From Classroom to Boardroom

Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 943a
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5595.943a

President George W. Bush has belatedly nominated eight people for 6-year terms on the National Science Board, the National Science Foundation's governing body, and the list (www.nsf.gov/nsb) contains a few surprises. The biggest surprise is JoAnne Vasquez, who would be the first board member to have made her mark as an elementary school science teacher. Vasquez, now semiretired, is a popular speaker on school reform and a consultant for McGraw Hill Inc. Observers were also struck by the absence of any industrial leaders on the list, which is heavy with engineers and other academics.

The board has been short-handed since May, when a third of its 24 members rotated off. But the new members, nominated 17 October, can't step in until they are vetted and then approved by the Senate, which comes back this month for a short, lame-duck session.

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