High-Level Perspectives: NSF, Geosciences, Big Ideas, and Geography

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 11:50 AM / 1:10 PM (MDT)
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Thomas Baerwald
Chairs: Antoinette WinklerPrins


This session will feature comments from William Easterling, who currently serves as the Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation. On assignment from positions as a professor and dean at Pennsylvania State University, Easterling is the first geographer to serve in the second-highest level of officials at NSF. His comments will touch on issues related to NSF that geographers will find of interest, including federal support for basic research; major emphases for NSF, the NSF Big Ideas, and opportunities for geographers in the Directorate for Geosciences. Other geographers currently at NSF will serve as discussants and provide complementary perspectives from their divisions in the Biological Sciences and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorates. Overall, this special session is designed to provide attendees with new perspectives regarding trends, opportunities, and issues at NSF.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist William Easterling National Science Foundation 30
Discussant Michael Binford University of Florida 10
Discussant Daniel Sui The Ohio State University 10
Discussant Sunil Narumalani National Science Foundation 10
Discussant Thomas Baerwald National Science Foundation 10

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