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Frank Rack Named Director of Ocean Drilling Programs
From the Oceansp@ce newsletter

The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) announced last week that it named Dr. Frank Rack as director of Ocean Drilling Programs. He will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the U.S. drilling vessel and science activities for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and will lead the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) phase out activities. He will begin his tenure immediately. Rack has worked at JOI since 1998 as assistant director, Ocean Drilling Programs, where he has been responsible for program management and oversight of existing JOI contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and projects related to gas hydrates with the U.S. Department of Energy and ChevronTexaco Corporation.

Rack has sailed on eight ODP expeditions, serving three times as the staff scientist responsible for coordinating shipboard scientific party activities related to the accomplishment of the leg scientific objectives. He earned his Ph.D. in geological/geophysical oceanography from the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University and his B.S. in natural resources (aquaculture, fisheries science) from the University of Rhode Island. More about JOI and the program at