On 6 March, the Senate confirmed Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan as under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. Sullivan will serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has been the acting administrator of NOAA for the last year. Her nomination had been pending in the Senate since July 2013.

“NOAA provides the environmental intelligence that helps citizens, businesses, and governments make smart choices,” said Sullivan. “Mission first, people always - this is my commitment to the American people and to the NOAA workforce. I’m incredibly proud of our people, and it’s an honor to be at the helm.”

Sullivan is a former astronaut and was the first woman to walk in space. She previously served as Chief Scientist for NOAA, director of a science education policy center at Ohio State University, and as president and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry, a science museum in Ohio. She has a Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University.


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