Chapter 11 preface: Lubchenco new head of NOAA

OSU's Lubchenco confirmed as head of NOAA

By Len Reed, The Oregonian

Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco has been confirmed as the new undersecretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for oceans and atmosphere.
The Thursday vote by the U.S. Senate makes her the first woman in charge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which overseas fisheries, oceans and the National Weather Service.
Echoing President Obama's recent remarks on federal funding for stem cell research, Lubchenco says that science, not politics, will guide the agency as it confronts global warming, declining fisheries and forecasting natural disasters.
She says she expects her agency to also play a role developing a green economy, especially in coastal areas.
--The Associated Press

Source: The Oregonian, March 19, 2009, 5:29PM