MEDIA ADVISORY: MU hosts National Science Foundation director

April 10, 2023
Contact: Uriah Orland, 573-882-6212,


The University of Missouri hosts the inaugural President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation, who will present “Innovation Anywhere, Opportunities Everywhere: Accelerating the Frontiers of Science and Technology.”

The newly established President’s Distinguished Lecture Series invites notable leaders of world-renowned research organizations, universities and other industries to share their expertise with the MU community.

Panchanathan, a computer scientist and engineer, is the 15th director of the NSF. He is a leader in science, engineering and education with more than three decades of experience. He has a distinguished career in both higher education and government, where he has designed and built knowledge enterprises, which advance research innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global development and economic growth.

NSF is a $9.5 billion independent federal agency and the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation and STEM education.

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Monday, April 24

  • Keynote address: 10-11 a.m.,
  • Media availability: 11-11:30 a.m.


Monsanto Auditorium
Bond Life Sciences Center
1201 Rollins St.
Columbia, Missouri

**NOTE** Seating will be limited to one per media outlet. Media members who wish to attend must RSVP no later than April 14. Specific reporter names are not required, only the outlet and intent to attend. 

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