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[b]Kathryn D. Sullivan appointed as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction for NOAA[/b]
Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Obama to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Sullivan, who previously served as NOAA's chief scientist, is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut and intrepid explorer. As assistant secretary, she will play a central role in directing Administration and NOAA priority work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science and services, integrated mapping services and Earth-observing capabilities.
"Dr. Sullivan brings to her new appointment a wealth of experience in space exploration, technology and science," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. "Ensuring ever-improving information and forecasts of weather, climate and ocean systems based on the best available data is critical to businesses and communities across the U.S. I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Kathy to take on this important role at NOAA at a time when the U.S. economy is depending on science and innovation to remain competitive."
Dr. Sullivan will provide agency-wide direction with regard to satellites, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecasts to best serve American communities and businesses. Working closely with Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management and Deputy Administrator Dr. Larry Robinson and NOAA's forthcoming chief scientist, Dr. Sullivan will help ensure the effective integration of activities, information, products and services across NOAA.
"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Kathy back to the NOAA family," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "Her expertise spans the breadth of the work we do at this diverse agency, and her experience and vision will help the agency continue to improve upon the many critical products and services we provide every day to the American people. "
Dr. Sullivan's impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, Dr. Sullivan was appointed NOAA chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity.
"I am thrilled to be back at NOAA and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await me," said Sullivan, who served as chief scientist at NOAA from 1993 to 1996.
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