Santa Fe resident and astrophysicist France Córdova was confirmed Wednesday as director of the National Science Foundation.

She will oversee an agency responsible for funding critical scientific research.

Córdova worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1979 to 1989. She was president of Purdue University from 2007 to 2012.

“France Córdova is an internationally recognized astrophysicist with a distinguished career in academia and government service,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., upon the scientist’s confirmation. “I look forward to working with her in this position, which plays an important role in New Mexico.”

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