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Media Advisory 10-013

National Science Board to Meet at NSF Headquarters in Arlington May 4 and 5

Board will address DataNet, and iPlant, honor distinguished scientists for public contributions and prepare for its 60th anniversary

414th National Science Board Meeting, May 4-5, 2010

National Science Board book for its May 2010 meeting.

April 30, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

On May 4 and 5, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting.

Highlights include:


7:35 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Programs and Plans

  • NSB Information Item: iPlant
  • NSB Information Item: DataNet

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Plenary Open

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Status on the NSF / NSB 60th Anniversary

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Education and Human Resources

Preparing the next generation of STEM innovators, review of the White Paper that resulted from NSB's STEM Innovator Conference.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)

  • Debrief on SEI 2010
  • Planning issues for SEI 2012.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Plenary Open

1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Plenary Open

  • Chairman's Report - Final report from outgoing NSB Chairman Steven Beering
  • Director's Report - Final report from outgoing NSF Director Arden L. Bement
  • Announcement of election results for the new NSB chair and vice chair

The full meeting agenda is posted.

Public visitors must arrange for a visitor's badge in advance in order to attend. Please send an email message to 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 Tues. May 4, 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: its website.


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

Program Contacts
Blane Dahl, NSF / NSB, (703) 292-2234, 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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