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Jane Lubchenco to Head NOAA

That’s the word from the Washington Post. Like, wow. Lubchenco is yet another distinguished scientist and ScienceDebate2008 supporter. We are racking them up in this administration. Here’s Lubchenco’s video:

Chu, Holdren, Lubchenco….we’ve got a hell of a science administration shaping up here.

P.S.: Joe Romm has huge praise for the John Holdren pick, and says Holdren is even better than Chu in some ways in terms of dealing with the climate issue…but I would ask, why then wasn’t he rolled out as part of the energy and environment team? It’s not clear to me how much Holdren will focus on his area of expertise, climate change and energy, given how many people the administration has already named to lead in these areas. As Eli Kintisch puts it over at Science Insider:

A top adviser to the Obama campaign and international expert on energy and climate, Holdren would bolster Obama’s team in those areas. Both are crowded portfolios. Obama has already created a new position to coordinate energy issues in the White House staffed by well-connected Carole Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and nominated a Nobel-prize winning physicist, Steve Chu, to head the Department of Energy. That could complicate how the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Holdren will run, will manage energy and environmental policy. “OSTP will have to be redefined in relation to these other centers of formulating policy,” says current White House science adviser Jack Marburger.

Remains to be determined, then, precisely how all of these distinguished people will fit into the White House….


  1. #1 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    December 18, 2008

    Folks, this is HUGE. I cannot imagine a better choice for NOAA. Congratulations to Jane and to all of us who care so much about oceans.

  2. #2 yogi-one
    December 18, 2008

    Whew! She’s not an alumnus of Liberty University!

    I feel better already!

  3. #3 astounded
    December 18, 2008

    Holdren is also an expert in nuclear proliferation. A perfect choice for OSTP and science advisor. We can all sleep a bit better with these choices.

  4. #4 Oakden Wolf
    December 19, 2008

    Lubchenco is a fabulous pick. Maybe she can make NOAA all that it can be. We need it.

  5. #5 Philip H.
    December 19, 2008

    I’ll be doing my happy dance shortly! Sheril has seen it, and will attest to it’s . . . . uniqueness!

  6. #6 Jonathan
    December 19, 2008

    Any news whether or not the head of OSTP will be returned to the cabinet?

  7. #7 Chris C. Mooney
    December 19, 2008

    President elect-Obama has already pledged that his science adviser will receive the title of “assistant to the president for science and technology,” which is what John Marburger lacked.

    See here.

  8. #8 Mike Kelly
    December 20, 2008

    This former NOAA biologist is thrilled! I still think NOAA is the coolest agency in government, and I look forward to seeing it run by a real scientist (a West Coast marine ecologist, no less) rather than a retired Navy admiral…

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