NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

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    Principal Investigator:
    Cheryl Oliver, Gregory Romano
  • As NOAA celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2020, there is renewed interest in expanding Oral Histories as a key component of the agency’s overall Heritage Program. Through Oral Histories, we will capture the theme: Celebrating the People Behind NOAA - 50 Years of   Science, Service and Stewardship.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Ann Terbush Schaefer

Ann Terbush Schaefer was born in San Francisco in 1947. Her family moved to New York, where Ann attended the High School of Music and Art, before moving again to Washington, DC, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Ann started her college career at Wells College in Aurora, New York. She transferred to George Washington University with a fine arts degree in 1969. She eventually also earned her master’s in public administration from American University in 1983.

Molly Graham , Salisbury, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Mary Glackin

Mary Glackin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954.  She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1982 with a degree in computer science and coursework in meteorology.  Mary started her career with General Electric before coming to the National Weather Service in 1997, where she worked for twenty years, working her way from Computer Specialist to Meteorologist to Program Manager for the Advanced Weather Forecast Information System.

Molly Graham , Jacksonville, FL NOAA Heritage Program NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Tim Osborn

Tim is a native of Tampa, Florida and the son of school teachers. He graduated from Florida State University in Marine Biology. Earning two graduate degrees at Louisiana State University, he was awarded a Fellowship in the NOAA Sea Grant Program and worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate.

Molly Graham , Lafayette, LA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Helen Wood

Helen joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1988 as Director of the Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution, in the NOAA Satellite and Information Service.  For more than 15 years she directed the operation of a space and Earth-based system that processed and distributed real-time data gathered by NOAA and other environmental satellites to support activities such as weather forecasting, ocean and climate monitoring, and satellite-assisted search and rescue. 

Molly Graham , , Bethesda, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Mary Kicza

Mary Kicza was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1959.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from California State University and a masters degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.  Mary started her federal career as a coop student working as a civil servant for the Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California.  She worked at McClellan as an engineer developing software for automated test systems supporting Air Force satellite systems.  In 1982, Mary came to work for NASA where she stayed until 2005,

Molly Graham , Woodbine, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Sim Aberson

"Dr. Sim Aberson is a meteorologist at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, located at AOML in Miami, FL. His research has focused on observing systems to give Hurricane Specialists at the National Hurricane Center information to improve their hurricane forecasts. He participates in NOAA’s annual Hurricane Field Program and has worked with different observing platforms, especially dropwindsondes, to optimize sampling from Hurricane Hunter Aircraft and the way the data are assimilated into forecast models.

Molly Graham Dania Beach, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Michael Seki

In his role as Director of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Dr. Seki provides the science direction and oversight of research activities that support stewardship of living marine resources in the vast expanse of the Pacific Islands Region. Since joining NOAA Fisheries in 1980, Dr. Seki has conducted extensive fisheries, oceanographic, and ecosystem research on many marine species in the Pacific. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and participated in over 20 domestic and international research surveys.

Molly Graham Honolulu, HI NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Roy Crabtree

Dr. Crabtree has served as the regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service's Southeast Regional Office since January 2003. Previously, Dr. Crabtree was a senior research scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute, and the director of the Commission's Division of Marine Fisheries. He has served these state and federal fishery management agencies for over 15 years, after beginning his career as a self-employed fishing guide in the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park.

Molly Graham St. Petersburg, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Laurel Bryant

Laurel Bryant was born in Mount Vernon, Washington, and raised in Seattle.  She attended Shoreline Community College for two years and then graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Sciences.  She came to Washington, DC, in 1989 and worked for the United States House of Representatives Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, the predecessor to the House Natural Resources Committee.

Molly Graham Ivins, UT NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Albert "Benjie" Spencer

Mr. Albert (Benjie) Spencer serves as the Chief Engineer, and Director of Engineering Standards Division, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service within the Office of Planning and Programming for Service Delivery. Mr. Spencer is responsible for implementing policy, providing end-to-end system engineering oversight, assessing risks, and ensuring consistent engineering processes and standards are applied throughout the organization.

Molly Graham , Fort Washington, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

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