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April 16, 2020

Here, we pose Brady Bunch style—are you surprised that Ron is in the middle?

April 15, 2020

Allen Stueben, MLSO observer, is engaging the WHEA Robotics Team kids in a creative activity that is vital for the community! They are making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for local hospitals and other health care facilities. Specifically they're making face shields.

April 14, 2020

Photography is one of Stans favorite hobbies. Usually his focus is capturing birds in mid flight, but in this photo he explains: "I haven't got any good bird photos lately, but I did get a nice bug photo.

April 10, 2020

Ian says: "I am very happy that I can work from home, I could use a larger office space, however. My dog is getting spoiled and I'm not sure if he is ever going to let me return to the office."

April 9, 2020

Liying says: just a week into the teleworking and the screen display of my laptop quit working. The office building was in lock down so the laptop broke at the worst time. I reached out to the CSMT for help and Tom explained that the best plan was to first get an external monitor.

April 8, 2020

Yesterday afternoon, we joined our first HAO hangout staff meeting. Sarah presented her presentation titled "COVID-19 and Teleworking." Then Joanne discussed and demonstrated how to complete staff Workday performance reviews.

April 7, 2020

Tap tap tap... tap tap tap... Sarah's home office has a lovely view out the window. The cherry tree hasn't started to blossom yet but a host of little nuthatches come and visit. Which is nice—except that one little guy has decided to do his daily drill on the corner of the window sill.

April 3, 2020

Joanne reports: Work is going well. It is sometimes lonely not getting to walk around and see you all, or see the latest fashion trends ala Ms. Knack. Also my headset is giving me a headache on the daily.

April 2, 2020

A message from Tony Busalacchi, UCAR president: We have been hearing that many of our Asian staff are feeling fearful due to increased instances of racism linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

April 2, 2020

Dong mentions that it can be very boring to stay in the same environment for weeks. One thing my family and I are doing to have some fun is to make buns and donut sticks. Donut sticks aren't readily available in our hometown.

April 1, 2020

Astrid says: On Monday CU started with online classes and St Vrain and Boulder Valley school district also started online classes. My kids– luckily older and in middle school– were excited to get some distraction and meet classmates online, although managing band-width is an issue.

March 31, 2020

Ricky says that working from home can be pretty distracting, and it's not just the two kids (Emilie, 4 years, and Elizabeth, 3 months).

March 30, 2020

Along with the change of the work environment is the change of your workout routine. For about 45 mins each day, Gang drops everything and just focuses on a yoga posture. Yoga is great for your body as well as your mind.

March 27, 2020

From Don K: Well, my wife and I had a shakey start to our working from home, with constant fighting...with the internet! Each of us was getting offline when the other had a virtual meeting; very frustrating disconnections from VPN, etc.

March 26, 2020

Working from home requires us all to attend telecoms and those telecom meetings are sometimes problematic. Here is a link to a humorous YouTube video that captures some typical situations—

March 26, 2020

Alice comments— "My personal assistant has chosen his 'office' for the day. He's a bit of a slacker." Alice is staying very busy, however, logging in remotely to Maui everyday for the ViSP project.

March 25, 2020

Nicole's experience of telecommuting: John and I live in a small apartment which felt like plenty of space until we realized we'd both need to work from home.

March 25, 2020

From Amy: New addition to our computer group? Dash is serious and sincere about your welfare. He's dependable and always available if something goes wrong and you need immediate assistance.

March 24, 2020

As the Boulder Public Library's biggest fan and an avid reader of non-fiction, Sheryl had a pretty sizable stack of library books sitting on her shelf when the library closed.

March 23, 2020

This is Juliet (we call her Julie because Juliet is a little too regal for her.) Julie has inserted her opinion into nearly every Google hangout I have been a part of this week. She has a lot of them and she is very loud about them.

March 20, 2020

As usual, Friday at 10 am, HAO staff members met for our donut social hour... but wait, it was not so usual afterall... due to NCAR's campus closure we met for virtual donuts in a google hangout.

March 20, 2020

In preparation for teleworking, Tom cleared off this desk for the first time since Hector was a pup. Speaking of dogs, they rescued a cairn terrier mix last year who likes to steal things (shoes, hair clips, books, et al.) and had taken to stashing her plunder here.

March 19, 2020

Sarah, waxing poetic from her home office: Meet Orca, our eight-year old Havanese. He is thrilled to have his family so close and loves going for walks in this beautiful spring weather (while it lasts). Orca is a sweetie but lives up to his namesake mammal...

March 18, 2020

Wendy placed her desk next to a large upstairs window that overlooks the backyard and receives plenty of morning sunshine—While teleworking, it's so important to stay connected with colleagues thru the special HAO Telework Chat Room:

December 18, 2019

Pictures speak louder than words. Our ViSP deployment team shares a collection of photographs that capture moments inside and outside the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST,) atop Haleakala Mountain, Maui at 10,023 feet above sea level.