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Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

This week is remote, join us on Zoom.

ESOC Coffee Hour occurs weekly from 9-10am MT on Wednesdays. For Fall 2021 we will be meeting on alternate weeks in person and on Zoom. Please email Claire Waugh (waughc@colorado.edu) for information.

ESOC researchers, post-docs and graduate students gather for conversation and to discuss research. Occasional guest speakers are invited to give short presentations on topics of interest.

Date

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

Host

  • ESOC

contact

claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2021-09-01
 
 
 
 
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ESOC Coffee Hour

ESOC Coffee Hour

This week is in-person, join us in the ESOC Reading Room, Ekeley S230.

ESOC Coffee Hour occurs weekly from 9-10am MT on Wednesdays. For Fall 2021 we will be meeting on alternate weeks in person and on Zoom. Please email Claire Waugh (waughc@colorado.edu) for information.

ESOC researchers, post-docs and graduate students gather for conversation and to discuss research. Occasional guest speakers are invited to give short presentations on topics of interest.

Date

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

Host

  • ESOC

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2021-09-08
 
Braiding your River: CIRES Career Development Series

Braiding your River: CIRES Career Development Series

The CIRES Mentoring Program: A Panel Discussion from 12pm to 1pm. 

While workshops will be from 12-1 pm, we invite you to join a virtual “coffee and cookies”  informal networking and conversation at 11.30 am.

 

Are you curious about the CIRES Mentoring Program? Would you like to hear from past participants before you sign up? Join us for this virtual panel discussion to learn more about the program and hear from people who have served in mentor and mentee roles. Please bring your questions for an open and friendly discussion.

Our panelists include:

  • Katy Human, CIRES Administration (Past Mentor)
  • Mimi Hughes, NOAA Scientist (Past Mentor, Founding Committee Member)
  • Aleya Kaushik, CIRES Postdoc (Past Mentee)
  • Ryan Cassotto, CIRES Research Scientist (Past Mentee, Mentoring Program Committee Lead)

 

The CIRES Mentoring Program is an 8-month program designed to help build connections across CIRES and NOAA, enhance a sense of community and belonging within the research institute, and foster career development. Mentors can help navigate career transitions, build your network, brainstorm work/life balance challenges, write a proposal or support career growth – the relationship can be shaped based on your needs! CIRES employees across all career paths, identities and job categories are encouraged to join the program as a mentor or as a mentee. Whether you are an administrator, an educator, a software engineer, a researcher or a federal employee (federal employees can serve as mentors only), the CIRES Mentoring Program is seeking your participation. The program is open to all career stages from new arrivals to senior staff; new hires are especially encouraged to join.

 

The CIRES Career Development Series supports personal learning and provides inclusive opportunities for CIRES researchers to connect and grow together by offering a monthly 1 hour workshop focused on developing diverse professional skills.

Date

Thursday, September 9, 2021
11:30am to 1:00pm

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  • Education & Outreach

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Meeting

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2021-09-09
 
 
 
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Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Small molecules in the Anthropocene: Oceans, Wildfires, and New Particle Formation from Iodine

Rainer Volkamer, ANYL faculty, CU Boulder

"The Volkamer group develops advanced optical instrumentation (in situ and remote sensing) to measure small molecules and aerosols that are relevant to public health discussions and climate. We seek to better quantify and understand emissions of small molecules, total carbon, and aerosols from natural and managed ecosystem (e.g., wildfires, oil & natural gas, ocean surface, UTLS), and develop a molecular level understanding of the fundamental processes that affect their chemical transformations and sinks (e.g., new particle formation). The combination of optical spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry is an emerging future theme in the group. Opportunities for graduate research exist in the areas of 1) field measurements using research aircraft (i.e., TI3GER-2022, CUPiDS-2023 projects), 2) laboratory experiments of particle formation (incl. at CLOUD/CERN) and multiphase chemistry, and 3) instrumentation to study carbon closure, and exploit synergies between optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry."

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Atmospheric chemistry of reduced nitrogen and organosilicon

Eleanor Browne, ANYL faculty, CU Boulder

"The Browne group uses a combination of laboratory experiments and field measurements to understand the sources and transformations of trace gases in the atmosphere with the ultimate goal of understanding the impacts of this chemistry on air quality, climate, and nutrient delivery to ecosystems. Here, I will discuss some of our recent work on the atmospheric chemistry of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes and of reduced nitrogen compounds. Finally, I will discuss research opportunities in our group."

