On 5 August 2010, the White House announced the nomination of Dr. Cora Marrett to be the next deputy director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Marrett, a sociologist by training, is currently serving as acting director of NSF. From January 2009 until June 2010 she held the post of acting deputy director, the number two spot in the science agency. Prior to that, Dr. Marrett was the assistant director for Education and Human Resources, where she led the agency’s work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Marrett’s nomination is subject to approval by the Senate. The chamber has yet to act upon President Obama’s June nomination of Subra Suresh to be the next director of NSF. Suresh is currently dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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