Staff Notes Daily Announcements

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, April 5, 2019 at the link below:

Posted by Evette Aragon at ext. 8725,

Monday, April 8, 2019 to Monday, April 22, 2019

UCAR Operations is very pleased to announce that each building that UCAR manages has a representative that will:

serve as a point of escalation for individuals in the building, confirm that facilities actions are scheduled, follow up on facilities requests on behalf of your building occupants, ensure closure of the requests, and communicate information about the disposition of the requests to building staff. This important team includes: 

Each staff member should continue to input maintenance and janitorial service requests to and, but should also copy your building representative to help with tracking. Your building representative will also be your point of contact for any escalations. As is always the case, in the event of an urgent building issue, please contact security at 303-497-1139, or for emergencies, dial 911. Calls to security are routed to the appropriate facilities staff.

Posted by Denise Moulton at ext. 8551,

Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Friday, May 3, 2019

Reminder-UCAR Procedure 5-7 Travel - World Aware Registration

To ensure UCAR is able to provide its duty of care, travelers booking international travel outside of UCAR’s TMC (Cain Travel)/Concur are required to register their trip with UCAR’s Travel Risk Management provider, WorldAware by emailing their itinerary to The travelers email must be included on the CC line of the email and be the only email address on that line. 

An expense type called WorldAware Registration has been created in Concur requiring travelers to attach a copy of the registration confirmation email when submitting their travel expense report.

*WorldAware is UCAR’s contracted risk management company. WorldAware provides travelers information regarding listed countries and urgent notifications to assist with traveler security and health. Most importantly, it provides UCAR with current information regarding your travel itinerary enabling HESS to engage and assist you in case of an emergency.

Trips booked within Cain/Concur are automatically integrated with WorldAware but in the event a traveler books their own international travel, it becomes their responsibility to register their trip with WorldAware.

Posted by Angie Yarbrough at ext. 8859,

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SPEAKER:  Dr. Jothiram Vivekanandan, Senior Scientist, NCAR/EOL

DATE/TIME:  April 23, 2019 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm

LOCATION:  FL2-1022 (Large Auditorium)

Presence of a few drizzle or larger cloud droplets is ubiquitous in stratocumulus clouds. Larger droplets often minimally contribute to the liquid water content (LWC), but due to their larger sizes, they tend to dominate the reflectivity. Reflectivity and liquid water LWC are not linearly related. Thus, LWC cannot be estimated accurately using reflectivity measurements alone. Ra-dar measurements of reflectivity and lidar backscatter of cloud and drizzle are in general, pro-portional to one of the moments of the drop size distribution (DSD). For example, the radar reflectivity is proportional to the 6th moment of the DSD in Rayleigh scattering regime and lidar backscatter to the 2nd moment of the DSD in the case of optical scattering.

This presentation describes a technique for estimating LWC and characteristic particle diame-ter in stratocumulus clouds using radar and lidar observations. The proposed technique is in-dependent of DSD. Partitioning or detection of cloud and drizzle are not required based on an arbitrary threshold of reflectivity. The knowledge of characteristic particle size significantly reduces uncertainty in liquid water content estimate. It is applicable for a broad range of W-band reflectivity between -30 and 0 dBZ and all values of lidar backscatter observations. The Cloud Systems Evolution in the Lidar and radar measurements in the Cloud Systems Evolution in the Trades (CSET) are analyzed using the proposed technique. The retrieved LWC from ra-dar and lidar measurements is validated qualitatively using the concurrent G-band radiometer estimates of liquid water path.

Posted by Diane Sierra at ext. 8746,

Thursday, March 28, 2019 to Tuesday, April 23, 2019

It's never too early to think about the Bolder Boulder. The Bolder Boulder registration for the 2019 Memorial Day (May 27th) 10k race has now opened, and once again UCAR/NCAR is participating in the Bolder Business Challenge. If you want your participation to count for UCAR/NCAR, you can do it online via the Bolder Business Challenge version of the registration form linked below where you can select "NCAR" from a drop-down menu.  For families, you can register others on this site too and it gives an option to select which are employees, or they can register on the regular site. Business Challenge registration is open until May 8th (but there are ways to add your name to a team later). Different from last year, there is no packet delivery to businesses, so packet pick-up will be from a site you choose during registration.

