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GPU Hackathon

GPU Hackathon

Got Code? Accelerate with GPU programming!

A GPU Hackathon is an organized workshop that teams programmers at all experience levels with experts to facilitate sharing of knowledge and skills in GPU programming. Teams of software developers can come to a hackathon with existing code they want to accelerate on GPUs. Expert mentors from universities, national labs and industries will be in attendance.

During the one-week coding sprint, teams work with mentors to transition code to the GPU and achieve software performance goals. This hands-on approach is increasing the number of new GPU programmers and promotes continued learning within the community that participates in hackathons.

GPU Hackathon, June 4-8, 2018
University of Colorado Boulder
Applications due March 31


Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018


University of Colorado Boulder

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Joe Schoonover,
ESOC Weekly Coffee

ESOC Weekly Coffee


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
9:00am to 10:00am


ESOC Reading Room

June CMC Meeting

June CMC Meeting


  • Mimi Hughes, CMC chair (PSL)
  • Mistia Zuckerman, secretary (NSIDC)
  • Antonietta Capotondi (PSL)
  • Alessandro Franchin (CSL)
  • Nate Campbell (CIRES Admin)
  • Tanya Peevy (NOAA/GSD)
  • Susan Lobb (GSL)
  • Aaron Sweeney (NCEI)
  • Carrie Wall (NCEI)
  • Jonathan Kefler (GML)
  • Brandi McCarty (CSL)
  • Amanda Morton (Admin/Outreach)
  • Chelsea Thompson (CSL)
  • Dawn Umpleby (EarthLab)
  • Eric James (GSL)
  • Carrie Morrill (NCEI)
  • Kathy Lantz (GML)

2:07pm - The meeting was called to order.

Pronoun Stickers and Diversity and Inclusion trainings

Feedback about the pronoun stickers.  Discussion followed about ways to get more people to attend the Safe Zone training.  Agreement that topics were more uncomfortable in trainings later in the sequence. There are few suggestions.    

CIRES Rendezvous

Linda was worried about the final rush, and it was crazy.  What would work better? Who cut the discussion about diversity and inclusion from Waleed’s talk?  Nate acknowledged that they were worried about his talk about it being too long, but why would they not leave one slide in there?  The food was good this year but many people were left without. Nate said that they ordered 20% more food. Lucia said that the UMC has repeatedly underserved in the NOAA building.  Even the cookies were minimal per person. The room was overseated, so that is not an indication of how many people filled up.

This year only Nate and Linda went through the checklist.  In two years, Nate will no longer be in that position and could use a committee or a Vice Chair of Rendezvous.  Mimi mentioned that the Rendezvous Chair was taken from the bylaws because it can change. Action item: Mimi said that we will identify two people (Rendezvous chair and co-chair) for next year.  The feedback forms go to Nate.  Nate mentioned that once they randomized the posters and it made people mad.  

OPA Awards Web Form


• Consider word or character limits? Currently, there is no word or character limit.  Typically, the responses are too short and it would help to have a minimum word count.  Everyone agreed this is a good idea. Carrie Wall will propose a new length at the next meeting.  

• Ensure supporting letters include the name, affiliation, and how they are in a position to support the nominee(s)/science.  

Carrie Wall discussed how she receives nominations and has no additional information about the affiliation of the nominator to the nominee.  Mimi asked if we should put guidance on whether it is internal or external. Discussion ensued. The council reached consensus to say “We highly recommend that science/engineering nominations have their recommendations come from people both inside and outside of CIRES/NOAA”    

• Consider adding language to define the OPA as an annual award (i.e., work was completed within a certain period of time or centers on a recent event/publication, etc).  Perhaps the directors would like to create another award (something like a “career” award) which would be less focused on a specific chunk of work or publication, and more for an outstanding employee.  The council discussed whether (or how) such an award would be advertised.

• Mimi suggested that we put up a couple of examples of nomination and detailed bullets about what an OPA nomination is supposed to address.  It would be a lot easier to use one of this year’s winning nominations as an example.

>Chelsea will coordinate the discussion/brainstorm about the mentorship program together with Tanya, Ale, Mimi, and Jon.

Do we want to add language to the OPA that will make it a little more specific to years?

Maximum accrued vacation time

Discussion regarding whether CIRES employees could be warned when they are approaching the maximum number of accrued vacation hours. For all of CIRES, employee vacation time will be moving to My Leave.  Nate said that CIRES has already been told that it will not be customized for different departments. There is a cap of 352 of annual leave hours, which is enforced at the end of CU’s fiscal year (end of June/beginning of July).  Suggestion that CIRES could send a general reminder email about the vacation leave cap to all employees several months ahead of the end of the fiscal year.

