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OSTP Environment Deputy Named

Environmental scientist Shere Abbott has been named by the White House to be associate director of environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—a position that requires Senate confirmation. She's the first of four deputies President Barack Obama promised to nominate who's been named.

After the jump is her bio from the White House. She worked at AAAS, which publishes ScienceInsider, and did a stint at the University of Texas, Austin, as head of its sustainability effort. Now it's back to Washington, D.C. to work for John Holdren—once he passes his political holdup. (On that score, by the way, Matt Yglesias has an informative screed on the system of "holds" the Senate includes that's stopping Abbott's would-be boss ...)

Sherburne “Shere” Abbott, Nominee for Associate Director of Environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Abbott is a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as the Director of the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  Previously she served as Chief International Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the world, where she was responsible for the International Office, and where she established and directed the Center for Science, Innovation and Sustainable Development.  Prior to this appointment she consulted on environmental science and sustainable development for private foundations, the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, and other non-governmental organizations.  Until 2001, she worked at the NationalAcademies’ National Research Council over a 17-year period, serving in several capacities--Executive Director of the Board on Sustainable Development, where she directed the Sustainability Transition Study and the Global Change Research Program; director of international organization programs for the Office of International Affairs; and Director of the Polar Research Board.  She also served as Assistant Scientific Program Director of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, an independent federal agency, where she managed the research program and developed a model of environmental research for monitoring human impacts in Antarctica.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in biology from GoucherCollege and her Master’s Degree in environmental science and natural resource policy from YaleUniversity, where she was a Dodge Fellow in Human - Animal Ecology.