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National Science Board and Its Subdivisions; Sunshine Act Meeting

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Date and Time:

March 29-30, 2005.

March 29, 2005; 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

7:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Closed

8 a.m.-9 a.m. Open

9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. Open

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Open

11:30 a.m.-12 noon Closed

1 p.m.-2 p.m. Open

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Open

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed

5 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Open

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March 30, 2005; 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Executive Closed

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Open

10 a.m.-12 noon Open

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Executive Closed

1:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Closed

1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Open


National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230.

Public Meeting Attendance:

All visitors must report to the NSF's visitor's desk at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

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Contact Information:

Please refer to the National Science Board Web site (​nsb) for updated schedule. NSB Office: (703) 292-7000.

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Part of this meeting will be closed to the public, Part of this meeting will be open to the public.

Matters to be Considered:

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Committee on Programs & Plans Subcommittee on Polar Issues (8 a.m.-9 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • International Polar Year
  • Antarctic Season Logistics Highlights
  • Arctic Education and Outreach
  • IceCube Report

Task Force on Transformative Research [TR] (9:15 a.m.-10 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Background Presentations

◦ “Chemical Bonding Centers: A Program to Support Transformative Research in the Chemical Sciences”

◦ “Information Visualization Tools”

  • General discussion on implementing TR actions to address charter objectives
  • Summary of TR milestone and timeline

Committee on Audit & Oversight (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • NSB Chairman's Remarks
  • Update on Plan to address Reportable Conditions of FY2004 Audit

◦ Post-award Administration

◦ Contract Monitoring

  • Congressional request for NSB examination of the NSF Merit Review System
  • FY 2004 Merit Review Report
  • Business Analysis update [items related to Merit Review]
  • Chief Financial Officer's Update

◦ FY 2004 audit—Management letter status report

◦ OMB Circular A-123 “Managements” Responsibility for Internal Control

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act and implications for the NSF
  • Process of selecting financial statement auditors

Committee on Strategy & Budget (1 p.m.-2 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Summary of Congressional budget testimony for President's FY 2006 NSF budget request to Congress
  • Overview of FY 2007 budget process, with emphasis on NSB action items and time

Committee on Programs & Plans (2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Status Reports

◦ Long-lived Data Collections

◦ Transformative Research Task Force

◦ Subcommittee on Polar Issues

  • Discussion on Major Research Facilities

◦ Public Comments on joint NSB/NSF Response on priority setting for large facilities

◦ Review of draft Facilities Plan

◦ NSF Annual Major Facilities Plan Review

Executive Committee (5 p.m.-5:15 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Updates or new business from Committee Members


Committee on Programs & Plans Subcommittee on Polar Issues (7:30 a.m.-8 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Antarctic icebreaker—future budget issues

Committee on Audit & Oversight (11:30 a.m.-12 noon) Room 1235

  • Pending Investigations

Committee on Programs & Plans (3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Action Items
  • Information Item

Executive Committee (5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Board Member Proposal
  • Director's Items: Specific Personnel Matters and Future Budgets

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Education & Human Resources Subcommittee on S&E Indicators (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Discussion of Elementary and Secondary Education Chapter
  • Discussion of State Indicators Chapter
  • Discussion of possible topics for Board Companion Piece
  • Important dates for Board Companion Piece

Committee on Education & Human Resources (10 a.m.-12 noon) Room 1235

  • Approval of Minutes
  • AAAS Presentation: “Diversifying STEM: Policy and Practice Derived from Standing Our Ground'
  • Reports and staff presentations

◦ Subcommittee on S&E Indicators

◦ NSB items

◦ NSF EHR activity update

◦ Integration of Research and Education

  • Discussion items

◦ Proposal for a workshop on Engineering Education

◦ Update on Industry Panel

Executive Closed

Ad hoc committee for the 2005 Vannevar Bush Award (7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.) Room 1235

  • Review and discussion of candidates
  • Balloting

Plenary Session of the Board (12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.)

Executive Closed Plenary Session of the Board (12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Executive Closed Minutes
  • Board Member Proposal
  • Approval of Honorary Awards

◦ Alan T. Waterman Award

◦ Vannevar Bush Award

◦ NSB Public Service Award

Closed Plenary Session of the Board (1-1:15 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Closed Session Minutes
  • Awards and Agreements (Resolutions)
  • Closed Committee Reports

Open Plenary Session of the Board (1:15p.m.-3:15 p.m.) Room 1235

  • Approval of Open Session Minutes
  • Resolution to Close May 2005 Meeting
  • NSB Chairman's Report
  • NSF Director's Report
  • Committee Reports
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Michael P. Crosby,

Executive Officer, NSB.

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[FR Doc. 05-5467 Filed 3-16-05; 8:47 am]