So did the interactions between NOAA agencies, private business and OU faculty and students, she said.
"It was fun to meet a lot of the students," Lubchenco said. "There are so many people here for them to learn from, but they also push the system; they ask questions, and they have ideas. It's good for everybody because you have a combination of experience and youth."
Lubchenco taught at Harvard University for two years and at Oregon State University for 32 years until 2009, when she became NOAA administrator. Her areas of scientific expertise are in oceans, climate change and the environment.
NOAA is the federal administration that oversees scientific agencies in weather, climate, fisheries, oceans and the coasts.