Among the dozen new nominees are Asmeret Berhe, Rick Spinrad, and Monica Medina. Berhe, a professor of soil biogeochemistry at the University of California, Merced, has been nominated to be the director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy. As Science notes, that $7 billion research office is the main funder of physical sciences in the US. UC Berkeley's John Harte, who was Berhe's doctoral advisor, tells it that her selection is "totally understandable and makes perfect sense" and that she would bring a "fresh vision" to the office.
Meanwhile, Spinrad, an oceanography professor at Oregon State University, has been tapped to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Monica Medina, an adjunct professor Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and CEO of Our Daily Planet, has been selected to oversee science and climate at the State Department.