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RDA/US Chair Appointed by President Obama to the NCH

Dr. Francine Berman, RDA/US ChairDr. Francine Berman has been appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council on the Humanities (NCH), a board of 26 distinguished individuals who advise the chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). She is the U.S. lead of RDA/US and Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

After being sworn in, Dr. Berman can begin her service. The NCH meets three times a year in Washington, DC. The next meeting is in March.

At the time of her nomination in September 2014, President Barack Obama praised Dr. Berman and another nominee. “These women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers,” said President Obama.  “I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

In the NEH press release announcing the appointment of Dr. Berman and two other new members, NCH Chairman William D. Adams stated, “Francine Berman, Patricia Limerick, and Shelly Lowe are distinguished, prominent leaders in their respective fields of study and I look forward to their insights and contributions. Their expertise will help NEH strengthen and promote excellence in the humanities for all Americans.”

In the RPI press release on this announcement, RPI Provost Prabhat Hajela praised Dr. Berman with the following: “Dr. Berman is a distinguished data scientist with exceptional national impact.  We are proud that she has been named to the NCH, and believe that she will bring important insight and data expertise to her work with the NEH.”

Dr. Berman is also a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has been recognized as a “Digital Preservation Pioneer” by the Library of Congress. In 2009, Dr. Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for “influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.” Previously, she served as vice president for research at Rensselaer and as director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. She currently serves as chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, co-chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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