Initial Publication Date: April 13, 2012

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Visit to the National Science Foundation

Friday, June 15, 2012

If you are planning to go (or are thinking about going) on the optional NSF visit on June 15, please 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 and Geospace 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, Deputy Assistant Director
  • Overview of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) - Teofilo "Jun" Abrajano, Acting Division Director
  • Overview of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) - Michael Morgan, Division Director
  • Overview of the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) - Larry Weber, Acting Section Head
  • Introduction to the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE/EHR) - Katherine Denniston, Acting Division Director

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 and Geospace Sciences (Room 791) - Anjuli Barzai, Brad Smull, Alex Pszenny
  • Geobiology & Low-Temperature Geochemistry (Room 340) -- Deborah Aruguete
  • Geography & Spatial Sciences (Room 310) - Tom Baerwald
  • Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (Room 310)- Paul Cutler
  • Hydrologic Sciences (Room 365) - Laura Toran, Tom Torgersen
  • Ocean Sciences (Room 360) - Simone Metz, Sean Kennan
  • Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) (Room 330) - Candace Major
  • Petrology and Geochemistry (Room 320) - Bill Leeman, Jennifer Wade
  • Sedimentary Geology & Paleobiology (Room 730) -- Rich Lane

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

  • Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) (Room 730) - Peter Lea (DUE)
  • Earth Sciences (EAR) Instrumentation and Facilities (Room 770) - Tobias Fischer

2:15-2:55 Concurrent Sessions

  • Coupled Natural and Human Systems (Room 730) - Sarah Ruth (GEO/AGS)
  • NSF Career - Life Balance Initiative (Room 770) - Wanda Ward (EHR) and Lina Patino (EAR)

3:00-3:40 Integrating Research and Education: CAREER Program (Room 770)- Sonia Esperanca (OPP)

3:45-4:25 Concurrent sessions

  • Science and Engineering for Environmental Sustainability (SEES) (Room 770)- Jessica Robin (OISE)
  • Broader Impacts and Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences (Room 730) - Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG), the GEO-Education program, and Human Resource Development programs - Jill Karsten (GEO) and Marilyn Suiter (EHR)

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)