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The National Science Board will hold a hybrid meeting May 1 - 2, 2024

The meeting will include two panel discussions, one on AI and one with 2024 Vannevar Bush, Science & Society, and Waterman awardees

April 25, 2024

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold a hybrid meeting May 1 – 2, 2024 to address science and engineering policy issues relevant to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The agenda provides more details.


Wednesday, May 1:


8:30 a.m. Highlights of engagement and activities from NSB Chair Dan Reed and NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion: The Future is Now: Harnessing AI for Good

NSB member and Executive Emeritus, Sandia National Laboratories Julia Phillips will moderate an external panel of artificial intelligence (AI) experts:

Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer, Microsoft
Bart Selman, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell University
Ken Forbus, Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University
Lynne Parker, Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. NSB committee chairs will report on activities of the External Engagement, Science and Engineering Policy, Oversight, and Strategy committees and the Subcommittee on Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships will deliver its last report as it sunsets. All committee reports will include brief reflections and thoughts about the road ahead.



NSF’s fiscal year 2024 budget, current plan, and long-term planning are on the agenda, along with budget development for fiscal year 2026. In Executive Plenary Closed, the Board will elect its new Chair and Vice Chair for the next two years (2024 – 2026).


Thursday, May 2:


8:30 – 9:50 a.m. NSB Chair Dan Reed will highlight the Board’s accomplishments over the last two years and offer reflections on the road ahead. Following his remarks, the Chair and NSF Director will recognize the NSB Members Class of 2018 – 2024 for their service to the Board and the agency.

10:05 – 10:50 a.m. NSB member and University of Michigan Professor of Education Deborah Ball will moderate a discussion with the 2024 Vannevar Bush, Science and Society, and Alan T. Waterman Award winners:

Vannevar Bush: John Hennessy
Science & Society: Sheri McGuffin & Eric Wooldridge
Science & Society: Paul Sandberg on behalf of the National Academy of Inventors
Waterman Award: Muyinatu “Bisi” Bell
Waterman Award: Katrina Claw
Waterman Award: Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

11:05 – 11:40 a.m. The NSB-NSF Commission on Merit Review will share its preliminary policy recommendations.

1:35 – 2:10 p.m.  During an open meeting of the Awards and Facilities Committee, members will get an update on the Antarctic Science and Engineering Support Contract and the NSF Director will share and discuss the agency’s decision process for the U.S. Extremely Large Telescope Program (USELT).



Agenda items include a discussion of preliminary recommendations of the NSB-NSF Commission on Merit Review, consideration of an action item related to the National Solar Observatory Operation and Maintenance award, and further discussion about the agency’s decision process for the USELT.


External guests may attend open sessions virtually or 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 National Science Foundation Act of 1950 charged the NSB with two roles: governing board of the NSF and advisor to Congress and the President on policy matters related to STEM research 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.

Media Contact: Nadine Lymn, National Science Board, (703) 292-2490,

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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