Washington, D.C. – The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) announced today that it has named Dr. Holly K. Given as Director of the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP). Dr. Given will succeed Dr. John Farrell, who is leaving JOI to accept the position of Assistant Dean at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Given will work closely with Dr. Farrell until March 5, when his resignation will become effective. At that time, Dr. Given will assume full responsibility for the leadership and management of USSSP. Dr. Given will lead planning and program development activities as well as expand the program’s reach into new fields of research in order to maximize and expand U.S. scientists’ participation in scientific ocean drilling.
JOI President Steven Bohlen remarked, “With three separate platforms and simultaneous expeditions, the new USSSP will be far more complex than previous programs. Holly brings to JOI a vast knowledge and experience of large-scale, international program management. I am pleased she will be joining us and look forward to her leadership.”
Bohlen continued, “This announcement cannot be made without acknowledging the enormously important role that John has played in making scientific ocean drilling a success. Over the past 9 years, John has worked tirelessly and effectively for USSSP, ODP, and JOI. John will no doubt continue to lead the ocean sciences community in his new position.”
Dr. Given earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to JOI, she served as a senior technical adviser for the Technology Integration Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a research and engineering company that provides large-scale technology and systems integration project management.
From 1986-1997, Dr. Given worked as a researcher and academic administrator at Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and was Executive Director of SIO’s IDA network of seismic stations, which comprise about 30% of the IRIS Global Seismographic Network. From 1997-2001, Dr. Given was a senior technical officer in the International Monitoring System Division of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria, a UN-affiliated international organization with a membership of 170 signatory nations.
JOI is a consortium of 18 U.S. academic institutions that brings to bear the collective capabilities of the individual oceanographic institutions on research planning and management of the ocean sciences. USSSP was established in December 1984 to initiate and manage a cohesive, long-term program of support for activities to be carried out by U.S. scientists as an integral part of scientific ocean drilling programs.