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Media Advisory 11-012

Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on May 9 at NSF Headquarters

NSB will review facilities portfolio; hear presentations by Dennis Bartels, Casey Dunn, Moira Gunn, and Charles Vest; and address development and approval process of Requests for Proposals for recompetitions on awards and contracts

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The National Science Board will meet May 9-11 at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va.

May 4, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 meet on May 9, 10 and 11 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:

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget, Subcommittee on Facilities

The NSB will hold its Annual Portfolio Review on Large Facilities and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.

2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss:

  • program portfolio reviews; and
  • recompetition policy implementation.

The NSB will receive information on:

  • the status of a National Research Council Report on Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL);
  • new high performance computing acquisition;
  • the DataNet Program; and
  • science results from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans, Subcommittee on Polar Issues

The NSB will hear from NSF's Office of Polar Programs updates on the Blue Ribbon Panel, icebreaker support, and fuel price impacts on logistics.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Plenary Open

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

The Committee will review chapter drafts and discuss Companion Piece topics for S&E Indicators 2012.


8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

The Committee will:

  • discuss NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Programs; and
  • hear from Carl Wieman, Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on STEM Education.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Task Force on Data Policies

The Task Force will discuss its March 2011 Workshop.

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

The Committee will hear about the development and approval process of Requests for Proposals for recompetitions on awards and contracts (above threshold); updates on NSF's FY 2011 and 2012 budgets; and the status of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Plenary Open

Visit the National Science Board's public meetings page 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. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.

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, Va. 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 Friday, May 6, 2011, to make arrangements.


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

Program Contacts
Jennie L. Moehlmann, NSF, (703) 292-7000, email:

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