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June 2002

Warren Washington tapped to chair the National Science Board

Warren Washington (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The National Science Board has elected Warren Washington as its new chair, which gives the already influential CGD senior scientist an even more significant voice in national policy discussions.

"I am extremely pleased to be able to serve the National Science Board and the National Science Foundation in this leadership position," Warren says. "I welcome the opportunity to work with the science board director and my colleagues on the board to further our nation’s scientific advancement for the well-being of all its citizens."

The National Science Board has dual responsibilities as science policy adviser to the president and Congress and as the governing board for NSF. The board’s 24 members, selected on the basis of eminence in their fields, are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Board members elect the chair and vice chair to two-year terms.

"Warren’s election to chair the National Science Board is a tremendous honor for him and is eloquent testimony to his immense abilities as a skilled and fair-minded advocate for science," says NCAR director Tim Killeen. "We are simply thrilled by his appointment."

Warren, who was appointed to the National Science Board in 1994 and reappointed in 2000, is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric science and climate research specializing in computer modeling of the Earth’s climate. He is a member of numerous scientific boards and committees, and he was a scientific adviser to the administrations of four former presidents.

Warren also has garnered such prestigious awards as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Program Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Science in 1997 and the National Weather Service Modernization Award in 1999. This February he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for pioneering the development of coupled climate models, their use on parallel supercomputing architectures, and their interpretation" (see the March issue of SN Monthly at http://www.ucar.edu/communications/staffnotes/0203/washington.html). •David Hosansky


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