Science  22 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5807, pp. 1847d
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5807.1847d

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CLIMATE. The head of geosciences at the National Science Foundation is going to work next month for her Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur son on a start-up venture that's part of a new wave of “greentech” companies. Margaret Leinen, who has led the $700 million directorate for 7 years, announced this month that she will be joining Climos, a San Francisco-based research company backed by her 38-year-old son, Dan Whaley. In 1994, Whaley co-founded an online travel reservations company that was sold in 2000 for $750 million.

Leinen, a paleoclimatologist and former dean of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will become the chief scientific officer for Climos, which CEO Whaley says is investigating “a number of promising natural processes to mitigate climate change.” Leinen, who will open a Washington, D.C., office for the company, says that she hopes her efforts will build ties between environmental scientists and industry. “I'm also thrilled to have the chance to work with my son.”

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