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Biography: DeAndra Beck is associate dean for research in International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). She co-chairs MSU’s Council of Research Deans and has created the Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS) initiative at MSU.

Dr. Beck previously served as a program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering, with responsibility for NSF’s Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. At NSF, she co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes, a mechanism to foster global partnerships among NSF awardees, and she served on NSF's INSPIRE working group, a pilot that has become NSF’s RAISE mechanism to solicit and fund transformative, multidisciplinary research.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting managing director for environment and social assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. Previously, she served as assistant director for policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, where she represented the interests of the U.S. forestry community in international negotiations. These positions flanked her foray into the private sector as chief executive officer of a biotechnology start-up company. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. (cum laude) and PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.