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August 1999
Three NCAR researchers and the incoming director of ESIG were appointed senior scientists at the July meeting of the UCAR Board of Trustees. Chosen 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.

Bob Harriss.

Bob Harriss arrives this month to begin his tenure as director of ESIG. He joins NCAR after two years at 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. Bob 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.

Bob received his doctoral degree in geochemistry from Rice University in 1965 after earning a bachelor's in earth sciences from Florida State University. He is a contributing editor of Environment and associate editor of Chemosphere. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bob has served on a wide range of science committees, including more than a half dozen organized by the National Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Bob received a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. "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," says Bob.

Elliot Atlas.

Elliot Atlas has served as head of ACD's Stratospheric/Tropospheric Measurements Section since 1992. He joined ACD as a visiting scientist in 1989. He was a co-principal investigator for the second Mauna Loa Observatory Photochemistry Experiment, and he also holds that role for the Tropospheric Ozone Production about the Spring Equinox project, whose field phase is slated for next year. Elliot has been a member of several NASA science teams over the past five years dealing with stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry. He was the convenor of the Global Atmospheric Chemistry Survey, conducted from 1994 to 1997 under the auspices of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program. Elliot completed his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Antioch College in 1970 and his master's and Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from Oregon State University.

Jim Hack.

An NCAR scientist since 1984, Jim Hack is a member of CGD's Climate Modeling Section, where he has served as co-lead in developing the atmospheric component of CGD's climate system model. Jim earned his master's and doctorate degrees at Colorado State University in atmospheric dynamics after receiving his bachelor's in meteorology at Lyndon State College in 1974. Prior to joining NCAR, Jim was a research scientist at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His work has included research on tropical vortex dynamics, physical parameterization, and numerical methods. Jim is co-chair of the NCAR Clouds and Climate Program, an editor of the Journal of Climate, and a member of the science teams for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program, the Climate Change Prediction Program, and the International Satellite Land-Surface Climatology Project, Regional Experiment III. He organized NCAR workshops on the community climate model in 1985, 1987, 1990, and 1993 and has served on numerous internal and external advisory and review panels pertaining to global climate modeling and high-performance computing.

Doug Nychka.

Doug Nychka joined NCAR in 1997 as leader of the Geophysical Statistics Project, an interdivisional group funded by NSF to advance the use of mathematical and statistical techniques in atmospheric and related research. From 1983 to 1997, he was a professor of statistics at North Carolina State University. Doug earned his doctorate in statistics in 1983 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after completing his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics at Duke University. Doug's research interests include statistical computing for large data sets, the analysis of spatial data, and the use of statistical tools to characterize nonlinear properties of a system in the presence of noise. Doug organized last summer's ASP colloquium, Statistics for Understanding the Atmosphere and Ocean. He has served as an associate editor for Technometrics, the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, and the International Statistical Review and was recently elected program chair of statistical computing for the American Statistical Association.

The Board of Trustees also approved the promotion of five NCAR researchers to the Scientist III level. They are Scott Doney (CGD), Chris Davis (MMM), Phil Judge (HAO), Maura Hagan (HAO), and Bill Skamarock (MMM).

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