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Bement Appointed to NSF; Personnel Shifts at NIST

New York, Mar 08, 2004

A number of high-level personnel changes have occurred at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), beginning with the temporary departure of director Dr. Arden Bement, who has been appointed as acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). In his absence, Bement has appointed NIST deputy director, Dr. Hratch Semerjian, to serve as acting director. Dr. Rich Kayser will serve as the acting deputy director and Dr. Belinda Collins will serve as acting director for technology services.

“We look forward to working closely with these colleagues in their new job functions, and continuing our successful working relationship with NIST,” said American National Standards Institute president and CEO Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz.

Dr. Bement expects to maintain accountability to Congress and the Bush administration for NIST, keeping track of “big picture” developments at — and affecting — the organization. He plans to return as the full-time NIST director at the culmination of his responsibilities at NSF.

“The White House has assured me,” said Bement, “that this is to be a short-term appointment while a permanent replacement is identified and installed; that process is already actively under way and will be completed as quickly as possible.”

Said Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, “The qualities that have strengthened NIST under Dr. Bement’s direction will be a welcome addition to the National Science Foundation. I am pleased that he is stepping into this vital position and will be supporting our national excellence in science and technology. I look forward to his return to NIST once the President nominates a permanent NSF director.”

The NSF mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

An ANSI member, NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.

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