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Media Advisory 07-009

National Science Board to Meet March 29-30, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia

March 28, 2007

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

The National Science Board (NSB) will hold one of its regularly scheduled meetings related to national science and engineering policy issues and activities of the National Science Foundation (NSF), from March 29-30, 2007, at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va. NSF is located at 9th and Stuart Streets (Ballston Metro stop).

Media representatives are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All meetings will take place in room 1235, unless otherwise noted. The full meeting agenda is available at:

Open session highlights will include:

Thursday, March 29

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - The Task Force on International Science will hear a presentation by Thomas R. Pickering, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (ret.): "The Fundamental Role of Science and Technology in International Development: An Imperative for the U.S. Agency for International Development."
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - The Committee on Strategy and Budget will discuss the status of the 2008 NSF budget request and update the impacts of the NSB policy to eliminate cost-sharing on grants.
  • 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - The Committee on Programs and Plans will receive final recommendations of the Task Force on Transformative Research in its draft report, Enhancing Support of Transformative Research at the National Science Foundation. The committee also will hear a presentation of the potential impacts the fiscal years 2007 and 2008 NSF budget requests will have on major research equipment and facilities construction.
Friday, March 30
  • 1:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - The full board will hold a plenary open session, hearing reports from various committees, the NSB chairman and NSF director. The board will discuss the status of its Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics' draft report.


Media Contacts
Leslie Fink, NSF, (703) 292-5395, email:

Program Contacts
Jean Pomeroy, NSF, (703) 292-7000, email:

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