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CIRES Director Town Hall (CU Boulder and NOAA)

CIRES Director Town Hall (CU Boulder and NOAA)

Join us for a Director's Town Hall with CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati on Tuesday, September 1 at 9 am, for both CU Boulder and NOAA employees. 

 

Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/tcu-dfws-aav 

Phone: +1 530-453-9054 (PIN: 676853587)

 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Google Meet
2020-09-01
 
ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC virtual coffee hour occurs weekly from 9-10am on Wednesdays. We will be meeting remotely 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.

This week we will have a presentation from Fangfang Yao, a visiting CIRES post-doc fellow, Recent lake volume changes in global landlocked basins and the links to climate variability. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Zoom

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2020-09-02
 
 
 
 
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ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC virtual coffee hour occurs weekly from 9-10am on Wednesdays. We will be meeting remotely 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.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Zoom

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2020-09-09
 
CIRES Proposal Training Session 

CIRES Proposal Training Session 

Members of the CIRES Finance Team will address building and submitting proposals, Anne Gold from CIRES Outreach will discuss broader impacts, and Susan Sullivan will address the importance of diversity and inclusion for proposals.

Join us via Google Meet on Wednesday. September 9, 10:30- noon: meet.google.com/eyi-dwje-xqv or join by phone: (US) +1 904-900-0478 (PIN: 309128252) Questions, please contact: CIRESproposals@colorado.edu

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
10:30am to 12:00pm
2020-09-09
 
NC CASC Webinar Series: People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado

NC CASC Webinar Series: People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado

NC CASC Webinar Series 
People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado

Presenters:
Renee Rondeau (Conservation Planner and Ecologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program)
Marcie Bidwell (Executive Director, Mountain Studies Institute, Durango, CO)
Andrew Breibart (Hydrologist, BLM, Gunnison Field Office) 
 

Thursday, September 10th, 2020, 11a-12p MDT

Advanced registration is required for this webinar. Register here. Upon registration you will receive an email with details on how to join the webinar.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
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2020-09-10
 
 
 
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Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

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. From the results we learn about the sources of VOCs from people, chemical products and building materials, the chemical transformations of these VOCs and other loss process such as surface uptake and ventilation to the atmosphere. Second, we are working on the emissions and chemistry of VOCs released from volatile chemical product (VCP) use to the atmosphere, which was recently discovered to be the dominant source of VOCs in urban air. In this research we make measurements of VOCs in urban air, separate the different emission sources and describe the chemical transformations of VOCs after emission. Finally, we are working on a chamber study to better understand the formation of secondary organic aerosol from biogenic VOCs."

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Laboratory Studies of Contact Efflorescence in a Long Working Distance Optical Trap

Maggie Tolbert, ANYL faculty, CU Boulder

"Because homogeneous salt efflorescence typically requires low relative humidity (RH), atmospheric salt particles are often assumed to be aqueous throughout much of their atmospheric lifetime. Here we use a long working distance optical trap to examine heterogeneous efflorescence that occurs when a supersaturated salt droplet comes into contact with a solid particle. We compare our findings for pure salt droplets with those obtained for salt/organic droplets where the organic may be found either in a core shell structure or as an amorphous/glassy solid. We find that in many cases, single collisions with a range of nuclei promote efflorescence at relatively high RH, causing salt particles to be solid for more of their atmospheric lifetime. Similar experiments are proposed in the future to examine the role of contact in ice cloud nucleation."

 

This seminar is remote only. Please contact Anne for the link to access the session. Note that this seminar begins at 12:40 PM.

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Monday, September 14, 2020
12:30pm

Event Type

Seminar

contact

Anne.Handschy@colorado.edu
2020-09-14
 
CIRES Graduate Association Coffee Break

CIRES Graduate Association Coffee Break

Have you been working from home since March? Are you new to the university and to CIRES? Now that we are living in a time of social distancing, it is important to come together however we can. Let's take a short break and get to know one another over a coffee, tea or your beverage of choice. This event (socially distant, of course) is for all new and returning students and post-docs in order to build community and camaraderie. Please RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you there! 

