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National Environmental Leader Praises FAMU Students

Vice Admiral Manson Brown
Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 18:50:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- One of the nation's top environmental leaders visited Florida A&M University to see how students are working on sustainable solutions.

Vice Admiral Manson Brown is the deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

Students in FAMU's School of the Environment shared findings from projects they've been working on.

FAMU is part of NOAA's Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC) Consortium, which helps train and diversify the next generation of scientists.

Brown says one of the organization's goals is to have these students join the NOAA family.

"Right now, we have 12,000 scientists," he said. "Some of those scientists are mature, like me, and are going to be transitioning to retirement, and we want to make a path for these younger folks to come in and help us solve some of the nation's crises."

Last year, President Obama appointed brown as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction.