UCSD pair named to Obama team

Two UCSD scholars have been named co-leaders of two segments of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.

Peter Cowhey, dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, will work as co-leader for the U.S. trade representative group, helping to evaluate policies and personnel for the cabinet-level agency. A political scientist, he is an expert on international trade and regulatory issues.

Mario Molina, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was selected as co-leader to develop plans for science and technology policy. He won the 1995 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work with Paul Crutzen on the threat to the ozone layer from chlorofluorcarbon gases.