2010 SPCG Awards
Awards Banquet ECSU Sponsored Programs NSF CReSIS PolarGrid CERSER NIA
Guest Speakers for "Adapting to Global Recovery: Strategies for Resource Building" included Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation, and Mr. Willis Jenkins, of the Heliophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Dr. Marrett and Mr. Jenkins also visited the CERSER PolarGrid laboratory in Lane Hall. Dr. Hayden made a short presentation on the PolarGrid/CReSIS program at ECSU followed by an update from Mr. Je'aime Powell on the computing cluster at ECSU. CReSIS partners from the University of Kansas also joined the session via Polycom.

Dr. Cora MarrettDr. Cora B. Marrett
Acting Director, National Science Foundation
View Dr. Marrett's presentation at: http://nia.ecsu.edu/ur/1011/100930spcgawards/marrett.mp4

Dr. Cora Marrett was appointed Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, effective June 1, 2010. She had been the Acting Deputy Director since January 18, 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Marrett was the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, a position she held from February 2007 until becoming acting deputy director. She led the NSF's mission to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at all levels and in both formal and informal settings.
   Earlier, from 1992-1996, Marrett was NSF's assistant director fro Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Prior to returning to NSF in 2007, Marrett served as the University of Wisconsin's senior vice president for academic affairs for six years. Before that, she served as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for four years.
  Marrett Hold a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Union University, and Master of Arts and a doctorate from UW-Madison, all in Sociology. She received an honorary doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1996, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996.

Willis JenkinsWillis Jenkins
Heliophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate

Willis Jenkins, currently a program executive in the Heliophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, joined the NASA team in 1994. Within his role in the Explorer Program, Jenkins is responsible for projects from definition and formulation through funding and accomplishment of objectives.
  Jenkins was awarded one of NASA's highest honors, the Medal for Exceptional Service, for his contributions to the successful launch of NOAA-K (NOAA-15). He also garnered accolades for his work performance at the agency, including an outstanding team effort on the Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Program. He was nominated Black Engineer of the Year in 2001. He also received the outstanding Professional Excellence in Federal Career Award, signed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.
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