Joan Ferrini-Mundy has been selected as the new assistant director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). She has held the position on an acting basis for the last year. Her background prior to joining NSF was in math education.
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) has announced that he does not plan to seek a sixth term in 2012. Bingaman chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is the sixth Senator to announce his intentions to retire at the end of the 112th Congress.