Kathryn D (Kathy) Sullivan, PhD

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Kathryn D Sullivan
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Kathy Sullivan (NOAA bio, NASA bio), an active AMS Member, is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraton Administrator and Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere in Washington, DC. Prior to being confirmed by the Senate in 2014, Dr Sullivan had served as Acting NOAA Administrator for just over a year. Before that, she was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy Administrator, and also performed the duties of NOAA's Chief Scientist, a vacant position. As Assistant Secretary, Dr Sullivan played a central role in directing Administration and NOAA priority work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science and services, integrated mapping services and Earth-observing capabilities. She also provided agency-wide direction with regard to satellites, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecasts to best serve American communities and businesses. As Deputy Administrator, she oversaw the smooth operation of the agency. Dr. Sullivan is the United States Co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations, an intergovernmental body that is building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems to provide environmental intelligence relevant to societal needs. Dr Sullivan, a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer, has expertise that spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, Dr Sullivan was appointed NOAA chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity. Dr Sullivan was the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University. Prior to joining Ohio State, Dr Sullivan served a decade as President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, one of the nation's leading science museums. Dr Sullivan joined COSI after three years' service as Chief Scientist at NOAA. Dr Sullivan was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the US Navy Reserve (1988-2006). Dr Sullivan has a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.

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