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NSF PA/M 03-53 - December 17, 2003

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

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Science Foundation has named psychologist and veteran educator Thomas Windham to the newly created position of Senior Advisor for Science & 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.

Windham will take office on Feb. 15. He 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®) through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

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."

Windham holds a PhD 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 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.

For more information on SOARS and a detailed biography of Windham, see:

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 Bill Noxon

 (703) 292-7750


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