Daniel P. Beard was appointed executive director of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, effective May 1. He succeeds Gordon Fredine, who has retired.
Farouk El-Baz, of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, was presented with the Arab Republic of Egypt ‘Order of Merit-First Class’ by President Anwar Sadat. El-Baz, cited for his contributions to space geology, advises Sadat on scientific matters. The presentation was made at the First Science Celebration Day in Cairo, on April 14.