Volume 88 Issue 44 | pp. 19-21
Issue Date: November 1, 2010

Matthew Platz Takes The Helm

Head of NSF Chemistry Division sees science as the way to tackle society's problems
Department: Government & Policy

As a postdoctoral student at the University of Chicago, Matthew S. Platz applied for his first National Science Foundation grant in 1978. NSF accepted Platz's proposal to study reactive intermediates, and since that time—a span of more than three decades—the New York City native has received nearly $5.5 million from NSF in a constant stream of support.

The physical organic chemist now is moving from receiving federal research money to doling . . .

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