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December 17, 2001
Volume 79, Number 51
CENEAR 79 51 p. 13
ISSN 0009-2347
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NSF Names Ellis As Chemistry Division Director


A new director for the NSF Chemistry Division has been named: Arthur B. Ellis, Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He succeeds Janet G. Osteryoung, who retired from NSF in March.

Ellis, 50, says he won't officially join the NSF staff until July 2002 but will consult regularly with officials there in the meantime. His priorities as Chemistry Division director, he says, will include enhancing support for basic research as well as expanding interdisciplinary opportunities, working to integrate research and education, and broadening participation in chemistry.

"I think global perspectives are important," Ellis tells C&EN, "and I look forward to working with the chemical sciences community."

Ellis' own research has focused on the electro-optical properties of molecules and solids and the interfaces derived from electronic materials. His research results have appeared in more than 150 published papers, and he holds seven patents.

Ellis recently received an NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (C&EN, Nov. 19, page 14). He will use funding from that award to create and disseminate instructional materials on nanoscale science and technology for use in an undergraduate science and engineering curriculum.

In fact, Ellis' interdisciplinary research has inspired the development of many instructional materials for use in college and precollege science classrooms. According to NSF, his work has enabled teachers to share the excitement of advances in research and technology with their students.

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