Edward N. Rappaport has been selected to serve as deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmo- spheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service's Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurri- cane Center, located in Miami, Florida. Rappaport as- sumes the deputy's duties from Max Mayfield, who was appointed the center's director in May. The Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center issues watches, warnings, forecasts, and analy- ses of hazardous tropical weather to save lives, miti- gate property loss, and improve the nation's economic efficiency. "Rappaport's appointment recognizes a unique John Spengler (right) receiving the Starkey Silver Medal Award from Geoffrey Brundrett, chair of the Royal Society for combination of scientific and management skills," said the Promotion of Health. Jack Kelly, National Weather Service director. "His extensive background in hurricane forecasting and management of scientific support and research staff will contribute to accomplishing our mission." mentally beleaguered cities in Russia and is cur- rently analyzing data from a health study of 6000 Rappaport began his career with the National Hur- Russian children in nine cities to measure impacts ricane Center in 1987, training as a postdoctoral fel- of outdoor air pollution and housing conditions on low. He became a research meteorologist in 1988 and worked on a wide range of assignments. In 1990 he health. became an assistant hurricane specialist and Tropical The Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated Satellite and Analysis Center meteorologist. He be- to advancing the public's health through learning, dis- came one of the center's six hurricane specialists in covery, and communication. More than 300 faculty members are engaged in teaching and training the 800- plus student body in a broad spectrum of disciplines From 1998 to the present, Rappaport was the chief crucial to the health and well-being of individuals and of the center's Technical Support Branch. This unit populations around the world. Programs and projects maintains computer and communications systems, range from the molecular biology of AIDS vaccines conducts applied research, and develops tools for hur- to the epidemiology of cancer; from risk analysis to ricane and tropical weather analysis and prediction. Its violence prevention from maternal and children's storm surge group provides information for develop- health to quality of care measurement; and from health ing evacuation procedures for coastal areas. care management to international health and human According to Mayfield, "Ed brings a blend of the rights. theoretical and practical application to the 'real world' of tropical cyclone meteorology. Having worked as both a hurricane forecaster and a supporting scientist, he knows what it takes to provide the public the best possible forecast product and service. He has also developed a close working relationship with the emer- gency management community and the media—critical 1146 Gary Stephenson partners to NOAA." 1147 Kenneth Charbauski Jr. Rappaport has published numerous papers in sci- 1148 Jim A. Fox entific journals in the United States and abroad. His Dennis Bowman 2000 recent study on the United States loss of life associ- 1150 Dirk Verdoorn 2000 ated with hurricanes appeared in the September issue 1151 Martin Venticinque Jr. 2000 of the Bulletin. Rappaport earned his bachelors (1979) 1152 Eric Price and master of science degrees (1983) from the Univer- sity of Washington and doctorate in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University (1988). He is an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University. Vol. 81, No. 7 7, November 2000
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Published: Nov 1, 2000
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