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Rita R. Colwell (NAS) is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chair emeritus at Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., and president and chair of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are in global infectious diseases, water, and health. Dr. Colwell developed an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world, in collaboration with Safe Water Network, headquartered in New York City. As director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to 2004, she co-chaired the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. Before joining NSF, she was president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and a professor of microbiology and biotechnology. She was also a member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990.