Top marine ecologist, NOAA leader to deliver Geller Lecture April 5

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration leader Jane Lubchenco, an internationally known marine ecologist and environmental scientist, will present "Growing a Sustainable Future: Reasons for Urgency and Hope," at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Tilton Hall, second floor, Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street.

Lubchenco's talk is presented by the Albert, Norma and Howard ’77 Geller Endowed Lecture Series, co-sponsored by Clark University’s George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise.

The first woman and the first marine ecologist to lead NOAA, Lubchenco is also Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, appointed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. 

* Read news coverage of this lecture in an article titled "Earth's Pivotal Time" (Worcester Telegram & Gazette April 7). *

Lubchenco was a presidential-appointee for two terms on the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress and oversees the National Science Foundation.  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Society, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.  Lubchenco is also a former president of the International Council for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America. She served on the Pew Oceans Commission and the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative. 

Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur ("Genius") Fellowship, nine honorary degrees.  She received the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, the 2004 Environmental Law Institute Award , the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest and the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment.

Prior to taking her post at the NOAA, Lubchenco taught at Harvard for two years and served on the faculty at Oregon State University.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508-751-4619.

The Geller Endowed Lecture Series, established in 2004 by Howard Geller and his parents Albert and Norma, addresses current topics related to areas of energy, environment and sustainability. Howard Geller graduated from Clark in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He is currently the executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a new public-interest organization he founded in 2001, based in Boulder, Colo. A clean-energy entrepreneur, Howard Geller has worked for more than two decades influencing national and international energy policy. The Gellers have also established an endowed fund at Clark for research grants to support learning opportunities in environmental sustainability. An archive of News Hub postings can be found at