Staff Notes Daily Announcements

A new Supervisor Orientation program is starting this week, planned by Human Resources, Office of General Council, and Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as a part of the new Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) supervisor training. Supervisor Orientation will serve as a precursor to the LEAD program, and is designed to give supervisors a high-level understanding of their organizational responsibilities and duties as a supervisor. 

This orientation is required for all new supervisors, and is highly recommended for those who have been supervisors for a while, or plan to be supervisors in the near future. Our first session on February 13 filled up quickly with recommendations from lab, program, and department directors and admins. However, there are seats available for several  upcoming sessions. If a class is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. 

Supervisor Orientation Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 4, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, CG1 North Auditorium

  • Tuesday, March 17, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, CG1 North Auditorium

  • Monday, April 20, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, CG1 South Auditorium

  • Wednesday, May 27, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, FL1 EOL Atrium

  • Tuesday, September 22, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, CG1 North Auditorium


If you are interested in signing up for Supervisor Orientation, follow these instructions to register: 

  • Log into Workday

  • Click the “learning” icon

  • Look under recently added for “UCAR Supervisor Orientation”
  • Click the orange “enroll” button 

  • Select a date and submit


More communication will come regarding signing up for the LEAD supervisor training program shortly.

Posted by Kristen Aponte at ext. 1657,

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The IRS says that individuals must file Form 8889 if they (or someone on their behalf, including their employer) made contributions to their HSA account.  Form 8889 must also be filed if individuals take funds out of an HSA, even if they do not make a contribution to the HSA that year.

While UCAR cannot provide tax advice, we can provide some information concerning the W-2 you received for payroll deductions and how it applies to Form 8889.  If you need additional tax advice, please consult a qualified tax advisor or the IRS.

Please view this web page for additional information including a link to Form 8889 and the instructions.

Please note: If you made a withdrawal from your Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2019, your 1099-SA Tax Form is now available for you to view and print for your records. The 1099-SA is used to report any withdrawals from your HSA during 2019.  If you DID NOT withdraw funds from your HSA in 2019, a tax statement is NOT prepared.

Accessing the 1099-SA: (must be in Google Chrome to view)

  • Log on to
  • Click on "Spending Accounts" tab
  • Click on "Health Savings Account (HSA) Overview"
  • Locate the "Account Balance" heading in the gray box to the left of the screen
  • Click on “Manage your HSA” (at the bottom of the gray box)
  • An "Agreements" page will appear.  Review then "Read and Agree" the Online Services Agreement
  • An "Important Tax Information" screen will appear. 
  • Click on “Review Tax Documents”


If you are no longer with Cigna but still need to access your 1099-SA, call Cigna Customer Service at (800) 244-6224.

Posted by Laurie Carr at ext. 8702,

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Friday, February 28, 2020

Google will soon be changing the way the multiple inboxes feature works in Gmail. Starting sometime after March 5, 2020, multiple inboxes will be enhanced to support independent scrolling, a unified toolbar, and adjustable width in right-side configurations. Further, multiple inboxes will no longer support three-pane layouts when using the preview pane. You may soon see a notification if you are using such a configuration.

If you don't use multiple inboxes you will not be affected. If you do, you may want to check out the full announcement at the following link as it is fairly detailed.


Posted by CISL Help Desk at ext. 2400,

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Contracts Lunch and Learn previously scheduled on April 15th from Noon - 1:00 pm will now be held on Wednesday, April 22 from Noon - 1 pm.  The location remains unchanged at Center Green 1, Room 2607.  The topic is "Competitive processes for procurements – RFIs/RFQs/RFPs."

Please contact Alia Khoury at ext. 8894 or if you have any questions or concerns.  

Posted by Alia Khoury at ext. 8894,

Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Do you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills? Then this is the workshop for you!

Strengthen your overall knowledge of HPC system administration Focus in depth on file systems and storage, HPC networks, and job schedulers Get hands-on training and discuss real-life stories with experienced HPC administrators Learn techniques for high performance data transfers using a ScienceDMZ


Workshop Dates: March 23-27, 2020

Location: Center Green 1 Main Auditorium

Please see the LCI Intermediate Workshop website for agenda and registration information. 

Posted by Taysia Peterson at ext. 1222,

Friday, January 31, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020

The Advanced Study Program is pleased to announce that applications to the 2020 ASP colloquium "The Science of Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Predictions" are now being accepted.

This colloquium is intended for advanced graduate students or post-docs whose expertise includes atmospheric and adjacent sciences. It will feature lectures from domestic and international experts on the fundamental processes leading to S2S predictability such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation, sudden stratospheric warmings, and interactions with the land and cryosphere.

This colloquium will provide attendees with an integrated conceptual understanding of numerical modeling, initialization strategies, ensemble configuration and applications of S2S-predictions. Attendees will also gain hands-on experience by applying probabilistic verification and process-based S2S diagnostics to numerical simulation output.

Approximately 25 students will be selected to participate in the colloquium. Travel costs (air fare, lodging, ground transportation, etc. will be covered for all selected participants.

As part of the colloquium a scientific workshop will take place July 13-17, 2020, during which invited speakers will present the latest results and challenges in this fast moving field.

Applications for both students and participants of the scientific workshop are available here,

Colloquium Dates: July 6-24, 2020 Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Posted by Scott Briggs at ext. 1607,

Thursday, January 30, 2020 to Sunday, March 1, 2020

Are you interested in working with talented young scientists? Join us as a SOARS Mentor for the 2020 Summer Program: May 18 – July 31!

