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National Science Board to meet (May 3-4)

April 30, 2000

Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, May 4, at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. There will be two open sessions on May 4.

Open session agenda highlights for Thursday, May 4 (11:30 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.):

Presentation: Astrophysics: Dr. Michael Turner, Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Open session agenda highlights for Thursday, May 4 (2:00 -- 5:00 p.m.):

Open Session Minutes, March 2000
Closed Session Items for August 2000
Chair's and Director's Reports
Executive Committee Annual Report
NSB 2001 Meeting Calendar
Committee Reports
Director's Merit Review Report
NSB Report on Communication and Outreach
NSF Budget & Planning Issues
National S&E Infrastructure
Reporters are invited to a media availability with the NSB Chair and NSF Director in Conference Room 1240 following the May 4 afternoon open session on issues of interest from the Board meeting. The availability is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., or 15 minutes after adjournment, whichever comes first.

For more information contact:
Bill Noxon, 703-306-1070/ (media)
Jean Pomeroy, 703-306-2000/ (non-media)

National Science Foundation

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