Obama Administration Nominates Two to Science Posts

By | August 13, 2015

On August 5, the White House nominated two scientists to positions at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE). As reported by AAAS, Richard Buckius, PhD, has been nominated to be Deputy Director at NSF. A mechanical engineer and professor at Purdue University, Buckius is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer at NSF, a position he has held since October 2014. Prior to this, he also served as assistant director at NSF’s Directorate for Engineering from 2006 to 2008.

At DOE, the President nominated Cherry Murray, PhD, to be Director of DOE Office of Science. Murray, a Professor of Physics at Harvard University, was Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from 2009 to 2014 and earlier served as a science administrator the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2004 to 2009. Both administration nominations require Senate confirmation.

In a related appointment, the National Institutes of Health announced the selection of Kay Lund, PhD, as the inaugural Director of the NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce Programs. This new position was developed following a recommendation by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director‘s Biomedical Workforce Working Group to “establish a dedicated office to guide NIH’s training and development of a well-prepared biomedical workforce.” Lund is the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor in Cell Biology and Physiology and Professor in Pediatrics and Nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.