Anne M. Burford, who had been appointed early last month by President Ronald Reagan to chair the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA), asked the president on August 1 to withdraw her appointment. John A. Knauss, of the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, will retain his position as NACOA chairman. He has been on the committee for 6 years.
President Reagan agreed to her request the afternoon before Burford was to chair her first meeting. The new NACOA members (Eos, July 17, 1984, p. 442) were sworn in on August 2, although the meeting was postponed until September 20, a NACOA official told Eos.