Dr. Larry Robinson, professor at the Environmental Sciences Institute at Florida A&M University, was confirmed by the Senate on 6 May 2010 as assistant secretary for conservation and management at the Department of Commerce. The new post, created by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, will oversee NOAA’s environmental policy.
Since 2001, Dr. Robinson has served as director of NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center at Florida A&M University. He also served as science advisor to the Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service from 2007-2009 and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Science Technology Education Advisory Committee. Robinson has a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and conducts research in environmental chemistry.
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