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WCEE is proud to announce that Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, is the recipient of its 2012 Woman of the Year Award. Please join us on March 8, 2012 to celebrate her success, her leadership and her example for WCEE members.

In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as a world-renowned scientist and skilled policy-maker, Dr. Lubchenco has been an inspirational leader as the administrator for NOAA. She led that important organization through the process of response and restoration for the Deepwater Horizon spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history. Her science-based approach has earned respect within a broad spectrum of constituencies, including leaders in the scientific, business, NGO, and government communities. WCEE is proud to recognize both her life-long accomplishments and her recent leadership under challenging conditions.

Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 to be part of his "Science Team," Dr. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the natural environment and human activities. Dr. Lubchenco’s responsibilities include overseeing strategic and operational policy for NOAA and its $4 billion budget.

Dr. Lubchenco is a 1993 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Awards), the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment, the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest, the 2004 Environmental Law Institute Award and the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

Dr. Lubchenco received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, her M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University (1977 - 2009) until her appointment as NOAA administrator.

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