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Anthony Janetos’ Contributions to NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education

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August 28, 2019

Dr. Janetos was a recognized leader in environmental research, education, and policy, with a distinguished career in academia, government, and the non-profit sector. As a member of NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC ERE) from 2011 and as Chair of the committee from 2016, Dr. Janetos provided invaluable advice to NSF on behalf of the environmental research community. As a committee member, Dr. Janetos was instrumental in the development of the AC ERE’s visioning report America’s Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Centurypublished in 2015. This report highlighted the fundamental research necessary to understand complex socio-environmental systems. The committee’s recommendations in this report have helped shape NSF’s environmental research and education portfolio.

Under Dr. Janetos’ leadership as Chair, the AC ERE examined the research challenges associated with  cities and other types of communities, producing a report titled Sustainable Urban Systems: Articulating a Convergence Research Agenda. This report described a compelling research agenda for the next generation of sustainable urban systems science, providing a foundation for new scientific collaborations to study how cities function, how they grow, and how they can be managed sustainably.  This is reflected in NSF’s emerging activities on Urban Systems and Communities in the 21st Century.  Dr. Janetos also led the committee in considerations of research on natural disasters, convergence research, and the relationship between environmental research and economic competitiveness.  The impact of Dr. Janetos’ leadership of the AC ERE will be felt for many years to come. NSF is sincerely grateful for his service.  

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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