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2000-15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2000

President Taps NCAR Scientist for Second Term on National Science Board

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BOULDER -- President Bill Clinton announced yesterday his intent to nominate climate modeler Warren Washington of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to serve a second term on the National Science Board, beginning in 2001. The 24-person NSB governs the National Science Foundation and provides scientific counsel to the executive branch and Congress. Once nominated, members must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Board members are selected to represent the views of scientific and engineering leaders across the nation. NCAR's primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation.

The Senate confirmed Clinton's first appointment of Washington to a six-year term in 1995. He has served on the NSB's Executive Committee since 1998; he also chairs the board's Task Force on Polar Issues.

Washington is head of the Climate Change Research Section at NCAR. Considered a pioneer in the development and use of computer models to study global climate, Washington has participated in major international efforts to assess the role of greenhouse gases in climate change. The Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations have all called upon his expertise as a scientific adviser. Washington is a fellow and past president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a fellow and past board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In January Washington was honored by the AMS as the inaugural recipient of its Charles Anderson Award for pioneering efforts to foster diversity in the atmospheric sciences. Other honors include the 1999 National Weather Service Modernization Award; the Le Verrier Medal of the Meteorological Society of France; induction into the National Academy of Sciences' Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; and the Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Program.

Washington earned a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in meteorology from Oregon State University. He completed a Ph.D. in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in 1963 and joined the NCAR staff as a research scientist that year.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of more than 60 universities offering Ph.D.s in atmospheric and related sciences.

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Warren M. Washington

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See also:
National Science Board
Warren Washington's home page

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