Created by on 6/20/2011 12:00:00 AM


On May 26th, Dr. Cora B. Marrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Dr. Marrett is a familiar leader at the agency, and her continued commitment to NSF's mission makes her well suited for this role,” said NSF Director Dr. Subra Suresh in a statement issued by the agency. She was nominated by President Obama on August 5th, 2010, and re-nominated in the 112th Congress on January 5th, 2011. As a long-time senior official at NSF, Dr. Marrett has made a number of contributions to the agency, helping to establish the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Directorate and serving as its first Assistant Director. She subsequently was appointed the Assistant Director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate, where she led NSF’s mission to strengthen U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Marrett also served as Acting Director of the Foundation in 2010 and more recently as Senior Advisor for Foundation Affairs.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) issued a press release praising Marrett’s appointment and expressing the organization’s continued enthusiasm for working with NSF’s leadership team. “Dr. Marrett’s long-awaited Senate confirmation to this important position is recognition of her unique expertise and experience stemming from years of service to NSF,” stated FASEB President Dr. William T. Talman. “During this time of unprecedented budgetary constraint, it is more important than ever to have experienced and deeply committed scientists like Dr. Marrett and Director Suresh at the helm of the NSF.”