Public Policy Briefs

Bennett Bertenthal Named Assistant Director of SBE

Bennett Bertenthal, PhD, has been named the new Assistant Director of NSF for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He succeeds Cora Marrett, PhD, SBE's first Director, who returned to the University of Wisconsin in October.

A developmental psychologist, Dr. Bertenthal has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia since 1979. He received his PhD from the University of Denver in 1978 and then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

Dr. Bertenthal is a Member of APA and the Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Executive Committee. He has served as Chair of the APA Committee on Scientific Awards and as Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Dr. Bertenthal's primary research focus is on infant perception.

NSF Acting Deputy Director Named

Joseph Bordogna, PhD, was appointed Acting Deputy Director of NSF. His appointment follows the departure of Anne Petersen, PhD, in mid-September, who became Vice President of the Kellogg Foundation.

Since 1991, Dr. Bordogna was Assistant Director of the NSF Engineering Directorate and was planning to return to academia when asked to serve as NSF Acting Deputy Director. He will remain in this position until a new Deputy Director can be appointed by the President and approved by the Senate, which will probably not be until the summer of 1997.

While Assistant Director of Engineering, Dr. Bordogna was supportive of the behavioral and social sciences and worked closely with the SBE Directorate on many projects.

More Staffing Changes at NSF

There are several new faces in NSF's Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (SBER). They are mostly replacing program officers who were rotators and have returned to their institutions. They include Fernanda Ferreira, PhD, Linguistics (steppng in for Paul Chapin, PhD, for 1 year while he's on sabbatical); Dennis O'Rourke, PhD, Physical Anthropology; Catherine Eckel, PhD, Economics; James Dean, PhD, Transformations to Quality Organizations; and Harmon Hosch, PhD, Law and Social Science.

Condon Appointed Associate Director for Science Policy at NIDA

Timothy Condon, PhD, was appointed Associate Director for Science Policy and Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in June 1996. He is responsible for the Institute's science planning, policy, congressional, and communications activities as well as NIDA's research training and science education programs. Prior to his promotion, Dr. Condon served as Acting Deputy Director for Science Policy in the Office of Science Policy and Communications.

Dr. Condon earned a PhD in neurosciences at Ohio State University, and, later, was appointed to the faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Before joining NIDA in 1992, Dr. Condon served in several senior policy positions responsible for the coordination of research and services programs at the former Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.

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