Clinton will tap Colwell for science agency job

January 09, 1998|By SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton announced yesterday that he will nominate Rita R. Colwell, president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, to become the deputy director the National Science Foundation.

The federal agency, which has a $3.3 billion annual budget, sponsors research in science and engineering that has no immediate commercial application. Colwell, 63, is the founding president of Maryland's biotechnology institute, which is intended, in part, to foster collaborative efforts between Maryland researchers and start-up companies.

Her appointment, which had been expected, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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