Lauren Alexander Augustine Appointed to Lead National Academies’ Gulf Research Program

WASHINGTON -- Lauren Alexander Augustine has been appointed executive director of the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The Gulf Research Program was established in 2013 as part of the settlement of criminal charges against two companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The federal government entrusted the National Academies with $500 million to enhance human health, environmental resources, and the safety of offshore energy systems in the Gulf of Mexico region. The funds form the centerpiece of the program, which will continue until 2043. In her role as executive director, Augustine will oversee the management and use of these funds.

“I look forward to building on the foundation of this program’s first five years and continuing its evolution into a flagship program that benefits the people of the Gulf,” said Augustine.

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