My fabulous friend, an other volcanista, has alerted me to this exciting news: Dr. Marcia McNutt has been nominated by President Obama as Director of the USGS!
The Department of Interior press release and her website both report many details about Dr. McNutt’s career, but I want to repeat some of them here. McNutt got her PhD in geophysics from Scripps, worked at the University of Minnesota and the USGS (on earthquake prediction), and then held a faculty appointment at MIT, where she was the Director of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. She served as President of AGU (the ginormous geoscience society with its annual December Geoscientists-Take-Over-Frisco meeting) from 2000-2002. She did lots of other prestigious things along the way that you can go read about, and lately has been the president of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
McNutt is the first woman ever nominated to run the USGS. Finally. And she is also fucking awesome.