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Dr. Jane Lubchenco’s Appointment to Head NOAA – Two Steps Forward

11:42 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

President-elect Barack Obama has announced the appointment of oceanic climate change expert Dr. Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This may be his most important administrative appointment yet.

Dr. Lubchenco first came to my attention in the summer of 2002, when she was being interviewed about the dead zones showing up off the Oregon coast. She is a professor of oceanic biology and zoology at Oregon State University, so not only was she then one of the best-versed experts on the effects of climate change on the oceans, she had a high level of local knowledge.

Prof. Lubchenco is an unabashed environmentalist. She named a program she administered the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. According to Oregon State University, the program, "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." She will be managing that program until she takes her new job in January.

Lubchenco got her bachelors degree at Colorado College, her Masters in Zoology from the University of Washington, and her PhD in Ecology at Harvard.

At the University of Washington, she was one of the important proteges of Dr. Gordon Orians, an early critic of environmental practices by big industry.

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Prep Material for Riki Ott and the Not One Drop Sunday FDL Book Salon

12:18 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

I’ve posted a series of links to background material for Dr. Riki Ott’s Sunday firedoglake Book Salon appearance, where she will discuss her new book, Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez.

I’ve posted them at my blog, Progressive Alaska. The list is long, and could be a lot longer. But anyone unfamiliar with Dr. Ott, her newest book and her concept of a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that would mandate separation of corporation and state, and is interested in important ecological issues, should check out the blog post.

On Sunday, during the fdl book salon session, I’ll be hosting Riki from Wasilla. Riki is concluding her national book tour in Southeast Alaska, and will respond to comments from the Haines Public Library, before she catches the ferry to Juneau, and a plane home to Cordova. She has been on the road for months, so is quite eager to get back to her community and spiritual family in Cordova.

For the fdl book salon session, we only ask that one person who sucks the air out of quality time, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, be off topic.

Way off topic.

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