Date

Monday, September 13, 2021
12:30pm

Host

  • CIRES
  • CU Boulder

Audience

  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators

Type

  • Seminar
  • Open to Public

contact

anne.handschy@colorado.edu
2021-09-13
 
CIRES Travel Q&A

CIRES Travel Q&A

CIRES Travel hosting some Travel Q&A sessions and a step-by-step training as we begin to return to regular research operations, including resumption of domestic and international travel.

If you have questions about an upcoming trip, attending virtual conferences, requesting approval or reimbursement for travel, please drop by our Q&A session on September 14:

September 14, 9:30-10:15a – https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/98862493105

Date

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
9:30am to 10:15am

Host

  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Other
2021-09-14
 
In-Depth CIRES Travel Training

In-Depth CIRES Travel Training

If you’re looking for more detailed information about conducting travel, including step-by-step instructions on submitting travel requests, preparing quotes and booking airfare in Concur, completing Travel Vouchers and submitting expense reports, please join us for an in-depth training on Wednesday, September 15, from 9 - 11 am via Zoom:

 

https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/95053795324

 

This training will be led by Rebecca Stossmeister (CIRES Travel & Compliance Lead). We will record and post this training on InsideCIRES afterward.

Date

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9:00am to 11:00am

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Host

  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Training

Resources

2021-09-15
 
Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

This week is remote, join us on Zoom.

ESOC Coffee Hour occurs weekly from 9-10am MT on Wednesdays. For Fall 2021 we will be meeting on alternate weeks in person and on Zoom. Please email Claire Waugh (waughc@colorado.edu) for information.

ESOC researchers, post-docs and graduate students gather for conversation and to discuss research. Occasional guest speakers are invited to give short presentations on topics of interest.

Date

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

Host

  • ESOC

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2021-09-15
 
 
 
 
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Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Heterogeneity in Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 by Respiratory Aerosols

Prasad Kasibhatla (Duke Univ., CIRES Visiting Fellow)

"The recognition of the importance of airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus by respiratory aerosols has spurred several research groups to develop and apply simple mechanistic aerosol models to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks associated with specific events. These studies have highlighted the importance of layered, non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies such as masking, ventilation, and air cleaning to mitigate transmission risk. To date, however, there is a disconnect between these micro-scale mechanistic aerosol models and the macro-scale epidemiological models that have been used to study large-scale COVID-19 disease dynamics. In this talk, I will discuss my recent research to try to close this gap. I will present a Monte Carlo analysis of transmission risk and secondary infections arising in social settings by modeling aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in thousands of indoor locations in the United State. I will show that variability of viral load among index cases plays a key role in shaping the variability in transmission risk at these locations. I will further demonstrate that aerosol transmission is consistent with the observation that COVID-19 transmission is overdispersed and will provide a mechanistic explanation for this large-scale characteristic of the pandemic. Implications of this finding with regards to the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions in curbing the pandemic will be discussed. Finally, I will outline my ideas for the next steps in this research that I will be working on during my sabbatical at CIRES."

Date

Monday, September 20, 2021
12:30pm

Host

  • CIRES
  • CU Boulder

Audience

  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators

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  • Seminar

contact

anne.handschy@colorado.edu
2021-09-20
 
MyLeave Refresher for Employees and Supervisors

MyLeave Refresher for Employees and Supervisors

Please join LuAnn Line, CIRES Leave and Payroll Specialist, and Lucia Harrop, CIRES NOAA Liaison, for an overview of MyLeave requirements on September 21 from 9:30-10:30 am via Zoom (link here).

 

As you know, entering vacation and sick leave into the MyLeave system is a monthly requirement for all employees. Completing this accurately and in a timely manner benefits you with correct leave accruals, and benefits HR by allowing us to accurately assist or advise in cases of extended leave, or other special circumstances.

This refresher will cover timesheet creation and submission basics followed by a special section on Family Medical Leave and other less-used categories of leave that may be relevant for parents, those caring for sick family members, or other special circumstances. 

This session is open to all employees, but is especially relevant for supervisors who are monitoring and approving leave submissions. Specifically, knowing when an employee should apply for Family Medical Leave, or use other leave categories to provide for accuracy and job protections for employees. 

Date

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9:30am to 10:30am

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Host

  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Training

Resources

2021-09-21
 
ESOC Coffee Hour

ESOC Coffee Hour

This week is in-person, join us in the ESOC Reading Room, Ekeley S230.

ESOC Coffee Hour occurs weekly from 9-10am MT on Wednesdays. For Fall 2021 we will be meeting on alternate weeks in person and on Zoom. Please email Claire Waugh (waughc@colorado.edu) for information.

ESOC researchers, post-docs and graduate students gather for conversation and to discuss research. Occasional guest speakers are invited to give short presentations on topics of interest.

