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National Science Board to meet at Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The federal panel charged with advising the President and Congress on national policy issues relating to science and engineering research and education will be meeting at Ohio State University this week.

The National Science Board meets five times annually with four of those meetings in Washington, D.C. and a fifth at a host institution each year. The NSB responded to an invitation from Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.

While many of the NSB's sessions are closed, a public meeting will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. on Thursday (9/24) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. That open meeting will include a discussion of NSB priorities for the next fiscal year, as well as reports from the NSB chairman and committees.

"Given that the National Science Board plays such a key role in advising U.S. science and engineering policy, we are elated that they decided on Ohio State as a venue for their meeting," explained Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at Ohio State.

"This is a chance for board members to learn about the exceptional research underway here while they conduct their own business."

Along with the director of the National Science Foundation, the NSB advises and directs the NSF's research activities. It consists of 25 members appointed by the country's president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Kathy Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics & Science Education Policy at Ohio State, is a current member of the NSB.