Jane Lubchenco is to head up President Obama's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admninistration (NOAA). She is an outstanding choice with a deep background in marine biology. Jane is also a past AAAS president, and past president of the International Council for Science and the Ecological Society of America. She founded the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program that teaches outstanding academic environmental scientists to be effective leaders and communicators of scientific information to the public, policy makers, the media and the private sector.
The Scientific and Technological Community should strengthen its cooperation and coordination with programs of the UN system, especially UNESCO and UNEP.Dr. Lubchenco was one of two conveners of a workshop sponsored by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in June of this year.
From a statement made to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development by Professor Lubchenco when she was President of the International Council for Science , 2004.
Jane Lubchenco on Science Debate 2008
This is a very welcome appointment, and it bodes good things for international scientific cooperation in the Obama administration.