UMCES President Boesch Appointed Chair of National Research Council Ocean Studies Board
Joins Two USM Scientists Leading NRC Environmental
Md. (Dec. 22, 2009) - Dr. Donald F. Boesch, University
System of Maryland Vice Chair for Sustainability and President of the
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, has been appointed as
the Chair of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council (NRC).
Boesch joins two other
University System of Maryland scientists currently serving as chairs of NRC
boards examining environmental issues. Dr. Claire Welty of the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County currently chairs the Water Science and Technology
Board and Dr. Antonio Busalacchi of the University of Maryland, College Park,
chairs of the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate.
"Don Boesch has played an
important role in bringing his unique perspective to our efforts to improve the
health of the Bay and to address climate change. I am delighted that Don will serve as yet
another Maryland ambassador at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences,"
said Governor Martin O'Malley. "That we have three of our leading environmental
scientists chairing these important boards at the same time is a reflection of
both the importance of these issues to Maryland and the national distinction of
our University System."
highlight the strength of our programs and the excellence of our leadership
related to water resources, oceans and climate," said William E. Kirwan,
Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. "These National Research
Council boards are at the front lines in understanding the dramatic changes
occurring to our climate, oceans and coastal regions, and play a critical role
in ensuring the inclusion of sound science into prudent public policies."
Part of the National
Academy of Sciences, the NRC conducts studies to improve government decision
making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the
acquisition off knowledge related to science and technology. The Ocean Studies
Board explores the science and policies needed to understand and protect
coastal and marine environments and resources. Boesch succeeds Dr. Marcia
McNutt, who was appointed by President Barak Obama as the Director of the U.S.
Contact: Mike Lurie