National Science Board to Meet on Feb. 3 and 4 at NSF Headquarters
Presentations about NSF's future will be on the agenda, including updates on major facilities and plans and the spending of NSF ARRA funds
The National Science Board (NSB) will embark on its first of five meetings of 2010 related to national science and engineering policy issues and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 and 4, 2010. Much of the meeting's agenda will focus on plans for major facilities and high-profile programs devoted to research at the ends of the globe, over a mile and a half beneath the surface of our planet, or thousands of light years away from the Earth. The NSB will also be briefed by the NSF Director on NSF's spending of its $3 billion portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting. Highlights include:
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m - Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - CPP's Subcommittee on Polar Programs.
THURSDAY, FEB. 4
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans
Information on the following high-profile NSF programs will be presented:
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)
11:30 a.m. to noon - Plenary Open: 60th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Paul Oh
Visit: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/2010/0203/ 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. The newest members of the NSB were sworn in during the December 2008 meeting. For more background on the NSB and its current composition, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/about/index.jsp.
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 Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 703-292-8311 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, to make arrangements.
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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