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Obama nominates UW-Madison professor to National Board for Education Sciences

March 4, 2010

President Barack Obama has announced that he will nominate Adam Gamoran as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

Gamoran is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has been on the university faculty since 1984, serving as chair of the Department of Sociology from 2001-04 and interim dean of the School of Education from 2008-09.

“Adam Gamoran is among our nation’s leaders in education research,” says Julie Underwood, dean of the School of Education. “I am delighted that the Obama administration has recognized him with an appointment to this important position and that Adam is willing to serve during such exciting times in education.”

Gamoran is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and has served on several committees of the National Research Council, including the Board on Science Education. He chairs the Independent Advisory Panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education for the U.S. Department of Education. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.

The National Board for Education Sciences consists of 15 voting members appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The board’s duties include advising the director of the Institute of Education Sciences. More information about the board is available at

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Here is a link to the full White House release: