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National Science Board will hold a hybrid meeting February 15 – 16, 2023

The meeting will feature a panel discussion on pre-K through 12th grade STEM education

Panel speakers: Vidalina Treviño, Sarah Leaman, Shakiyya Bland, Jennifer Kennedy, Michael Lach

Panel speakers: Vidalina Treviño, Sarah Leaman, Shakiyya Bland, Jennifer Kennedy, Michael Lach (Credit and Larger Version)

February 9, 2023

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold a hybrid meeting February 15 – 16, 2023 to address science and engineering policy issues relevant to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Sunshine Act Notice and the meeting agenda provide details.

WEDNESDAY, February 15:

11:00 – 12:20 p.m.                         OPEN SESSIONS

The meeting kicks off with a welcome from NSB Chair Dan Reed. He will then swear in the eight new NSB Members and make opening remarks. NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan will provide his remarks, including brief presentations by the NSF Executive Leadership Team highlighting innovation and change in NSF’s investment strategy for research and education.

From 1:20 – 2:35 p.m. Panel: Beyond the Test Scores: Into the Pre-K – 12th Grade STEM Classroom

NSB member Suresh Babu will moderate a panel discussion on pre-K through 12th grade STEM education. Teachers will discuss what they and their students need to have a proficient, sustainable, and positive STEM education. These grades are critical for building the U.S. domestic STEM workforce, which supports our nation’s economic prosperity and national security. A Q&A with Board members will follow the presentations.


Vidalina Treviño, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Sarah Leaman, Master Teacher Fellow at Math for America

Shakiyya Bland, Ed.D., Math Educator in Residence at Just Equations

Jennifer Kennedy, PK-3 STEM Specialist at the SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary School

Michael Lach, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Township High School District 113

After the panel, each NSB Committee will report on recent activities. First up is the Committee on Awards and Facilities, with an update on major facilities portfolio risk management, followed by the Committees on Oversight touching on an earlier EPSCoR presentation and discussion. A report from the Committee on External Engagement will cover engagement plans for 2023 and the Committee on Science and Engineering Policy will report on the status of Science and Engineering Indicators 2024 and provide an update on policy priorities and strategy for the coming months. Next, the Socioeconomic Status working group will report on recent data analysis and next steps and the newly formed Merit Review Re-examination group will report on the development and status of its charge and workplan. The session will conclude with NSF Director Panchanathan’s remarks and senior staff updates.

Lastly, from 4:05 – 5:10 p.m., NSB’s working group, Explorations in K-12 STEM Education (ESKE), will present its work and the Board will discuss potential opportunities going forward.


THURSDAY, February 16:

8:30 – 9:05 a.m.                              OPEN SESSION

The day will begin with an open session. NSB Chair Reed will provide opening remarks followed by an NSF presentation on the Sexual Assault/Harassment and Prevention Response Report that will include updates on actions since NSB’s December 2022 meeting, among other items.

From 9:05 a.m. until 2:25 p.m. the Board will meet in closed sessions. Closed agenda items include: approval of the December closed plenary meeting minutes, committee reports, NSF updates on a future contract regarding the Sexual Assault/Harassment and Prevention Response Report, and CHIPS and Science Act Implementation.

External guests may opt to attend open sessions of the NSB meeting in person. In-person visitors should email their name as it appears on their photo ID, along with affiliation, at least 24 hours in advance to


About the National Science Board

The NSB identifies issues critical to NSF’s future, establishes its policies, and serves as co-head of agency with the NSF Director. The Board also advises the President and Congress on policy matters related to STEM and STEM education. Selected for their distinguished service and accomplishments in academia, government, and the private sector, the Board’s 24 presidentially appointed members are leaders in STEM research and education.

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