News Release

Media Advisory
National Science Board to meet May 9-10, 2017, in Arlington, VA

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May 4, 2017

Discussions on NSF Big Ideas—Convergence and NSF INCLUDES, Skilled Technical Workforce, and NSF’s Possible National Center for Optical-Infrared Astronomy are among the topics at May meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet May 9 – 10, 2017, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting, which will also be webcast:

Public sessions of the meeting include:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (Room 1235, unless otherwise indicated)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
NSB Chair’s Remarks
NSF Director’s Remarks
Summary of Congressional Meetings

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Committee on Oversight
Review of OIG Semiannual Report
Inspector General’s Update
Chief Financial Officer’s Update

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Committee on External Engagement (Rm. 1295)
Update on NSB Policy Brief Rollout
Hosting of a Member of Congress during August Home District Work Period
Listening Session in Conjunction with LIGO Site Visit
Discussion of Best Practices for NSB Member Op-eds

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Policy (Rm. 1295)
Review and Discussion of Indicators 2018 Draft Chapters

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Committee on Strategy
Ongoing Discussion of Big Ideas:

  • Convergence

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plenary Open
Arthur Eisenkraft, 2017 NSB Public Service Awardee Presentation
John Pardon, 2017 Alan T. Waterman Awardee Presentation

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Plenary Open
Rita Colwell, 2017 Vannevar Bush Awardee Presentation
James Abrahamson, 2017 NSF Distinguished Public Service Awardee Presentation


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (Room 1235):

8:00 – 8:35 a.m. Committee on Awards and Facilities
CY 2017 Schedule of Planned Action and Information Items
Information Item: NSF’s Possible National Center for Optical-Infrared Astronomy

10:40 – 11:45 a.m. Plenary Open
Discussion of the Skilled Technical Workforce
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Baratunde Cola, 2017 Alan T. Waterman Awardee Presentation

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Plenary Open
Challenger Center (Lance Bush), 2017 NSB Public Service Awardee Presentation
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Chair’s Remarks
Director’s Remarks
Open Committee Reports
Vote: Executive Committee Annual Report
Chair’s Closing Remarks


Visit the National Science Board's public meetings page for the full meeting agenda.


About the National Science Board

Jointly, the National Science Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director—the ex-officio 25th member—pursue the goals and function of the Foundation. NSB establishes NSF policies within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and Congress. NSB identifies issues critical to NSF's future, approves the agency's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget, and new major programs and awards. The NSB also provides the President and Congress with a biennial report on U.S. progress in science and technology, providing comparisons to other nations in the areas of research and development, STEM education, and workforce training.

The President appoints Board members for six-year terms and may reappoint members for a second term. Members are drawn primarily from universities and industry and selected for their eminence in research, education, and records of distinguished service. Collectively, the Board represents a variety of science and engineering disciplines and regions across the United States. 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 should contact Nadine Lymn at (703) 292-2490 or


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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