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Dr. Bordogna's Remarks


Dr. Joseph Bordogna
Deputy Director
Chief Operating Officer
Explorers Club Award for Exploration
New York City, New York

March 25, 2000

Thank you. We at the National Science Foundation are honored and very proud to be a recipient of your Annual "Support of Exploration Award." Exploration is NSF's "raison d'Ítre"; discovery learning, and innovation are our focus.

We support exploration and discovery in a comprehensive way.

Our mission is to fund discovery across all territories, and between and among all disciplines and to integrate it all to a holistic view. It is a mission of balance that is designed to build the entire exploratory infrastructure of the science, engineering, and technology enterprise of the United States.

As an agency, we are dedicated to funding vision and foresight. And we come to vision and foresight by investing, through peer and merit review, in the most promising people who have exciting and elucidating ideas.

I am pleased to report that our record is exceptionally good -- even good enough to receive the Explorers Club Award.

NSF has been an industrious, studious, and unobtrusive institution over the years. This year, however, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary and we want to share our achievements broadly. The larger-than-life NSF 50 poster is here on display for starters.

We have compiled a list and description of what we believe to be the 50 hottest discoveries enabled by our investments. Each has made its mark in contributing new light to an established field or moved us a step closer to an emerging field. They have been catalysts to push our thinking in a new direction. We have dubbed them our "Nifty Fifty."

Rest assured that we will brag a great deal about this prestigious "Explorers Club Award" during our 50th anniversary celebrations this year... and beyond.

On behalf of Director Rita Colwell and the entire staff of the National Science Foundation, I thank you for this great honor.



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