Confirmed: Koh, Campbell, Tauscher, Rooney

The following civilian Executive Nominations for the Department of State were confirmed by the Senate on June 25:

PN225 * Harold Hongju Koh, of Connecticut,
to be Legal Adviser

PN373 * Kurt M. Campbell, of the District of Columbia,
to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).

PN403 * Ellen O. Tauscher, of California,
to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Controland International Security.

PN587 Daniel M. Rooney, of Pennsylvania,
to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States
of America to Ireland.

— (Senate – June 25, 2009)

[Page: S7114] GPO’s PDF

— (Senate – June 25, 2009)

[Page: S7114] GPO’s PDF

Video of the Week: Robert Full and the Gecko

Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko’s tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all.

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Full is fascinated with cockroach legs that allow them to scuttle at full speed across loose mesh and gecko feet that have billions of nano-bristles to run straight up walls. He’s using his research to design the perfect robotic “distributed foot,” adding spines, hairs and other parts to metal legs and creating versatile scampering machines.

He’s helped create robots, such as Spinybot, which can walk up sheer glass like a gecko — and he even helped Pixar create more realistic insect animations in the film A Bug’s Life.