Kathryn D. Sullivan, the former NASA astronaut who has been running the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a temporary basis for the past year, finally received U.S. Senate confirmation for the job March 6. 

Sullivan, who previously served as NOAA’s chief scientist and deputy administrator, became acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting NOAA administrator when Jane Lubchenco stepped down as the head of the $5 billion-a-year science agency in February 2013.