Jon White – From the President’s Office: 08-06-2018

2018-08-06T16:35:31+00:00 August 6, 2018|

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to help celebrate the extraordinary work and leadership of Dr. Russell Callender, who just left his role as assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), the nation’s most comprehensive ocean and coastal agency. The NOS is lucky to have had Russell for the last 18 years, and his dedication to [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 07-30-2018

2018-07-30T15:03:21+00:00 July 30, 2018|

With everything we each deal with on a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to ignore events that don’t directly affect us. Along this line, I read a storylast week about David Tebaubau, a seaweed farmer in the Solomon Islands whose current island home is in danger of being swept away by rising sea levels — the [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 07-23-2018

2018-07-23T15:36:02+00:00 July 23, 2018|

After reading bad news about ocean health early last week, I was telling myself I wouldn’t be surprised if the ocean was basically dead before I am. It’s easy to get discouraged when hearing about the growing ocean plastic pollution problem, bleaching coral reefs, expanding dead zones, overfishing, warming waters and melting ice, or [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 07-16-2018

2018-07-16T17:02:19+00:00 July 16, 2018|

We were pleased to host a congressional briefing last week with one of our member organizations, the IOOS Association, on the important role of ocean data in supporting the blue economy. During the standing-room only event, held in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus, speakers from the seafood (Leigh Habegger, Seafood Harvesters of America), tourism [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 07-02-2018

2018-07-02T17:12:00+00:00 July 2, 2018|

Jogging along the seemingly pristine beach of Monterey Bay last week, I could almost see the ocean that Admiral Watkins envisioned in the U.S. Ocean Commission report of 2004 – An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century: “The oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are clean, safe, prospering, and sustainably managed. They contribute significantly to the economy, [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 06-25-2018

2018-06-25T16:18:44+00:00 June 25, 2018|

Last Tuesday, the president signed the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States. As this policy is implemented, I see numerous opportunities for COL, our members, and our partners across the ocean science and technology community to ensure ocean science underlies decision making. We must [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 06-18-2018

2018-06-18T17:30:58+00:00 June 18, 2018|

This week’s photo was snapped just after my final volunteer shift at the Ocean Plastics Lab on the mall yesterday evening, when we closed down the highly successful exhibit that is now headed for Ottawa. The overflowing (largely) plastic trash, just two blocks from the exhibit and right across from the EPA, exemplifies the magnitude of [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 06-11-2018

2018-06-11T17:01:03+00:00 June 11, 2018|

Last Friday, we celebrated World Oceans Day, but the ocean-themed events lasted all week. On Monday, after months of planning, the Ocean Plastics Lab opened on the National Mall. COL is proud to be a partner in this international effort to educate the public, in a hands-on way, about the extent of the ocean plastic pollution problem [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 05-28-2018

2018-05-29T16:51:05+00:00 May 29, 2018|

I took some time yesterday, Memorial Day, to reflect on the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the U.S. uniformed services who died protecting our country, as well as the countless family members and loved ones who have mourned their passing. I am deeply saddened by these ultimate sacrifices but also profoundly thankful for the [...]

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 05-21-2018

2018-05-21T16:15:58+00:00 May 21, 2018|

On Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $62.5 billion Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill for FY 2019. While I referenced available numbers last week (proposed increases for NSF and NASA, a decrease for NOAA), the detailed committee report was released just prior to Thursday’s full committee markup and indicates that many of the eliminations and reductions proposed [...]

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 [...]

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