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Panchanathan is on the National Science Board, and his research has concentrated on the interface between people and computers.

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated computer scientist and Arizona State University vice president Sethuraman Panchanathan to be director of the U.S. National Science Foundation,

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U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated computer scientist and Arizona State University vice president Sethuraman Panchanathan to be director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Kelvin Droegemeier, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited the nominee's dedication, creativity, and insight as critical for maintaining NSF's leadership in discovery and exploration.

Panchanathan is on the National Science Board, and his research has concentrated on the interface between people and computers—including development of assistive technologies like haptic computing.

If approved, Panchanathan would succeed France Córdova, whose six-year term expires next year.

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