Director urges NSF: Adapt “New Order”


  • Lynn Teo Simarski


The National Science Foundation must respond to dramatic changes in world affairs and science by expanding its purview, or risk losing its vitality, agency director Walter Massey recently told NSF staff.

“I'm not sure we're making a difference, or the difference that the nation needs,” Massey said in a recent interview. As he sees it, the current transformation in NSF's environment is as significant as the circumstances that led to the agency's founding. “I think it is imperative that NSF determine its place in this new order,” he says.