News Release

Media Advisory
National Science Board to meet February 21 – 22, 2017, in Arlington, VA

February 14, 2017

Introduction of a New Board Member, New Committee Structures and Review of Charges, and Presentation on Engineering Feats and Cutting Edge Science are among the topics at February meeting 

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet February 21 – 22, 2017, 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:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (Room 1235):

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

NSB Chair’s Remarks

  • Announcement of New Member and Ceremonial Oath of Office 
  • Overview of Major Issues

NSF Director’s Remarks
Announcement of New NSB Committees


8:30 - 10:35 a.m. Committee on Awards and Facilities

ATLAS and CMS Detectors at the Large Hadron Collider
CY 2017 Schedule of Planned Action and Information Items
Discussion of Draft Committee Charge
Antarctic Discussion and NSB Site Visit Report
Review of NSB’s Delegation of Award Authority
Approach for Enterprise Risk Management at NSF


10:50 – 11:50 a.m. Committee on External Engagement

Discussion of Draft Committee Charge
Update on Ongoing Activities
Update on New Legislation in the 114th Congress
Transition to New Congress and Administration


1:00 – 2:20 p.m. Committee on Oversight

Discussion of Draft Committee Charge
Conclusion of the 2016 NSF Financial Statement Audit
Inspector General’s Update
Chief Financial Officer’s Report
The Role of Committees of Visitors in Merit Review
NSF’s External Audit Resolution Process


2:30 – 3:50 p.m. Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy

Discussion of Draft Committee Charge
Companion Brief on Career Pathways of STEM PhDs
Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 Production Update
SEI 2018 Review Process Changes
SEI 2018 Cover Artwork Selection
Overview of Blue Collar STEM Concepts and Opportunities


4:00 – 5:20 p.m. Committee on Strategy

Strategic Plan Update
Discussion of Draft Committee Charge
Discussion of NSF Big Ideas


Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (Room 1235):

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Committee on Awards and Facilities (continued)

Presentation: Engineering Feats Enable Cutting Edge Science

1:00 – 2:20 p.m. Plenary Open

NSB Chair’s Opening Remarks
NSF Director’s Remarks
Enhancing Employee Engagement at NSF
Open Committee Reports
Vote: Revisions to NSBs Delegation of Authority
Vote: Resolution Honoring Dr. Michael Van Woert for His Service to NSB
Vote: Companion Brief on Career Pathways for STEM PhDs
Vote: New Committee Charges (if applicable)
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 Explanation of Changes to the NSB’s Committees

The NSB has restructured its internal committees to better align NSB structure with function and enhance its ability to fulfill its responsibilities. The last time the NSB significantly changed its internal committee structure was in the 1980s. Draft committee charges are being reviewed at this meeting. NSB’s website will be updated with the new committees, their charges, and their membership when the charges are finalized.

NSB Committees
Old  New 
Executive  Executive (unchanged) 
Audit and Oversight Oversight 
Programs and Plans
Subcommittee on Facilities
Awards and Facilities 
 Strategy and Budget   Strategy 
 Science and Engineering Indicators   National Science and Engineering Policy 
 Education and Human Resources 

External Engagement

Subcommittee on Honorary Awards 

 Honorary Awards  











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 at (703) 292-2490 or


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