IOS would like to take the opportunity to say farewell to Dr. Donal Manahan, who is returning to the University of Southern California where he is a Professor of Biological Sciences. Donal’s time as Division Director for IOS was marked by his tireless support and enthusiasm for the IOS research community. He enthusiastically performed outreach for IOS at national meetings of science societies, universities, and with other government and private agencies. Donal led several new initiatives, including soliciting a workshop on “Next Steps in Functional Genomics” from the National Academy of Sciences, and two Dear Colleague Letters for the Integrating Mechanisms of Adaptation with Genes in Networks and across Environments (IMAGiNE) focus area. He led specialty areas in the NSF Big Idea Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL) and played an integral role working with the other Division Directors to develop solicitations and programs promoting greater integration of biological research across the Directorate for Biological Sciences. He brought a passionate and ambitious perspective to IOS, encouraging program directors to think broadly, to take risks and embrace new partnerships and approaches in supporting IOS research. Throughout his time at NSF, Donal maintained his research laboratory and helped IOS and NSF navigate through the challenges of moving to a remote working environment in response to the worldwide COVID pandemic. We will miss his enthusiastic spirit, scientific acumen, and commitment to the IOS research community and the advancement of science that is the hallmark of the NSF.
IOS wishes Donal all the best in his future endeavors!