Life Sciences Seminar Series
Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
|Affiliation:||Oregon State University|
|Title:||Science Serving Society: Achieving Real-World Solutions|
|Date:||Thursday, 13 March 2014|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
|Host:||Kristin O'Brien, Lara Horstmann|
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.
Browse Life Sciences SeminarsBeginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.
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- 10/18/13 (John Benson)
- 11/1/13 (Eugenie Euskirchen)
- 11/8/13 (Jason Fridley)
- 11/15/13 (David R. Klein and Derek Sikes)
- 11/22/13 (Pam Groves)
- 12/6/13 (Mary Beth Leigh)
- 2/7/14 (Kristin Laidre)
- 2/14/14 (Mark Lindberg, Katie Christie, Trevor Haynes, Tyler Lewis)
- 2/28/14 (Diane O'Brien)
- 3/7/14 (Robert "Trey" Coker)
- 3/13/14 (Jane Lubchenco)
- 3/14/14 (Jonathan O'Donnell)
- 3/28/14 (Christa Mulder)