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Media Advisory 11-016

National Science Board to Meet July 28-29 at NSF Headquarters

For first time, meeting will be webcast

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The National Science Board will webcast its upcoming meeting, July 28-29, 2011.

July 25, 2011

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet July 28-29, 2011, to address science and engineering, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education issues of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The meeting will be webcast as well. 

Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting.  Please go to the Public Meeting Schedule on the NSB web site for the webcast link and full agenda.

Some of the scheduled meeting highlights are listed below.


7:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The Committee will discuss program portfolio planning.

The Committee will receive information on:

  • iPlant Annual Report on Award Progress;
  • National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON);
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES);
  • LIGO - Data Management Plan;
  • IceCube - Data Management Plan; and
  • Gemini Cooperative Agreement.

11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

The Committee will review and discuss the Orange Book and Companion Piece topics for S&E Indicators 2012; and receive updates on Indicators Digest and the State Data Tool.  Please note this meeting will be held in room 1295.

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Task Force on Merit Review

The Task Force will review and discuss proposed review criteria.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Task Force on Data Policies

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

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Committee on Audit and Oversight

The Committee will discuss management and oversight of construction contingency budgeting and expenditures.

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget

The Committee will hear updates on NSF's FY 2011 and 2012 budgets; and review and discuss approval of policy recommendation from its Task Force on Data Policies.

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

The Committee will:

  • discuss the CEH STEM Education Prospective Horizon "Action Items;"
  • discuss challenges and opportunities for NSF's education agenda: Issues in developing a strategic vision for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources; and
  • hear updates from the Education and Human Resources Directorate on:
    • NSTC Committee on STEM Education,
    • "Successful K-12 STEM Education" report and implementation plan, and
    • NSF-U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences collaboration on Evidence Standards.

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Subcommittee on Polar Issues

The Subcommittee will hear from NSF's Office of Polar Programs updates on the NRC and Blue Ribbon Panel, United States Antarctic Program studies, interagency arctic policy coordination, and McMurdo Station resupply issues.

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research

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

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 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.

Visit the National Science Board's Public Meeting Schedule 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 or by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, to make arrangements.


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

Program Contacts
Jennie L. Moehlmann, NSB, (703) 292-7000, email:

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