On 18 January 2009, Dr. Cora Marrett was named Acting Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Marrett fills the post held by Dr. Kathie Olsen until a permanent replacement is named.

Dr. Marrett assumes the Acting Deputy Director post from her current spot as Assistant Director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate - a post she has held for the past two years. During her tenure, she has led NSF’s mission to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Dr. Marrett is a tenured faculty member of the University of Wisconsin, where she served as the senior vice president for academic affairs for six years. Dr. Marrett has also served as the first Assistant Director for NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences from 1992-1996.

Dr. Marrett holds a B.A. degree from Virginia Union University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UW-Madison, all in sociology. She received an honorary doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1996, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996.

Other changes as NSF include the reassignment of Dr. Kathie Olsen, previously the Deputy Director of NSF, to the position of Senior Advisor in the Office of Information and Resource Management. In her new position, Dr. Olsen will advise the NSF’s Chief Human Capital Officer and will advise NSF senior management on opportunities for improvement in areas such as merit review and interdisciplinary research processes, workforce planning, and Program Officer training.


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