Jon White – From the President’s Office: 05-14-2018

2018-05-15T08:53:16+00:00 May 15, 2018|

Amidst all the headlines emanating from D.C. last week, here’s one I wish you would have seen – “Congress’ Blue Tech Hearing Charts Innovative Future for Coast Guard.” I had the honor of testifying last week before the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. I was in good company, providing expertise [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 04-30-2018

2018-04-30T16:30:42+00:00 April 30, 2018|

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the American Meteorological Society's Washington Forum. The theme, Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy, provided a platform to examine public policy issues across ocean, weather, water, and climate sciences, and I was pleased to speak on how advances in ocean science and technology extend far [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 04-23-2018

2018-04-23T10:07:53+00:00 April 23, 2018|

There’s nothing like a long weekend in Colorado to renew my appreciation for the outdoors… the Earth, the ocean, education, and the next generation. What inspired me most was the more than 100 high schoolers who descended on the University of Colorado Boulderto challenge each other on their ocean science knowledge in the 21stannual National [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 04-16-2018

2018-04-16T16:55:41+00:00 April 16, 2018|

Congress was back in session last week, and the new appropriations season is picking up steam. We submitted testimony to the House and Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittees on the importance of ocean science to our national security and maritime superiority. Later this month, we’ll also be providing testimony to both chambers’ Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittees, which fund NSF, [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 04-02-2018

2018-04-02T15:27:05+00:00 April 2, 2018|

It’s spring in D.C. and time for NOSB! Finals that is. All around the “NOSB nation,” dedicated and determined high school students who won their regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competitions are preparing for the 21st annual national Finals competition that kicks off in just over two weeks. I’m looking forward to heading to Boulder, Colorado, where our hosts at the Cooperative [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-26-2018

2018-03-26T16:51:50+00:00 March 26, 2018|

In a different kind of March Madness, Congress and the president kept us on the edge of our seats once again, approving a final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending package just before the buzzer sounded. This bill was a win for the ocean sciences, with some agencies seeing their first real increases in [...]

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 [...]

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