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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of University Communications: 202-238-2330

HOWARD UNIVERSITY TO LEAD INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH STUDY ON
RONALD H. BROWN SHIP

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association for Atmospheric Sciences to Oversee Project

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2004 -- The  Howard University  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) has been granted the use of the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown to lead an international research team of scientists and students to conduct a Trans-Atlantic Saharan Dust Aerosols and Oceanographic Science Expedition. The comprehensive mission, encompassing both atmospheric and oceanographic research, satellite validation studies, and technique development, begins Feb. 29 in Bridgetown, Barbados and ends in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 26. 

The mission is the first to be led by a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and have the majority of scientists from underrepresented racial backgrounds in the sciences (African-American, Puerto Rican and female). 

The cruise marks the first time the Ronald H. Brown has been used in an interdisciplinary crosscutting scientific mission. The principal investigator and co-chief scientist is Howard professor Vernon R. Morris, Ph.D., the director of NCAS, a research center supported by a $7.5 million cooperative agreement with National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, the university offers students more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330 or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu

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