Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - Colleagues & Associates 

Sue Allen and Elizabeth VanderPutten

Sue was Acting Assistant Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2011. 

Born in South Africa and educated at Berkeley, Sue had been an educational researcher at the Exploratorium before coming to Washington.

During Sue's tenure, I enjoyed working at NSF more than I had in years. This photo is from a collection taken at Sue's NSF going-away party, September 1, 2011. 

Judith A. Ramaley and Elizabeth VanderPutten

From 2001 to 2005, Judith was Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at NSF. She left to become president of Winona State University.

In 2004 I taught two classes with Judith at The George Washington University. Famous for setting up committees, I served on many during her term. 

The shirt Judith is wearing was from the Internal Resource Group, who had it made for her as a going-away present. 

December 17, 2004

Michael Martinez 

Michael Edward Martinez
December 18, 1956 - April 5, 2012
"Dear Friends" 
A Celebration of Life
In Memorium

"I am a program officer at the National Science Foundation, working in the same division as Elizabeth. At NSF, I am a "rotator", meaning that I am on leave from another institution, the University of California at Irvine (UCI). My appointment at UCI is in the Department of Education where I am an associate professor, specializing in educational psychology, science education, assessment, and human intelligence."

"I met Elizabeth several years ago serving as a panelist for NSF. Last September, to begin my term as a rotator, I moved to Virginia with my wife, Stephanie, and my two younger daughters, Amy and Hillary. It has been a pleasure to be a colleague with Elizabeth during the past year. Without her, I could not have navigated the complexities of using PARS and Fastlane, releasing reviews, and writing context statements. (She knows what I mean.) I had the good fortune, also, of presenting a paper with Elizabeth earlier this year at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in New Orleans." -Michael Martinez, July 2, 2002

Anthony E. (“Eamonn”) Kelly

Eamonn was one of the first people I met when I joined HER in 1998. And almost immediately he became one of my closest (and most fun) colleagues. His knowledge of the field and legendary sense of humor made working with him a pleasure. On leave from Rutgers when I first met him and new to the government and NSF at the time, he was innocent of the ways of the federal bureaucracy. Other hand I was new to science research but passingly familiar with the arcane mysteries of government and NSF operations. I think we made a terrific team. I learned a great deal from Eamonn and I think he learned a bit from me too. -Elizabeth VanderPutten

Deh-I Hsiung

Deh-I has been for years one of my closest women friends at NSF. She is a Senior Program Analyst in the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC).

After Terry Woodin, Deh-I is the busiest person at NSF that I know. In fact, as anyone who has ever met her will attest, the phrase, "I can't. I would like to but I have too much to do," is a hallmark lamant of hers.

In spite of her "business," she and I both play Mah Jungg and occasionally (when she's not too busy), she will join me in walking home from NSF.

In 2002 Deh-I spent six months on an assignment at the U.S. Embassy in China. For more pictures of China by Deh-I, click here. -Elizabeth VanderPutten

Terry Woodin

"Elizabeth and I have worked together on a variety of projects at NSF, mostly concerned with teacher preparation or graduate education. We end up serving on each other's committees and supporting each other when things get too exciting. Best of all Elizabeth helps me remember why we have legs and what fun it is to use them. As often as possible, but not often enough, we walk home together from NSF to DC. For both of us it is a walk of about 4.5 miles and 1.3 hours, punctuated by lots of talking and exploring new byways and discovering new sights on old routes. It is one of the real pleasures of my day when we take off together. We also share membership in two book clubs and so share books as well."

"As for me well I have been in DC since 92, but still retain my state of Nevada citizenship, so I do get to vote for senators and such. We return each year to enjoy my five children, and four grandchildren, all of whom live on the west coast, visit with old friends in the honors program and the biochemistry department, my old haunt, and hike in the Sierra--a totally different walking experience than tramping through Virginia on the way to DC." -Terry Woodin, September 13, 2003

[NOTE: More often than anyone else, Terry walks the 5 miles home from NSF with me. She is also a member of my book club. -Elizabeth VanderPutten]

John (Giovanni) Cruickshank

"I am a professional colleague of Elizabeth VanderPutten in the Division of Research, Evaluation, and Communication (REC), in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. I am a program analyst with responsibility for the business, budget, policy, and grant administration operations of the division. I have worked with Elizabeth for many years at the Foundation; both of us are long time employees." 

