NOAA 2005-054
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Ocean explorer and scientist Robert Ballard, and Frank Kudrna, an expert on Great Lakes issues, have been appointed to the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The Science Advisory Board advises the NOAA administrator and leadership on long- and short-range strategies for research, education and the application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction.

“It is a great honor to have these two individuals help shape NOAA’s scientific efforts,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary for oceans and the atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Both are icons in their fields and will make invaluable contributions to NOAA’s research strategy.”

Members are appointed by Lautenbacher for three-year terms to the 15-member board.

Best known for his discovery of the Titanic in 1985, Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. He was a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and retired as a senior scientist and director of the Center for Marine Exploration. He is an Explorer-in-Resident of the National Geographic Society and was a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Ballard’s JASON project allows thousands of school children to follow the oceanographer on his undersea adventures.

Since 1998, Kudrna has been the chief executive officer of Kudrna & Associates, Ltd., a consulting firm offering diverse civil engineering expertise. He has served on many boards dealing with Great Lakes and water issues. He was chairman of the Illinois delegation to the Great Lakes Commission for 25 years and serves on the NOAA National Sea Grant Review Panel, which he previously chaired.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through research to better understand atmospheric and climate variability and to manage wisely our nation's coastal and marine resources.

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