Jan 05 2010
An Arizona specialist on groundwater rights will be headed to the White House to work on water-related areas of climate change.
UA water specialist Katharine L. Jacobs is taking her expertise to Washington, D.C. where she has a new appointment to work on national climate change issues.
For decades, Katharine L. Jacobs has been involved in local and national discussions on issues related to water rights and conservation, at times also serving as a preeminent voice on ways to translate science into sustainable policy.
Those years of work and expertise have resulted in Jacobs earning an appointment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from which serving with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP.
Jacobs, a University of Arizona professor and specialist in the department of soil, water and environmental science, has been named the OSTP’s assistant director for climate adaptation and assessment within the office’s Energy and Environment Division. She begins her post Jan. 4.
“This is a dramatic change for me,” Jacobs said. “But I am a hard worker and happy that my experience crossing the boundary between science and policy is valued by the Obama administration.” Continue Reading »