Panel Set to Present Astronomy Program Recommendations to NSF
Senior review committee to answer reporter questions at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 3
For decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported cutting-edge astronomy research that has transformed our understanding of the universe. To ensure that NSF's astronomy programs continue to push the edge of scientific discovery, NSF charged a special committee to examine how the division's limited resources can be applied to future needs and to recommend steps to meet this goal. The group will present its recommendations to the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at NSF headquarters.
The recommendations are based on a year of town-hall meetings, community visits and consultations.
The presentation is open to the public. It will be followed at 2:00 p.m. by an hour-long call-in program for media to ask questions of Blandford and AST Division Director Wayne Van Citters.
Registration for the call-in is requested to ensure that sufficient lines are available. Please contact Josh Chamot, Media Officer for MPS, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 292-7730. After formatting for the web, an audio file and transcript will post to the NSF website.
In addition to background materials related to the report, the AST Senior Review document is now available for download at: http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/ast_senior_review.jsp.
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