Michael P. Crosby, a marine biologist, has been selected to become the new executive officer of the National Science Board (NSB), the governing board of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The appointment, effective July 27, will give him overall responsibility for managing the NSB office as well as supporting the board in its policy and oversight initiatives.

Crosby, who is currently senior adviser for international science policy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has more than 20 years' experience in research, teaching, management, and policy-setting initiatives.

"I personally believe that the research community has an obligation to spend some portion of their career serving the science community in a more administrative and policy kind of position," Crosby told The Scientist.

"I know him and was involved in the selection process," said NSB Chairman Warren M. Washington, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo....

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