Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

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CMC Oct 2018 Meeting

CMC Oct 2018 Meeting


  • Mistia Zuckerman, CMC chair (NSIDC)
  • Jonathan Kofler, Secretary (GML)
  • Mimi Hughes, (PSL)
  • Alessandro Franchin (CSL)
  • Eric Adamson (SWPC)
  • Hazel Bain (SWPC)
  • Nate Campbell (CIRES Admin)
  • Gaby Petron (GML)
  • Aaron Sweeney (NCEI)
  • Joe Katich (CSL)
  • Adam Woods (NCEI)
  • Don Heinzeller (GSL)
  • Amanda Morton (Admin/Outreach)
  • Chelsea Thompson (CSL)
  • Eric James (GSL)
  • Michael Toy (GSL)
  • Candida F Dewes (PSL)

10/22/2018 - 12:09 pm – The meeting was called to order at GB124 NOAA Building

Pre-Agenda Discussions

The question arose, when does the meeting start?  Previous meetings when there was food, the meeting started after eating.  Do meetings without food start promptly at 12? After a little discussion Mistia decides it should be made clear prior to the meeting.

A question arose about meal compensation and conversation ensued. Mimi says the meal cost is not covered because the CMC meeting is not an “official” event, which leads Gaby Petron ato ask if the CMC is an official body? And expresses that she does not want to be a member if it is not.  This point was left unresolved, and will be revisited at the next meeting. Nate arrives later and clarifies that the compensation is $500/year for officers and $300/year for standard members. As chair Mistia offers to cover to use her compensation as Chair to cover additional visitors lunch costs.

Update on Foreign national spouse work permit issue

Alessandro’s update on J1 housing agenda.  People who are hired by CIRES get a J1 visa if they are non-national.  If their spouse gets a J2 visa and a work permit to work (which is connected to the partners J1 visa), a problem arises when the J1 Visa needs to be renewed because of a lag (~3 months) in the renewal of the J2 person work permit. Proposal: To ask CIRES and ISSS to carry out the paperwork in advance of the J2 work permit by three months.  Alessandro spoke to John Rush who is aware of the issue and interested and willing to help but is too busy to address it right now.

Mimi raises the question of what Other Foreign national issues might there be?  Is the visa issue only one of many issues for foreign nationals on visas?

Someone suggests sending out an email to our groups to identify foreign nationals to see what issues they might be having.


Nathan Campbell spoke with Alfred Flores (Associate Director - Apartment Life from Housing and Dining Services).  Alfred explained that University housing is currently 40% graduate student populated and the University wants to up that number.   Housing for all campus employees is currently being discussed by University President and directors. Now would be a good time for Waleed to bring CIRES concerns and interests to the President and directors.  The main issue(s) from previous meetings and refreshed in this meeting is that the University housing is only guaranteed for 2 year blocks, which may not align well with say a 3 year contract, or be long enough for a CIRES worker in early career or a postdoc position.  Having flexible lease durations beyond 2 years would be beneficial because of the high cost of living in and close to Boulder. Eric Adamson volunteers to help Alessandro understand the housing issues for CIRES and what to campaign for. Information gathering is needed.   For example, for how many people has the housing been an issue, particularly the early career.

Motion: To bring housing issues up to Waleed
Motion approved by a majority

Meeting Notification

How should we notify CIRES members of the meetings? After discussion of possibly having a google calendar event that goes to every one or sending emails to our clusters, it is concluded that each cluster representative will decide how to disseminate the meeting announcement to their cluster.

CIRES culture survey.

Susan Sullivan is making rounds and presenting the results.  A number of presentations will be given next week.

CMC minutes

Is it in the bylaws whether they should be voted on or approved before releasing them?  If not, should we have a different process. After some discussion it is concluded that if it is not in the bylaws (Jon Kofler and Gaby Petron will check), it might be best to have a google doc, that can be edited, and after a set amount of time that the notes are available for review and editing, the notes can be released (/uploaded to CMC events archives)

CIRES mentoring program update.  

Mimi reports that Waleed has not responded to the proposal (sent to him in an email) yet and Christine Wiedinmyer is tasked with reminding him.  A proposal is written, but the program details and infrastructure will need to be developed yet. The program will borrow from other programs like mentoring365, but will not only be for early career but mid career and cover a variety of subjects.   Mentees and mentors will be paired through matching software. Mentor Training would lie outside the program and be available to people not participating in the program.


Gabrielle Petron asks how are issues and agenda items decided.  Mistia explains CMC and/or CIRES members bring them up at the meetings.

Gabrielle asks if new hires are informed about the CMC?  Do they get a handout about the CMC? Nathan Campbell says it is not part of a handout because new hires are inundated with an excess of information.


Monday, October 22, 2018
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar

Chemistry of Organic Compounds in the Atmosphere and Indoor Air, by Prof. Paul Ziemann, ANYL Chem Faculty, CU Boulder, and Recent Results and Upcoming Projects Investigating Aerosol Sources, Properties, Processes, and Fate, by Prof. Jose L. Jimenez,
ANYL Chem Faculty, CU Boulder

Paul Ziemann: 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 recently conducted a number of studies of indoor air chemistry at CU. In this talk I will describe how we conduct the studies by using a diverse array of measurement techniques.

Jose Jimenez: Organic aerosols (OA) account for about 1/2 of the submicron particle mass in the atmosphere leading to important impacts on climate, human health, and other issues, but their sources, properties, and evolution remain poorly understood. In this talk I will present an overview and highlights of research on OA instrumentation, measurements, and modeling by our group over the last year, as well as of upcoming projects of potential interest to 1st year students.

Ongoing projects include global aerosol measurements and analysis as part of the NASA ATom project, which recently sampled (almost) pole-to-pole across the vertical profile. Model comparisons suggest the importance of fast OA removal channels, and a strong overestimation of primary OA in some models. Remote aerosols are very acidic with a typical pH ~ 0, which is significantly lower than predicted by global models. We are also performing a meta-analysis of urban SOA at megacities worldwide, which shows remarkably consistent results and allows us to more accurately estimate the global number of deaths due to this source. Other topics that we are working on, and that I will touch on as time permits, are RO2 chemistry in Oxidation Flow Reactors (OFR) and how it compares with large chambers and the atmosphere; gas/particle partitioning in the laboratory for different types of seed particles; the impact of different types of tubing and instruments on the measurement of intermediate volatility and semivolatile species; the sources and budget of organic carbon in indoor air; and the development of fast SOA parameterizations for global and climate models.

Some upcoming projects include include the study of emissions and chemical evolution of smoke from real fires in the western US with the NASA DC8 (NASA FIREX-AQ) with AMS and soft-ionization EESI-TOF; an upcoming indoor campaign at a weight room at the CU Athletic Dept; and potentially the CalNexT ground-based study of urban chemistry in Los Angeles (which follows up on the highly successful CalNex-2010 study).


Monday, October 22, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ekeley S274

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