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Media Advisory 12-001

National Science Board to Meet February 2-3 at NSF Headquarters

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The National Science Board will meet February 2-3, 2012. The meeting will be webcast.

January 31, 2012

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 on February 2 and 3, 2012, 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 NSB website for the webcast link and full agenda.

Some of the scheduled meeting highlights are listed below.

Highlights include:


8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget and Committee on Programs and Plans Joint Session

The NSB will discuss NSF's Annual Facilities Plan.

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss the status of CPP's Program Portfolio Planning.

The NSB will receive information on the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA).

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities

There will be a discussion of NSF's Facilities Plan and the upcoming May Portfolio Review.

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Subcommittee on Polar Issues

There will be a discussion of the U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Review and the report from the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Study on Future Research Opportunities in Antarctica.

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget Task Force on Data Policies

The Task Force will discuss public comments on its report Digital Research Data Sharing and Management and future work of the Task Force.


7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

The Subcommittee will discuss Effective K-12 STEM Education and Research in Mathematics Education.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget

CSB will have a presentation on NSF's Merit Review Working Group, receive an update from NSF on Cost Sharing, and discuss strategic planning.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

The Committee will discuss the rollout of Indicators 2012, the status of Indicators companions, and the Inventory of Government Programs: Trade, Export and Competitiveness.

Visit the National Science Board's website 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 on the NSB website.

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 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, to make arrangements.


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

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

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) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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