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September 1998
Two NCAR researchers were appointed senior scientists at the July meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees. Chosen from within NCAR to provide the center with long-term scientific leadership, senior scientists are selected on the basis of individual competence in research and in other activities that enhance NCAR's interaction with scientists elsewhere. The position is analogous to that of full professor at a tenure-granting university.

Mike Coffey.

Mike Coffey came to NCAR via ASP in 1977, shortly after completing his doctorate in atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford, England. Mike also holds a bachelor's in mathematics and physics from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He became a staff scientist in 1980 and deputy director of ACD in 1991. Mike's current research involves the use of ground- and aircraft-based interferometers to measure stratospheric and tropospheric gases. He has led or participated in field programs involving more than 600 flight hours, measuring the latitudinal and seasonal distributions and long-term trends of stratospheric constituents. Another focus of Mike's work has been the development of three infrared tunable diode laser systems for instantaneous measurement of tropospheric gas concentrations.

Among Mike's honors are the 1987 NCAR Technology Advancement Award and two NASA Group Achievement Awards for Arctic and Antarctic chemistry expeditions. He chaired the NSF Observing Facilities Advisory Panel from 1994 to 1996. Mike is an editor of the American Geophysical Union's Reviews of Geophysics and has served on several NASA assessment and review panels.

Bill Large.

Bill Large joined NCAR as a staff scientist in 1980. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics in 1972 and a doctorate in physical oceanography in 1979, both from the University of British Columbia. As a member of the Oceanography Section within CGD, Bill studies low-frequency, large-scale phenomena involving the upper ocean and its role as a conduit between the interior ocean and the atmosphere. He is involved in both observational and numerical experiments designed to determine the signatures of upper-ocean processes. Bill is one of the principals creating and refining the ocean and sea-ice components of the NCAR climate system model. These components are now being tested extensively in a coupled CSM integration.

An associate editor of the Journal of Physical Oceanography since 1988, Bill received the Editor's Award of the American Meteorological Society in 1994. He is a member of the AMS Committee on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and NSF's SHEBA (Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic) Advisory Committee. Since 1997, Bill has cochaired the international science steering group for WOCE, the World Ocean Circulation Experiment.

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