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National Science Board to meet at Black Hills State University Friday

The National Science Board will hold its Fall 2010 Meeting on the Black Hills State University campus Friday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, Jacket Legacy Room. Seating is limited. To reserve seating call 642-6111.

The meeting will include a welcome from BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, presentations from the Tribal College Presidents, and an overview of South Dakota science and engineering research by Jack Warner, Executive Director of the S.D. Board of Regents, and Dr. Gary Johnson, System Vice President for Research.  Other items include a panel discussion on the research activities in South Dakota Institutions of Higher Learning which will be moderated by Johnson and include the following panelists: Warner, Keven Kephart, Vice President Research at South Dakota State University, Duane Hrncir, Provost at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Laura Jenski, Vice President for Research at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Robert Wharton, President of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will present “The Board Impact of DUSEL on South Dakota Graduate Education in Physics,” and Mary Berry will discuss the IGERT program in South Dakota.

The National Science Board (NSB) is a 25-member policy-making body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues. Representing a variety of sectors, 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 by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The NSF Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board.

Members of the NSB are as follows:

  • Ray M. Bowen, Chairman, President Emeritus, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas;
  • Esin Gulari, Vice Chairman, Dean of Engineering and Science, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.;
  • Mark R. Abbott, Dean and Professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.;
  • Dan E. Arvizu,* Director and Chief Executive, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo.;
  • Barry C. Barish,* Director, Global Design Effort for International Linear Collider, Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.;
  • Steven C. Beering,* President Emeritus, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.;
  • Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville,Tenn.;
  • John T. Bruer, President, The James S. McDonnell Foundation, Saint Louis, Miss.;
  • G. Wayne Clough,* Secretary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;
  • France A. Córdova, President, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.;
  • Kelvin K. Droegemeier,* Vice President for Research, Regents’ Professor of Meteorology and Weathernews Chair Emeritus, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.;
  • Patricia D. Galloway, Chief Executive Officer, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc., Cle Elum, Wash.;
  • José-Marie Griffiths, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I.;
  • Elizabeth Hoffman,* Executive Vice President and Provost, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa;
  • Louis J. Lanzerotti,* Distinguished Research Professor of Physics, Center for Solar Terrestrial Research, Department of Physics, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.;
  • Alan I. Leshner,* Chief Executive Officer, Executive Publisher, Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.;
  • Douglas D. Randall, Professor and Thomas Jefferson Fellow, University of Missouri, Columbia;
  • Arthur K. Reilly, Senior Director, Strategic Technology Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc., Ocean, New Jersey;
  • Diane L. Souvaine, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.;
  • Jon C. Strauss,* Interim Dean, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas;
  • Kathryn D. Sullivan,* Director, Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State University, Columbus;
  • Thomas N. Taylor, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Curator of Paleobotany in the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.;
  • Richard F. Thompson, Keck Professor of Psychology and Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.;

Member ex officio:

  • Cora Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Va.;
  • Michael L. Van Woert, Executive Officer, National Science Board and National Science Board Office Director, Arlington, Va.

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) 2010, its budget is about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 45,000 requests for funding of which over 11,000 are funded. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. South Dakota presently has 88 active NSF awards totaling $52,652,717.

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