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NOAA Administrator Speaks at AU

By Ariana Stone

Photo: Jane Lubchenco courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give a lecture hosted by the Department of Environmental Science on November 19 at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall. The lecture is part of the department's Environmental Science Distinguished Speakers Series. 

The department invited Lubchenco not just because of her prominent position with the NOAA and her experience as a marine scientist, but also because of her extensive history of working at the intersection of science and policy, according to department chair and professor Kiho Kim.  

"Our previous speakers for this series have been scientists who also work in policy and in the public arena," says Kim. "This is all a part of an effort to motivate scientists or people who are in the sciences to reach out and work beyond the walls of science, to engage the public, and to inform the public." 

Lubchenco is the ninth administrator of the NOAA, the top national agency for oceans, climate, and atmosphere. She is also the first woman and first marine ecologist to serve as a leader for NOAA. Lubchenco has served as president of several scientific organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. She has also served on the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress on scientific issues. 

Admission is free.