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Media Advisory 08-019
National Science Board to Meet March 26-27 in Arlington, Va.

Board to hold press conference to release report on international partnerships

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March 23, 2008

From March 26-27, 2008, the National Science Board (Board) will hold the second of its six annual meetings related to national science and engineering policy issues and oversight of the National Science Foundation (NSF). At 2:30 p.m. on March 27, immediately following the meeting, Board Chairman Steven Beering, International Committee Chairman Jon Strauss, and National Science Foundation Director and ex officio Board member Arden L. Bement will release a new Board report, International Science and Engineering Partnerships: A Priority for U.S. Foreign Policy and Our Nation's Innovation Enterprise (NSB-08-4).

The Board established its Task Force on International Science to examine the role of the U.S. government in supporting international science and engineering (S&E) partnerships. Strauss, president emeritus of Harvey Mudd College, served as task force chairman and oversaw a series of roundtable discussions around the world. These discussions explored international S&E partnership activities and their interplay with science policy, foreign policy and domestic policy objectives. The task force also assessed the current and potential role of the U.S. government in cooperating with international scientists and their governments to: (1) facilitate S&E partnerships between U.S. and non-U.S. scientists and engineers in the U.S. and outside the U.S., in developed and developing countries; (2) utilize S&E partnerships for improving relations between countries; and (3) improve the quality of life and environmental protection in developing countries.

Open session highlights of the Board meeting include:

  • March 26, 1 p.m. - Education and Human Resources Committee meeting will feature presentation by Chancellor Rose Tseng of the University of Hawaii-Hilo on research and education at the University of Hawaii-Hilo: Integrating Culture, Science and Technology;
  • March 27, 10:15 a.m. to noon - Committee on Programs and Plans meeting will include discussion of competition for the management and operation of the National Center for Atmospheric Research;
  • March 27, 1:15 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans meeting to spotlight NSF Math and Physical Sciences Assistant Director Tony Chan who will deliver a talk, The Breadth of NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences; and
  • March 27, 2:30 p.m. (following the Board meeting) - Press conference to release the new Board report: International Science and Engineering Partnerships: A Priority for U.S. Foreign Policy and Our Nation's Innovation Enterprise.

The full meeting agenda is posted at: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/2008/0326/index.jsp.

Media representatives are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

All meeting sessions will be held in room 1235 at NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. (Ballston metro stop).

Journalists interested in attending and covering the board meeting and/or the press conference should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 703-292-8311 by 8 a.m. on Wed., March 26, to enable security arrangements.

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Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, lisajoy@nsf.gov

Program Contacts
Jean Pomeroy, NSF, (703) 292-7000, jpomeroy@nsf.gov
Tami T. Tamashiro, NSF, (703) 292-7000, ttamashi@nsf.gov

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