On 21 October 2009, Dr. Marcia McNutt was confirmed as the new Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). She will also serve as Science Advisor to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar. The confirmation brings McNutt back to the USGS, where she began her career as an earthquake scientist in 1978. Since then she has served as a professor and program director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as the CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. During the Clinton Administration, McNutt chaired the President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration. McNutt is the first woman to head the USGS in its 130 year history.
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