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13 October 2017

Locascio heads for Maryland

Locascio, a former director of seven US government-owned laboratories, will oversee University of Maryland’s research department.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Laurie Locascio, the former principal deputy director at US government agency National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist), has joined University of Maryland as vice-president for research.

Locascio had spent three decades at Nist, eventually directing seven research laboratories tasked with developing improved measuring systems and standards. She joined the university on October 1.

University of Maryland had set up transition talks between research officials and Locascio during summer 2017. Her responsibilities will include building links with industry and government bodies.

Locascio said: “It is an honour to be joining one of the nation’s top research universities to spearhead transformative work.

“I look forward to leading University of Maryland’s research enterprise of more than a half a billion dollars directed at groundbreaking work taking place across campus.”

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