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E-Update for June 7, 2013

Advisory Group Members Appointed to Guide NAS Gulf Program

We are pleased to announce the formation of an Advisory Group that will lead strategic planning and initial development of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) new program to advance understanding of health, environment, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico and other Outer Continental Shelf regions. The advisory group includes members with a broad range of science, engineering, and health expertise. The Advisory Group will be critical in shaping the program. Dr. Barbara Schaal, the outgoing NAS Vice President, has agreed to serve as chair of the advisory group and will bring great leadership and commitment to our institutional values.

To view the AG membership roster and biographical sketches of members, go to: www.nationalacademies.org/gulf/gulfbios.html.

Members of the advisory group are charged to develop a strategic vision to guide the program as it develops. Its work will include:
  • lead a series of in-person and virtual information-gathering meetings in the Gulf region and Washington, D.C.;
  • understand what other organizations and agencies are doing in the Gulf region to identify broad opportunities that support the program's charge;
  • write a strategic plan for the program that will include its mission, goals, and objectives, and discuss how the program will do its work in the first five years; and
  • identify the strategic actions needed to implement the program over the short, medium, and long term, including preliminary thinking about metrics to measure the program's impact.

The National Academy of Sciences is not a government agency. We are a private, nonprofit organization chartered in 1863 to provide independent, expert advice to the nation. We will apply our same high standards of scientific independence and excellence to creating and managing the new research program.