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National Safety Stand-Down, May 2-6, 2016

(posted on 1 May 2016)


 Stone to serve as NSF Director’s Chief of Staff

Brian W. Stone, who heads the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) section in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, will begin an assignment as chief of staff to NSF Director France A. Córdova on May 1.

Scott G. Borg, who is currently the head of the Division’s Antarctic Sciences Section, will replace Brian as the head of AIL. Eric Saltzman, who is currently head of the Division’s Arctic Sciences Section, will become the head of Antarctic Sciences. Simon Stephenson, who formerly headed the Arctic Sciences section before taking a temporary assignment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will once again assume the role of Arctic section head.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Brian and a fantastic chance for him to use his managerial skills to benefit the entire foundation," said Kelly K. Falkner, Division Director. ""Although we will miss him during his upcoming assignment, we in Polar are fortunate enough to have a depth of talent and ability in our ranks to ensure that NSF remains a global leader in polar science with continuity in all of our operations."


 (posted on 12 April 2016)


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Archiving and Discovering of Data and Metadata Generated through Projects Funded by the NSF Arctic Sciences Section
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