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Media Advisory 10-002

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 To Be Released on Jan. 15 at the White House

Get a sneak peek at the data and participate in an embargoed webcast press briefing on Jan. 13

Cover of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2010.

SEI 2010, as mandated by statute, will be delivered to the president and Congress on Jan. 15, 2010.

January 8, 2010

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 Foundation (NSF), the National Science Board (NSB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) invite you to attend the rollout of the Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) 2010. Produced biennially, SEI is widely considered the gold standard for information detailing the state of the American science and engineering enterprise.


Public rollout of Science and Engineering Indicators 2010


Truman Room, White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place, N.W., Washington, D.C.


10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, 2010


Steven C. Beering, Chairman NSB; Arden L. Bement, Jr. Director, NSF; Louis J. Lanzerotti, SEI Committee Chairman; José-Marie Griffiths, SEI Committee Member; and Kei Koizumi, assistant director for federal research and development, OSTP

Mandated by statute and presented to the president and to the Congress on Jan. 15, SEI provides statistical data that is central to important questions for U.S. science and engineering (S&E) policy: What are the major changes in the world's S&E enterprise, and how do they affect the United States? How do Americans in S&E jobs fare at a time of economic challenge? And how do American views about science and engineering, and issues such as the environment, climate change, and stem cells compare with the views held by others around the world? The speakers will examine the outlook for American science and technology in today's global economy.

Prior to the Jan. 15 rollout, NSF is offering journalists an opportunity to preview SEI 2010 and related materials and to take part in a live webcast media briefing. Embargoed materials will be available starting Jan. 12, and the press briefing takes place on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.

During the webcast, Rolf Lehming, director of the SEI 2010 program in NSF's Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) in the Social, Behavioral and Economic sciences directorate, will take questions from members of the media.

All background material shared is under strict embargo until 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. To request access to background material and/or to participate in the embargoed press briefing, please contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at or 703-292-8311.

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
Jean Pomeroy, NSF, (703) 292-4519, email:

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