BOARD MEMBERS’ BIOGRAPHIES
ERIC J.BARRON (Chair) is Director of the EMS Environment Institute and Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Miami. His professional experience encompasses fellow and scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, associate professor of marine geology and geophysics at the University of Miami, and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His specialty is paleoclimatology/paleoceanography. His research emphasizes global change, specifically numerical models of the climate system and the study of climate change throughout Earth history. Dr. Barron is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
SUSAN K.AVERY is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois. She has served on the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, and as associate dean of research and graduate education, College of Engineering, University of Colorado. Her specialty is atmospheric dynamics; her fields of research are wave dynamics, including the coupling of atmospheric regions and interactions between scales of motion, precipitation studies using ground-based radar; and the use of ground-based Doppler radar techniques for observing the neutral
atmosphere. Dr. Avery is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as a member of the American Geophysical Union. She is the past chair of the United States Committee to the International Union of Radio Science and a past officer of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
RAYMOND J.BAN is Senior Vice President of Meteorological Affairs and Operations at The Weather Channel, Inc. (TWC). His responsibilities include oversight of the meteorological operations and all meteorological activities of the company. Prior to joining TWC in 1982, he was employed by Accu-Weather, Inc.. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology. Mr. Ban is currently serving as Commissioner of Professional Affairs of the American Meteorological Society, as a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the U.S. Weather Research Program, and also serves on the Board of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. He is a past member of the COMET (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training) Advisory Panel and the Research and Technical Committee of the Southeast Region Climate Center.
HOWARD B.BLUESTEIN is Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served since 1976. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are the observation and physical understanding of weather phenomena on convective, mesoscale, and synoptic scales. Dr. Bluestein is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. He is past chair of the National Science Foundation Observing Facilities Advisory Panel, the AMS Committee on Severe Local Storms, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Scientific Program Evaluation Committee, and a past member of the AMS Board of Meteorological and Oceanographic Education in Universities. He is also the author of a textbook on synoptic-dynamic meteorology and Tornado Alley, a book for the scientific layperson on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
STEVEN F.CLIFFORD is director of the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in engineering science from Dartmouth College. One of his research goals is to develop a global observing system using ground-based, airborne, and satellite remote sensing systems to better observe and monitor the global environment and use these observations as
input to global air-sea circulation models for improving forecasts of weather and climate change. Dr. Clifford is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also a fellow of the Optical and Acoustical Societies of America, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. He was the recipient of the 1998 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.
GEORGE L.FREDERICK is General Manager of Vaisala Meteorological Systems Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. He received his M.S. in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Frederick manages a strategic business unit of Vaisala involved with atmospheric projects that include design, installation, and data processing of atmospheric measurement systems employing both in-situ and remote sensing techniques. He is working with government, state, and private industry to better employ remote sensing technology for the enhanced monitoring of atmospheric pollutants, aviation safety, and mesoscale weather forecasting. Mr. Frederick is a fellow and past president (1999–2000) of the American Meteorological Society.
MARVIN A.GELLER is a Professor of Atmospheric Science and the Dean and Director of Stony Brook’s Marine Sciences Research Center (State University of New York). He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Geller is a well-known researcher in atmospheric dynamics and serves on several national and international committees. He is co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s Stratospheric Processes and Their Role in Climate (SPARC) project, president of the American Geophysical Union’s Atmospheric Sciences section, co-chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges’ Board on Oceans and Atmosphere, president of the International Council for Science Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He has also served on and chaired several National Research Council panels and committees, including the Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Research.
CHARLES E.KOLB is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aerodyne Research, Inc. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University and joined Aerodyne as a senior research scientist in 1971. His research interests have included atmospheric and environmental chemistry, combustion chemistry, materials science, and the chemistry and physics of
rocket and aircraft exhaust plumes. Dr. Kolb is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union, where he served as the atmospheric sciences editor of Geophysics Research Letters (1996–1999). He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, which honored him with its Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology in 1997. He has served on a number of National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry.
JUDITH L.LEAN is a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She specializes in the study of the variability of solar radiation. The focus of her current research is the mechanisms, models, and measurements of variation in the sun’s radiative output, and the effects of this variability on the earth’s global climate and space weather. Dr. Lean is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
MARGARET A.LEMONE is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She has two primary scientific interests: the structure and dynamics of the atmosphere’s planetary boundary layer and its interaction with the underlying surface and clouds overhead, and the interaction of mesoscale convective with the boundary layer and surface underneath, and with the surrounding atmosphere. Dr. LeMone is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has served on the National Research Council’s Panel on Improving the Effectiveness of U.S. Climate Modeling and the Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering Peer Committee of the NAE. Dr. LeMone received her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.
MARIO J.MOLINA is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests are common to the fields of atmospheric chemistry, chemical kinetics, and photochemistry. His research is directed at understanding the potential implications of changes in the chemical composition of the earth’s atmosphere and aims to elucidate the role of aerosols and clouds in the changing chemistry of the global atmosphere. In 1995 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two co-investigators for their work in demonstrating
the link between man-made chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere and the damage to the ozone layer. Dr. Molina is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has served on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, and on several National Research Council committees, including the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and the Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry. Dr. Molina received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
ROGER A.PIELKE, JR. is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is overseeing the development of a new Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Previously, Dr. Pielke was a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research where he studied societal responses to extreme weather events, policy responses to climate change, and U.S. science policy. With a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in political science, he focuses his research on the relation of scientific information and public and private sector decision making. His current areas of interest include technology policy in the atmospheric and related sciences, use and value of prediction in decision making, and policy education for scientists. Dr. Pielke chairs the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Societal Impacts and serves on the Science Steering Committee of the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme. He sits on the editorial boards of Policy Sciences, bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and Natural Hazards Review. He is a co-author or co-editor of three books, most recently Prediction: Decision making and the future of nature.
