An announcement by UCLA said Gold will lead efforts to build the institute's education, research and public outreach program, spend half his time working for UCLA's development arm to attract donations to the institute and continue working as an adjunct professor.
"Mark has a genius for translating science so that it can be useful to local and state government agencies," Glen MacDonald, director of the institute, said in the announcement. "He also knows virtually everyone in the environmental community. The nexus that he can create between UCLA's strengths and the environmental community will be a tremendous benefit, not just to the university but the whole region."
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