Cordova approved as National Science Foundation director

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WASHINGTON (WLFI) – Former Purdue President France Córdova has been named director of the National Science Foundation.

Her nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. She had been nominated for the post by President Obama last summer.

The National Science Foundation promotes the progress of science and has an annual budget of more than $7 billion. NSF funds around 20 percent of all federally supported research done in colleges and universities in the United States.

Córdova served as Purdue’s president from 2007 to 2012. Before that, she held numerous positions at other universities and served as NASA’s Chief Scientist.

Córdova is currently Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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