Scuba Science 1 - Opening Remarks
Session A: Past, Present and Future: From Larger to Smaller ScalesRoberta L. Marinelli and Phillip R. Taylor, Co-ChairsNational Science FoundationEva J. Pell, Under Secretary for ScienceOPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIFIC DIVING SYMPOSIUMJerry L. Miller, White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyU.S. NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR UNDERWATER RESEARCH_______________________________BiosRoberta L. MarinelliNational Science FoundationRoberta Marinelli is the Program Director for the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the Antarctic Sciences Division at the National Science Foundation. Previously she was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland?s Center for Environmental Science, where her research included the ecology and biogeochemistry of nearshore and continental shelf environments, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and Maryland Sea Grant. Her projects have taken her to the Pacific Northwest, the southeastern U.S., and the shores of Nova Scotia. When she is not in the office or Antarctica, she enjoys cooking, music, running, cycling, and parenthood.Phillip R. TaylorNational Science FoundationPhillip Taylor is the Head of the Ocean Section in the NSF's Ocean Sciences Division. He received a PhD from the University of California, Irvine in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology based upon research on California coastal systems pertaining to the biological interactions and physical processes controlling the composition species assemblages on shorelines. Following time in the professorate at the University of the Virgin Islands, Visiting Scientist at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, and further research on the role of grazers in the control of community structure in Caribbean coral reef and mangrove ecosystems, Phil joined the NSF as a rotator in Biological Oceanography in 1985 but stayed on to become the Director of the Biological Oceanography Program in 1988. Eva J. PellSmithsonian InstitutionEva J. Pell joined the Smithsonian Institution in January 2010. Dr. Pell earned a B.S. in biology from City College of the City University of New York in 1968, and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Rutgers University in 1972. In 1973, Dr. Pell was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at the Pennsylvania State University. In 1991, Dr. Pell was named Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and in 1995 was named the John and Nancy Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Pell's research focused on the impact of air pollutants on vegetation and her research spanned from the molecular to the ecophysiological. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and her research was sponsored by grants and contracts exceeding $7 million. In recognition of leadership in her field in 2003, Dr. Pell was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In January 2000, Dr. Pell was appointed Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Penn State University and in 2006, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.