New Assistant Director - NSF Directorate for Geosciences

9 November 2012

New Assistant Director
Directorate for Geosciences
National Science Foundation

The full announcement is available at:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Roger M. Wakimoto to
serve as assistant director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO).
Wakimoto will lead a directorate with an annual budget of approximately
$1 billion in support of core research in the atmospheric, polar, earth
and ocean sciences.

As the principal source of federal funding for university-based
fundamental research in the geosciences, GEO addresses the nation's need
to understand, predict and respond to environmental events and changes
to use Earth's resources wisely. Basic research in the geosciences
advances scientific knowledge of Earth's environment, including
resources such as water, energy, minerals and biological diversity.
GEO-supported research also advances our ability to predict natural
phenomena of economic and human significance, such as climate change,
weather, earthquakes, fish-stock fluctuations, and disruptive events in
the solar-terrestrial environment. GEO manages facilities and an
academic research fleet, including the newly launched R/V Sikuliaq and
the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, which was dedicated last month.

Wakimoto will begin his NSF appointment in February 2013.

For further information, please see the full announcement at:

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