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Media Advisory 08-023

National Science Board to Meet May 6-7 in Arlington, Va.

Astronaut Mae Jemison to address Board’s open plenary on May 7; awards dinner will feature outstanding awardees, including "Mozart of math"Terence Tao

May 5, 2008

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

On May 6 and 7, the National Science Board (Board) will hold the third of its six annual meetings related to science and engineering policy issues and oversight of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Open session highlights of the Board meeting include:

May 6:

7:30 a.m. to noon - Meeting of the Committee on Programs and Plans, to include:

  • At 7:30 a.m., a discussion on Arctic Ice with Kelly Falkner in the Subcommittee on Polar Issues
  • At 11 a.m., a presentation on "The Intertwinement of Fundamental Work in the SBE and Natural Sciences," by NSF Assistant Director David Lightfoot of the Social, Behavioral and Economics Directorate

2 p.m. - A panel discussion on open access to scholarly literature in the Committee on Strategy and Budget meeting.

6:30 p.m. - Awards Dinner at the U.S. Department of State at which NSF and the Board will present the following prestigious awards:

May 7:

1:50 to 4 p.m. - OPEN PLENARY SESSION to include:

  • An address by astronaut Mae C. Jemison, celebrated as the first African-American woman in space, who will represent Bayer and its public service award-winning program Making Science Make Sense.
  • A brief speech by Thomas W. Ryan III, 2008 president of SAE International, the Board's other Public Service Awardee.
  • Video presentations by Waterman Awardee Terence Tao, and Vannevar Bush Awardee Norm Augustine
  • Announcements the Board's new chairman and vice chairman after elections were held during closed session earlier in the day.

The full meeting agenda is posted at:

Media representatives are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

All meeting sessions will be held in room 1235 at NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. (Ballston metro stop).

Journalists interested in attending and covering the board meeting and/or awards dinner should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 703-292-8311 by 7 a.m. on Tues., May 6, to enable security arrangements.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

Program Contacts
Jean Pomeroy, NSF, (703) 292-7000, email:
Jennifer Lynn Richards, NSF, (703) 292-7000, email:

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