Arnold appointed to governor’s council
Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed Mary Arnold of the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences to serve as a member of the Oregon Youth Development Council. The Youth Development Council (YDC) was established in 2012 by House Bill 4165 to assist the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) in overseeing a unified system that provides services to school-aged youth through twenty years of age with the goal of improving academic and social outcomes for young people. The council also assesses statewide needs for programs and services, prioritizes funding for prevention and intervention services, promotes synergies across programs, and identifies methods by which programs and services may be coordinated or consolidated. Arnold’s term is effective immediately.
Also continuing an appointment on the Oregon Early Learning Council of OEIB is Bobbie Weber, Research Associate in the Family Policy Program of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Early Learning Council is the governing body for Oregon’s early learning system and helps establish policies needed to meet statewide early learning goals. It also guides efforts to streamline state programs and provides oversight to services supporting young children and families. The Council was created through SB 909 (2011) and further directed through HB 4165 (2012).
Chelton receives remote sensing award
NASA and the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2013 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing to Dudley B. Chelton, distinguished professor of Earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University.
The two agencies recognized Chelton’s contributions to ocean remote-sensing science, education, and applications. Acting USGS Director Suzette Kimball and Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, presented the award Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
Chelton is a pioneer in the oceanographic use of satellite data to explore the role of the ocean in the Earth’s climate system. His work has led to new hypotheses in ocean studies and has inspired many follow-up investigations by the ocean remote-sensing community, increasing the practice and appreciation of ocean remote-sensing.
“Throughout his career, Dudley has been known for developing statistical methods to analyze existing satellite data while preparing for the next generation of remote-sensing instruments,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division.
After receiving a PhD in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Chelton moved to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in 1980 to analyze newly available data from Seasat. His 1981 paper in the journal Nature demonstrated the ability of satellite instruments to make global observations of the ocean. In 1983 Chelton moved to Oregon State University, where he established an ocean remote-sensing program that has grown to national prominence.
The comprehensive understanding of the technical and statistical aspects of ocean remote-sensing serves as the foundation of Chelton’s major scientific discoveries. For more than 30 years, he has led efforts to improve satellite-derived measurements of the four primary ocean variables that can be sensed remotely: sea surface height, surface winds, sea surface temperature, and ocean surface biological productivity.