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Media Advisory 15-019

National Science Board to meet Nov. 18-19

November meeting will include discussion with National Academies' Larry Faulkner on reducing administrative burdens for researchers

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NSB meets Nov. 18-19.

November 13, 2015

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The National Science Board (NSB) will meet Nov. 18-19 to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting, which will also be webcast.

Public sessions of the meeting, located at NSF headquarters, include:

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (room 1235)

8-8:30 a.m. Plenary Open, reports from NSB Chair and NSF Director

8:30-9 a.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight

  • Approval of Office of Inspector General (OIG) semiannual report to Congress
  • Updates from Inspector General and Chief Financial Officer

9:55-11:55 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

  • Overview of Geosciences infrastructure investments
  • NSB recompetition policy and statement
  • Report on NSB Antarctic Site

12:55-2 p.m. Committee on Science & Engineering Indicators

  • Discussion and approval of 2016 Indicators overview and digest
  • Update on 2016 digital Indicators
  • Discussion of companion briefs and future directions


Thursday, Nov. 19 (room 1235)

8:30-9:15 a.m. Working Group on Administrative Burdens

  • Discussion of National Academies' report with Larry Faulkner, Chair, Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements

9:15-9:35 a.m. Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

  • Discussion of the committee's role and charge

9:35-10:10 a.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

  • Approval of the 2014 Annual Portfolio Review
  • NSF International strategy

10:20-11:50 a.m. CPP/SCF Joint Meeting

  • Discussion on the evolving needs of science and engineering infrastructure
  • Update on Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS)

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Ad hoc Task Force on NEON Performance and Plans

  • Report on task force activities
  • Discussion of new NSB product for monitoring large facilities

1:10-1:55 p.m. Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEH)

  • Vision and plan for grand challenges in STEM education

1:55-2:10 p.m. Plenary Open

  • Remarks from NSB Chair and NSF Director
  • Approval of 2014 Annual Portfolio Review
  • Approval of 2016 Indicators Overview and Digest
  • Approval of OIG Semiannual Report to Congress
  • Confirm ad hoc Honorary Awards Committee as a standing committee
  • Open committee reports

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, Virginia. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting should contact Brandon Powell at (703) 292-2769.

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 Board. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.


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Brandon Powell, NSB, 703-292-2769, email:

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