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Obama's Nominee to Lead NSF Lauded for Science and Management Skills

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Science  11 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5984, pp. 1340-1341
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5984.1340-a

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Intense but relaxed. Driven but calm. Supremely confident, yet self-effacing enough to gain the trust of those who might disagree with him. A portrait of President Barack Obama? Some may think so. But the description comes from colleagues asked about the president's latest scientific appointment: Subra Suresh, dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was nominated last week to become the next director of the National Science Foundation.