Initial Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Visit to the National Science Foundation

Friday, August 2, 2013

If you are planning to go (or are thinking about going) on the optional NSF visit on August 2, 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.


Travel to NSF on your own by Metrorail. The nearest station to AGU is Dupont Circle (Red Line). Take the train in the direction of Glenmont two stops to Metro Center and change for the Orange Line in the direction of Vienna. Get off at the Ballston-MU station. From the top of the station escalator, turn right to Stuart Street. Turn left on Stuart and walk one block. The north entrance to NSF is directly in front of you across 9th St. N. Travel time ~45 minutes.

8:30-9:00 Check in at security desk (get visitor badge). You must have a government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver's license).

9:00-9:50 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
  • "On the Cutting Edge" and Introduction to the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE/EHR) - Susan Singer, Division Director
  • Overview of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) - Jim Whitcomb, Section Head, Deep-Earth Processes
  • Overview of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) - Michael Morgan, Division Director
  • Overview of the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) - Debbie Bronk, Section Head, Ocean Sciences

10:00-11:00 Small group meetings with core programs in Earth Sciences and selected other divisions.

For those whose research interests are different than the programs listed below, individual meetings with relevant program officers can be arranged. Small group meetings are scheduled based on the number of participants with interests in these programs and the availability of program officers.

  • Geobiology & Low-Temperature Geochemistry (Room 770) -- Enriqueta Barrera, Deborah Aruguete
  • Geography & Spatial Sciences (SES/BCS) (Room 791) - Thomas Baerwald
  • Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics (Room 791)- Paul Cutler
  • Hydrologic Sciences (Room 785) - Tom Torgersen, Shemin Ge
  • Petrology and Geochemistry (Room 730) - Jennifer Wade
  • Sedimentary Geology & Paleobiology (Room 680) -- Lisa Park Boush
  • Tectonics (Room 705) -- David Fountain, Stephen Harlan

11:05 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions

  • Opportunities for supporting undergraduate education in the Geosciences (Room 730) - Peter Lea (EHR/DUE)
  • Earth Sciences (EAR) Instrumentation and Facilities (Room 770) - Jonathan Wynn (GEO/EAR)

11:45-12:45 Lunch on your own or with small groups

Afternoon: Concurrent sessions concerning broader topics and special programs of interest to Geoscience faculty. Individual meetings with NSF Program Officers to discuss research projects and goals will also be arranged.

1:00-1:40 Concurrent Sessions

  • Coupled Natural and Human Systems (Room 730) - Sarah Ruth (GEO/AGS)
  • GEO Innovation Initiative (Room 770) - Raffaella Montelli (GEO/EAR)

1:45-2:25 Concurrent Sessions

  • Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (Room 730)- Candace Major (GEO/OCE)
  • EarthCube (Room 770) -Eva Zanzerkia (GEO)

2:30-3:10 Concurrent sessions

  • Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) (Room 770)- Larry Weber (GEO/OCE)
  • Broader Impacts and Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences (Room 730) - Jill Karsten (GEO) and Lina Patino (GEO/EAR)

3:15 - 3:45 Debriefing session (Room 730) (Individual appointments with Program Officers will continue based upon need and availability).

Participants will depart on their own.