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NSB Discusses Diversity in STEM at August Meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) convened virtually on August 3-4 for its quarterly meeting overseeing the National Science Foundation (NSF). The open sessions of the meeting featured updates from NSF staff and discussions about the Vision 2030 initiative and tools for broadening participation in science and engineering.

The Committee on External Engagement led a presentation and discussion focused on the role of community colleges in creating opportunities to develop STEM talent across

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Meeting of National Science Board Focuses on Broadening Participation

The National Science Board (NSB) met on May 19 and 20 and heard from National Science Foundation staff about the status and future direction of the foundation.

NSF Director Panchanathan shared his enthusiasm with the Board about the current moment at the Foundation. He discussed how his priorities for the future of NSF align with the NSB’s Vision 2030, with White House priorities, and with funding proposals under consideration in Congress. Director Panchanthan’s three pillars for the

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NSB Meets to Discuss Vision 2030, Inclusion Initiative, and STEM Retention

The National Science Board (NSB) held its quarterly meeting on February 23rd and 24th. First on the agenda was a report from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan. The director spoke about NSF values and how they align with both the NSB’s and the new Administration’s vision, specifically in leadership, partnership, innovation and research. Dr. Panchanathan characterized this as a new and exciting time for the organization. He emphasized

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NSF Releases Merit Review Digest and SED, FABBS Submits Comments on Strategic Plan

Each year the National Science Foundation (NSF) prepares an analysis of the merit review process for the National Science Board (NSB). The recently released Digest shows that in 2019, 4,262 proposals (for $2.8 billion) that were rated “Very Good” or higher had to be declined. The digest also contains a description of the merit review process, funding rates, types of proposals, statistics of underrepresented groups with proposals, and award distribution.

NSF has also recently

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