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Media Advisory 10-023

National Science Board to Meet in South Dakota

September 24 meeting to take place at Black Hills State University in Spearfish

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The National Science Board will meet in South Dakota on September 24.

September 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 September 24, the National Science Board (NSB) will meet on the campus of Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, S.D. The open session of the meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Members of the media and the public are invited to public portions of the meeting, which will be held at the Jacket Legacy Room at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Highlights include:

Friday, September 24--Plenary Open Session

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Presentations from Tribal College Presidents

  • Dr. Lionel R. Bordeaux, Sinte Gleska University (Invited)
  • Dr. Diana Canku, Sisseton Wahpeton College
  • Mr. Thomas Shortbull, Oglala Lakota College
  • Dr. Laurel Vermillion, Sitting Bull College

9:45 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. Overview of South Dakota Science and Engineering Research

  • Dr. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jack Warner, South Dakota Board of Regents

10:05 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Discussion on Research at South Dakota's Institutions of Higher Learning

  • Dr. Duane Hrncir, provost and vice president for academic affairs, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Dr. Laura Jenski, vice president for research, University of South Dakota
  • Dr. Gary Johnson, system vice president of research, South Dakota Board of Regents
  • Dr. Kevin Kephart, vice president for research, South Dakota State University
  • Dr. Jack Warner, executive director, South Dakota Board of Regents

11:00 a.m. to 11:20 am Broad Impact of Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) on South Dakota Graduate Education in Physics

  • Dr. Robert Wharton, president, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

11:20 a.m. to 11:40 am Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program in South Dakota

  • Dr. Mary Berry, professor and chairman of the department of chemistry, University of South Dakota

The full meeting agenda is posted here.

This meeting will be webcast live on Friday, September 24.

Public visitors and 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 Van Pay at 703-292-8796. All meeting sessions will be held in the Jacket Legacy Room at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, on the campus of Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, S.D.

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 Van Pay, NSF, (703) 292-8796, email:

Program Contacts
Blane Dahl, NSF, (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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