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Media Advisory 11-006

National Science Board to Meet February 14 to 16 at NSF Headquarters

Presentations about the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, an NRC study on the health and competitiveness of our nation’s research universities, and updates on major facilities and cyberinfrastructure plans are on the agenda

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The National Science Board will meet February 14-16, 2011, in Arlington, Virginia.

February 11, 2011

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 Board (NSB) will embark on its first of five meetings of 2011 related to national science and engineering policy issues and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 14, 15 and 16, 2011.

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

Monday, February 14, 2011

12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss:

  • threshold modifications;
  • recompetition policy implementation; and
  • proposed revisions to the charge for the Mid-Scale Task Force.

The NSB will receive information on:

  • the Large Hadron Collider (LHC);
  • the NEON Airborne Observation Platform;
  • TeraGrid XD;
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS); and
  • EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Plenary Open

The NSB will have presentations on:

  • the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act; and
  • a National Research Council Study on Research Universities.

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget

  • An overview will be given on how NSF integrates its Performance Plan with its Strategic Plan.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Joint Session of the Committee on Strategy and Budget and the Committee on Programs and Plans

There will presentations on:

  • NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Planning; and
  • NSF's Annual Facilities Plan.

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities

There will be a discussion of the following items:

  • Mid-Scale Instrumentation; and
  • Plans for the May 2011 Portfolio Review.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Subcommittee on Polar Issues

  • The NSB will hear from colleagues that performed an oversight visit to the Antarctic.

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

  • The Committee will discuss NSF STEM Education Programs.

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

  • The Committee will have a presentation from the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate regarding its review of measures of public science knowledge.

Visit the NSB website for the full meeting agenda.

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for NSF and advisory body to the president and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from industry and universities, 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. NSB members are appointed for six-year terms. The NSF director is an ex officio member of the NSB. The newest members of the NSB were sworn in during the December 2008 meeting. For more background on the NSB and its current composition, visit the NSB website.

Note: Reporters are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All sessions will be held at the NSF headquarters: 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting and/or interviewing NSF or NSB officials should contact Dana Topousis at 703-292-7750 by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2010, to make arrangements.


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

Program Contacts
Jennie L. Moehlmann, NSF, (703) 292-4490, email:

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