Thursday, August 1, 2013

Santa Fe Resident Nominated for Director of National Science Foundation

Who knew that Santa Fe -- where we've spent countless hours in courtrooms and City Council meetings debating whether wi-fi will kill you -- would one day be home to a director of the National Science Foundation.

But it's true. President Obama has nominated France Anne Cordova to that position.

Cordova, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, was president of Purdue University between 2007 to 2012. She's also chairman of the Smithsonian Institute Board of Regents and is a member of the National Science Board.

According to a news release:

From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Cordova served as Chancellor of the University of California at Riverside, where she was a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Previously, Dr. Cordova was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1996 to 2002. She served as NASA’s Chief Scientist from 1993 to 1996. She was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Cordova served as Deputy Group Leader in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1988 to 1989 and Staff Scientist from 1979 to 1989.  ... Dr. Cordova received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Since leaving Purdue , she has lived in Santa Fe with her husband Christian Foster, who she met here years ago.