Fay Lomax Cook to Head SBE at NSF
The National Science Foundation announced in a press release on March 12, 2014, that Northwestern University Professor Fay Lomax Cook will become the next assistant director for the Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in September of 2014.
Dr. Cook is currently faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and a professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy. She previously directed the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.
Her research focuses on "the interrelationships between public opinion and social policy, the politics of public policy, public deliberation, energy policy, and the dynamics of public and elite support for programs for older Americans, particularly Social Security." Among her many publications and presentations is the book Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America (2009, University of Chicago Press).
NSF Acting Director Cora B. Marrett praised Cook, saying, "Dr. Cook will lead a directorate that enriches all parts of our society, including government, academia, education, and business and industry. Her deep experience and expertise in these areas will be of great value to NSF and to the research community."
The SBE's mission is "to promote the understanding of people and their lives by supporting research that reveals basic facets of human behavior and helps provide answers to important societal questions and problems."
According to the NSF, SBE provides 56 percent of the federal funding for basic research at academic institutions in the SBE sciences.