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Media Advisory 09-026

National Science Board to Meet at the Ohio State University on Sept. 24

Off-site meeting will include retreat, meetings with OSU faculty and researchers, and visits to NSF-funded research centers

Photo of two students at Ohio State's Thompson Library.

NSB members will visit Ohio State's Thompson Library, now open after a three-year renovation.

September 22, 2009

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

On September 24, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet to address science and engineering policy issues and oversight of the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the Ohio State University. The NSB meets five times annually with four of those meetings in Washington, D.C., and a fifth at a host institution each year. The NSB responded to an invitation from Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.

While many of the NSB's sessions are closed, a public meeting will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center, Bob Evans Auditorium. The open meeting will include a discussion of NSB priorities for the next fiscal year, as well as reports from the NSB chairman and committees.

"Given that the National Science Board plays such a key role in advising U.S. science and engineering policy, we are elated that they decided on Ohio State as a venue for their meeting," explained Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at Ohio State.

"This is a chance for board members to learn about the exceptional research underway here while they conduct their own business."

NSB members will seize the opportunity to visit NSF-funded research programs and to meet scientists engaged in research in a variety of fields. On campus, they will meet with researchers and visit Ohio State's Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and its Center for Automative Research, as well as its newly renovated Thompson Library. They will step off campus to visit the Metro Early College High School, in order to further efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. and to better meet the STEM education needs of our students

Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics & Science Education Policy at Ohio State, is a current member of the NSB.

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.

Journalists interested in attending and covering the board meeting and/or interviewing NSF/NSB officials, should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at 202-285-7396 (cell).

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from universities and industry, and representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education, or public service, and records of distinguished service. The NSB has 24 members that serve six-year terms. The 25th member is the NSF Director, an ex officio member of the NSB. For more background on the NSB and its current composition, visit:


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:
Earle Holland, Ohio State University, (614) 292-8384, email:

Program Contacts
Kim L. Silverman, NSB, (703) 292-4515, email:

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 2022 budget of $8.8 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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