A couple of additional Obama appointments broke last night. One is John Holdren from Woods Hole and the dread HKS as presidential science adviser. I wrote one two three posts about a talk I heard Holdren give in Aspen back in July. He’s a very intense guy on the climate change issue as well as being a very accomplished scientist.
Meanwhile Jane Lubchenco will head up the National Oceanographic and Marine Administration. NOAA is best known to me as the government agency that once ordered me to stop poking a dolphin corpse with a stray tree branch, but they also have substantial responsibility for climate research and issues related to fisheries. Lubchenko is very impressive and “has served as president of the International Council for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America” as well as winning a bunch of awards: “a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees, the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment, the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, and the 2004 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences.”
These two plus Steven Chu creates a very impressive Team of Scientists who hopefully will be listened to when pushes start coming to shove.