Front Matter


The National Science Board Members were closely involved in all phases of the preparation of this report. However, without the significant contributions of a number of NSF staff and others, this report would not be possible. Primary responsibility for the production of the volume was assigned to the Science and Engineering Indicators Program under the direction of Rolf Lehming of the Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS); Lynda Carlson, Division Director; Mary J. Frase, Deputy Division Director; and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, David W. Lightfoot, Assistant Director.

The authors of the manuscript were:

Overview. Rolf Lehming, SRS

Chapter 1. Martha Naomi Alt, Xianglei Chen, Jennifer Laird, MPR Associates; Lawrence Burton, SRS

Chapter 2. Joan S. Burrelli, SRS, Terry S. Woodin, EHR

Chapter 3. Mark C. Regets, SRS

Chapter 4. Francisco A. Moris, Brandon Shackelford, SRS

Chapter 5. Alan I. Rapoport, Derek Hill, Leslie Christovich, SRS

Chapter 6. Lawrence M. Rausch, SRS

Chapter 7. Melissa F. Pollak, SRS

Chapter 8. Paula C. Dunnigan, Greg A. Palovchik, Taratec Corporation

Alan I. Rapoport and John R. Gawalt directed the physical production of the volume, which benefited from extensive contributions from SRS staff, especially Rolfe Larson, Tanya Gore, and Rajinder Raut. Jean Johnson drafted the initial outline for the Higher Education chapter and provided valuable assistance in obtaining much of the international data. The Division's senior staff and survey managers assured availability of data under often stringent deadlines: Richard J. Bennof, Leslie J. Christovich, Susan T. Hill, John E. Jankowski, Kelly H. Kang, Nirmala Kannankutty, Nancy Leach, Ronald L. Meeks, Julia Oliver, John Tsapogas, and Raymond M. Wolfe. Robert K. Bell, Pierre Perrolle, and Cheryl Roesel rendered special assistance. Jeri Mulrow provided advice with statistical and data presentation issues. Jackie Durham provided helpful administrative assistance.

The National Science Board Office (NSBO) provided vital coordination throughout the project. The Board is especially grateful to Kyscha Slater (NSBO Operations Support), Clara A. Englert (Science Assistant to the S&E Indicators Subcommittee), Jean M. Pomeroy (NSB Liaison to the S&E Indicators Subcommittee), and Alan I. Rapoport (Executive Secretary, S&E Indicators Subcommittee). Many others beyond the authors, National Science Board Members, and NSB and SRS staff provided much appreciated assistance either as reviewers or through their valuable substantive and statistical comments and expertise. They are listed under Contributors and Reviewers.

John R. Gawalt managed all editorial and printing services, and Margaret (Peg) V. Whalen provided invaluable Web direction and support. Web design, programming, and final production were performed by De Vo, Joshua Cane, Moe M. Than, Bridget Tuthill, Jason Shaffer, Lee Amador, and Jennifer Nowak of Compuware Corporation. Overall editing and coordination of the report was performed by Beverly Cook and associates of Aspen Systems Corporation. Eileen Kessler and the staff of OmniStudio provided composition and production services for the print and electronic materials.

Cover Image

Cover.Computer simulation of the merger of two black holes and the ripples in spacetime—known as gravitational waves—born of the merger.

This simulation is one of a series depicting orbiting black holes and represents the first time that three-quarters of the full orbit of a black hole has been computed. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany, created the simulations in 2002 on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Itanium-based Linux computational cluster. The visualizations are by Werner Benger of the Albert Einstein Institute and the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum in Berlin. (Credit: scientific contact, Ed Seidel,; Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics—Albert Einstein Institute [AEI]; Werner Benger, Zuse Institute and AEI.)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided support for this project through a proposal for computer time at NSF computing facilities, including NCSA, and indirectly through NSF grant PHY 99-79985.

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Recommended Citation

National Science Board. 2006. Science and Engineering Indicators 2006. Two volumes. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation (volume 1, NSB 06-01; volume 2, NSB 06-01A).

National Science Board.