from headquarters AMS Launches Interactive History of the Earth Sciences We b Site The AMS has launched the site that will serve as cal Experiment (GATE), the 1970 Clean Air Act, and the focus for an experiment to see if the Web can be our scientific understanding of atmospheric ozone used to collect materials of scholarly value related to (both tropospheric and stratospheric). A few additional the history of the atmospheric and related sciences (See topics for collection will be added over the coming "From Headquarters," September 1997 Bulletin). In months. It is hoped that researchers who are familiar this project, which is receiving partial support through with these topics will utilize the Web site and provide a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the AMS documents (or information on collections of docu- has joined with the American Geophysical Union and ments), personal recollections, and comments on ma- the American Institute of Physics (Center for History terials submitted by others. The material will be gath- of Physics) to experiment with using the World Wide ered in searchable databases and the sites will include Web to locate, create, and preserve historical docu- discussion forums where individuals can make their mentation in science and technology. own contributions to the collection. The site will be Topics for study in this project are chosen by the monitored for effectiveness and refined based on the Executive Committee with input from a variety of early experiences with it. AMS boards, commissions, and committees. The ini- More information on this project and how to par- tial three topics for which the site is collecting histori- ticipate in it is available on the AMS Web site (http:// cal information are the GARP Global Atlantic Tropi- www.ametsoc.org/AMS). • Universit y of Washingto n Establishes Meteorolog y Department A Department of Meteorology and Climatology was established at the Univer- sity of Washington (Seattle) in the autumn of 1947. All courses in Meteorology and most of the courses in Climatology formerly offered in the Geography Department were transferred to the new department. Courses in Physical, Synoptic, Dynamic and Oceanographic Meteorology, as well as Instruments, Physical and Regional Climatology are the main courses offered. Graduate work leading to the M.A. degree can be completed. Undergraduate work in the department leading to a B.S. requires completion of a minimum of one year of College Physics, Mathematics through Calculus and Elementary Statistics, Elemen- tary Oceanography, and fifty quarter-credit-hours of Meteorology and Climatology. The location, mountain and valley terrain, and adjacent ocean to windward of the Pacific North- west produces numerous research problems in all fields of Meteorology and Climatology. The de- partment has recently acquired a 150-ft steel tower which will be erected on the campus for meteo- rological observations at various levels. Prof. Phil E. Church, transferred from the Geography Department, has been made Acting Ex- ecutive Officer. William Schallert, formerly with the Air Weather Service, is the first addition to the teaching staff. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc29, 93. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 3 331
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