the atmospheric sciences, and highlighting major scientific accomplishments of Earth observations from space.

Dr. Amanda C. Staudt was a senior program officer with BASC. She received an A.B. in environmental engineering and sciences and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University. During her tenure at the National Academies, Dr. Staudt staffed the National Academies review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan and the long-standing Climate Research Committee. Dr. Staudt also worked on studies addressing radiative forcing of climate, surface temperature reconstructions, air quality management in the United States, research priorities for airborne particulate matter, the NARSTO Assessment of the Atmospheric Science on Particulate Matter, weather research for surface transportation, and weather forecasting for aviation traffic flow management. In March 2007, she joined the National Wildlife Federation as their climate scientist.

Ms. Elizabeth A. Galinis is a research associate for BASC. After completing her B.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina in 2001, she received her M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Since her start at the National Academies in March 2002, Ms. Galinis has worked on studies involving next-generation weather radar (NEXRAD), weather modification, climate sensitivity, climate change, radiative forcings, the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment Americas Prediction Project, U.S. future needs for polar icebreakers, and the effects of climate change on federal lands.

Ms. Rachael Shiflett is a senior program assistant with the Polar Research Board. She received a J.D. from Catholic University and a Masters in Environmental Science from Vermont Law School. Ms. Shiflett has coordinated National Research Council studies that produced the reports a Vision for the International Polar Year 2007-2008, International Polar Year 2007-2008 Report of the Implementation Workshop, Toward an Integrated Arctic Observing Network, Analysis of Global Change Assessments: Lessons Learned, and Exploration of Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments: Environmental and Scientific Stewardship.

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