NOAA Gets First Chief Scientist In More Than A Decade – Changes to federal personnel rules makes him a shoo in

Currently the vice president for research at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, Spinrad is a known face at NOAA and in Washington. He served as NOAA’s assistant administrator for research from 2005 to 2010, and led its oceans and coastal zone programs from 2003 to 2005. From 1987 to 2003, he worked for the U.S. Navy, including as Technical Director for the Oceanographer of the Navy. He earned his doctorate at OSU. Read more here  08:52  (lots of interesting links!)