Initial Publication Date: April 24, 2008

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Visit to the National Science Foundation

Friday, June 20, 2008

If you are planning to go (or thinking about going) on the optional NSF visit on June 20, you'll want to browse the NSF web site, which provides information about all of their programs, including the Program Directors. Particular web pages that may be useful give information about the Geoscience Directorate (this includes links to the Divisions of Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Ocean Sciences), the Geoscience Staff, the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the Division of Human Resources.


6:45 am Depart for NSF (from Hospitality House, either on the bus or in your own car)

9:45-10:15 Check in (get visitor badge). You must have government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver's license).

10:15-10:50 Introduction to the National Science Foundation and Geoscience-Related Programs (Room 110)


  • Welcome and Introduction to the Directorate for Geosciences - Margaret Cavanaugh
  • Welcome from the Division of Earth Sciences - James Whitcomb
  • Welcome from the Division of Atmospheric Sciences - Richard Behnke
  • Welcome from the Division of Ocean Sciences - Julie Morris
  • Education Initiatives in the Geosciences Directorate: Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences and the Geoscience Education Program - Lina Patino

11:00-12:00 Small group meetings OR individual meetings with relevant program officers for those whose research interests are different than the programs listed below. Small group meetings are scheduled based on the number of participants with interests in these programs and the availability of program officers.

  • Atmospheric Sciences - Eric Hintsa (Room 775.03)
  • Earth System History/Paleoclimate - Howard Spero (Room 330)
  • Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (Room 370)
  • Hydrologic Sciences - Doug James (Room 730)
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics - Bil Haq (Room 725N)
  • Petrology and Geochemistry - Sonia Esperanca and/or Bill Leeman (Room 770)
  • Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology - Rich Lane (Room 320)
  • Tectonics - David Fountain (Room 365)

12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own or with small groups

Afternoon: Small group sessions and individual meetings to discuss research goals/projects with NSF Program Officers.

1:30-2:10 Concurrent Sessions

  • Coupled Natural and Human Systems - Sarah Ruth (Room 730)
  • Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities - Russell Kelz and David Lambert (Room 770)

2:15-2:55 Concurrent Sessions

  • EarthScope - Kaye Shedlock (Room 730)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Lina Patino, Sarah Ruth, and Don Elthon (Room 770)

3:00-3:40 Integrating Research and Education: NSF's CAREER Program and fulfilling the "Broader Impacts" requirement - Sonia Esperanca (EAR), Don Elthon (OCE), and Sarah Ruth (ATM) (Room 730)

3:45-4:25 Concurrent Sessions

  • Broadening Participation in the Geosciences - Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG), the GEO-Education program, and Human Resource Development programs - Nicole LaDue (GEO) and Marilyn Suiter (EHR) (Room 730)
  • Coupled Biogeochemical Cycles - Barbara Ransom (Room 770)

4:30-5:00 Debriefing session (Room 730)

5:15 Dinner at Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe, 4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 (703-528-3131)

6:45 Bus departs for Williamsburg (leave from restaurant)