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Media Advisory 10-021

National Science Board to Meet at NSF Headquarters in Arlington, August 25-26

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The National Science Board will meet August 25-26, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia.

August 20, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 August 25 and 26, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet to address several science and engineering and STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) issues of interest. Most of the meetings will be held in room 1235. Exceptions are the Task Force on Data Policies (Wednesday morning 7:35-9:30), and the Task Force on Merit Review (Thursday morning 7:30-8:45).  These will be held in room 1295. Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting. Highlights include:

Wednesday, August 25

7:35 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Subcommittee on Polar Issues
Planning for Research Vessel Support
U.S. Antarctic Program Review

7:35 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Task Force on Data Policies (Room 1295)
Discussion of statement of principles

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans
Discussion on policy on thresholds for NSB review
Discussion on NSB recompetition policy

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Task Force on Mid-Scale Research
Discussion of information gathering

Thursday, August 26

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Subcommittee on Facilities
Discussion of principles for research infrastructure

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Task Force on Merit Review (Room 1295)
Discussion of status of data gathering activities

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Committee on Education and Human Resources
Research vision for the Education and Human Resources Directorate

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Plenary Open
Presentation by Dr. Luis von Ahn

1:20 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Plenary Open
Science, Engineering, and Education Innovation website presentation
Presentation on STAR METRICS

The full meeting agenda is posted at:

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 Dana Topousis at 703-292-7750.

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
Dana Topousis, NSF, (703) 292-7750, email:

Program Contacts
Blane Dahl, NSF, (703) 292-2234, email:

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