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Dartmouth Commencement 2009

Posted 06/14/09

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Honorary degree citation to Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. (Doctor of Science)

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.The daughter of a pediatrician and a surgeon, you grew up in Colorado with a love for the land. But it was a college class at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts that exposed you to the wonders of the ocean and set your life’s work in motion: a commitment to scientific research and advocacy for the health of our oceans, our planet, and the people and creatures that inhabit it.

You have focused on the interactions between humans and the environment, examining the intricacies of marine systems along the U.S. West Coast, changes in the state of the oceans, and alterations in climate and biodiversity. At the same time, you have offered a new vision for science and scientists, urging your colleagues to participate in public policy debates and management decisions.

You twice served on the National Science Board, you presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America, and you founded three groundbreaking groups that communicate scientific knowledge to policy makers and the public. In recognition of your work and the power of your vision, President Obama has appointed you head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

With gratitude and admiration for your leadership, Dartmouth now presents you with its honorary degree, Doctor of Science.

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