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Announcement—Aug. 12, 2010
Yang Hong, associate professor in the University of Oklahoma’s School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and associate director of the Center for Natural Hazard and Disaster Research, has been appointed precipitation technique committee chair for the American Geophysical Union.

AGU is the largest earth scientists’ organization with about 60,000 members, and 7,000 of its members identify hydrology as their primary section of choice.

“Precipitation technical committees are a key element of the AGU hydrology section,” said AGU hydrology section president Dennis Lettenmaier in a letter to Hong. “They have a storied past; many well known names in the field have chaired these committees going back many decades.”

Selected by Lettenmaier, Hong began serving the two-year term July 1. He has been asked to assemble a 12-person committee responsible for promoting scientific interactions in precipitation and closelyrelated subdisciplines of hydrology.

“It is an honor to be appointed to such a position and I hope to work with the deputy chair, professor Wiltold Krajewski, and the other core members from all over the world to provide intelligent leadership for precipitation sciences and applications in hydrology,” said Hong. “Major focuses for the coming two years will be the synergistic integration of space and ground sensors, as well as flash flood prediction initiatives.” In addition to Hong’s titles, he serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Atmospheric Radar Research Center at the National Weather Center.