- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An internationally recognized astrophysicist with ties to New Mexico has been tapped to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation.

The nomination of France Cordova was approved by the U.S. Senate this week.

Cordova, a Santa Fe resident, is a former president of Purdue University. She’s also on the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution and she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1979 and 1989.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says he looks forward to working with Cordova.

He says the foundation provides a major source of funding for scientific research and plays an important role in New Mexico.

With an annual budget of more than $7 billion, the foundation provides funding for more than one-fifth of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

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