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Media Advisory 13-012

National Science Board to meet Aug. 15-16, 2013, in Arlington, Va.

Highlights of open sessions include NSF science portfolio and prospects and status of ocean drilling program

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August 12, 2013

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The National Science Board (NSB) will meet Aug. 15-16, 2013, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The meeting will feature a discussion of NSF science portfolio and prospects, update on the status of the ocean drilling program, and an update on NSF's Division of Materials Research's facilities and instrumentation portfolio.

Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting. The meeting will be webcast.

Highlights include:

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 (room 1235):

8:00-8:05 a.m. Chairman's Introduction

8:05-9:30 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

  • Chair, Diane Souvaine: Update on schedule of action and information items for NSB review
  • NSF Discussant Fleming Crim: Science Portfolio and Prospects
  • NSF Discussant David Conover: Status of Ocean Drilling Program
  • NSF Discussants Mary Galvin and Tom Rieker: Facilities and Instrumentation Portfolio of Division of Materials Research; update on Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Sources

12:45-1:30 p.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

  • NSF FY 2014 Budget Update
  • Study on Trends in Science Budgets

1:30-2:30 p.m. CSB Subcommittee on Facilities

2:30-3:15 p.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight

3:30-5:00 p.m. Committee on Education and Human Resources

5:00-5:45 p.m. Committee on Science & Engineering Indicators

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 (room 1235):

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Task Force on Administrative Burdens

1:15-3:00 p.m. Plenary

  • Chairman's Report
  • NSF Director's Report
  • NSF Plan on Public Access

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 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, to make arrangements.


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