KBS director appointed chair of NSF Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences

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Katherine L. Gross is the director of the Kellogg Biological Station and MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor of plant biology. (view larger image)

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. – Katherine L. Gross, MSU distinguished professor of plant biology and director of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been appointed chair of the Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (BIO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The BIO advisory committee provides advice and recommendations to the NSF on support for research, education and human resources in the biological sciences.

Research supported by BIO enhances understanding in issues of national importance such as the environment, economy, agriculture and human welfare.

As the chair, Gross will serve as the lead liaison to the NSF Biological Sciences director and will oversee a committee of more than 20 members. Committee members include representatives from many divisions of biology; a cross-section of institutions, including industry; and balanced representation of women and underrepresented minorities.

Gross has served on the committee since March 2011. Her current appointment as chair will last until April 2017.

More information can be found online at http://www.nsf.gov/bio/advisory.jsp.

The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station is Michigan State University’s largest off-campus education complex and one of North America’s premier inland field stations. KBS’s mission is focused on ecological and environmental research, education and community outreach.

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