From the President’s Office – 10/26/2012
It has been a very busy week here at Ocean Leadership as we held our semi-annual Members and Board of Trustees Meetings over the last two days. I am pleased to announce that after the Members’ ratification yesterday, Esri and the Florida Institute of Oceanography are Ocean Leadership’s newest Members. I am delighted to welcome them aboard.
The meeting schedule included a number of excellent presentations. We had the pleasure of hearing from several invited speakers during the Members Meeting: The Acting Assistant Director of Geosciences at NSF, Marge Cavanaugh; Bob Detrick, Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research; Elizabeth Tirpak from the Department of State on the United Nations World Ocean Assessment; and Katharine Jacobs from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the 2013 National Climate Assessment. I would like to thank all of our speakers for taking the time to discuss the initiatives and challenges they are facing in their areas of responsibility. Also during the two days, the Members heard policy, research & education, ocean observing, ocean drilling and business operations updates from our team here at Ocean Leadership. The Members also passed some very significant Ocean Leadership bylaw changes that were important since we have evolved from the organization that was created five years ago. In addition, yesterday, we held a roundtable on the economies of the ocean sciences, which included remarks from experts in this area and elicited a lively discussion by all. I would like to thank all of our Member Representatives who took time to participate in the meetings.
I hope you are all safe this weekend as Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the east coast.