Usually when I write about a science policy administrator or politician of note, they have passed. Thankfully this is not the case with Cora Marrett, who most recently served as the Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
She has been with NSF off and on since 1992, joining the Foundation to work as the first assistant director (the top job) in the (then newly created) education and human resources directorate. Marrett’s background is in sociology, and when not working at the NSF, she has held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. In her most recent tenure with the Foundation, she has worked on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, and served as Acting Director of NSF during the searches for the last two NSF Directors. If there was such a thing as being an institution at the National Science Foundation, Marrett would qualify for that status.
While I would have liked to see Dr. Marrett become Director, that was not something she was likely interested in, with her family back in Wisconsin. My thanks to her for her service to the country through her work at the Foundation. My best wishes to her in the future.