The U.S. Senate last night confirmed France Córdova to be director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). An astrophysicist and former university president, the 66-year-old Córdova succeeds Subra Suresh, who stepped down 1 year ago to become president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Cordova was nominated last summer by President Barack Obama for a 6-year term. In the interim, Cora Marrett has served as acting director of the $7 billion agency. Marrett will now return to her Senate-confirmed position as deputy NSF director.
You can read ScienceInsider’s coverage of Córdova’s nomination here. We also wrote about the Senate’s slow confirmation process and conducted an interview with Córdova on her decision to accept the nomination.