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ASU prof to lead NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences

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Summary:

James Collins, a professor of ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences in Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences, has been selected to head the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Biological Sciences.

Full Story:

James Collins, a professor of ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences in Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences, has been selected to head the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Biological Sciences.

Collins, who will join the NSF in October 2005, will oversee its nearly $580 million annual investment in fundamental biological research. He will also serve on the foundation's senior management team.

Collins has had a long history of ties with the NSF in his roles as program director, research awardee, and chairman of the external Advisory Committee for the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO AC). He also represented BIO AC on NSF's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

As an investigator, Collins has focused on how subgroups of species physically change in response to ecological and evolutionary pressures. As an ASU faculty member, Collins has played an active role in ASU's curriculum-enhancement and mentoring programs for undergraduates.

Collins received his B.S. from Manhattan College and his Ph.D. from University of Michigan. His research has been supported not only by the NSF but also by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Army and the National Geographic Society.


For more information:

"Collins to head NSF's Biological Sciences," ASU News, 08/08/2005