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AAAS Fellow Francine Berman to Join the National Council on the Humanities

Computer scientist and AAAS Fellow Francine Berman has been nominated by President Barack Obama (and confirmed by the United States Senate) to join the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) advisory board, the National Council on the Humanities, it was announced on January 11. Berman will be joined by professor of environmental studies and history Patricia Limerick, and Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program Shelly Lowe.

The NEH is an independent federal agency that awards grants. The board consists of 26 distinguished citizens who make recommendations on grant applications and advise the Chairman.

Berman has been a leading thinker and pioneer in the field of computer science for decades. She is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  In 2009 she received the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for \"influential leadership in design, development and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.\" She is the U.S. lead of the Research Data Alliance, an international organization created to accelerate research data sharing.  She is also Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, co-Chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and a member of the Sloan Foundation Board of Trustees.  Previously, Dr. Berman served as Director of San Diego Supercomputer Center and Vice President for Research at RPI. Berman has been recognized by the Library of Congress as a \"Digital Preservation Pioneer."

On her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, Dr. Francine Berman said, \"Digital information is transforming the landscape in all areas, including humanities research, education and preservation.  I am tremendously honored by this appointment and look forward to contributing and learning as a member of the NEH Council."

Congratulations to all three prominent and accomplished individuals!