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Published on Dec 12, 2016
Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, is a true supporter of graduate students at Caltech, and strongly believes in Caltech's mission. She visited Caltech in part to meet graduate students and postdocs, and presented this special talk for the entire campus community.
Dr. France A. Córdova earned her Ph.D. in Physics at Caltech in 1979. She then joined the Space Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and subsequently has held extraordinary leadership positions in academic and public service, including head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, NASA Chief Scientist, Vice Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara, Chancellor of UC Riverside, President of Purdue University, and Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. She began her term as the Director of the National Science Foundation in 2014. She has also published more than 150 scientific papers and has an experiment on the European Space Agency's X-Ray Multi-Mirror Mission.