As Stony Brook commences a nationwide search for a Vice President of the Stony Brook Research Office, I am writing to inform you that Dr. David O. Conover, Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences with the National Science Foundation, and former Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, has agreed to serve as interim Vice President for Research, effective December 16.
As David returns to Stony Brook, he brings first-hand experience and knowledge of the policy-making and infrastructural processes for one of the largest federal funding agencies in the United States. The Division of Ocean Sciences is the second largest division in the NSF and as Director, David has been responsible for development and management of a $350 million annual budget and has overseen the construction of two major facility projects: the Ocean Observatory Initiative ($386 million); and, the Alaskan Research Vessel, R/V Sikuliaq, ($200 million). His responsibilities have also included U.S. federal support of academic research, facilities, and education programs in ocean sciences including fleet operations, deep submersible programs, and he instituted two new research solicitations involving diversity focused on Broadening Participation: one providing post-doc fellowships and one providing research initiation awards to early career scientists.
While serving in his NSF role David retained his Stony Brook faculty appointment; he has been a part of the University community since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1981. He received his B.S., 1975 (with honors), Biology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL and his M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1982) in Fisheries Biology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Please join me in welcoming David back to Stony Brook University.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.