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Senate Confirmation Hearing with Dr. Frances Gulland




4/29/11: Dr. Frances Gulland is Sworn into The U.S. Marine Mammal Commission!


Dr. Frances Gulland, senior scientist, at The Marine Mammal Center.
© The Marine Mammal Center

Dr. Frances Gulland, senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center, was sworn in as a U.S. Marine Mammal Commissioner on April 29, 2011. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean at Ft. Barry, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Frank Dean graciously administered the oath.


About forty people gathered to take in the joyful occasion as a gust of wind blew across the faces of those taking in the moment. A historic Bible that may have originally been given to King Edward and a first edition of Darwin was used to aid in the giving of the oath. The proclamation from the White House bore the original signatures of both Hilary Clinton and President Obama.

The Golden Gate Bridge was the backdrop as Dr. Gulland's husband Andy Draper was by her side to celebrate this important milestone in her career.

Now it’s official!  The Center’s very own Dr. Gulland is appointed, confirmed and sworn in as a Commissioner.  Congratulations, Dr. Gulland!  The Center is proud of your dedication and looking forward to sharing your expertise and passion with an even larger audience through this exciting accomplishment.








Senate Confirmation Hearing - Dr. Frances Gulland's Nomination to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission



Today, Dr. Frances Gulland, senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center, was one of four administrative post nominees to address the senate during confirmation hearings. On November 10, 2010, President Barrack Obama nominated Dr. Gulland to serve on one of three Commissioner positions at the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. If confirmed, she will serve the federal government with a focus on the protection and conservation of marine mammals. Video from today's testimony is here (you may fast forward to the 30 minute mark for specific content related to Dr. Gulland's testimony.) Other administrative post nominees who testified today were:

  • Ms. Ann D. Begeman
    to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board
  • Mr. Philip E. Coyle III
    to be Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
    Executive Office of the President
  • Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan
    to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Observation and Prediction) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



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