Walter Massey, director of the National Science Foundation, has appointed Cornelius W. Sullivan, current director of the Hancock Institute for Marine Studies and professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California, as the new director of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Sullivan's appointment will begin May 16. Until then, he will serve as a consultant to OPP.
“Cornelius Sullivan is one of the world's leading polar scientists,” Massey said. “He has led many interagency and international expeditions to Antarctica and has carried out research in the Arctic.” Sullivan is also a former member of the National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board.