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Media Advisory 12-018

Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on July 16 at NSF Headquarters

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The National Science Board will meet July 16-18, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia.

July 13, 2012

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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.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 July 16, 17 and 18 to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The meeting will also feature NSF's astronomical science portfolio review and updates on iPlant, NEON and Blue Waters. All open sessions on July 17 and 18 will be webcast.

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

Highlights include:

Monday, July 16, 2012

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will hear the Astronomical Science Portfolio Review.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will discuss:

  • Status of Implementation of Board Policy on Re-competition

The NSB will get updates on:

  • iPlant
  • NEON
  • Blue Waters O&M Renewal Award
  • Space Weather Portfolio Planning

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight

The NSB will hear updates from the following NSF officials:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Inspector General

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators

The Committee will:

  • Discuss chapter outline
  • Hear an update on the release of the first companion to Science & Engineering Indicators 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget

The NSB will hear an update on NSF FY 2012 & 2013 Budget and hear a report from the Subcommittee on Facilities.

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

  • Approval of NSB Meeting Schedule for 2013
  • Committee Announcements
    • Establish ad hoc Committee on Honorary Awards
    • Discharge Task Force on Unsolicited Mid-Scale Research
    • New list of committee chairmen and vice chairmen

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, July 13, 2012, 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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