special news feature President Nominates J. A. Knauss as Commerce Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere President Bush has announced his nomination of John A. Knauss as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Knauss will succeed Wil- liam E. Evans. As under secretary, Knauss will head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Com- merce Department's largest agency. Since 1962, Knauss has been a professor of ocean- ography at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (URI). He also served as dean of URI Graduate School of Oceanography 1962-87, and as the university's provost for Marine Affairs 1969-82. Knauss has been appointed to two Presidential Commissions on marine affairs—the Commission on Marine Science, Resources, and Engineering (the Stratton Commission) in 1967 and 1968, and the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and At- mosphere (NACOA), 1978-85. He served as chair- man of NACOA 1981-85. He has been president of the Association of Sea Grant Program Institutions, chairman of the Ocean Science Committee of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, and Chairman of the Marine Division of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has served as president of the Oceanographic Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), vice president of the Marine Technology Society (MTS), vice chairman of the Section of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences of the American Associ- ation for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and John A. Knauss as council member of the American Meteorological Society. He was cofounder of the Law of the Sea cies including the Atomic Energy Commission, Coast Institute and served on its governing board 1965-76 and 1981-87. He has been elected a fellow of the and Geodetic Survey, Navy, National Science Foun- AAAS, the AGU, and the MTS. dation, and the State Department. He has served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Joint Knauss graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Oceanographic Institutions Deep-Earth Sampling, Technology (B.S., 1946), the University of Michigan and is currently a member of the Executive Committee (M.S., 1949), and the University of California, Scripps of the Council for Ocean Law. He received the Institution of Oceanography (Ph.D., 1959). National Sea Grant Award in 1974. He was elected He has served on a number of committees of the to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame 1982, and National Research Council including the Ocean Pol- received the Rhode Island Science and Technology icy Committee and the Earth Sciences Division, and Award in 1986. • on advisory committees to a number of federal agen- Vol. 70, No. 12, December 1989
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Published: Dec 1, 1989
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