Date

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

Host

  • ESOC

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2021-09-22
 
 
 
 
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Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Chemistry of Organic Compounds in the Atmosphere and Indoor Air

Paul Ziemann, ANYL Faculty, CU Boulder

"Laboratory studies provide much of the fundamental data on reaction kinetics, products, and mechanisms that are needed to understand atmospheric and indoor air chemistry and to develop models that are used to establish air quality regulations and predict the effects of human activities. Research in my laboratory focuses primarily on environmental chamber studies of the atmospheric chemistry of organic compounds emitted from natural and anthropogenic sources and the physical and chemical processes by which oxidized organic reaction products form aerosol particles. In addition to this we have conducted a number of collaborative studies of indoor air chemistry at CU."

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Chemistry of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Atmosphere

Joost de Gouw, ANYL faculty, CU Boulder

"Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released from many different natural and man-made sources to the atmosphere. VOCs are removed by different oxidants on time scales of minutes to months with oxidized VOCs, ozone and fine particles as a result. These processes affect air quality and climate and are a challenge to understand due to the large number of different VOCs that are released to the atmosphere and the analytical difficulties in measuring all of these compounds as well as their oxidation products.

In our laboratory, we make measurements of VOCs by proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry (PTR-TOF) and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS). PTR-TOF allows measurements of many different VOCs with high time resolution and without the need for pre-separation or sample treatment. GC-MS allows higher chemical detail, but at the cost of time resolution. We also combine these methods to better understand the compounds that are detected by PTR-TOF in different environments.

Several different ongoing and future projects will be presented in this seminar. First, we use PTR-TOF for measurements of VOCs in indoor environments to better understand their sources and fate. Second, we are working on the emissions and chemistry of VOCs in urban air. Third, we are working on a chamber study to better understand the formation of secondary organic aerosol from biogenic VOCs. Finally, we are also using data from satellite remote sensing instruments to measure the pollutants from oil and natural gas production, and from wildfires."

Date

Monday, September 27, 2021
12:30pm

Host

  • CIRES
  • CU Boulder

Audience

  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators

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  • Seminar
  • Open to Public

contact

anne.handschy@colorado.edu
2021-09-27
 
CIRES Town Hall

CIRES Town Hall

Please join CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati for another CIRES Town Hall on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, for both CU Boulder and NOAA-based employees.

 

If you have a question you’d like the Director to address, please send it in (signed or anonymously) by Monday at 3 pm through InsideCIRES.

 

Join by Zoom: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/95395576915

Date

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

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  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Meeting

Resources

2021-09-28
 
Workshop: Updating your Position Description

Workshop: Updating your Position Description

Please join CIRES HR for a workshop on how to prepare a position description specifically for the CIRES wide compensation analysis project. All Associate Scientists and Research Scientists will be asked to do this during Fall 2021, and these descriptions will be essential to successful project outcomes.

The workshop will  give an overview of this HR undertaking, as well as in-depth instructions on creating your related description. The session will be recorded and participation is strongly encouraged.

 

Associate Scientist Position Description Workshop: Tuesday, September 28, 1-2 pm — Link

Research Scientist Position Description Workshop: Wednesday, September 29, 1-2 pm — Link

Date

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Host

  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

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  • Training

Resources

2021-09-28
 
Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

Virtual ESOC Coffee Hour

This week is remote, join us on Zoom.

ESOC Coffee Hour occurs weekly from 9-10am MT on Wednesdays. For Fall 2021 we will be meeting on alternate weeks in person and on Zoom. Please email Claire Waugh (waughc@colorado.edu) for information.

ESOC researchers, post-docs and graduate students gather for conversation and to discuss research. Occasional guest speakers are invited to give short presentations on topics of interest.

Date

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
9:00am to 10:00am

Host

  • ESOC

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2021-09-29
 
Workshop: Updating your Position Description

Workshop: Updating your Position Description

Please join CIRES HR for a workshop on how to prepare a position description specifically for the CIRES wide compensation analysis project. All Associate Scientists and Research Scientists will be asked to do this during Fall 2021, and these descriptions will be essential to successful project outcomes.

The workshop will  give an overview of this HR undertaking, as well as in-depth instructions on creating your related description. The session will be recorded and participation is strongly encouraged.

 

Associate Scientist Position Description Workshop: Tuesday, September 28, 1-2 pm — Link

Research Scientist Position Description Workshop: Wednesday, September 29, 1-2 pm — Link

Date

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Link

Host

  • CIRES

Audience

  • CIRES employees

Type

  • Training

Resources

2021-09-29