France Cordova Confirmed as NSF Director

France Cordova Confirmed as NSF Director

France Cordova, who once served as NASA’s chief scientist, was confirmed by the Senate yesterday as the new director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Senate is slowly working its way through many nominations made last year by President Obama.   Cordova was nominated on July 31, 2013.  The NSF Director position is a 6-year term.

An astrophysicist, Cordova was NASA Chief Scientist from 1993-1996.

France Cordova.  Photo credit:  NSF website.

Since then, she has been President of Purdue University (2007-2012), Chancellor of UC-Riverside and Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2002-2007), and Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physics at UC-Santa Barbara (1996-2002).  Prior to NASA, she was Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University and worked previously at Los Alamos National Lab.  She has been a member of the National Science Board, which governs NSF, since 2008.  Her B.A. in English is from Stanford and her Ph.D. in physics is from CalTech.

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