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Meetings of the National Science Board Begin on Feb. 20 at NSF Headquarters


The National Science Board (NSB) will meet on Feb. 20 and 21, 2013, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). All open sessions on both days will be webcast.

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

Highlights include:

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

9.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans

The NSB will hear from the director of NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences, Wendy Harrison, regarding global water research funding at NSF. It will also receive updates on NSF’s Science of Learning Centers program, ALMA operations and recompetition, and NSF’s Arctic Support Contract.

1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Committee on Education and Human Resources

The NSB will hear updates from NSF’s dean in residence regarding graduate education to prepare the future STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce. It will hear an update about recent NSF discussions on graduate education reform and the Biology Directorate’s efforts in undergraduate education.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

8.30 to 10 a.m. Task Force on Administrative Burdens

The NSB will hear from Susan Wyatt Sedwick and Sandra Schneider, chair and vice chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership, regarding findings of the 2012 Faculty Workload Survey.

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. To learn more about the NSB and its current composition visit “About the NSB.”

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 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, to make arrangements.

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) 2012, its budget is $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives over 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards nearly $420 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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