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Robert B. Gagosian, director and president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., and Richard D. Rosen, vice president and chief scientist of Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, Mass., have been named to the Science Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an environmental research and service agency of the Commerce Department.

“We welcome these two exceptional individuals to the board and look forward to their contributions,” said Michael Uhart, executive director of the advisory board. “Dr. Gagosian brings experience and interest in the ocean and its processes and Dr. Rosen has already served NOAA well through his work on the NOAA’s Council on Long-Term Climate Monitoring. We are very pleased that they agreed to serve on the Science Advisory Board.”

NOAA’s Science Advisory Board advises the NOAA Administrator and agency leader on long- and short-range strategies for research, education and the application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The board next meets Nov. 5-7 in Norman, Okla.

The 15-member advisory board, composed of eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers, and educators, assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions.

Members are appointed by retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator to serve a three-year term.

Gagosian and Rosen are two of four new members named. The others are David Blaskovich of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and John T. Snow of Norman, Okla.

Gagosian’s major area of research concerns the marine geochemistry of biologically produced organic compounds and the movement and change of organic material as it travels from land to sea via the atmosphere and the water column to the sea floor.

Gagosian began his career at Woods Hole as an assistant scientist in 1972. He held a variety of progressively responsible positions including associate director of research and acting director until being named the director and president of the institution in 1994.

He has served on many advisory boards and professional committees, and currently sits on the Visiting Committee of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was the chairman of the board of directors of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) from 1998 to 2001 and was appointed to serve on the Science Advisory Panel of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

Gagosian is a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the World Economic Forum. His professional membership includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Columbia University. He is a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of California at Berkeley and has been awarded honorary doctor of science degrees from Long Island University and Northeastern University.

Rosen has been the principal investigator on grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and NASA studying different aspects of large-scale atmospheric behavior. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he teaches a graduate course on the general circulation of the Earth’s atmosphere.

In addition to the numerous advisory bodies, committees, and boards on which he has served, Rosen is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate.

He is the president of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He served as an editor of the AMS journal Monthly Weather Review in 1986-87 and was a founding editor of the Journal of Climate in 1988-89; he then served as an associate editor in 1990-91. Rosen was elected a Fellow of the AMS in 1991 and is a recipient of a 1995 AMS Editor’s Award.

Rosen earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from MIT.

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