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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 30, 1996
                      NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD

     President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Jane

Lubchenco to the National Science Board (NSB), an advisory body to the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Lubchenco, of Corvallis, Oregon, is the Wayne and Gladys Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University. A marine ecologist by training, Dr. Lubchenco's current research focus includes marine conservation biology, biological diversity, and ecological causes and consequences of global changes. She led the efforts of the Ecological Society of America to set national priorities for ecological research. She chairs the Sustainable Biosphere Project, which is developing sound policy and management options for seven regions of the world. Dr. Lubchenco also helped coordinate parts of the United Nations Environment Program's Global Biodiversity Assessment report. Dr. Lubchenco is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, past president of the Ecological Society of America, a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment, and a MacArthur Fellow. She earned her B.A. from Colorado College, M.S. from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The National Science Board is an advisory board that recommends overall national policies for promoting basic research and education in the sciences to the National Science Foundation. The Board was established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 and has 24 members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Members serve six-year rotating terms and eight members are appointed every two years. Board members are drawn from industry and universities, and represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines. They are selected for their distinguished service in research, education, or public service.