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Dr. France A. Córdova was appointed Purdue University’s eleventh president on July 16, 2007, as well as professor of physics and astronomy for the University. Prior to joining Purdue, she served as chancellor and distinguished professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California (UC) Riverside from 2002 to 2007. An internationally recognized astrophysicist, Córdova served from 1996 to 2002 as a professor of physics and vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara and initiated a “Research Across Disciplines” program that funded and encouraged both interdisciplinary and “blue sky” projects. Before joining UC Santa Barbara, she was chief scientist at NASA from 1993 to 1996, serving as the primary scientific advisor to the NASA administration and the principal interface between NASA headquarters and the broader scientific community. In that role she evaluated the science mission and budget for NASA and worked with the National Science and Technology Council, federal government agencies, and National Academies on a broad range of science policy initiatives.