News / Dean Larsen to serve on NSF Committee of Visitors

Ronald L. Larsen, Dean of the iSchool, has accepted an invitation to join the Committee of Visitors (COV) for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Information and Intelligent Systems. The COV is tasked with conducting reviews of the various NSF programs to maintain high standards of program management, provide advice for continuous improvement of NSF performance, and to ensure openness to the research and education community served by the NSF. 

The COV provides the NSF with evaluations and advice in two areas: assessments of the quality and integrity of program operations and program-level technical and managerial matters pertaining to proposal decisions; and comments on how the work product generated by awardees have contributed to the attainment of NSF's mission and strategic outcome goals.

The IIS program at the NSF supports education and research in the integrated roles of people, technology and information.  The core programmatic areas in IIS include human-centered computing; information, integration, and informatics; and robust intelligence.

Dean Larsen has served as a grant proposal reviewer for the NSF in the recent past, as well as a program advisor and reviewer for both the Digital Libraries in the Classroom program and the International Digital Libraries program. He also convened a special NSF workshop on scholarly information repositories, which resulted in the publication of “The Future of Scholarly Communication – Building the Infrastructure for Cyberscholarship.” Larsen has served as Dean of the iSchool since 2002. Prior appointments include serving as Assistant Director of the Information Technology Office (ITO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).