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 NCAR|UCAR, NOAA, CU Boulder, and our partner laboratories collaborating with their Mentors to conduct original research. SOARS Protégés are partnered with a team of Mentors that includes: Research Mentor(s), Writing mentor, Computing mentor, and a Coach (see detailed descriptions below). We invite any interested NCAR|UCAR staff to get involved, no experience necessary!

To sign up to be a Mentor, please fill out this form.

SOARS Open Houses: To learn more about mentoring for SOARS, we invite you to join us at an upcoming Open House on the following days:

-Monday, February 10, 11am - 12pm, FL2 1003 -Friday, February 21, 1pm - 2pm, ML Chapman

Brief Overview of Mentor Types and Roles: -Research Mentor: The Research mentor works with the Protégé on a research topic of mutual interest. On average, the science mentor spends about ten (10) 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 (2) 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 and/or troubleshoot code. -Coach (aka Community Mentor): Each first-year SOARS Protégé is assigned a Coach. The Coach meets approximately once (1) a week to help their Protégé develop solutions to various situations, by helping define the problem, envisioning resolution, and developing and implementing steps to get there.

Posted by Laura Duggan at ext. 2408,

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

January 27th​ to March 28, 2020

Photography by Judi Dressler – Gallery I

Judi Dressler of Louisville, Colorado, is a wildlife photographer specializing in birds. She feels lucky to be living in this wondrous, diverse world, where we are treated to wild species of amazing variety and beauty! Judi's goal is to capture some of the marvel and personality of wildlife, and to inspire those who see her photographs to deepen their appreciation of nature, and to protect wildlife in a world where species are disappearing at an alarming rate, due to habitat loss, climate change, and a host of other challenges.

Acrylic Paintings by Lisa Lynch – Gallery II

Lisa Lynch grew up hiking, camping and living in the Colorado mountains and the Denver area. She has won awards for her acrylic and mixed media paintings, and has shown at numerous galleries and juried festivals. She uses her own photography as inspiration for her vibrant and colorful paintings.

Glass Mosaics by Delcia Litt – Gallery II East End

Delcia Litt is a glass and stone mosaic artist with a background in traditional stained glass. She has worked in this field since 1985. She has studied under many significant mentors over the years. She particularly valued her time at the Ravenna, Italy, Mosaic Art School under the tutelage of Luciana Notturni in 2011. There she learned about Roman and Byzantine styles constructed in the old school ways. Most recently she revisited those ancient stone cutting techniques at a workshop by Deb Aldo, a professional stone worker in the USA. She has received many prestigious art awards for her designs in contemporary abstract assemblage mosaics. She does commission art work and now offers workshops in her home town of Erie, Colorado.

Art Reception: Saturday February 8th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Mesa Lab cafe. Light refreshments will be served. Come meet the artists and be inspired by their beautiful artwork!


Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 4972570,

Monday, January 27, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020

The next NCAR Python tutorial is being planned for the spring of 2020.  Currently, we are planning 3 separate events:

  • Beginner Track:  March 26-27, 2020
  • Intermediate Track:  April 6-7, 2020
  • Hackathon:  April 8-10, 2020

The Beginner and Intermediate/Hackathon events are separated by a week to give beginners time to digest new information before (if they wish) attending the Intermediate tutorial and the Hackathon.

The Beginner Track tutorial is intended to introduce participants to the basics, such as Git, GitHub, Jupyter Notebooks & Lab, the Python Language, itself, as well as common Python packages such as Numpy, Pandas, Matplotlib, and Cartopy.

The Intermediate Track tutorial is designed to build upon the basic information, covering such things as Xarray, Dask, Holoviews, Intake and Intake-ESM, as well as covering how to solve common real-world problems with these tools, such as computing climatologies, dealing with unstructured grids, etc.

The Hackathon is designed to give participants a chance to use their new knowledge in the development of a tangible project that can be shared and used for real science, or just to provide participants with the opportunity to try out their new skills!

If you are interested in attending any, or all, of these events, we ask that you register herePlease note that you may change your registration at a later date, so if you are interested but can't be certain you can or will attend, we ask you to indicate as much in the registration form (e.g., by indicating "Maybe" when aswering questions about whether you will attend).  For more information, email Kevin Paul.

Posted by Kevin Paul at ext. 2441,

Monday, January 20, 2020 to Thursday, March 26, 2020

ACOM jointly with the Universities and Research Organizations in the Front Range invites you to attend a community gathering on atmospheric chemistry and air quality.

Air pollution is now regarded as the number one “killer” ahead of cigarette smoking and alcohol/drug use. Research conducted to investigate processes related to atmospheric chemistry and aerosol microphysics is essential to address societal issues linked to bad air quality and climate change. This workshop will provide an opportunity for scientists and students in the Colorado Front Range to open a dialogue about their research through discussions and poster sessions.

Keynote Speakers Emily Fischer, Colorado State University and recipient of the AGU James B. Macelwane Medal Anthony N. Gerber, National Jewish Health

Limited seating, please register.

Friday, 13 March 2020 9AM TO 4PM NCAR Center Green Campus Lunch will be provided.

Posted by Bonnie Slagel at ext. 8318,

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020


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