Snapshots: New directors for NSSL & GLOBE, UCAR president search, Jack Eddy Fellowship

6 May 2011  •  Steven Koch took the reins of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in April. For the preceding four years, he served as director of the Global Systems Division within NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory.

Steven Koch
Steven Koch. (Photo courtesy NOAA.)

Koch earned his doctorate in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 1979. At NOAA since 2000, he has focused on research and development of observing, prediction, computer, and information systems for both weather and climate. Koch will be only the fourth director in NSSL’s 47-year history. 

Andy Tasker
Andy Tasker. (Photo courtesy GLOBE.)

The GLOBE Program, a multiagency effort whose headquarters is based at UCAR/UCP, also has a new director on the way. Andy Tasker, who has coordinated GLOBE's efforts in the United Kingdom since 1997, will lead the program as a whole beginning on 6 June. Tasker's extensive experience in nature conservation and environmental education includes positions as a senior lecturer in ecology at Coventry University and chief executive of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

John Eddy
John "Jack" Eddy. (Photo courtesy UCP/VSP.)

The search for a successor to UCAR president Richard Anthes is under way. With initial applications due in mid-May, the search committee plans to conduct interviews in summer or early fall. The successful candidate is expected to assume the UCAR presidency in early January 2012.   

A pioneering solar researcher is being honored with the debut of the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship, formerly the Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Founded in 2009 and operated by UCP’s Visiting Scientist Programs, the fellowships match early-career Ph.D.s with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions. Hosting scientists mentor the postdoctoral researchers during their two-year fellowships. Among his many contributions to solar research, John “Jack” Eddy served as editor of The Sun, the Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System, published by NASA and the International Living with a Star program shortly before Eddy’s death in 2009.