Irving-Scholander Memorial Lecture Series
To provide lasting recognition of the scientific contributions of Laurence Irving and Per Scholander, the Irving-Scholander Memorial Fund supports the visit of an outstanding life scientist to the University of Alaska Fairbanks each year. The visitor presents a formal lecture and meets with faculty and students for informal discussions. The lectures and discussions are a fitting memorial to Drs. Irving and Scholander, who provided their colleagues with many stimulating ideas and seminal contributions to biological knowledge. The series began in 1981 and is sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Biology and Institute of Marine Science. It is supported by private donations to an endowment within the University of Alaska Foundation.
|Affiliation:||Oregon State University|
|Title:||The Silly to the Sublime: Stories about Science in Washington D.C.|
|Date:||Thursday, 13 March 2014|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
Fresh from four years in Washington, D.C., at the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Lubchenco will share tales and reflections about her experiences with the federal agency in charge of weather forecasts and warnings, climate records and outlooks, stewardship of oceans in federal waters including management of fisheries, and the research and observations that support those activities.
About the Speaker:
Jane Lubchenco was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009-2013. Nominated by President Barack Obama in December 2008 as part of his Science Dream Team, she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. Under her leadership, NOAA focused on restoring fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring oceans and coasts to a healthy state, protecting marine mammals and endangered species, ensuring continuity of the nation's weather and other environmental satellites, developing a Weather-Ready Nation, promoting climate science and delivering climate information and services to inform understanding and adaptation, strengthening science and ensuring scientific integrity at NOAA, and delivering the highest quality science, services and stewardship.
Following her resignation from NOAA, she was the Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University for spring quarter, 2013, then returned to Oregon State University where she is Distinguished Professor of Zoology and Valley Professor of Marine Biology. She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, her M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University (1977-2009) until her appointment as NOAA administrator.
Lubchenco has served as president of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the International Council for Science, and the Ecological Society of America, and was a board member for 10 years on the National Science Board. She served on numerous National Academy of Sciences and several commissions, including the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission, the Council of Advisors for Google Ocean and the Blue Ribbon Panel for the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans.
Lubchenco is one of the most highly cited ecologists in the world; eight of her publications are recognized as science citation classics. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the Royal Society; and the Academies of Science for the Developing World, for Europe and for Chile.
Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur genius award, 20 honorary doctorates, the Heinz Award for the Environment, AAAS's Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award, the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, the Blue Planet Prize and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She was named 2010 newsmaker of the year by the journal Nature; she received the highest honor the Coast Guard gives to a civilian, the U. S. Coast Guard Public Service Award; and was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation.
Lubchenco is passionate about promoting the discovery, communication and use of scientific knowledge in policy and management. She is recognized for promoting the concept of a social contract for scientists in which scientists pursue and share knowledge that is relevant to society's most pressing problems, and do so with transparency, honesty and humility. She co-founded a research consortium, PISCO that studies the near-shore ocean along the coasts of Oregon and California. She co-founded three organizations that enhance communication of scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, media and industry: The Leopold Leadership Program, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, and Climate Central. And at NOAA, she strengthened science and the use of scientific knowledge in policy and management.
- 2014: Jane Lubchenco
- 2012: Peter J. Hudson
- 2010: Warren Porter
- 2009: Gerhard Walter Heldmaier
- 2008: Terrie M. Williams
- 2007: William R. Dawson
- 2006: James H. Brown
- 2005: N. Michele Holbrook
- 2004: Ian Hume
- 2003: George Somero
- 2001: Eberhard Gwinner
- 2000: Malcolm Gordon
- 1999: Terence Dawson
- 1998: Gerald Kooyman
- 1996: Barbara Block
- 1995: Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen
- 1994: Paul R. Ehrlich
- 1992: Ken Storey
- 1991: Jared Diamond
- 1990: Serge Daan
- 1989: Arnoldus S. Blix
- 1988: Peter Hochachka
- 1987: H. Craig Heller
- 1985: Harold T. Hammel
- 1984: Theodore H. Bullock
- 1983: Maxwell J. Dunbar
- 1982: Hermann Rahn
- 1981: Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
Support the Series
Contributions to the Irving-Scholander Memorial Fund are tax-deductible and may be made online from the IAB Giving page.