 

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Monday, September 14, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

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CGA
2020-09-14
 
CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Michael Koontz

CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Michael Koontz

Presenter: Michael Koontz
Topic: Understanding Where Wildfires and Insects Kill Trees Using Drones and Satellites

Register for this FREE event.

About the series: The CIRES/NOAA Science-at-Home Virtual Speaker Series runs at 1pm Tuesdays and is designed to show young students at home the work being done at CIRES and NOAA, and offer recommendations to activities that can be done at home to reinforce learning

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1:00pm to 1:30pm
MT

contact

ciresoutreach@colorado.edu
2020-09-15
 
POSTPONED: CIRES Director Town Hall

POSTPONED: CIRES Director Town Hall

POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 22. Please join us Wednesday for the e-Celebration of Life for Koni Steffen.

Join us for a Director's Town Hall with CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati on Tuesday, September 15 at 9 am, for both CU Boulder and NOAA employees. 

RESCHEDULED

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Google Meet
2020-09-15
 
Konrad Steffen: A Celebration of Life

Konrad Steffen: A Celebration of Life

Please join us virtually on Wednesday, September 16 at 3 p.m. MT to celebrate Konrad Steffen’s life and contributions. Koni served as CIRES Director from 2005-2012, and went on to direct the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

[download the program here]

We will stream the event on YouTube.

If you would like to share a few words during this tribute, there will be a few opportunities between speakers. We plan to use Poll Everywhere to invite people to share a sentence or two, which will display on screen. 

Please also feel free to add any written thoughts or messages on the CIRES condolences page (CIRES login required) or the WSL page. Some of these messages will be displayed during the event.

We continue to mourn the death of our former colleague, and look forward to remembering and celebrating his life. We hope you will join us. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
3:00pm

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2020-09-16
 
ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC virtual coffee hour occurs weekly from 9-10am on Wednesdays. We will be meeting remotely 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.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Zoom

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2020-09-16
 
 
 
 
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Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar

Organic nitrogen chemistry: Recent results and future projects

Eleanor Browne,
ANYL faculty, CU Boulder

"Organic nitrogen is a ubiquitous atmospheric component that affects biogeochemistry, air quality, and climate. Assessing the impact of organic nitrogen on these processes remains challenging because traditional measurement techniques have lacked the sensitivity and chemical resolution to characterize the speciation and chemistry of organic nitrogen. Here, I will discuss measurements made with protonated ethanol cluster chemical ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry during the Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecosystems (HI-SCALE) campaign at the Southern Great Plains research station in Lamont, Oklahoma. As the site is located in an agricultural region, reduced nitrogen compounds are prevalent. I will present measurements of novel compounds including imines and urea and will discuss the sources and sinks of compounds at this site. Finally, I will discuss research opportunities in our group."

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Small molecules in the Anthropocene: Wildfires, Oceans and 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 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). Opportunities for graduate research exist in the areas of 1) field measurements using research aircraft (i.e., BB-FLUX, TI3GER projects), 2) laboratory experiments of nanoparticle formation and growth (incl. at CLOUD/CERN), and 3) instrumentation to study carbon closure, and retrieve aerosol optical properties."

 

Please note that this seminar starts at 12:40 PM. Contact Anne.Handschy@colorado.edu for Zoom link.

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Monday, September 21, 2020
12:30pm

Event Type

Seminar

contact

Anne.Handschy@colorado.edu
2020-09-21
 
CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Joshua Schwarz

CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Joshua Schwarz

Presenter: Joshua Schwarz
Topic: Fires! Smoke! Airplanes! Action! How We're Learning About Wildfires and Crop Burning Smoke.

Register for this FREE event.

About the series: The CIRES/NOAA Science-at-Home Virtual Speaker Series runs at 1pm Tuesdays and is designed to show young students at home the work being done at CIRES and NOAA, and offer recommendations to activities that can be done at home to reinforce learning

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00pm to 1:30pm
MT

contact

ciresoutreach@colorado.edu
2020-09-22
 
CIRES Director Town Hall

CIRES Director Town Hall

Join us for a Director's Town Hall with CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 am, for both CU Boulder and NOAA employees. 

Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/dsm-wnob-qhf

(‪US)‪+1 857-285-3142 PIN: ‪761 293 416#

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
9:00am

location

meet.google.com/dsm-wnob-qhf
2020-09-22
 
ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC virtual coffee hour occurs weekly from 9-10am on Wednesdays. We will be meeting remotely 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.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

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Zoom

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2020-09-23
 
 
 
 
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CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Mel Zhang

CIRES/NOAA Science@Home w/ Mel Zhang

Presenter: Mel Zhang
Topic: Seismology: What It Is and How I Got Into It

Register for this FREE event.

About the series: The CIRES/NOAA Science-at-Home Virtual Speaker Series runs at 1pm Tuesdays and is designed to show young students at home the work being done at CIRES and NOAA, and offer recommendations to activities that can be done at home to reinforce learning

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
1:00pm to 1:30pm
MT

contact

ciresoutreach@colorado.edu
2020-09-29
 
Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology Webinar Series: Current Understanding of Processes, Patterns, and Variability

Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology Webinar Series: Current Understanding of Processes, Patterns, and Variability

Join Western Water Assessment's Jeff Lukas and Liz Payton for a presentation about the fundamental features of the Colorado River Basin’s hydroclimate, their spatial and temporal variability, and the mechanisms behind that variability. 

This third installment in the Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science report webinar series will focus on Chapter 2, which covers moisture sources, storm tracks, seasonality of precipitation, the influence of topography and elevation, snowmelt, groundwater, mechanisms of variability, and recent trends. After summarizing the current understanding in these areas, Jeff and Liz will conclude with research challenges and opportunities, followed by Q&A. 

The Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science report was conceived and commissioned by a group of federal, state, and local water agencies working to advance scientific understanding in the Colorado River Basin. By serving as a common knowledge base and identifying challenges and opportunities, the report is intended to support ongoing efforts to improve near-term forecasts and longer-term projections of water supply and system conditions, and also inform broader discussions about planning for the basin's water future.

We are looking forward to this webinar and seeing you there! To register for the webinar, please click on this link.

Click here to download the report and view other related videos and materials.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm
Mountain

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Online only

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2020-09-29
 
ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC Virtual Weekly Coffee

ESOC virtual coffee hour occurs weekly from 9-10am on Wednesdays. We will be meeting remotely 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.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

location

Zoom

contact

Claire Waugh; waughc@colorado.edu
2020-09-30
 
CO-LSEN Event: A Discussion on Institutional Racism in STEM

CO-LSEN Event: A Discussion on Institutional Racism in STEM

The most recent murders of Black people in United States have created a nationwide call for justice in nearly every pocket of society, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is no exception. Institutionalized racism within STEM education, research, and culture has created and prolonged a system in which people of color are alienated and placed at significant disadvantages in obtaining degrees, training, and careers in these fields. The 2020 campaigns of #ShutDownSTEM and #NoTimeForSilence have demanded attention from the STEM community. The Colorado Local Science Engagement Network (CO-LSEN) plans to advance these movements through public dialogue, network strengthening, and action.

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 via Zoom, CO-LSEN will host A Discussion on Institutional Racism in STEM featuring a panel of local and national experts and policymakers. The panel discussion aims to:

  1. Confront how anti-racist actions emanating from STEM research, teaching and engagement in the US; and how Colorado can foster dialogue, and make progress at the science-policy interface.
  2. Strengthen science, policy, and society networks as resources to discuss pressing challenges that require evidence and science-based information, shared through trusted and equitable processes.

The event will be split into two segments, focusing on challenges of institutional racism on the national level, followed by these same challenges at the Colorado state level.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Karen Bailey, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, CU Boulder
  • Dr. Vernon Morris, Professor, Director, Arizona State University
  • Ms. Holly Olivarez, Environmental Studies & INSTAAR PhD student, CU Boulder
  • Dr. Valerie Otera, Professor, Science Education, CU Boulder
  • Dr. Sudip Parikh, Chief Executive Officer, AAAS
  • Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, University of Chicago & CO-LSEN Advisory Group
  • Dr. Wendy Smythe, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Duluth 
  • Ms. Kadidia Thiero, SOARS Program Lead, UCAR | SOARS & CO-LSEN Advisory Group

CO-LSEN is a local and state advocacy program supported in partnership by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The full agenda is available here. More Information.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Mountain

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Online through Zoom

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2020-09-30