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Conrad Lautenbacher Joins Georgia Aquarium Board

Former head of NOAA will chair Research, Science and Conservation Committee

Atlanta, GA (February 17, 2009) –

Former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), VADM Conrad Lautenbacher has been elected to the Georgia Aquarium board of directors. From 2001 until 2008, he served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Our Aquarium was created to tell the story of the oceans and to make our visitors aware of their importance,” said Bernie Marcus, the Aquarium’s founder. “There is no one better to help us lead our conservation efforts than this incredible man who has a deep love for the oceans and has dedicated his life to meeting the environmental challenges of this century and beyond.”

Marcus said that Lautenbacher will co-chair, along with Greg Bossart, the Aquarium’s Chief Veterinary Officer,  the Aquarium’s newly-formed Research, Science and Conservation Committee.

“The Georgia Aquarium has been a favorite of mine since it was first announced in 2003 and I have followed its record setting successes-- not only as a premier entertainment facility, but even more as a world class arena for educating its millions of visitors and shaping their appreciation for all things aquatic,” said Lautenbacher.

Lautenbacher is a vice president of the Applied Technology Division of CSC Corporation and is leading efforts in scientific research services and support.  As NOAA  Administrator, he spearheaded the first-ever Earth Observation Summit in 2003; worked to encourage world scientific and policy leaders to unite and build a sustained Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and was selected to serve as co-chair to the Group on Earth Observations. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in applied mathematics. He served in the U.S. Navy for 40 years.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. The Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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