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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  Climate Science and Services

NOAA Administrator to speak at American University on November 19

WHO:  Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

WHAT:  Speech: NOAA Climate Science and Services

WHEN:  Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:  Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, University Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2009)—Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will discuss the implications of change in the Earth’s environment in a speech at American University on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at the university’s Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.

In her speech, Lubchenco will address the need to adapt to a changing climate. She will discuss NOAA’s role in providing climate services comparable to what NOAA already offers in terms of weather services and the link between climate and oceans.   

Invited to speak as part of the university’s Environmental Science Distinguished Speakers Series, Lubchenco will also talk to science students about the overlap between science and policy. Like AU’s five other schools and colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences is renowned for bringing leaders to campus to share their experiences with students.

Lubchenco was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere in March 2009. She is the ninth administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation’s top science agency for climate, oceans, and the atmosphere. She is also the first woman and the first marine ecologist to lead NOAA.

Prior to her appointment, Lubchenco served as president of several scientific organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. She also served as a presidential appointee for two terms on the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress on scientific issues.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.