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The National Science Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Sui as Division Director, Social and Economic Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), effective as of July 25, 2016.

Sui is currently Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University, where he served for four years as the Department Chair of Geography. Sui also has courtesy appointments in OSU’s College of Public Affairs, College of Public Health, and City and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture. He has directed OSU’s Geographic Analysis Core in the Institute of Population Research and previously directed the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at OSU.

Prior to joining Ohio State in 2009, Sui was a faculty member at Texas A&M in the Geography Department, inaugural holder of the Reta A. Haynes Endowed Chair in the College of Geosciences, and an administrator, serving as Assistant VP for Research and Director for Geospatial Information Science and Technology.

Professor Sui has authored approximately 120 books, monographs, articles, reviews, and reports. On numerous occasions he has been an NSF reviewer—in the SaTC, Geography, and IBSS programs, among others—and has been awarded four NSF grants. Additionally, he has provided service to international and association communities from the German Research Foundation to AAAS. He was a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar in 2015, and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009. He also has served as visiting senior research scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2007, and at the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) from 2000-2001. Daniel earned his doctorate in Geography at the University of Georgia, after receiving his master’s from Beijing University’s Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS.