Media Advisory 12-013

Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on May 2 at NSF Headquarters


NSB will review NSF's facilities portfolio; hear presentations by Scott Aaronson, Robert Wood, Lawrence Krauss and NPR's Joe Palca; and have a discussion on taking effective STEM education practices to scale

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The National Science Board will meet May 2-4 at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va.
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April 27, 2012

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet on May 2, 3 and 4 to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The meeting will also feature presentations from the NSB Public Service Award recipients and NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award recipients.

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

Highlights include:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities

The NSB will hold its Annual Portfolio Review on Large Facilities and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss:

  • Neuroscience Program Portfolio Planning; and
  • The Draft Final Report of the Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research.

The NSB will receive information on:

  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST);
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHFML);
  • National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (Arecibo);
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR); and
  • Operations and Management of JOIDES Resolution Scientific Drillship.

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

8:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget

The Committee will hear updates on NSF's FY 2012 and 2013 budgets, the Task Force on Data Policies, the Subcommittee on Facilities, and discuss various strategies of NSF solicitations and options for NSB committee organization.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Plenary Open

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Subcommittee on Polar Issues

The NSB will hear from NSF's Office of Polar Programs updates on Lake El'gygytgyn and Antarctic logistics support.

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

The Committee will have a discussion on taking effective practices to scale with regard to ways to improve STEM education.

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

The Committee will discuss the two companion pieces to Science and Engineering Indicators 2012.

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Plenary Open

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 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, to make arrangements.

-NSF-

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

Program Contacts
Jennie L. Moehlmann, NSF, (703) 292-7000, jmoehlma@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) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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