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Ocean Research the Focus of USGS Director's Plenary Lecture at the AAAS 2010 Annual Meeting

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Marcia McNutt
Above: Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey. [larger version]

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director Marcia McNutt was the third of four plenary speakers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, held February 18-22, 2010, in San Diego, California. McNutt's speech, titled "Science Below the Sea," focused on four major areas of undersea science, using an example from each area to discuss in more detail how USGS scientific expertise supports the Department of the Interior's ocean-management responsibilities and provides critical information for policy and decision making. The primary topics were Climate Change (sea-level rise), Ecosystem Health (hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico), Human Health (mercury contamination of the oceans), and Marine Spatial Planning (geospatial information and decision-support tools). McNutt concluded her remarks about the important role the USGS will be playing through interagency cooperation on the Ocean Policy Task Force being led by the White House's Council on Environmental Quality. The USGS is committed to the President's national ocean-policy vision.

AAAS President Peter C. Agre opened the conference with his President's Address. Four speakers gave a plenary address on each subsequent day of the meeting: In addition to McNutt's address, 2009 Nobel Prize winner Carol Greider gave a talk titled "Telomerase and the Consequences of Telomere Dysfunction"; Eric S. Lander discussed "Science and Technology in the First Year of the New Administration"; and Barry C. Barish spoke about "New Frontiers in Particle Physics." The AAAS Plenary Lectures, along with background information about each of the speakers, can be viewed online at http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2010/program/plenaries/.

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