On August 16, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced it would bar White House climate official Jane Lubchenco from participating in its publications and activities for five years.
This announcement comes months after House Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) and Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.) wrote to President Joe Biden suggesting that Lubchenco’s actions “may violate the Administration’s principles of scientific integrity,” making “her current leadership role very troubling.”
Having edited a paper entitled, “A global network of marine protected areas for food,” written by her brother-in-law Steven Gaines (with whom she had collaborated several times previously), she violated the science body’s conflict-of-interest policy.
Retraction Watch reported that in April, University of Hull marine scientist Magnus Johnson wrote to the editor of the NAS’ official journal, noting Lubchenco’s family relationship with Gaines: “It seems a little dubious to have a paper edited by an author who is closely aligned with authors on it? I know it can be tricky to find true independence in the upper layers of international science but surely Dr Lubchenko [sic] should have at least declared an interest?” more here