Media Advisory 11-019

National Science Board to Meet September 13 in Tucson

Meeting will take place at the University of Arizona, Tucson

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The National Science Board will meet in Tucson, Arizona on September 13, 2011.
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September 8, 2011

On September 13, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. The open session of the meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting, which will be held in the Catalina and Tucson Rooms at the Student Union Memorial Center. Highlights include:


8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Plenary Open Session; Discussion on the Changing Landscape of Undergraduate STEM Education

Moderator: Dr. Leslie Tolbert, Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development, University of Arizona


  • Mr. Phil Stokes, Program Coordinator, SAGUARO Program, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Jennie Scott, Director of Curriculum and Articulation Services, Pima Community College
  • Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean, Graduate College, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Randall Richardson, Professor Solid-Earth Geophysics, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Sharon Hall, Assistant Professor, School of Life Science, Arizona State University

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities

The Subcommittee will discuss information from NSF for preparing its report to Congress on mid-scale multi-user instrumentation as required by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research

The Task Force will discuss its mid-scale research workshop and emerging themes.

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Task Force on Merit Review

The Task Force will review and discuss proposed review criteria.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Task Force on Data Policies

The Task Force will discuss recommendations for changes to NSF's policies.

The full meeting agenda is posted here.

Public visitors and media representatives are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the government in the Sunshine Act.  Journalists interested in attending and covering the board meeting and/or interviewing NSF/NSB officials should contact Dana Topousis at 703-292-7750. All meeting sessions will be held in the Catalina and Tucson Rooms at the Student Union Memorial Center on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from universities and industry, 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. The NSB has 24 members that serve six-year terms. The 25th member is the NSF Director, an ex officio member of the NSB. For more background on the NSB and its current composition, visit its website.


Media Contacts
Dana Topousis, NSF, (703) 292-7750,

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) 2015, its budget is $7.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 48,000 competitive proposals for funding, and makes about 11,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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