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June 20, 2006
Contact: Brandis Griffith, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU professor Thomas Taylor nominated for National Science Board

Aug. 8 update: Taylor's nomination was confirmed Aug. 3.

LAWRENCE — President George W. Bush has chosen a University of Kansas professor to not only help guide one of the country’s most prestigious science organizations but also to lend scientific advice to Congress and the president.

Thomas Taylor, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has been nominated to the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. The appointment is considered one of the most influential in science policy and research in the United States.

“I’m honored to be selected to help govern science policy,” Taylor said. “As we move forward, we’re living in a world that is increasingly dictated by science and technology.”

Taylor noted that the president’s new American Competitiveness Initiative means substantial increases in federal investments in science and technology research. Therefore, he said, it is an exciting time to be on the board with so many other distinguished professionals.

Taylor has taught at KU for 11 years. His research involves the study and evolution of fossil plants.

The National Science Board is made up of 24 members appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Members’ terms last six years. Taylor’s expires May 10, 2012. Members are selected for their preeminence in research, education or public service.

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