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Fall 1999

Leadership transitions at NCAR

Bob Harriss. (Photo courtesy of Bob Harriss.)

Bob Harriss is the new director of NCAR's Environmental and Societal Impacts Group, replacing acting director Katherine Miller. Harriss comes to NCAR from Texas A&M University, where he held joint appointments in the departments of meteorology and agricultural engineering as well as the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering. Harriss directed the science division of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth office from 1994 to 1997 and served as a senior scientist at NASA Langley Research Center from 1978 to 1988. Between those stints, he was a professor of earth system science and natural resources at the University of New Hampshire. He also served as a mission scientist for NASA on three Atmospheric Boundary Layer Experiments (ABLE) in the tropical Atlantic, the Amazon, and the Arctic.

Harriss is a contributing editor of Environment and associate editor of Chemosphere. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has served on a wide range of science committees, including more than a half dozen organized by the National Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Harriss received a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. He says, "I am especially pleased to be joining NCAR at a time when there will be an increasing emphasis on the human dimensions of global change. The fundamental atmospheric research at NCAR is crucial to the design of a sustainable future for America and the world."

Jeffrey Stith. (Photo by Bob Henson.)

At NCAR's Research Aviation Facility, Jeffrey Stith has been appointed the new manager. Stith comes to NCAR from the University of North Dakota, where he was chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department and also was awarded the title of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, the university's highest faculty award. While at UND, he helped establish an airborne cloud physics research facility and also helped develop the university's bachelor's and masters' degree programs in atmospheric sciences.

Stith is a former chair of the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Cloud Physics and a member of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation. He has been a principal investigator in a number of recent field programs, including the Stratosphere-Troposphere Experiment: Radiation, Aerosols, and Ozone and three NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission experiments.

He says, "Airborne measurements have been the basis for many of the major advances in atmospheric sciences. NCAR is in a unique position to help the community continue this tradition."

Guy Brasseur. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Guy Brasseur, director of NCAR's Atmospheric Chemistry Division, will be heading to Hamburg, Germany, early next year to become the director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. Brasseur is taking a two-year leave of absence from NCAR. Susan Solomon (NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, 303-497-3483, Susan.Solomon@noaa.gov) has been appointed head of the search committee for the new division director; the search process was being organized at press time. Look for more information in the next issue of the UCAR Quarterly.

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