France Córdova Brings Management Expertise to NSF

Jeff tries to explain how government works to readers of Science.

President Barack Obama has chosen a two-time university president to be the next director of the National Science Foundation. France Córdova, a 66-year-old astrophysicist, is currently chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and has led Purdue University and the University of California, Riverside. Her nomination last week to succeed Subra Suresh appears to be a vote for an experienced scientific manager over a visionary scientist to lead the $7 billion agency.

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