Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., has been named to two national panels that address major environmental issues in the oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast.
President Robinson has been approved by the National Research Council Board of Directors to serve as a member of the Gulf Research Program (GRP) Division Committee.
The GRP is a $500 million+ program stemming from the BP oil spill settlement managed by the National Academy of Sciences to develop innovative solutions to energy and associated human and ecological issues in the Gulf of Mexico . The 15-member Gulf Research Program Division Committee provides intellectual and strategic leadership to the Gulf Research Program and its staff.
Members are responsible for implementing the strategic vision of the Gulf Research Program and helping the program achieve its mission and long-term goals. They play a critical role in identifying opportunities that will advance program initiatives, conceptualizing and designing program activities, assisting with program outreach, and evaluating program impact.
“The BP oil spill reminded us of the vulnerability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and the people and communities that depend on them,” Robinson said. “It is a privilege to be asked to play a role in helping to create a viable future for the region we call home.”
In January, the US Secretary of Commerce invited Robinson to serve a four-year term as a member of Sea Grant’s advisory board.
Established by Congress in 1976, the National Sea Grant Advisory Board is the Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) of the National Sea Grant College program. The Council advises the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program on strategies to meet the country’s highest priorities in terms of understanding, assessment, development, management, use and conservation of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources.
This important advice serves to ensure that the National Sea Grant Network, which represents approximately 300 universities and research institutes, continues to work towards a better understanding, development and conservation of the country’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources.
“The health of our Great Lakes, oceans, coastal and marine ecosystems and the people they serve is critical to the sustainability of the American way of life,” Robinson said. “I am honored to be invited to participate in this important work.”