Several news round ups this morning relay nomination news of three new White House appointments for important executive branch posts – including a new director of the US Geological survey. She is Marcia McNutt, a former Scripps and then MIT marine geophysicist and currently the CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI. She’s a member of the National Academy of Sciences, too. One outlet ran a separate on her: The San Jose Mercury News‘s Paul Rogers salutes her as the “third internationally known scientist with ties to the Bay Area to take over a major federal research agency this year.”
That’s true. But The Tracker would add locojingoistically a fourth name to the list of top science people plucked from the Bay Area to help set and implement policy in DC, even though he doesn’t exactly run a federal research agency. That’s John Holdren, who went most directly from Harvard to sit down at the White House science adviser’s desk. But for goodness’s sake, Holdren may have been a Harvard professor, and that may erase for many people the importance of any other institutional tie as worth mentioning, but he spent decades at UC Berkeley and before that was at the Livermore National Lab. To me he’ll always be a Berkeley man.
Oh, back to the topic. Congrats to Dr. McNutt. As Rogers reports, she has plenty of what it takes for the job and even, one learns here for the first time, took Navy Seal explosives training to help toughen her up for serious underwater work. And, she IS tough.
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