MICHAEL J.PRATHER is a professor in the Earth System Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Yale University. His research interests include the simulation of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine atmospheric composition, specifically ozone and other trace gases. Dr. Prather has authored chapters in the World Meteorological Organization’s Ozone Assessments (1985–1994) and the IPCC’s assessments of climate and aviation effects (1995– 2000). He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy, and has served on several National
Research Council committees, including the Panel on Climate Variability on Decade-to-Century Time Scales.
WILLIAM J.RANDEL is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research interests include dynamic variability and climatology of the stratosphere and the observed variability of trace constituents in the middle atmosphere using satellite observations. He has contributed to the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Assessments of ozone and temperature trends in the stratosphere and is actively involved with a number of Stratospheric Processes and Their Role in Climate (SPARC) activities. He has also served as chair of the American Geophysical Union’s Committee on Atmospheric Dynamics and the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on the Middle Atmosphere. Dr. Randel received his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University.
ROBERT T.RYAN is Chief Meteorologist at WRC-TV (NBC 4) in Washington, D.C. He received his Masters in atmospheric sciences from the State University of New York, Albany. Prior to his career in broadcasting, he was a research associate in the Physics Section at Arthur D.Little where his work involved various cloud physics projects with the Department of Defense. He was also involved in various meteorological field experiments for NASA and the U.S. Army. Mr. Ryan is nationally and internationally recognized for his outreach and educational activities in meteorology and atmospheric sciences. He was the first broadcast meteorologist elected to serve as president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He has also served the AMS as Councilor, Commissioner of Professional Affairs, and Chairman of the Board of Broadcast Meteorology. In 1997, Mr. Ryan received the Charles Franklin Brooks Award for service to the Society. He has also served on various AMS, NASA, and NOAA study groups, testified a number of times before Congress, and is the winner of nine Emmy awards for his television productions and service to the community. He is a fellow of the AMS and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
MARK R.SCHOEBERL is a senior atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois. He has also served as a scientist at Science Applications, Inc., and at the Naval Research Laboratory. His fields of research include atmospheric dynamics, stratospheric physics and chemistry, and numerical modeling. He is
the EOS-Aura Project Scientist. Dr. Schoeberl has received many NASA awards, including the Group Achievement Award in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, and 1998, and the Education and Outreach Award in 1999. In addition he was awarded the Scientific Achievement Medal in 1991, the Distinguished Service Medal in 2000, and the William Nordberg Award for Earth Sciences in 1998. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and past president of the AGU’s Atmospheric Sciences section. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society.
JOANNE SIMPSON is Chief Scientist for Meteorology and Senior Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an honorary D.Sc. from the State University of New York, Albany. She has served on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Virginia. She was also head of the atmospheric physics and chemistry laboratory at ESSA, director of NOAA’s Experimental Laboratory, and head of the severe storms branch at NASA Goddard. Her areas of research include atmospheric convection, tropical meteorology, weather modification, and satellite meteorology. Dr. Simpson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow and honorary member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). She has received many awards, including the Charles Franklin Brooks Award and the Meisinger Award from the AMS, the Rossby Research Medal, the Silver and Gold Medals from the Department of Commerce, and NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and William Nordberg Award. She has served on several National Research Council committees including the Committee on Climate, Ecosystems, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health.
THOMAS F.TASCIONE is Vice President, Weather Systems Operations, Sterling Software (U.S.), Inc. In this position he oversees the development of a state-of-the-art weather forecasting technology for the Defense Department. In addition, he manages a commercial space weather forecasting service to support the commercial satellite and electric power industries. Another focus area is advanced weather visualization technology for aviation including a patented system to extract and apply weather information along a route a flight using a simple web-browser. His prior professional experience was with the Department of Defense (1972–1993), during which he held numerous weather and space weather forecasting positions. He was the architect of the Air Force
space weather forecast models program, and he co-chaired the interagency committee that initiated and developed the National Space Weather Program (NSWP). Dr. Tascione received his Ph.D. in space physics from Rice University.
ROBERT A.WELLER is a Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he holds the Secretary of the Navy/CNO Chair in Oceanography and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research interests include wind-forced motion in the upper ocean; mixed layer dynamics; upper ocean velocity structure studies; air-sea interaction; the role of the ocean in climate; and the development of upper ocean and surface meteorological instrumentation and platforms for air/sea experiments. Dr. Weller received the James B.Macelwane Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 1986. He is a fellow of the AGU and president of the Ocean Sciences section. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Meteorological Society, and the Oceanographic Society.
ERIC F.WOOD is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1976. He received his Sc.D. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of research include hydroclimatology with an emphasis on land-atmospheric interaction, hydrologic remote sensing, and hydrologic impact of climate change. Dr. Wood is a member of the National Research Council’s Climate Research Committee and Committee on Hydrologic Sciences. He is a member of the Council and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He has received the AGU Robert E.Horton Award, the AMS Horton Lectureship, and the Princeton Rheinstein Award.