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September 2017 Staff Updates and News

September 11, 2017

This summer sees some changes to the NSF staff and a new building for NSF. We would like to welcome the new staff and thank the departing staff.

Dr. Mike Wiltberger has been appointed as Section Head, Geospace Section, in Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences in GEO. Mike joined AGS as the Magnetospheric Physics Program Director in March 2017. For his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Maryland, he studied magnetospheric substorms.  After a four-year period as Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, he began a career in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the NCAR. He has published approximately 140 peer-reviewed papers on geospace science.  Mike's community leadership experience includes six years as a member and then Chair of the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Steering committee.  He was also vice-Chair of the Solar Wind Magnetosphere Interactions Panel of the NRC’s 2012 Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey.  From 2013 – 2017, Mike led the Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Section in HAO, supervising 18 staff members. Mike replaces Dr. Sarah Ruth who was interim Geospace Section Head from May through August. We thank and appreciate her work.

After over 20 years of government service, Dr. Patrick Harr, Section Head of the Atmosphere Section has retired. Before coming to NSF, Pat was a meteorologist for the military community and then a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. Pat has been widely recognized as a distinguished researcher and has also served the community on various committees for organizations such as the WMO, the AMS and the OSTP. Pat has been a leader and major contributor to atmospheric science and was most recently honored as a Fellow of the AMS in 2017. Pat will be greatly missed and we wish him all the best.

Dr. Anjuli Bamzai will be the Interim Section Head of the Atmosphere Section.  Dr. Bamzai will be on detail from the Office of Polar Programs, where she is a Program Director in the Artic Natural Sciences Program. Before working in OPP, Anjuli worked for a total of eleven years as a Program Director in the AGS Climate and Large Scale Dynamics Program. Anjuli was a Program Manager in the Climate Change Prediction Program in the Department of Energy from 2004 – 2010, and a Program Manager in the Climate Dynamics and Experimental Prediction Program at NOAA from 2002-2004.  In the Fall of 2016, she was an Embassy Science Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Dr. Bamzai has served with distinction in all her previous appointments and is intimately familiar with the NSF Atmosphere Section. 

In other news, the AGS Staff has moved to the new building in Alexandria. The move took place over the Labor Day weekend.

The new NSF address is:

National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

Click on Image to Link to Powerpoint Version of AGS Organization Chart (September 2017)


[NSF AGS Organizational Chart, Oct 2016]


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