D. James Baker, Jr., dean of the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, has been appointed to a 2-year term as president of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc. (JOI), a consortium of 10 academic oceanographic institutions. Baker, who has been working parttime in the position since May 15, will begin working full-time at JOI on November 1. Baker will be on leave from his post at the University of Washington while he is at JOI headquarters in Washington, D.C.; an interim dean has not yet been appointed.
Among the tasks Baker envisions for JOI is to work with other groups, including such National Research Council boards as the Board on Ocean Science and Policy (BOSP), on a long-range plan for the use of satellites in oceanography. Baker is a member of BOSP. JOI also plans to submit a proposal on July 15 to the National Science Foundation for the management of the Advanced Ocean Drilling Program (AODP) with Texas A&M University as the scientific operator. A decision on the proposal is expected in early fall, Baker said.