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Press Statement 16-001

France Córdova on President Obama's State of the Union address

NSF Director France Cordova takes the oath at NSF headquarters with her cousin and John Holdren

France A. Córdova is sworn in as NSF director in a ceremony in Arlington, Virginia.
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January 12, 2016

"The administration's embrace of science, technology and STEM education has been one of its hallmarks," said National Science Foundation Director France Córdova. "In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted the importance of scientific progress and innovation. We look forward to continuing to fulfill the agency's mission to promote the progress of science and engineering, which is crucial to our economy, global competitiveness and quality of life."


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