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:: Michael A. Lang - Science - 2009

Michael A. Lang   Michael A. Lang was recruited by the Office of the Under Secretary for Science in January 1990 to direct the Smithsonian’s pan-institutional Scientific Diving Program. Lang served as OUSS Executive Officer for Scientific Programs (2001 – 2002) and as Director of the Smithsonian Marine Science Network since 1998. He provided senior executive staff support to the Smithsonian Science Commission (May 2001 – January 2003), served as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative to National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration Smithsonian Science Studies (June - October 2002) and as OUSS symposium chair for Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science (May 2007), Smithsonian Marine Science (November 2007), coordinator of Tropical Extinction Symposium (January 2009), and Symposium Co-Host and International Board Member of the Antarctic Treaty Summit 50th Anniversary, Smithsonian Institution (November 2009). Through an Interagency Agreement with the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs he has directed the U.S. Antarctic Program scientific diving program since 2001. Lang serves as the OUSS representative on the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research.

Lang came to the Smithsonian from San Diego State University (B.Sc. Zoology and postgraduate marine ecology) where he was a Staff Marine Biologist and Collections Curator from January 1982 – December 1989. He has served as President of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Chairman of the Board of Divers Alert Network, and as Board member of the National Association of Underwater Instructors, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, Ocean Futures Foundation, Coral Reef Alliance, 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, National Geographic Society Sustainable Seas Project, U.S.-Japan Natural Resource Council - Diving Physiology Panel, International Board of AT50Summit, and as expert consultant to the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Scientific collaborations include projects with Channel Islands Research Program, U.S. National Park Service Channel Islands National Park, California Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Aquarius Habitat Program, Aquarium et Musée Océanographique Monaco, National Science Foundation - UNOLS, MBC Applied Environmental Sciences, UNESCO-Paris, The Nature Conservancy - US AID, USGS-Biological Resource Division, National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, US Navy Experimental Diving Unit, NAVSEA, Supervisor of Diving and Salvage, and US Coast Guard. Lang has published over 50 papers and received research awards from UC Sea Grant, Woods Hole Sea Grant, USC Sea Grant, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Divers Alert Network (DAN), National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs and Division of Ocean Sciences. Professional acknowledgements include DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year, NAUI Outstanding Instructor Award, AAUS Dedicated Service Award, UHMS Craig Hoffmann Award, Smithsonian Special Act Award, AAUS Conrad Limbaugh Award for Scientific Diving Leadership, and DEMA Reaching Out Award/Diving Hall of Fame. Lang has been featured in SMITHSONIAN Magazine and Smithsonian Channel’s Spotlight on Science. He is quinquilingual, an internationally requested speaker, and publishes Marine Science and Dive and Ipy for the Office of the Under Secretary for Science.


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