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Media Advisory 07-027

National Science Board to Meet October 2-3, 2007, in Arlington, VA

Policy to emerge to improve STEM education

September 26, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 (Board) will hold the fifth of its six annual meetings related to national science and engineering policy issues and oversight of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on October 2-3, 2007.

Open session highlights will include:

  • Tuesday, October 2, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Discussion and possible approval of the draft task force report on international science and engineering partnerships.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Discussion of the Board's Action Plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in the meeting of the Committee on Education and Human Resources. Visit: for background. Discussion and possible approval for recommendation to the full Board of the Engineering Education Workshop report, Moving Forward to Improve Engineering Education.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Discussion and possible approval for release of the Board's National Action Plan for STEM Education in the Board's Plenary Open Session.
  • Wednesday, October 3, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Discussion of future plans for a proposed Task Force on Sustainable Energy.
  • Wednesday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Discussion of Cost-Sharing.

The full meeting agenda is posted at:

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 at NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Ballston Metro stop).

Journalists interested in attending and covering the board meeting should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 703-292-8311 by close of business on Monday, October 1, 2007, to arrange for attendance.


The National Science Board was established by Congress in 1950, and has two important roles. It provides oversight for, and establishes the policies of, the National Science Foundation. It also serves as an independent body of advisors to both the President and Congress on broad national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. For more information on recent actions of the National Science Board, please visit:


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

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

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