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Archive for the ‘Dr. Jane Lubchenco’ Category

Lubchenco’s Goals on Ocean and Climate

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on March 20, 2009

Now that Dr. Lubchenco has been confirmed as NOAA Administrator, she is able to speak more with the press about her goals. Here’s an article from the NY Times Dot Earth blog with a few questions and answers:

Q. What’s high on your to-do list?

First and foremost is establishing a real juggernaut of a team to be the senior leadership within N.O.A.A. that will work closely with all of the 13,000 individuals that do much of the real work.

Also, working closely with John Holdren [Dr. Holdren is the new science adviser] on interagency policies to insure that we’re taking advantage of the best possible science and ensuring that this is a welcoming place for scientists.

Read the entire article here.


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Posted by The College of Science at OSU on March 2, 2009

The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) is a long-term program of scientific research and training dedicated to advancing the understanding of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem along the U. S. west coast. PISCO conducts monitoring and experiments along 1,200 miles of coastline incorporating oceanography, ecology, chemistry, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, and mathematical modeling to gain novel insights that apply to conservation and resource management issues. The program is led by OSU marine biologist and new head of NOAA, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and involves scientists at OSU, Stanford, UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara who lead local, regional, national and international initiatives for marine environmental planning. Since 2005, core funding has been provided by The David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

The program focuses on three important ecosystem components: rocky shores, coastal currents, and kelp forests. PISCO’s data on kelp forests are online for the world to see. New interactive maps on the PISCO Web site enable users to explore several years of data on fishes, invertebrates, and algae. Web visitors can select a species and see PISCO’s monitoring data on the species’ abundance, size, and geographic distribution at sites along California’s southern and central coasts. The site includes photos, video, and description of the research methods. The maps are linked directly to the PISCO database, so they automatically display the most up-to-date information.


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Dr. Jane Lubchenco chosen to head NOAA

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on December 19, 2008

LubchencoStudents14_smPCThis news is spreading like wildfire today: OSU’s Dr. Jane Lubchenco has been chosen by President-elect Obama to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

We are very proud and excited to see Jane take on this role.

Here are some news links!

Obama’s new hotshot at NOAA – Los Angeles Times

Lubchenco Brings Northwest Experience to NOAA – OPB News

Lubchenco faces toughest test at NOAA – The Oregonian

Advocates for Action on Global Warming Chosen as Obama’s Top Science Advisers – The Washington Post

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Thou Shalt Not?

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on October 14, 2008

In Handle with Care, an article in the New York Times, Dr. Jane Lubchenco comments on ethics in science.

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Zayed Prize awarded to Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on June 19, 2008

Valued at $1 Million, the Zayed Prize is the world’s most valuable environmental award:

To recognize and promote major pioneering contributions in the field of environment and sustainable development, in accordance with the development philosophy and vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and in support of global initiatives such as the Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development

For the fourth cycle (2005-2007), in the category of scientific or technological achievements, the award and prize of $300,000 is shared between Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Dr. V. Ramanathan, a climatologist from India. A ceremony was held in Dubai last week.

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“Dead Zone”

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on May 2, 2008

From Smithsonian Magazine, April 2008:

Gasping for Breath
An ocean “dead zone” has been discovered off the Pacific Northwest. The water has so little oxygen that it “kills any marine animals that cannot swim or scuttle away,” says Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University. She and her colleagues analyzed 60 years of data and found that oxygen levels dropped in 2002. Most of the hundreds of dead zones worldwide are caused by pollution. But this one was caused by winds and currents that disrupted the ecosystem and fueled oxygen-depleting bacteria.

Visit Jane’s webpage here:

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Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 29, 2008


With all due respect to the other Janes on campus, at OSU when you say “Jane”, it can only mean one person: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distringuished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University.

Jane was recently a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Map Reveals Extensive Damage to World’s Oceans (click on the link to listen!)

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