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Media Advisory 12-029
Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on December 4 at NSF Headquarters

Meeting concludes with a 60th anniversary tribute to NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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The National Science Board meets Dec. 4-5, 2012.
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November 29, 2012

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet on Dec. 4 and 5, 2012, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  All open sessions on Dec. 4 and 5, will be webcast.

Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting.

Highlights include:

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

8:05 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will hear from NSF Deputy Director Cora Marrett regarding implementation of Board policy on recompetition. It will also receive an update on the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), learn about NSF's framework for all things data, and receive the latest information about the U.S. Antarctic Program.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Committee on Audit & Oversight

The NSB will hear updates from NSF's Inspector General, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Capital Officer. 

3:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget

The NSB will be updated on NSF's FY 2013 budget. 

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Plenary Open

12: 30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Graduate Research Fellowship Program Anniversary (room 375)

Visit the National Science Board's public meetings page for the full meeting agenda.

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for NSF and advisory body to the president and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from industry and universities, and representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education or public service, and records of distinguished service. NSB members are appointed for six-year terms. The NSF director is an ex officio member of the NSB. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.

Note: Reporters are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All sessions will be held at the NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting and/or interviewing NSF or NSB officials should contact Dana Topousis at 703-292-7750 by 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, to make arrangements.


Media Contacts
Dana Topousis, NSF, (703) 292-7750, dtopousi@nsf.gov

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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