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Change of Leadership for NSF Arctic Sciences

Directorate for Geosciences
Division of Polar Programs

6 August 2014

Dear Colleagues,
I'm writing to let you know about a change of leadership that is underway for the Arctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs. Mr. Simon Stephenson recently started a one-year detail as Assistant Director for Polar Sciences in the Environment and Energy Division at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Amongst other duties in his new role, Simon will serve as the Executive Director to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). We look forward to working with Simon on a range of Polar science and policy issues in his new capacity.
Plans are already in the works to bring in a replacement to serve as Section Head for Arctic Sciences, and I hope to make an announcement soon. In the interim, other members of the Division's senior staff are working with Program Officers in the Arctic Sciences Section to ensure uninterrupted operations. So please continue to work with your Program Officer for routine inquiries, and contact me, or senior staff acting for me, for other inquiries.


Dr. Kelly K. Falkner

Director, Division of Polar Programs


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