United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has named Dr. Nina V. Federoff to be her new Science and Technology Adviser. Federoff, a plant molecular biologist, is the Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor in the Department of Biology and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Pennsylvania State University.
Established in 2000, the Secretary’s Science and Technology Adviser serves as the State Department’s chief scientist and principal liaison to the national and international scientific communities. Federoff is the third person to hold the post.
Among the chief responsibilities of the S&T Adviser are: enhancing the scientific literacy at the Department of State; increasing the number of scientists working for the Department of State, both domestically and overseas; building bridges to the scientific community; and, providing timely information on emerging S&T issues with implications for foreign policy. Federoff’s research has centered on the molecular biology of plant genes and transposons, as well as plant adaptations to stressful environments.
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