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Obama picks new chiefs for NSF, NOAA and OSTP

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate France Córdova to be Director of National Science Foundation. Córdova served as the president of Purdue University from 2007 to 2012 and as chancellor of the University of California at Riverside before that. She served as NASA's Chief Scientist from 1993 to 1996, and is a member of the National Science Board.

Kathryn Sullivan was nominated to be administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sullivan has been NOAA's acting director since Jane Lubchenco resigned in February, and previously served as NOAA chief scientist and deputy administrator. A former NASA astronaut, Sullivan was the first American woman to walk in space. She also served on the AAAS Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008.

Obama will nominate Jo Handelsman to serve as Associate Director of Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Handelsman is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.