Monday, April 28, 2014

Marcia McNutt, editor-in-chief of Science magazine, will speak at the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Spring 2014 Commencement. The event will be held in the Comcast Center on May 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Marcia McNuttA geophysicist, McNutt became the nineteenth editor-in-chief of Science magazine on June 1, 2013. Prior to joining Science, she served as director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the organization responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt personally served on a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston helping to contain the oil and cap the well. She led the group that provided estimates of the rate of oil discharge during the active phase of the oil spill. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Prior to joining the U.S. Geological Survey, McNutt served as president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, for 12 years. During her time there, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors for remote ocean deployment, installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificial intelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

Before moving to California, McNutt was the Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She conducted research into the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, which took her to distant continents and oceans for field observations.

McNutt is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and International Association of Geodesy. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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