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February 13, 2004
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South Dakota Tech Dean Tapped For Top EPSCoR Post
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Science Foundation announced today that chemist and veteran administrator Dr. Sherry O. Farwell will head the Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
Dr. Farwell currently serves as Dean of Graduate Education and Research, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Senior Advisor to the President for Research and Development at South Dakota Tech in Rapid City. He also holds concurrent positions as Co-Director of the state’s NSF-EPSCoR Program and Director of the state’s NASA-EPSCoR Program. His experience as a successful educator and researcher includes former academic positions at Washington State University and the University of Idaho.
EPSCoR, targeted at states that historically have received a relatively small proportion of NSF research funding, promotes development of science and technology resources through partnerships involving a state's universities, industry, and government, as well as the Federal research and development enterprise. The current budget for the program is over $90 million. EPSCoR's goal is to maximize the potential inherent in a state's S&T resources and encourage the use of those resources as a foundation for economic growth.
Dr. Farwell will serve in a consulting capacity immediately, and assume the position full-time at NSF headquarters in July.
NSF Director Dr. Rita Colwell selected Farwell as the result of an extensive nationwide search.
“Sherry has a detailed knowledge of EPSCoR and the challenges that states face
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in developing their resources,” she said. “I am convinced that he will strengthen
our partnerships and provide innovative leadership to this most important part of the NSF portfolio.”
Farwell holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Montana State University. In addition to the positions named above, he serves as Director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. Farwell is familiar with NSF through his Foundation-funded research projects and his previous assignments as a program director, expert consultant, and external reviewer and panel member.
South Dakota Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch released the following statement.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Dr. Farwell, and we are very excited for him,” Ruch said. “We’re also flattered that the National Science Foundation would choose someone from South Dakota Tech to fill this critical position. We think that’s an important endorsement of the work we’re doing on campus and the caliber of our researchers, who are doing important research and development work that holds the potential to benefit the state and the region. We will soon begin a search for Dr. Farwell’s replacement, and we know we have very big shoes to fill.”
During the 2003 fiscal year, more than 50 Tech faculty members and researchers received 117 research awards totaling $12.7 million. The funding came from 25 different agencies, including the Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the state of South Dakota.
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