Office of Science director named

Cherry Murray was confirmed by the federal Senate on Dec. 10 as director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Murray will oversee research in the areas of advanced scientific computing, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics. She will have responsibility not only for supporting scientific research, but also for the development, construction, and operation of unique, open-access scientific user facilities. The Office of Science manages 10 of the department’s 17 national laboratories, including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

For the past year, Murray served as the Benjamin Peirce professor of technology and public policy and professor of physics at Harvard University. Previously, she was the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University from 2009-14.