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Media Advisory 16-005

National Science Board to meet May 5-6, 2016

NSB's May meeting to include presentations by the 2016 Waterman, Vannevar Bush and Public Service awardees

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May 4, 2016

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The National Science Board (NSB) will meet May 5 - 6, 2016, 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 include:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Reports from NSB Chair and NSF Director

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

  • Update on calendar year 2016 schedule of planned action and information items for NSB review Overview of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) infrastructure investments and directorate programs

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

  • Discussion of past, present and planned SCF activities, including the Facilities Portal

9:45 - 10:25 a.m. Task Force on NEON Programs & Plans (NPP)

  • NSF Director's update, including root causes
  • NPP final report

Plenary Open Session

10:55 - 11:15 a.m. Guest speaker: 2016 NSB Public Service Awardee, Margaret Brandon, President, Sea Education Association/SEA Semester

11:15 - 11:35 a.m. Guest speaker: 2016 Vannevar Bush Awardee, Robert Birgeneau

11:35 - 11:55 a.m. Guest speaker: 2016 Alan T. Waterman Awardee, Mircea Dincã

3:05 - 4:30 p.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight (AO)

  • Management Fees and Discussion
  • Approval of OIG Semiannual Report materials and discussion of a Management Response
  • Presentation on OIG audit of Sunshine Act compliance
  • Inspector General's update
  • Chief Financial Officer's update
  • Presentation on Transparency and Accountability

Friday, May 6, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)

  • Briefing on the outcome of the April 27-28 Indicators stakeholder workshop
  • Update on Science and Engineering Indicators outreach
  • Update on the next Companion Briefs: (1) Career destinations for STEM PhDs, and
  • (2) STEM diversity
  • Discussion on developing better indicators on K-12 STEM education
  • Indicators 2018 schedule

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

  • Update on FY 2017 budget
  • Discussion - Beyond the presidential transition: NSF's ideas for future investment

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Plenary Open Session

  • Remarks from NSB Chair and NSF Director
  • Introduction of the NSF "LIGO Team"
  • Review and approval of annual Executive Committee report
  • Open committee reports
  • Discharge NPP
  • Presentations to outgoing Board members

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.

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 should contact Nadine Lymn, (703) 292-2490.


Media Contacts
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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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