Anne Petersen Leaves NSF
Anne Petersen, PhD, deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has announced that she will be leaving NSF in September to become Senior Vice President for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan. Dr. Petersen came to NSF 2 years ago and has been widely praised in her role as NSF's Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Petersen, a psychologist, was also instrumental in defending NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate when it came under attack by Rep. Robert Walker (R-PA), Chair of the House Science Committee.
The Deputy Director, the second-ranking person at NSF, is appointed by the President, and a long delay is expected in naming Dr. Petersen's successor. Because the White House is preoccupied with the upcoming election, it may be next summer before a new Deputy Director is in place. An Acting Deputy Director will be appointed when Dr. Petersen leaves--probably from within the Foundation.
Dr. Petersen is well-known for her research on adolescence and was Pres-ident of APA's Division 7 (Developmental). She will be missed by the many members of Washington's behavioral and social science community.