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Diane Souvaine Reappointed to National Science Board

Vice provost for research has served on NSF policymaking board since 2008
October 15, 2014

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Diane L. Souvaine, the vice provost for research and a professor of computer science, has been reappointed to the National Science Board, the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. The board also advises the president and Congress on science and engineering policy issues.

Souvaine was one of seven people named to federal boards and commissions by President Barack Obama on Sept. 16. “These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers,” the president said. “I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

The National Science Board’s 24 members are drawn primarily from universities and industry and represent a range of science and engineering disciplines. Members are chosen for their prominence in research, education or public service and for their records of distinguished service. Souvaine, who is also an adjunct professor in the mathematics department, was first appointed to the board in 2008. Her first term expired this year, and she will now begin a second term, which will end in 2020.

“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to continue serving with such fantastic colleagues to oversee the National Science Foundation’s portfolio in the behavioral, social, natural, mathematical and engineering sciences,” she says. Souvaine says the board will also be supporting the foundation’s education and training missions in those fields and conduct timely studies on related issues of importance to the country.

Marjorie Howard can be reached at marjorie.howard@tufts.edu.