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Keeping Up With Rita Colwell

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1622-1623
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1622

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Judging by her frenetic life as a researcher, administrator, and dealmaker, marine microbiologist Rita Colwell, the president's choice to be the next director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), is likely to make her presence felt, say her colleagues. She is expected to pay particular attention to fostering research across disciplines, improving science and mathematics education at all levels, and encouraging academic researchers to link up with industry. It is also anticipated that biology and environmental studies will blossom under Colwell, who would be the first biologist to head NSF in the era of modern biotechnology.