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November 3, 2021

Dr. Linnea Avallone, Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF), National Science Foundation

Dr. Linnea Avallone is the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) chief officer for research facilities (CORF) effective Oct. 11, 2021.

Avallone is an atmospheric chemist who has been at NSF for nine years, predominantly in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). At NSF, she has been program manager for the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, acting deputy office head for the Office of Information and Resource Management, and staff associate in the Office of Integrative Activities. She also served for three and a half years as an executive secretary to the National Science Board’s Committee on Awards and Facilities and is a 2019 graduate of NSF’s Leadership Development Program. Prior to coming to NSF, Avallone was a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder for 17 years, with a joint appointment in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. In addition, she served in administrative roles in the UCB College of Arts and Sciences for eight years. Avallone holds a bachelor's degree in life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s and doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University. She conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine.

Avallone has served as senior advisor for facilities in the GEO Office of the Assistant Director since December 2019 and currently is on a half-time detail as a senior advisor in the Office of the Director.

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