Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-19-2018

2018-03-22T11:05:38+00:00 March 19, 2018|

Budget season is in full swing on Capitol Hill! Congress is hustling to finalize spending for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. With the March 23 continuing resolution deadline fast approaching, threats of (ocean-driven) snow, sleet, and rain in D.C. could complicate the ongoing endeavors to avoid another government shutdown. The trillion-dollar-plus spending [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-12-2018

2018-03-13T16:06:37+00:00 March 13, 2018|

Last Wednesday, we hosted our annual public policy forum. Each year, we select a timely issue, ranging from food security to oil spills to a changing Arctic. This year’s, Power of Partnerships: Advancing Ocean Science and Tech, addressed both interagency partnering and coordination and public-private partnerships and how they can be used as a tool to improve the ocean science and [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-05-2018

2018-03-13T16:15:25+00:00 March 5, 2018|

I am excited to share with you the March 2018 special issue of Oceanography Magazine focusing on the Ocean Observatories Initiative, one of the programs COL manages. You can download the full issue from the TOS website. It is primarily composed of scientific articles from members of the community who responded to an open call for papers. These highlight [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 02-20-2018

2018-02-20T15:56:14+00:00 February 20, 2018|

Like many of you, I was experiencing firsthand the amazing advances in ocean science and technology at the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting as the president released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 (which suggests drastic cuts and elimination of several federal ocean science and technology programs). You can read details of the budget request in [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 02-12-2018

2018-02-12T17:38:56+00:00 February 12, 2018|

Last week, the annual Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science (GoMOSES) conference came to New Orleans with nearly 900 scientists from around the world to explore the theme of “Response, Restoration, and Resiliency in the Gulf.” Experts from academia, state and federal agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations shared new research on how [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 02-05-2018

2018-02-05T14:34:59+00:00 February 5, 2018|

This weekend, I spent time in my home state of Florida at the Manatee Bowl, one of the regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which was hosted by RSMAS in Miami (thanks!). The students were amazing and inspirational, as was the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers, coaches, and coordinators at all [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-29-2018

2018-01-29T13:06:55+00:00 January 29, 2018|

Today, we are pleased to be hosting a meeting of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Oceans at COL. JPIs are European Union (EU) initiatives where EU funding agencies work together to fund research to address global challenges. In today’s meeting, EU representatives, as well as those from NOAA and NSF, will be exploring bilateral [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-22-2018

2018-01-25T10:07:06+00:00 January 22, 2018|

The government may shut down, but the ocean does not … and neither do we. As I write this, legislators are negotiating a deal to fund the government through February 8 in an effort to reopen the federal government after three days. This shutdown was the culmination of months of disagreement over individual appropriations bills [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-15-2018

2018-01-16T17:13:11+00:00 January 16, 2018|

Some good news from last week - the Senate passed the Coordinated Ocean Monitoring and Research Act (S. 1425) to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act(ICOOS). COL and member institutions strongly advocated for this bipartisan bill last year, which passed out of committee last August and now heads to the House [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-08-2018

2018-01-08T15:46:01+00:00 January 8, 2018|

Traditionally, the new year is a time to set new goals and expectations and plan for a successful year (which often includes finishing up unfinished business from the last). Some of the top items on the president and Congress’ to-do list must be to finalize the nominations and confirmations of leadership positions in our [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 01-02-2018

2018-01-02T16:28:39+00:00 January 2, 2018|

At the close of 2017, I attended the Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN) holiday party in DC, where the group honored Dr. Marcia McNutt (COL Trustee) with their “Woman of the Year” award. Reflecting on her inspirational words and career of amazing leadership and scientific achievement, I am reminded of the remarkable change I have [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 12-18-2017

2017-12-18T17:04:50+00:00 December 18, 2017|

Last week, I participated in the 12th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum: “The Arctic Domain: From Economics to National Security.” Arctic experts also at the Forum included Dr. John Farrell, Executive Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) – a COL member – and Maj. Gen. Randy “Church” Key, USAF (ret.), Executive Director of [...]

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