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.
|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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