Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/24/2014 - 10:23
President’s Corner This has been a really great week here at Ocean Leadership. We had our fall Members and Trustees Meetings along with a number of associated subcommittee meetings. We were also most pleased to welcome two new Members: Mote Marine Laboratory and the National Ocean Industries Association to the organization. There was an excellent suite of speakers at our Members meeting yesterday. Roger Wakimoto, the National Science Foundation  Assistant Director for Geosciences, did a first rate job of presenting the highlights of the major infrastructure programs in the ocean sciences along with the current and future budget situations for his Division. He also introduced the new hires in leadership roles of three Divisions in his Directorate: Ocean Sciences- Rick Murray from Boston University, Earth Sciences- Carol Frost from the University of Wyoming, and Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences- Paul Shepson from Purdue University.  I am sure you will all join me in welcoming them to the Foundation. Kathy Sullivan did a superb job in articulating the priorities she will be pursuing during her tenure as Administrator of NOAA.  They included, economic, societal and ecological resilience, investing in broad scale observing infrastructure, the evolution of the National Weather Service technology, and the need to attain organizational excellence with focus on mission first and people always. Admiral Jonathan White, the Oceanographer of the Navy presented a very nice summary of the importance of naval oceanography to the overall mission of the Navy, progress in the many facets and programs in this area, and what the future holds, emphasizing the Arctic, coastal infrastructure, and global security. Debbie Bronk, the current Director of the Ocean Sciences Division at NSF, made compelling and insightful comments concerning the current status of projects in her Division while assuring the progress of those projects within strained budgets. She charged the ocean sciences community with being part of the solution as we move down this path of balancing reduced funding with increasing demands for advanced technological infrastructure while ensuring the funds for core science projects are available. Throughout both days I was pleased, and most impressed, with the depth, and breadth of discussion amongst our Members concerning the future of the ocean sciences and broader geosciences communities . It became clear to me that Ocean Leadership’s Members are providing the thought platform for the future of the field. I wish you a restful and pleasant fall weekend. Bob  
10/24/2014 - 10:22
This has been a really great week here at Ocean Leadership. We had our fall Members and Trustees Meetings along with a number of associated subcommittee meetings. We were also most pleased to welcome two new Members: Mote Marine Laboratory and the National Ocean Industries Association to the organization. There was an excellent suite of speakers at our Members meeting yesterday. Roger Wakimoto, the National Science Foundation  Assistant Director for Geosciences, did a first rate job of presenting the highlights of the major infrastructure programs in the ocean sciences along with the current and future budget situations for his Division. He also introduced the new hires in leadership roles of three Divisions in his Directorate: Ocean Sciences- Rick Murray from Boston University, Earth Sciences- Carol Frost from the University of Wyoming, and Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences- Paul Shepson from Purdue University.  I am sure you will all join me in welcoming them to the Foundation. Kathy Sullivan did a superb job in articulating the priorities she will be pursuing during her tenure as Administrator of NOAA.  They included, economic, societal and ecological resilience, investing in broad scale observing infrastructure, the evolution of the National Weather Service technology, and the need to attain organizational excellence with focus on mission first and people always. Admiral Jonathan White, the Oceanographer of the Navy presented a very nice summary of the importance of naval oceanography to the overall mission of the Navy, progress in the many facets and programs in this area, and what the future holds, emphasizing the Arctic, coastal infrastructure, and global security. Debbie Bronk, the current Director of the Ocean Sciences Division at NSF, made compelling and insightful comments concerning the current status of projects in her Division while assuring the progress of those projects within strained budgets. She charged the ocean sciences community with being part of the solution as we move down this path of balancing reduced funding with increasing demands for advanced technological infrastructure while ensuring the funds for core science projects are available. Throughout both days I was pleased, and most impressed, with the depth, and breadth of discussion amongst our Members concerning the future of the ocean sciences and broader geosciences communities . It became clear to me that Ocean Leadership’s Members are providing the thought platform for the future of the field. I wish you a restful and pleasant fall weekend. Bob
10/24/2014 - 10:13
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