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July 14, 2004


Dear Colleague:

We are initiating a national search for an Assistant Director of NSF for Biological Sciences (BIO) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Mary Clutter has served in this position with great distinction since 1988 and we are grateful for her dedication to the Foundation.

The Assistant Director, BIO, leads a Directorate comprised of five divisions -- Biological Infrastructure; Environmental Biology; Emerging Frontiers; Integrative Biology and Neuroscience; Molecular and Cellular Bioscience -- and the Plant Genome Research program. Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the Directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

We seek your help in identifying candidates with outstanding leadership qualifications; a grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing the biological sciences in research and education; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF policy and management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from every sector -- academe, industry, or government -- are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information which you might be able to provide, to AD/BIO Search Committee via e-mail ( or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving them by August 31, 2004.

Your assistance in this very important matter is appreciated.



                                 Arden L. Bement, Jr.
                                 Acting Director


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