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General Information

All Brown Bag Seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held from 12:00pm - 1 p.m. in the NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC#3, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring.

For remote access via webinar (unless specified otherwise below), please fill out the registration form a few minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the Passcode is brownbag. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307. The participant passcode is 8986360.

Contact Mary Lou Cumberpatch (301-713-2600 ext. 140) or Albert (Skip) Theberge (301-713-2600 ext. 118) for further information or to set up a Brown Bag.

Archived Seminars

A list of previous Brown Bag Seminars and their accompanying Powerpoint presentations, when available, can be found on the Archive Brown Bags page.

 

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Upcoming Seminars

Dream BIG, Train Well, & Emerge to Greater Heights

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00am-3:00pm EDT

Speaker: Mr. Bismarck Myrick, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO

Speaker: Ms. Sara Pranio, Human Resources Specialist, Workforce Management Office, NOAA

Speaker: Mr. William G. Bostic, Jr., Associate Director for Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau

Abstract: The Blacks In Government (BIG) 36th Annual National Training Institute will be held July 28 - 31, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. NOAA, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and the U.S. Census Bureau (Suitland Federal Center) chapters of BIG will host the U.S. Department of Commerce Agency Forum. The theme for this year’s forum is “Dream BIG, Train Well, & Emerge to Greater Heights.” The forum will feature webinar panel presentations from the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO conference room (MDE 7B61), Alexandria, VA; the NOAA Library in SSMC 3, Second Floor, Silver Spring, MD; and the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel, with the following speakers:

  • Mr. Bismarck Myrick, Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, USPTO, “Best Practices that Impact Employee Satisfaction;”
  • Ms. Sara Pranio, Human Resources Specialist, Workforce Management Office, NOAA, “What are Awards and How to Recommend One;” and
  • Mr. William G. Bostic, Jr., Associate Director for Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, “Career Progression.”

Following each panelist’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session for all locations. If you have any questions or comments, contact Dennis Hansford at Dennis.Hansford@noaa.gov or (301) 535-3890.

Note: This seminar is part of the Blacks in Government (BIG) 36th Annual National Training Institute.

Remote access via webinar is available by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3217362697268426497.

For conference (audio) participation, the call-in number is: 888-469-3014. Participation Code: 5849855.

Note: The two 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series presentations previously scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 will be rescheduled to a later date. Please check back to this page soon for updated scheduling information.


Hurricane Sandy and SWATH Network

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Robert Mason and Harry Jenter, John Fulton USGS Office of Surface Water

Abstract: Understanding the evolution and dissipation of overland storm tides and waves as they move across natural and manmade landscapes is critical to increasing coastal resilience and establishing early warning systems for coastal storm hazards. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the USGS is building an overland Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) network along the Atlantic Coast from Virginia through Maine to provide more timely storm-surge and wave data to enhance public awareness, help forecasters predict surge impacts, and inform emergency responders. During this brown-bag presentation the presenters will describe plans for implementation of the SWaTH and discuss collaborative opportunities and user needs and solicit input from NOAA scientists and engineers.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Developing Holistic Marine Data Management Solutions

Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Rob Bochenek, Information Architect and CEO, Axiom Data Science -- Rob Bochenek is an information Architect at Axiom Data Science an Anchorage based data science and cyberinfrastructure technology firm. Rob has over 15 years experience developing data management systems for a wide array of ecological and geophysical data types and user groups. He is also the technical lead for the Central and Northern California Observing System (CeNCOOS) and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) which are both regional associations for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Abstract: Data management of marine and coastal research data is particularly challenging because it can include a vast range of subjects and variables. Data relevant to marine scientists may include field, expedition or cruise observations, laboratory analyses, data from remote sensing satellite and observational platforms, model outputs, and various other sources. From a systems-level perspective, model and satellite data are often in standardized data formats and are easier to manage in an automated fashion than project level data (e.g., ad hoc spreadsheets and databases). However, these project data may be complex in nature, large in size (megabytes to terabytes) and packaged in advanced formats. Project data typically require individualized review, and even experts within subfields may have difficulty using data from different sources because of the plethora of data collection protocols. This talk will explore these issues more deeply, discuss strategies and demonstrate several technologies which have been developed to address these problems in a holistic way. The Research Workspace, being actively used by several NOAA research campaigns, will be presented as a solution for researchers to centralize, secure, share, document and publish projects, data and metadata. Additionally, several examples of cyberinfrastructure, developed with funding from NOAA and others, will be demonstrated which enable data resources (GIS, numerical models/remote sensed, sensor networks, time series and research project assets) to be discovered, integrated and visualized. Examples of these types of systems can be accessed online at http://portal.aoos.org/ and http://data.cencoos.org/.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Hurricane Sandy and SWATH Network

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Robert Mason and Harry Jenter, John Fulton, USGS

Abstract: Understanding the evolution and dissipation of overland storm tides and waves as they move across natural and manmade landscapes is critical to increasing coastal resilience and establishing early warning systems for coastal storm hazards. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the USGS is building an overland Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) network along the Atlantic Coast from Virginia through Maine to provide more timely storm-surge and wave data to enhance public awareness, help forecasters predict surge impacts, and inform emergency responders. During this brown-bag presentation the presenters will describe plans for implementation of the SWaTH and discuss collaborative opportunities and user needs and solicit input from NOAA scientists and engineers.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Geospatial Data Sharing and Collaborative Decision Making: Addressing Climate Resilience, Extreme Weather and National Preparedness.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Dave Jones, Founder & CEO, Applications Futurist, StormCenter Communications, Inc

Abstract: TBD

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


OER Maug Expedition Seminar

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is sponsored by the Office of Ocean Exploration.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Does the driest part of the Sahara Desert have a rainy season?

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00pm EDT

Speaker: Owen Kelley, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard and George Mason University

Abstract: Within the Sahara Desert, there is a large region that receives less than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) of rain a year on average, which makes this region one of the driest on Earth. Among the challenges to studying the climate of this region is that, in an area almost as large as the southeast United States, there are only four rain-gauge stations and no weather radars. Understandably, there has been a lack of consensus about the existence of any seasonal rainfall patterns here. This talk will present evidence for multiple rainy seasons in this extremely dry part of the Sahara Desert using 15-years of observations by the TRMM satellite, which was built by NASA and by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In particular, the TRMM satellite's precipitation radar and lightning sensor are used in this study. To validate seasonal patterns observed with TRMM, various African rain-gauge datasets were obtained from the NCDC, WMO, UCAR, and NOAA Central Library. Climate forecast models disagree about even the sign of the expected change in Saharan rainfall over the next century. Conceivably, improved documentation of current climate may facilitate an increase in consensus among climate forecasts.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


Brown Bag Seminar

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00pm EST

Speaker: TBD

Abstract: TBD

Note: This seminar is part of the 2014 Knauss Fellows Brown Bag Seminar series.

Remote access via webinar will be available. See the General Information section above for details.


 

Additional seminars are scheduled through the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series

 

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