Michael D. King, a senior project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, received the 2000 Verner E. Suomi Award from the American Meteorological Society at its 80th annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif., last week.

The award recognizes those who have contributed to technological achievement in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

King's work with NASA's Earth Observing System includes research of clouds off Barrow, Alaska; smoke from the Kuwaiti oil fires in the Persian Gulf region; and biomass burning in Brazil.

Savaun Murphy, of Brandywine, was selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference, Jan. 25 to 30, in Washington.

The conference, to be attended by 350 students from across the country who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit, will include meetings with leaders and journalists.

Savaun attends Gwynn Park High School, where she participates in the jazz band and played varsity basketball and soccer. She also has been a candy striper at Southern Maryland Hospital and a child care assistant at a day-care center.

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