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Mary Frances (Tismaneanu) Sladek




Prior to joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a member of the agency's first (1989) cohort of Presidential Management Interns (PMI), Mary worked as a consultant at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Mary is an Associate Program Director in the NSF's Division of Research, Evaluation & Communication (REC). Her duties include overseeing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance process for third-party evaluations and the Education Human Resources' (EHR) Generic Clearance (OMB 3145-0136) for program monitoring. In 2004 she shared an NSF Director's Award for Collaborative Integration for creating an on-line system for managing the OMB process. Reports from studies managed by Ms. Sladek available on the NSF website include:
Final Report on the Evaluation of the Informal Science Education Program
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Final Report on the Evaluation of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) (
A Descriptive Analysis of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Program: Contributions to Science and Engineering through Leadership in Research and Teaching

During her decade plus at NSF, Mary has managed competitions for various NSF grants programs that support beginning research scientists and engineers. During her tenure as a PMI from 1989-1991, she worked as a staff assistant and speechwriter for NSF's legendary Director, Erich Bloch. During Gulf War I she took a three-month assignment at the White House's Office of Media Affairs. She also worked temporarily with NSF's East European and Russian programs. In 1991 she was named the first program officer to manage the Presidential Faculty Fellows (PFF) Awards and Young Investigator Awards programs. In 1993, she became the Assistant Program Director for the Graduate Research Traineeship (GRT) and NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships programs. She transferred to REC in 1994 where she pioneered using the web to deliver surveys and has been active in developing distance-monitoring systems that allow a single program officer to measure progress of scores of funded projects across the United States without ever leaving NSF.
Mary is married to author and University of Maryland-College Park Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Vladimir Tismaneanu, and resides in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she writes, technically edits and does research work with her husband, e.g., Vladimir Tismaneanu's: Stalinism for All Seasons: A Political History of Romanian Communism 400 pages Publisher: University of California Press; (October 2003). 


Mary received a Masters Degree in Governmental Administration (MGA) from the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate she majored in English and graduate phi beta kappa and magna cum laude, University of Connecticut, Storrs. 


Co-Organizer of "Opportunities from Obstacles- Science and Engineering in the 21st Century: Is science available to everyone?" Exhibitor Workshop discussion of NSF funded programs addressing challenges ranging from physical obstacles/impediments to shifting educational paradigms.
February 19, 2005 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Jurnalul National (Bucharest, Romania) August 2004 entitled: Back to the Future: Romanian Style. (Translated into Romanian by Magda Teodorescu.)