The National Science Board will hold one of its regular meetings related to national science and engineering policy and activities of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 29-30, 2006, in Arlington, Va. at NSF headquarters, 9th and Stuart Streets (Ballston Metro stop).

Media representatives are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. The full meeting agenda is at:

Open session highlights will include:

Weds., March 29, Room 1235

10-11 a.m., Eastern time – The Task Force on International Science will review issues on international science and engineering based on information received from interviews conducted in Feb. 2006, with key government and non-government science policy representatives. The discussion will lead to a task force hearing scheduled for May 11, 2006, in Washington, D.C.

1:00-1:30 p.m. – The Committee on Programs and Plans, Task Force on Hurricane Science and Engineering, will meet to discuss recent workshops and to plan for an upcoming workshop on April 18 at a location to be determined.

Thurs., March 30, Room 1235

7:30-9:30 a.m. – The full Committee on Programs and Plans will hear from NSF director Arden L. Bement, Jr. on continuing work related to the draft report, NSF Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery, and to receive updates on several other Board task-force projects.

1:15-3:30 p.m. – At the full plenary session, there will be a discussion of the Board’s recent public hearings on 21st Century Education in Science and Mathematics, and an expected decision to formally establish an education commission to review the nation’s challenges in pre-college and undergraduate-level science and mathematics education.