NASA's new Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Alan Stern has appointed NASA scientist and 2006 Nobel Prize recipient John Mather to lead the Office of the Chief Scientist at Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mather and his staff will be chief advisors to Stern. Office responsibilities will include assisting the associate administrator in setting flight mission and research budget priorities for all NASA science programs. The office will help develop and enhance discussions with the national and international science community. In 2006, Mather and George Smoot of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) received the Nobel Prize for Physics for their collaborative work in understanding the Big Bang.

"John Mather is a scientist of legendary reputation, technical ability, and space science mission experience. His office will provide independent scientific advice to me to guide decision-making regarding all aspects of the NASA science program," Stern said.

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