"Prior to NSF, I worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). I hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) cum laude in Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase. I am a member of a cosmopolitan family and speaks several languages. My roots are in Caracas, Venezuela, South America. I have an identical twin brother James (Gennaro) and an older brother Frederick (Frederico Antonio), and they are the sons of an Italian mother (Sonia Sarafina) and a father from Scotland (Ian). Over the years my family has principally resided in South Florida. 

"I am very active outside NSF. I live in Washington, D.C. My greatest passion is travel and have traveled all over the world on six continents. I am also an avid exerciser and is still a competitive U.S. Masters swimmer in the breastroke as well as a competitive Latin salsa dancer." - John Cruickshank, June 28, 2002

Lee Zia

"Lee Zia is the Lead Program Director for the NSF National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) Program. He served as a "rotator" in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education during calendar years 1995 and 1996 while on leave from the Department of Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire. Zia rejoined the NSF as a permanent staff member in the fall of 1999. He holds degrees in mathematics from the University of North Carolina (B.S.) and the University of Michigan (M.S.), and applied mathematics from Brown University (Ph.D.)."

"My wife (Joanie) teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy where we are dorm parents to 45 teenage girls. (Yes, we live in Exeter, NH and I'm the telecommuter in the family). We have two children ages 10 (Matthew) and 7 (Carlin) and they keep us busy. Which is why I'm almost always ready to eat at the drop of a hat - a fact that Elizabeth is fond of teasing me about!! :-)"

"Elizabeth is a great colleague, fun to bounce ideas off of, and always willing to look for the "potential project in a proposal"."  -Lee Zia, July 1, 2002

Barbara Butler (in blue)

Barbara Butler, until her retirement, was for years one of my closest friends at NSF. She was a program director in Informal Science. Prior to that she was a museum director. 

Next to Barbara (blue) in this picture, which was taken at her retirement on  October 29, 1998, is her husband Glenn. Beaming over my shoulder is Eamonn Kelly. Glenn retired in 2002 as director of the Hagley Museum. He was, by the way, the source now legendary green chili stew. We stayed with Barbara and Glenn on New Year's Eve, 2000. -Elizabeth VanderPutten

Maria Araceli ("Ayita") Ruiz-Primo

Like Mike, Eamonn, Walter, and many other of my NSF colleagues, Ayita was a "Rotator." A Rotator on leave from another institution to work for usually for one or two years at the Foundation. Ayita was on leave from Stanford University for the 2003 academic year. Like Barbara Butler, she worked in Informal Education and Research. And like Barbara and Deh-I, Ayita was part of our Mah Jongg group. One of the things that made Ayita different from most of my other NSF colleagues is that she is a social science researcher while most others are in the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering.

In this photo, which was taken at a going away party for her on August 3, 2002, is her husband Willy who is also a social science researcher and writes children's stories. -Elizabeth VanderPutten

Madeleine J. Long

"Madeleine is the Program Director for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education and Extended Day Programs. She came to the Education and Human Resource (EHR) Directorate of AAAS after having spent almost six years at the National Science Foundation. At NSF she held the positions of Program Officer for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, Special Assistant to the Assistant Director of NSF's EHR Directorate, and Senior Program Officer for the Urban Systemic Initiatives (USI). She helped design the original USI and was responsible for building its staff, developing the technical assistance, and implementing the initial years of the Initiative."

"Prior to NSF, Dr. Long was Director of the Division of Education and Professor at Long Island University's Brooklyn Center in New York City. In that position she established a collegial and productive relationship between the Education and Arts and Science faculties and created a number of innovative programs in mathematics, science, philosophy, bilingual education and school psychology. She worked closely with New York City's local school districts and the central Board of Education, and secured significant nt NSF and Department of Education funding to support the Nation's first retraining program in mathematics (which was later extended to science). The Hellman Institute for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science was created as the result of this program to serve the University and school districts with Madeleine as its head." --Madeleine Long, July 1, 2002

NOTE: Madeleine is also a member of our book club. We spent Election Night 2000 with her and a few friends watching the returns. -Elizabeth VanderPutten

A few more NSF Colleagues

(Left) Ken Whang, Willy Primo, Ayita Ruiz-Primo, Elizabeth, Muriel Katzenmeyer and Conrad Katzenmeyer at Ayita's going away party on August 3, 2002. Ken recently (November 2002) started a new position in NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, where he manages programs in learning technologies, the science of learning, and computational neuroscience. In January 2003 he got engaged, on June 7, 2003 got married, and (as of January 2004) he and his wife are expecting a child in July. Con is a program director in the Division of Research, Evaluation & Communication (EHR/REC). He is a long time NSFer. I've always like Con. -Elizabeth VanderPutten