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Two NSSL researchers elected AMS Fellows

The American Meteorology Society (AMS) has announced the election of two NSSL researchers to the status of AMS Fellow. Awardees will be honored at the AMS Conference January 23-27, 2011 in Seattle, Wash.

W. David Rust, NSSL Physical Scientist has been elected an AMS Fellow. Rust has been with NSSL since 1976 and is an expert in severe storm electricity research, pioneering the use of free-flying weather balloons. He currently serves as the Director of the Field Observing Facilities Support group.

Harold E. Brooks, NSSL Atmospheric Scientist, was also elected an AMS Fellow. Brooks leads the Mesoscale Applications Group at NSSL, and has conducted extensive research on the climatology of tornadoes. He has been with NSSL since 1992.

Those eligible for election to Fellow have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their application during a substantial period of years.

Rust and Brooks join eight current NSSL scientists (Burgess, Doviak, Jorgensen, Zrnic, Kimpel, Davies-Jones, Lewis and Stensrud) and five retired scientists (Kessler, Maddox, Holle, Kimpel and Davies-Jones) honored with this distinction.