President Bush has nominated Walter E. Massey, a physicist and former director of the Argonne National Laboratory, as head of the National Science Foundation.
Mr. Massey would succeed Erich Bloch, whose six-year term expired in August. The Senate, which is scheduled to adjourn next month, is not expected to hold confirmation hearings on the nomination until next year.
Mr. Massey is a member of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and has been active in efforts to encourage minority students to pursue science careers.
Colleges and universities receiving federal aid would be required to provide students with information on campus crime and security, under legislation passed last week by the Senate.
The bill also would require institutions to inform scholarship athletes about the graduation rates of such students.
A modified version of bills passed earlier by the Senate and the House, the measure would allow colleges and universities to reveal the results of campus disciplinary proceedings to victims of violent crimes, which is now prohibited by federal law.
The bill would allow the Education Department to recalculate 1988 student loan-default rates for trade schools that had inaccurate default-rate calculations. But it does not contain a House provision calling on the department to collect graduation and job-placement rates.