The IODP-SEP fosters and evaluates drilling proposals for the three IODP Facilities Boards (drilling platforms): the US-led D/V JOIDES Resolution, the Japanese-led D/V Chikyu, and the European led mission specific platforms. The SEP mandate includes evaluating proposals for 1) the themes and initiatives of the IODP Science Plan; and 2) the completeness of the site characterization data package and its adequacy for achieving the scientific objectives of the proposal. Tnternational Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)he SEP also advises the Facilities Boards on any shortcomings of the proposal pool with respect to themes and challenges of the IODP Science Plan, and makes suggestions for stimulating proposal pressure in those areas. Miller will be lead chair for science, complementing the site characterization co-chair, David Mallinson (E. Carolina University). As co-chair, Miller will be expected to attend annual Facilities Board meetings in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, the IODP Forum, and to co-chair the SEP twice a year meetings.