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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)
Since 2001 Robert O'Connor has been directing the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. At NSF O'Connor also serves on the management teams for the Decision Making under Uncertainty for Climate Change centers and two competitions: Critical Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Processes; and Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems.
Dr. O'Connor represented the National Science Foundation on the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that prepared the National Climate Assessment. He currently serves on the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President.
Prior to coming to NSF, Dr. O'Connor was a Professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation funded Dr. O'Connor's research into public perceptions of cumulative, uncertain long-term risks such as climate change. Dr. O'Connor earned his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.