kelly Plummer Sherrard at ext. 1658,

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 to Friday, September 20, 2019


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