President George W. Bush announced last week that Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, has been nominated to the 24-member National Science Board, the governing body of the prestigious National Science Foundation.
Abbottâ€™s nomination continues OSUâ€™s strong relationship with the National Science Board. One of the boardâ€™s vacancies had been filled by its outgoing chairman, Warren Washington, a senior scientist and section head of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., and an OSU alumnus. Washington, who served two terms as chairman, received an honorary doctorate and delivered the graduation speech at OSU’s commencement on June 18, 2006.
Jane Lubchenco, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology at OSU, just completed her service on the National Science Board.
â€œToday, the nation and the world are confronted with many questions about the possible impacts that human behavior is having on the environment,â€? said U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley of Oregon in a statement submitted today to the Congressional Record. â€œWe need to make sure that our policy decisions are based on science and not the other way around. With Mark Abbott and others like him serving on the National Science Board, I know that this will continue to be the case.â€?
About the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences: COAS is internationally recognized for its faculty, research and facilities, including state-of-the-art computing infrastructure to support real-time ocean/atmosphere observation and prediction. The college is a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system, providing scientific understanding to address complex environmental challenges.
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