The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics has selected David S. Chapman of the University of Utah, AGU's current meetings chairman, to chair the committee that will plan the scientific program of IUGG's 1995 General Assembly. Also, in December, the National Academy of Sciences selected the U.S. National Committee for IUGG, which will oversee the assembly's organization. Approximately 5000 scientists from all over the world are expected to attend the assembly, which will take place July 3–14, 1995, in Boulder, Colo.
IUGG president Helmut Moritz confirmed Chapman's appointment in an October 29 letter. Chapman recently said, “My overall objective is to put together a program that represents the important science in geophysics and that reflects the excitement in numerous disciplines. Another aspect is to manage the program so that it runs smoothly and with maximum efficiency.” He added that he wanted the IUGG meeting to have “the organizational professionalism of an AGU meeting, where there are a comparable number of papers being presented.”