Lamont Weekly Report, March 2, 2012

Just a brief report today: running out of time.

Steve Zebiak stepped down this week as Director General of the IRI, after a long and successful tenure at the helm. Steve led the IRI toward its current unique position as one of the most sophisticated sources of actionable, science-based advice to international development organizations, national institutions and agencies, and foreign governments. His contributions are immense, and both the EI and Lamont owe him a great deal. He will be staying on at the IRI and will continue to develop programs in climate services.

The search for the next director of the IRI is underway, and should conclude in a matter of months. In the meantime, the IRI Management Board has asked me to serve as interim director. I'm able to do this only because of the IRI's skilled and accomplished staff, and I look forward to helping the IRI prepare for the arrival of new leadership.

There will be another S&E Social Hour hosted by Mike Purdy's office next Tuesday at 5 at Faculty House. It's a quick and easy way to meet some new Morningside colleagues.

The Earth Institute has distributed the calls for internal proposals to the Earth Clinic and Cross-Cutting Initiative competitions. Let me know if you did not get the call, or want to discuss a response.