TONIGHT: NOAA's Jane Lubchenco to Speak at AU

For DC readers, NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco will be speaking at American University tonight. Details are below

In 1998, Lubchenco as president of AAAS argued for a new social contract for science that requires scientists and their organizations to "communicate their knowledge and understanding widely in order to inform decisions of individuals and institutions." Her commitment to "civic science" led her to found the Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows program, which over the past decade has trained up to 20 mid-career scientists per year in public affairs and communication. For background on the role of "civic scientists" in public communication and policy, see the articles in this past special issue of the journal Science Communication.

Department of Environmental Science - Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Talk Title: "NOAA Climate Science and Services".

Dr. Lubchenco is the ninth administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the nation's top science agency for the climate, oceans, and the atmosphere. Dr. Lubchenco is the first woman, and the first marine ecologist, to lead NOAA.

November 19th, 2009, 7 PM

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016


The event is free and open to the public

Free parking available in Nebraska & Katzen Lots (after 5 PM)
Free shuttle from Tenleytown-AU Metro Station (bus stop at Albermarle & 40th St NW)

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kiho Kim, 202.885.2181,

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