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Posted on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 4:16 p.m.

Obama nominates U-M education dean to serve on National Science Foundation

By Cole Bertsos


Deborah Loewenberg Ball

President Barack Obama has nominated University of Michigan School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball to be one of seven new members of the National Science Board, according to a report on the U-M News Service.

The board, which is 25 members, sets policies for the National Science Foundation within boundaries set by the administration as well as Congress, according to the foundation's website.

The board also works as an independent policy adviser to the president and Congress in matters of science and engineering research.

The news service quoted Obama as saying he was honored the new members were willing to join the administration and he was looking forward to working with them.

See the full report here.



Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 3:27 a.m.

Science Education : AnnArbor. com may send her a message to congratulate her for her selection to serve as a member of the National Science Board that sets policies for the National Science Foundation. I would like to know if she would take the initiative to define terms that we use in our conversation that may need scientific validity. Science must be able to explain terms such as human nature, human consciousness, human existence, human identity, and human individuality. The distinction between living and the nonliving demands a scientific definition of the term life, and living.


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

Had ball's class and she is impressive although I have severe conflicts with her philosophy that intelligence counteracts teaching, don't really see why she is on a science teaching board without any science background...


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 10 p.m.

What is a chemistry problem where mah is the issue? I guess percents and ratios and some conversions, but most problems are a lack of clear concept in chemistry.....


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

I would beg to differ, math is not irrelevant to science in high school. One of the reasons that kids struggle with science and fundamental analytical thinking skills is that math education in US schools is pitiful. The mathematics required for elementary certification is almost non-existent. Until that changes there will be no progress in science education.


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 10:40 a.m.

She thought that she made an excellent teacher because she struggles at math and that intelligent people are impatient because they do not. Math is nearly irrelevant to science through grade 12 at least. Kids struggle with science because they do not understand science. I have never seen math be an issue and rarely reading.

say it plain

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 12:57 a.m.

"...intelligence counteracts teaching..." ? Huh? From the UM news service article linked above, it seems her area of expertise is mathematics education in the elementary grades. Very important foundation for all subsequent science, math, and engineering and a hugely important area of educational research.


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.

Hopefully the House does not need to approve these appointments.

Susan Montgomery

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 9:54 p.m.

Someone please please do an editing job on this article... "The board, which is 25 members, set policies ..." "They board also works..." " the new members were willing to join the administrations ..."


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 11:56 p.m.

Not in the copy that I'm reading Julie. The board is not 25 members, it consists of 25 members.

Julie Baker

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 9:59 p.m.

We've corrected those errors. Thanks.