The Challenge has a team time competition with three divisions based on company size. The five fastest times contribute to the team time. There is also a participation rate prize, so the more we have the better. Whether you are running, jogging or walking, you are welcome to sign up for the team.

Bolder Business Challenge Registration site:

Posted by Jimy Dudhia at ext. 8950,

Monday, March 18, 2019 to Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Concur is changing what your screen looks like when you’re entering an expense report. Referred to as NextGen Expense, the new look offers a large receipt preview side-by-side with your expense entry, enhanced lodging itemization, and an updated look and feel. This user interface (UI) update is a mandatory system enhancement affecting only the Expense portion of Concur - in other words, it only affects expense reports for travel, payment requests, and P-Cards. The changes do not extend to Request or other parts of the tool, nor will approvers see any changes to the expense report approval process as part of this update.

When will this happen?

Phase 1: Travel Coordinators and P-Card Cardholders

If you are a travel coordinator and/or P-Card cardholder, you will automatically switch to NextGen Expense on April 1, 2019.

Phase 2: Everyone Else All other staff will automatically switch to NextGen Expense on April 22, 2019.

How do I learn more? Please plan on attending one of the overview sessions listed below, where we will present the enhancements you’ll see in the new UI. You may also visit the NextGen Expense Coming Soon page on the Concur User Support site and scroll down to the Resources section for FAQs, comparisons between the current and new UIs, and updated learning resources.

Overview Sessions:

  • 3/20 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Overview @ ML-132 Main Seminar Room- Webcast/Cha
  • 3/25 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Overview @ FL2-1022 Large Auditorium
  • 4/3 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Overview @ FL2-1001 Small Seminar Room

Beginning on April 2, we will hold open labs where Travel and IT staff will be on hand to answer questions and help guide you through the expense reporting process in the new UI.

Open Labs:

  • 4/2 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC
  • 4/4 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Open Lab @ ML-215 Director’s Conference Room (please bring a laptop)
  • 4/11 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC
  • 4/18 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC
  • 4/25 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC
  • 5/2 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC
  • 5/9 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Open Lab @ CG2-3024 CTTC

Posted by Angie Yarbrough at ext. 8859,

Monday, March 18, 2019 to Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The GLOBE Program is looking for volunteers to help score projects for the 2019 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

The IVSS is a way for students from all over the world to showcase their hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment.

Volunteers are STEM professionals, teachers, graduate students, and other interested community members who will assist in scoring student projects.

Scoring begins on 26 April 2019 after all of the projects have been submitted. It can take an hour or more, depending on how much time you are willing to commit. There will be an informational webinar (which will be recorded) on 25 April 2019 at 10:00 am MT (click here at the time of the webinar to join!) and then judging will need to take place between 26 April-05 May 2019. Judging consists of filling out a Google form with your scores and feedback for the project.

To sign-up as a volunteer, please go here: We will begin contacting judges in April.

The students really appreciate getting feedback on their projects in order to improve as researchers!

Posted by Amy Barfield at ext. 2645,

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to Thursday, April 25, 2019

March 04, 2019 - May 03, 2019 

Our Planet – Art Exhibition on the Environment in a Changing Climate 

“Our Planet” is a unique art exhibition created by 16 accomplished Colorado artists depicting how climate change is affecting our lives and environment. The objective of this art exhibition is to engage people on the subject of climate change by creating art that draws them into the subject visually and emotionally; connecting them to real life experiences and scientific understandings about what is going on today. For each painting, an artist statement describes the relationship between the art and what’s happening or can be done to address climate change. Though artists’ works are beautiful on their own, this show is not a typical art exhibition, but also an emotionally impactful experience and a learning opportunity. Viewers often come away with a sense of awe and a desire to do something more to change what is happening to our planet. 

Art Reception: Saturday March 9th from 11 am to 2 pm. Light refreshments will be served. An artist talk presented by Bob Doyle at 12 noon in the Mesa Lab café.

Preview all artists work on the NCAR/UCAR Community Art Calendar:



Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Monday, March 4, 2019 to Friday, May 3, 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 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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