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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: Past Presentations

Fostering a Culture of Scientific Integrity in NOAA

by Katie Poser on 2020-02-18T08:41:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Date: February 11, 2020

Speaker: Cynthia J. Decker, PhD,  NOAA’s Scientific Integrity Officer, NOAA's Office of Atmospheric Research.

Sponsors: NOAA Research Council, the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series, and the NOAA Library.

Abstract: Scientific knowledge underpins everything NOAAdoes. The success of the agency in its service and stewardship endeavors rests on the quality and credibility of the science it carries out and funds. In order to ensure this is sustained, NOAA has a scientific integrity policy that addresses the overall concept of scientific integrity and prescribes how it will be encouraged and maintained in the agency. This presentation will cover the overall concept of scientific integrity as well as the specific procedures NOAA has put in place to ensure it is protected.

About the speaker: Cynthia J. Decker is the NOAA Scientific Integrity Officer, and Executive Director of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. She is the primary point of contact in the agency for all matters pertaining to scientific and research misconduct, working with the Deputy Under Secretary for Operations and NOAA Research Council on these matters. She serves as the designated federal official for the SAB, overseeing all of their activities and ensuring coordination of NOAA input to them as well as facilitating communication between the Board and various NOAA activities.
She also oversees the work of the SAB's four standing working groups. Prior to coming to NOAA in 2006, Dr. Decker was the Deputy Chief of the External Programs Branch for the Oceanographer of the Navy. This office is responsible for coordination at the policy level of Navy operational oceanography and meteorology programs with other military services, civilian agencies, and international organizations.  Dr. Decker was formerly the Director of Research for the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE, now the Consortium for Ocean Leadership), which represents over 100 academic, government, industry and non-profit ocean institutions around the United States. At CORE, she was also Director of the International Secretariat for the Census of Marine Life and Executive Director for the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. She received her Ph.D in Coastal Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University) and her Master’s in Zoology from Louisiana State University. She has previously worked for the U.S. Office of Naval Research running a marine environmental research program, and for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where she administered an estuarine management program on behalf of the state.  

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