Minghua Zhang, Warren M. Washington, Robert D. Cess, David O. Conover

Minghua Zhang, Warren M. Washington, Robert D. Cess, David O. Conover

To honor our Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert D. Cess, ITPA established the distinguished TAOS seminar speaker program by naming a speaker after him each year. We are pleased to announce that this year’s Robert. D. Cess Distinguished TAOS seminar speaker is Dr. Warren M. Washington.

Warren M. Washington is a senior scientist and head of the Climate Change Research Section in theClimate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Born in Portland, Oregon, Washington earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in meteorology from Oregon State University. After completing his doctorate in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, he joined NCAR in 1963 as a research scientist. Dr. Washington has made many pioneering contributions to the research of climate modeling and climate change. He was one of the founding members of the Community Climate System Model (CCSM).

For his achievements, Dr. Washington received numerous awards and honors. Among them are membership in the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the AMS and AAAS, 2006 commencement speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science at Oregon State University. Dr. Washington also served in many capacities to the science community. He was past president of the American Meteorological Society. He was appointed to chair the National Science Board by President Clinton, which helps oversee the National Science Foundation and advises the Executive Branch and Congress on science related matters, for two six-year terms.

Dr. Washington’s seminar was given on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 with the title “Climate Modeling of the 20th and 21st Centuries.”