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Media Advisory 06-027

Panel Set to Present Astronomy Program Recommendations to NSF

Senior review committee to answer reporter questions at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 3

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NSF hosted a call-in program where the senior review committee presented its recommendations.

October 26, 2006

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

For decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported cutting-edge astronomy research that has transformed our understanding of the universe. To ensure that NSF's astronomy programs continue to push the edge of scientific discovery, NSF charged a special committee to examine how the division's limited resources can be applied to future needs and to recommend steps to meet this goal. The group will present its recommendations to the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at NSF headquarters.

The recommendations are based on a year of town-hall meetings, community visits and consultations.

What: Senior Review Committee Recommendations for NSF's Astronomy Programs
Presentation and reporter call-in during Mathematics and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee.
When: Presentation at 9:00 a.m. Reporter call-in at 2:00 p.m.
Call-in details: Start time: 2:00 p.m. sharp
USA toll-free number: 888-566-5771
International callers may use toll number: +1-212-287-1616
Passcode (STELLAR) and leader name (Patrick Olmert) are required to enter call
Who: Roger Blandford, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
NSF Astronomy Division Director Wayne Van Citters
Where: NSB Boardroom (Room 1235)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230 (Ballston Metro stop)
Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart Streets

The presentation is open to the public. It will be followed at 2:00 p.m. by an hour-long call-in program for media to ask questions of Blandford and AST Division Director Wayne Van Citters.

Registration for the call-in is requested to ensure that sufficient lines are available. Please contact Josh Chamot, Media Officer for MPS, at or (703) 292-7730. After formatting for the web, an audio file and transcript will post to the NSF website.

In addition to background materials related to the report, the AST Senior Review document is now available for download at:


Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email:

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