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Longtime ORAU Partner Names New Director, Continues Air Quality and Climate Research Collaborations

May 15, 2009

C. Bruce Baker

C. Bruce Baker

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. C. Bruce Baker has been selected as the new director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

In his new position, Baker will provide leadership in all aspects of ATDD's main function to perform air quality and climate-related research concerning issues of national and global importance. Over the past eight years, Baker has gained extensive knowledge of ATDD while working closely with engineers and scientists from NOAA and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) who have collaborated in the development of the Climate Reference Network, NOAA’s initiative to meet the rigorous requirements of monitoring climate change.

Prior to joining ATDD, Baker spent 18 years at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. He received his doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Michigan and has been with NOAA for 23 years.

Baker is a member of the American Meteorological Society and chair of the Committee on Atmospheric Measurements and Observations. Dr. Baker has served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation’s observing programs and is also involved with the World Meteorological Organization’s Committee on Instruments, Measurements, and Observations.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Baker to build upon the terrific successes of ATDD and ORAU in providing a better understanding of the impacts of air pollution on our environment,” said Eric Abelquist, vice president and director of ORAU’s Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification programs. “His experience and leadership will have a positive influence as ATDD and ORAU continue to work together to develop climate observing systems that will be used to monitor the national temperature and precipitation trends.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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