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Media Advisory 09-033

National Science Board to Meet at NSF Headquarters in Arlington Dec. 9 and 10

Preparing for release of the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators in January tops the list of Board priorities

the possible extent of Arctic sea ice by the year 2040 (based on NCAR-based CCSM).

This image shows the possible extent of Arctic sea ice by the year 2040 (based on NCAR-based CCSM).

December 7, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 Dec. 9 and 10, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Open session highlights of the NSB meeting include:

Wed., Dec. 9 (Concurrent sessions; note room numbers)

8:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans (Room 1235)

  • Information item on the National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Information item on plans for integration and recompetition of the Solid Earth Deformation Facilities funded through the Earth Sciences division
  • Arctic sea ice update
  • Presentation on NSF participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark

8:05 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight (Room 1295)

  • Report of the Advisory Committee on the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Performance Assessment

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Committee on Education and Human Resources (Room 1295)

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (Room 1235)

Thurs., Dec. 10

8:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (Room 1235)

  • Status of NSF Strategic Plan
  • NSF Report on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending

The full meeting agenda is posted at:

Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance in order to attend. Call 703-292-7000, or email with your name and organizational affiliation to request your badge, which will be ready for pick-up at the visitor's desk the day of the meeting.

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 703-292-8311 by 7:00 a.m. on Wed., December 9, to enable security arrangements.

All meeting sessions will be held in rooms 1235 and 1295 at NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. (Ballston metro stop).

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:

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

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