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Contracts is continuing to update the Finance and Contracts page on the COVID-19 website with communications from our sponsoring entities including NSF, NOAA, DOD, NASA and many more. If you don’t see a specific sponsor and want Contracts to research how a sponsor is managing their awards at this time, please reach out to Also included on the page is a link to an internal assessment of NSF’s implementation of OMB’s March 9, 2020 guidance. If you are working under an NSF award this information may be helpful in determining options for no cost extensions, charging, etc. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at or (303) 497-2132.

Posted by Alia Khoury at ext. 8894,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Tuesday, April 14, 2020

This recipe comes from our Chef Matt Pinter at Center Green.

Link to Recipe:

Colorado Cheesesteak

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020

CISL now provides two ways for users to start graphical desktops and programs on the Casper cluster even if they lack the internet bandwidth they are accustomed to having when working in an NCAR facility or university lab. Users can start remote desktops on a Casper node with either a new script for launching VNC sessions or CISL’s temporary implementation of FastX server software.

Users can run CISL’s new vncmgr script to start VNC desktop sessions in a customizable Casper batch job, then run programs such as MATLAB, IDL, and VAPOR on Casper using a VNC client installed on a laptop.

The FastX remote desktop service is for lightweight tasks including text editing, running programs such as xxdiff and ncview, or running analysis scripts that consume little in the way of graphics resources. It will remain available while NCAR and UCAR building closures are in effect.

See these links for more information:


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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Wednesday, April 8, 2020


When it comes to cybersecurity, the NCAR/UCAR Cybersecurity Program Office (CPO) doesn't fool around. Among other things, the CPO reviews third-party vendors such as Adobe, GitHub, MailChimp, and the like to "…provide appropriate safeguarding of the UCAR Computing environment in support of UCAR/NCAR/UCP's Mission." They post assessment summaries regularly on the CPO Assessed Vendors List page on Click on the links labeled "Approved, Caution, Not Approved" to see the specifics..


Here at the Telework Tip Desk, we've seen a few tips suggesting Chrome add-ons that staff find helpful. All add-ons from Google that are part of Google Suite are in the recommended category, including Chrome add-ons or extensions. The following meets that criterion:

When it comes to non-Google, third-party add-ons or extensions, the CPO says they'd like the opportunity to review how the product handles access to a user's files, deals with confidential information, or sends information to third parties. "We are always happy to learn about any proposed add-on and help make a determination," they say. "We're trying to prioritize add-ons and cloud services that enhance or enable people's work-at-home situations."

The Tip Desk is happy to report the CPO completed their assessment of third-party extension Google Meet Grid View the same day we inquired about it, and it is now approved for use:



To see who's on the team and the other projects they're working on, visit:

CPO also offers a security guideline for working from home:

Keep those tips coming! Share your suggestions through The tips archive is here.

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020





  • Self-care and wellness Workday Learning resources added to Managing Stress March 30




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

Posted by Bob Wiley at ext. 8554,

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020

Slow Cooker PInto Beans

"Something I made with a bag of old beans I found in the pantry at home and some other items I had on hand. Always good to make and freeze. I love legumes and this style is my favorite. I think the applewood smoked bacon and fresh tomatoes and a very long cooking time made these beans fantastic – great for quesadillas, burritos, or as a side dish. Thanks for looking!"

Neelee Smith, Banquet Captain


Link to Recipe:

Slow Cooker PInto Beans

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!

Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020

From the NCAR/UCAR Web Accessibility Team:


Is your neighbor’s dog barking non-stop while you’re on a Google Hangout with your team? Did your earbuds go through the wash, making it hard for you to hear the audio on Hangouts?

CAPTIONING IN HANGOUTS offers a solution to improve your video meeting experience, whether you’re hard of hearing, have background distractions, or English isn’t your primary language.

See Google Hangouts Meet Help for instructions for computer, Android, or iPhone/iPad.


Wondering what tips and tricks could be implemented to make your web pages or documents more accessible for all users? Or just want to know what web a11y is? Contact us with questions at

Posted by Zhenya Gallon at ext. 8607,

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to Friday, April 10, 2020

Green Chile Stew

"I like this dish because it is easy and delicious.  A little work on the front end, and you can forget about it for hours in the slow cooker and go about your day.  It is really adaptable, as you can add more or less chiles to alter the heat level, more or less pork, or more flour (or cornstarch) to make the stew a little thicker.  Anaheim chiles themselves are really versatile.  I roast a batch once a month and keep in the fridge to add to vegetables, rice, pasta, and salads.  They bring a crisp, clean, blast of mild heat.  This recipe also works great if you just want to add fresh pork and potatoes to your favorite jarred green chile.  Please enjoy!"

Michael Albright, Event Services Manager


Link to Recipe:

Green Chile Stew

Link to Shared Collection of Recipes:

Event Services, What's Cooking?!


Posted by Sylvia Ng at ext. 1158,

Monday, March 30, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020

This week summary: ~35 appearances in the news media with ~$6,000 in equivalent advertising value

Notable news stories

The Pandemic Has Started Weakening the World's Weather Forecasts (NCAR, Chris Davis)

Bloomberg News


Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction (NCAR)

Gizmodo UK


Predicting Fast Moving Flash Droughts (NCAR, Angie Pendergrass)



Will the Global Response to the Coronavirus Give Climate a Nudge? (NCAR, Helen Worden)

Weather Underground


Social media highlight

We promoted COMET’s webinar about teaching geosciences in quarantine on both the UCAR News and NCAR Science Twitter accounts.

Posted by Ali Branscombe at ext. 8609,

Monday, March 30, 2020 to Monday, April 6, 2020

Now that we are all working from home, this may be a great time for you to explore some virtual training, education or certificate programs that support your work and advance your professional or career development. We’d like to highlight two key learning benefits that UCAR offers to all employees: Workday Learning and the Education Assistance program.

Workday Learning, a component of Workday, is a Learning Management System (LMS) that combines professional development, peer learning, and required training into a single intuitive application, so employees can engage in learning at their own time and pace.

Although many of you have already taken advantage of Workday Learning, we’d like to share some highlights around the new learning opportunities available to all employees. In addition, we’d like to introduce you to the extensive elearning content provided by LinkedIn Learning (formerly through Workday!

For example, if you’re interested in exploring self-care and wellness resources on LinkedIn Learning, check out these videos.

For more details, read the Workday Learning and LinkedIn Learning FAQ.

UCAR's Education Assistance Program assists eligible employees by offering financial support for qualifying educational programs, such as course work or degrees from accredited educational institutions, or certification programs through professional societies. Self-directed learning—such as taking elearning courses through Workday Learning or work-related seminars or conferences—is not covered by this program, but may be supported by your lab, program, or department.

For more information on how to take advantage of this great employee benefit, visit the UCAR Education Assistance Program webpage, email Stefania Damiani or call her at x8715.

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Monday, March 30, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020


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