Jane Lubchenco, OSU (Oregon State University) Profesor of Marine biology has been selected to head of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) by President-elect Obama. She would become the first woman to hold that position and second Prof. of OSU if confirmed by the Senate. She is an internationally-known environmental scientist, ecologist and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has advised the president and Congress on scientific matters. Barack Obama hopes that she will provide passionate and dedicated leadership to NOAA. In her more than three decades of teaching and research period she has worked on various interactions between humans and the environment including biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science, ecosystem services, marine reserves and coastal marine ecosystems.
Her selection suggests that the President-elect's administration sees scientists playing direct roles in the development of any further policies on key environmental issues. Hoping to get back America as a leader in Science and Technology.