J1/J2 visa - work permit issue

Mimi asked that if CMC members have foreign nationals in their cluster to find out from them a few things regarding their onboarding process: What would have been helpful for them to know? What could CIRES administration have helped them with? and What do they want CIRES admin to know?  Mimi is meeting with Christine this month to discuss this issue.


The upcoming schedule was discussed.  


Monday, June 11, 2018
2:00pm to 4:00pm




Refreshments provided

Lens on Climate Change Films Public Screening - Carbondale

Lens on Climate Change Films Public Screening - Carbondale

Lens on Climate Change Film Shorts Public Screening
Join us to celebrate films made by middle and high school students that explore the effects of climate change on their community. These students come from Roaring Fork Valley schools and have been making their films with the guidance of science and film mentors from CU and Colorado Film School.
Hosted by  Wild Rose Education's Youth Water Leadership Program . Local sponsors include Third Street Center, Community Office for Resource Efficiency, CLEER, Solar Rollers, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists. 


Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00pm to 3:00pm


Third Street Center Gym, Carbondale, CO


Refreshments provided

Director's Town Hall

Director's Town Hall

CIRES Director's Town Hall at NOAA
9:30 am, Monday, June 25
GC402 in the David Skaggs Research Center


Monday, June 25, 2018


Andrew Revkin book talk: Weather: An Illustrated History

Andrew Revkin book talk: Weather: An Illustrated History

A book talk by Andrew Revkin, co-author of 
Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change

The engaging, illustrated book traces the history of humanity’s evolving relationship with Earth’s dynamic climate system and the wondrous weather it generates. Revkin—the strategic advisor for environmental and science journalism at the National Geographic Society—wrote it with Lisa Mechaley, an educator at the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation.

Their book hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today’s headlines and tomorrow’s forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London’s Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Andrew Revkin will be available for questions after the talk; the book will be available for purchase (cash or credit card).

weather: an illustrated history cover

More about the co-author:

Andrew Revkin is one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists and authors focused on environmental and human sustainability and efforts to use new communication tools to foster progress on a finite, fast-forward planet. In the spring of 2018, he joined the staff of the National Geographic Society as strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism. There he is helping expand the Society’s funding and support system for journalism and storytelling that can advance the human journey and conserve biological diversity in a century of momentous global change and challenges. “Weather: An Illustrated History,” written with the environmental educator Lisa Mechaley, is his fourth book.

He has written on global environmental change and risk for more than 30 years, reporting from the North Pole to the White House, the Amazon rain forest to the Vatican -- mostly for The New York Times. From 2016 through early 2018, he was the senior reporter for climate change at the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica. From 2010 through 2016 he wrote his award-winning Dot Earth blog for The New York Times Opinion section and was the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University. There, he developed and taught a graduate course called “Blogging a Better Planet” and co-created an award-winning field course on environmental filmmaking.

He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 through 2009, covering issues ranging from threats to New York City’s water supply to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami and, of course, climate science and policy. In the mid 2000s, he exposed political suppression of climate findings at NASA and editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. He made three Arctic reporting trips and was the first Times reporter to file stories, video and photos from the sea ice around the North Pole.

Revkin began reporting on climate change in the 1980s in magazines and never stopped. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship and Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He has written acclaimed and award-winning books on the history of humanity’s relationship with weather, the changing Arcticglobal warming and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication.

Revkin has crossed over into scientific scholarship. He played an early role in the evolution of the hypothesis that humans have triggered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. In his 1992 climate book, he wrote: “Perhaps earth scientists of the future will name this new post-Holocene period for its causative element—for us. We are entering an age that might someday be referred to as, say, the Anthrocene [sic]. After all, it is a geological age of our own making.” That future arrived just eight years later, in 2000, when scientists formally proposed such an epoch. Revkin was invited to join the Anthropocene Working Group and served from 2011 through 2016. He is a co-author on a series of related peer-reviewed papers.

He speaks frequently about environmental science and policy and sustainability challenges. Drawing on his experience with his Dot Earth blog, which Time Magazine named one of the Web’s top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin also speaks about the future of environmental journalism and opportunities and pitfalls in navigating the fast-changing online communication climate.

He is also a performing songwriter and leads a Hudson Valley roots band, Breakneck Ridge Revue. He was a longtime accompanist of Pete Seeger and released his first album of original songs in 2013. Two films have been based on his work: “Rock Star” (Warner Brothers, 2001) and “The Burning Season” (HBO, 1994).He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, Lisa Mechaley, an environmental educator (and, as of 2018, co-author).


Tuesday, June 26, 2018




Katy Human
Lens on Climate Change public film screening

Lens on Climate Change public film screening

Celebrate films made by middle and high school students that explore the effects of climate change on their community. These students come from the Trinidad-based Match Science Upward Bound program  and will make their films with the guidance of science and film mentors from CU and Colorado Film School.


Saturday, June 30, 2018
2:00pm to 3:00pm


ATLAS Auditorium, CU Boulder