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Science  21 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5772, pp. 363
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5772.363b

MOLDING AN AGENCY. Matthias Kleiner has spent a career finding better ways to manufacture new shapes and forms. Now the 50-year-old professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Dortmund will have the chance to shape Germany's research funding agency, DFG.

Last week, the 39-member DFG Senate made Kleiner its unanimous choice to replace outgoing president Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker. The official decision will be made on 31 May, through a vote at DFG's general meeting, but those university professors and research scientists almost always follow the Senate's recommendation.

Kleiner has been a DFG vice president since 2005, winning praise for his management skills and understanding of university and industrial research. He would be the first engineer to lead the $1.8 billion agency, which funds research in all branches of science and the humanities. Winnacker will step down at the end of 2006.

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