Friday, December 4, 2009

On December 4

On this day in ...
... 1947, Dr. Jane Lubchenco was born in Denver. Following undergraduate studies at Colorado College, she earned a Ph.D. at Harvard, and eventually moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where she became the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Oregon State University Distinguished Professor of Zoology. Among her honors have been a 1993 MacArthur Fellowship, the 1997-98 Presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and, as of March of this year, service as the 1st woman to lead the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, holding the title of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. (credit for photo of Vice President Joe Biden swearing in Lubchenco) An environmental scientist and marine ecologist who's focused her research on issues related to biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science and the state of the oceans, Lubchenco told The New York Times that at NOAA she planned to set up a longterm climate information service and to combat overfishing.

(Prior December 4 posts are here and here.)

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