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Susan Solomon: Service to America Medalist Last Updated on 2011-01-06 00:00:00 Susan Solomon: Service to America Medalist On September 15, 2010, in recognition of her pioneering work that altered the course of atmospheric research, NOAA senior scientist Susan Solomon was awarded the Career Achievement Service to America medal. "It's been a privilege doing science to serve the American public, and receiving this wonderful award is one of the most humbling experiences of my life," said Solomon, who is based at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. Solomon is the second NOAA scientist to win a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, or "Sammie." In 2008, Eddie Bernard, director of NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, won for his work in establishing an international tsunami detection and forecast system. Susan Soloman Photo Credit: Sam Kittner "At... More »
Anastas, Paul Last Updated on 2010-12-21 00:00:00 Paul Anastas, Ph.D. is the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Science Advisor to the Agency. Known widely as the "Father of Green Chemistry" for his groundbreaking research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally-toxic, environmentally-friendly chemicals, Dr. Anastas has an extensive record of leadership in government, academia, and the private sector. At the time he was nominated by President Obama to lead ORD, Dr. Anastas was the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, and the inaugural Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Anastas was the founding Director of the Green Chemistry Institute, headquartered at the American... More »
Jackson, Lisa P. Last Updated on 2010-12-21 00:00:00 Administrator Lisa P. Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 17,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from toxins and pollution, and renew public trust in EPA’s work. As Administrator, Jackson has pledged to focus on core issues of protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination in our communities, and reducing greenhouse gases. She has promised that all of EPA’s efforts will follow the best science, adhere to the rule of law, and be implemented with unparalleled transparency. Jackson has made it a priority to focus on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly, and low-income communities that are particularly susceptible to environmental and health threats. In addressing these and other issues,... More »
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