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2003-54 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2003

UCAR Psychologist, Educator to Lead NSF Effort to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

Bill Noxon, NSF
Washington, D.C.
Telephone: 703-292-7750
E-mail: wnoxon@nsf.gov

BOULDER - The National Science Foundation has named psychologist and veteran educator Thomas Windham to the newly created position of senior adviser for science and engineering workforce. Among other duties, Windham will oversee all of NSF's efforts to broaden participation in S&E careers and will serve as NSF's principal liaison to minority-serving institutions. He will take office on February 15.

Windham currently serves as director and principal investigator of an internationally recognized, multi-ethnic learning and mentoring program called Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS(r)) through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

NSF director Rita Colwell announced the creation of the position to Congress earlier this year and initiated the nationwide competition that resulted in Windham's selection.

"Tom's appointment is critical to our mission," Colwell said. "It gives the NSF front office an experienced, talented, widely respected educator and administrator to strengthen our relationship with institutions and constituencies that are of the utmost importance to America's future."

Regarding his new position, Windham said, "I am honored to work with Dr. Colwell and the National Science Foundation. I look forward to vigorously supporting NSF's efforts to develop a highly competent and diverse scientific and technological workforce representative of the American populace and essential to our national interests."

Windham holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado. In addition to heading the SOARS program, he serves as a visiting professor at Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and has served as vice chair of NSF's Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. He has been president of the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education and president of the Society for Descriptive Psychology.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of 68 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.3 billion.

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