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4/27/06
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NOAA ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF SPACE ENVIRONMENT CENTER

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has named Thomas J. Bogdan, Ph.D, as the director of the Space Environment Center. The SEC, one of nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction, is located in Boulder, Colo. Bogdan will begin his new assignment in May.

SEC's new director comes to NOAA after eight years as the senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He also brings vast knowledge of space plasma physics and experience as a senior science program leader at the National Science Foundation. Additionally he was the designated leader of the inauguration of the societal impacts laboratory at NCAR.

"Dr. Bogdan has a superlative reputation as an outstanding scientist and program leader who demonstrates a collaborative team approach to problem solving and consistently delivers on milestones and objectives," said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "NOAA and the entire space weather community will gain from his leadership. We are pleased to welcome him aboard."

As the world advances in technology, it also becomes increasingly at risk of space weather impacts to life on Earth as well as space exploration. Space weather can have a tremendous impact on communication and navigation systems, satellites, electrical power grids, and astronauts working and living in space. NOAA's Space Environment Center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is the nation's official source of space weather alerts and warnings.

"This is a very exciting transitional period for space weather," said Bogdan. "Ahead are great opportunities to bring the importance of space weather and its impacts to the forefront, bridge public and private sector's concerns, and advance the science to meet operational needs."

Bogdan earned his Ph.D. (1984) and M.S. (1981) degrees in Physics at the University of Chicago and his B.S. (1979) degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, 61 countries and the European Commission to develop a global earth observation network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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Space Environment Center: http://www.sec.noaa.gov