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August 2000

ACD's new director: Danny McKenna

Danny McKenna.

Daniel McKenna, a specialist in stratospheric chemistry, will arrive at NCAR in November as the new director the Atmospheric Chemistry Division. Danny is stepping down as founding director of the Institute for Stratospheric Chemistry (ICG-1) at the Research Center (Forschungszentrum) Jülich. He plans to spend some time with ACD staff during a Boulder visit in early August. Danny will succeed a fellow European, Guy Brasseur, who departed his ACD post earlier this year for a position at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.

Under Danny's six-year tenure, ICG-1 has grown to include 16 full- time scientists working on a broad range of experimental and theoretical topics in atmospheric chemistry. The Research Center Jülich includes some 4,300 staff and about 700 visiting scientists each year. For the past three years, Danny has served as the elected director of the Environment Department, one of five such departments at Jülich. At Bonn University, Danny has been teaching a two-semester course on the Chemistry and Physics of the Atmosphere. Before moving to Germany, he served as head of the Atmospheric Chemistry Group and as a principal scientific officer for the Meteorological Research Flight of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office.

Danny's research interests include the development of theoretical models of tropospheric and stratospheric transport processes, as well as the design, deployment, and analysis of multi-instrument experiments for ground-based and aircraft platforms. A fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Geophysical Union, Danny holds a first-class honors degree in chemical physics and a doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Glasgow.

"I am in the fortunate position to be inheriting a division that is in good shape and has many outstanding scientists," says Danny. "Atmospheric chemistry at the beginning of the new millennium has come a long way from its early days. However, there are still many issues relating to long-range transport, air quality, global climate, ozone depletion, and biosphere interactions that are important for the future well-being of the global community. ACD has the personnel, resources, links to other NCAR groups, and links to the university community that will enable it to play a leading role in expanding our knowledge and understanding of these issues. I am delighted to have the chance to be part of this future and am looking forward to getting to know and working closely with ACD and NCAR personnel in the coming years." •


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