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Media Advisory 11-029

Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on December 12, at NSF Headquarters

NSB will hear presentations by Michael Feder, Sally Rockey and Alex Szalay; meeting runs through December 14

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The National Science Board will meet December 12-14, 2011. The meeting will be webcast.

December 8, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 December 12, 13 and 14, 2011, to address science and engineering, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education issues of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The meeting will be webcast as well.

Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting. Please go to the Public Meeting Schedule on the NSB website for the webcast link and full agenda.

Some of the scheduled meeting highlights are listed below.

Highlights include:


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss:

  • program portfolio planning; and
  • recompetition policy implementation.

The NSB will receive information on:

  • polar contracts; and
  • recompetition of NSF facilities.


9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget Subcommittee on Facilities

The Subcommittee will discuss its Mid-scale Instrumentation Report to Congress.

9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget

The Committee will discuss the Mid-scale Instrumentation Report to Congress from its Subcommittee on Facilities.

CSB will have a presentation from Dr. Sally J. Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research on NIH strategic planning and communications.

The Committee will also discuss potential new strategies for strategic planning.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Committee on Education and Human Resources

Dr. Michael Feder, Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Douglas Clements, Distinguished Professor, University of Buffalo, SUNY, will speak on STEM-related topics.


11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Committee on Strategy and Budget Task Force on Data Policies

The Task Force will discuss approval of its recommendations and report.

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Plenary Open

Presentation by Dr. Alex Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University, on "Data Driven Discovery in Science."

Visit the National Science Board's Public Meeting Schedule 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 on 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, Va. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting and/or interviewing NSF or NSB officials should contact Dana Topousis at 703-292-7750 or by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 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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