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Richard Anthes Assumes Presidency of the American Meteorological Society

January 11, 2007

BOULDER—Richard Anthes, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), will begin a one-year term as president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) on January 14, following his election by AMS members. He will assume the post at the annual meeting of the society in San Antonio, Texas.

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"I am deeply honored by the confidence that my colleagues have placed in me," Anthes says. "These are exciting times for the meteorological community, and I look forward to leading the AMS in the coming year."

As president, Anthes will oversee planning for the 2008 annual meeting in New Orleans, which will focus on the importance of transferring research findings into applications for society. He proposed and will lead the first-ever external review of the AMS.

Working with other leaders of the organization, Anthes will also help formulate AMS statements on such important issues as the need to allow researchers to freely express themselves on scientific matters.

One of the nation's leading atmospheric scientists, Anthes has held the top post at UCAR since 1988. Previously, he was director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is overseen by UCAR, and a professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. His many research contributions include developing the first successful three-dimensional computer model of tropical cyclones and helping to create one of the world's most widely used weather prediction models, the Penn State-NCAR mesoscale model, now in its fifth generation (MM5).

A long-time member of the AMS, Anthes was elected a fellow of the society in 1979. The following year, he won the society's Clarence L. Meisinger Award as a young, promising atmospheric scientist who had shown outstanding ability in research and modeling of tropical cyclones and mesoscale meteorology. In 1987 he received the AMS's Jule G. Charney Award for his sustained contributions in theoretical and modeling studies related to tropical and mesoscale meteorology.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of 70 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP).


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