Dr. José-Marie Griffiths named to National Science Board

Internationally acclaimed policy expert, researcher and university administrator, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, has been appointed to the United States National Science Board. She was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate for a term of six years.

Griffiths is the dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and founding chair of The Knowledge TrustSM, which is concerned with the role and preparation of 21st -century knowledge professionals.

Griffiths has held two previous presidential appointments, one to the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005, and the other to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science from 1996 to 2002. Griffiths also has served on blue-ribbon panels and committees for agencies including the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Navy.

“José-Marie Griffiths has impressive credentials in science and technology and a broad range of experiences,” said Chancellor James Moesser. “She is a perfect candidate for this prestigious national appointment, and we are proud that her significant talents have been recognized.”

The 24 member board advises the President and Congress on issues of national science and engineering policy, and is the governing board of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The National Science Board was established by Congress in 1950 as an independent policy making body. It was created “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure the national defense.” The Board oversees the policies of the NSF, an organization that provides funding through grants to universities and colleges for research in areas of science, mathematics, social science and computer science. The Board approves the strategic directions and budget of the NSF and reviews and approves its awards.

“I am honored by this nomination and consider it a privilege to work with other members of the board at this critical time in the nation’s scientific competitiveness,” said Griffiths. “The U.S. faces potential erosion of its scientific leadership as the number of American science and engineering graduates declines, and as research and development efforts move offshore.

“The nation faces challenges as scientific efforts become more multidisciplinary and collaborative, and in the need to balance investments in long-term basic research against short-medium term applications,” she said. “I look forward to devoting time and effort to these issues to help ensure that the U.S. retains its science and engineering leadership.”

Griffiths’ research spans information science, technology and leadership. She has done groundbreaking work on the value and return on investment in information systems and services; researched the development of protocols and policies for resource sharing across organizations on local, state and regional levels, including both public and private institutions; reported on the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research; and studied success criteria and best practices for information technology in higher education.

Before joining UNC in 2004, Griffiths was Doreen E. Boyce chair and professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She also directed the university’s Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology and was an associate of the Learning Research and Development Center.

At the University of Michigan (1996-2001), Griffiths was University chief information officer with strategic and operational responsibility for the University’s information technology activities and executive director of the Information Technology Division, founding director of the Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies and professor in the School of Information.

Previously, at the University of Tennessee (1989-1996), Griffiths was a professor, director of the School of Information Sciences and vice chancellor for Computing and Telecommunications/Information Infrastructure. She also was an Oak Ridge National Laboratories collaborating scientist.

Griffiths was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her “meritorious efforts to advance science.” She received an Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology – the society’s highest honor – and a society Research Award. She was named one of the Top 25 Women on the Web in 1999 by San Francisco Women on the Web. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a doctorate in information science from University College London.

White House news release: www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060616-2.html

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