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contribute to society. The Foundation's program for fiscal year 1981 will help make that possible.

The Board strongly supports the program as contained in the President's Budget. It welcomes the new initiatives proposed by the President for NSF as an expression of his confidence in science and in the Foundation and its approaches to the Nation's problems.

In closing, I would like to note that this is the last occasion on which I will appear before this Committee as Chairman of the National Science Board, as my second term as a Member of the Board will expire this spring. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve on the Board over those twelve years and to have been associated with my fellow Members. Mr. Chairman, it has also been a real pleasure to work with you and the Members of this Committee. I would like to

express my personal appreciation and that of my colleagues for your understanding and support of science, engineering, and science education, and the National Science Foundation.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.



*DR. NORMAN HACKERMAN (Chairman, National Science Board), President, Rice University, P. O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77001 *DR. GROVER E. MURRAY (Vice Chairman, National Science Board), University Professor, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University School of Medicine, P. O. Box 4680, Tech Station, Lubbock, Texas 79409

DR. RAYMOND L. BISPLINGHOFF, Vice President for Research and
Development, Tyco Laboratories, Inc., Tyco Park, Exeter,
New Hampshire



DR. LEWIS M. BRANSCOMB, Vice President and Chief Scientist,
International Business Machines, Inc., Armonk, New York
DR. JEWEL PLUMMER COBB, Dean and Professor of Biology, Douglass
College, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey,
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903

DR. LLOYD M. COOKE, Vice Chairman, Economic Development Council of New York City, Inc., 260 Madison Avenue, New York,

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DR. EUGENE H. COTA-ROBLES, Professor of Biology, Biology Board
of Studies, Thimann Laboratories, University of California
at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California 95064

*MR. HERBERT D. DOAN, Chairman, Doan Resources Corporation,
110 East Grove Street, Midland, Michigan 48640

DR. ERNESTINE FRIEDL, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Trinity
College, and Professor of Anthropology, 216 Allen Building,
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27706

DR. JOHN R. HOGNESS, President, Association of Academic Health Centers, 11 Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 210, Washington, D. C. 20036

DR. W. N. HUBBARD, JR., President, The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

DR. WILLIAM F. HUEG, JR., Professor of Agronomy and Deputy Vice President and Dean, Institute of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics, 201 Coffey Hall, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

DR. MICHAEL KASHA, Director, Institute of Molecular Biophysics and Professor of Physical Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306

*DR. MARIAN E. KOSHLAND, Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology, Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720

DR. SAUNDERS MAC LANE, Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Eckhart 325, University of Chicago, 5734 University Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637

DR. WALTER E. MASSEY, Director, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439

DR. JOSEPH M. PETTIT, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332

Member, Executive Committee.

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DR. DAVID V. RAGONE, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

DR. DONALD B. RICE, JR., President, The Rand Corporation,

1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406

DR. ALEXANDER RICH, Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

DR. EDWIN E. SALPETER, J. G. White Professor of Physical Sciences, 308 Newman Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

DR. L. DONALD SHIELDS, President, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California 92634

DR. CHARLES P. SLICHTER, Professor of Physics and in the Center for Advanced Study, Room 311, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801

DR. JAMES H. ZUMBERGE, President, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275

Member Ex Officio

*DR. RICHARD C. ATKINSON (Chairman, Executive Committee), Director, National Science Foundation, Washington, D. C. 20550

MISS VERNICE ANDERSON, Executive Secretary,
National Science Board, National Science
Foundation, Washington, D. C. 20550

February 22, 1980

January 1980



The National Science Foundation Act assigns policymaking functions to the National Science Board and the administration of the Foundation to the Director. The Board's policymaking responsibilities are met initially through the work of its committees.

Except for the Executive Committee, which is a statutory committee, the National Science Board and its Chairman establish the committees of the Board and make appointments to them. At each annual meeting the Board reviews the committee structure and the continuation of the task and ad hoc committees.

Board committees fall into four categories:


standing, task, and ad hoc. The functions of the committees consist of a series of initial charges and such variations as are deemed desirable and useful once the committees are in operation.

The functions and chairmanship of the current Board committees are given below:


Section 7(a) of the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, states that:

"There shall be an Executive Committee of the Board
(referred to in this Act as the 'Executive Committee'),
which shall be composed of five members and shall
exercise such powers and functions as may be delegated
to it by the Board. Four of the members shall be
elected as provided in subsection (b), and the Director
ex officio shall be the fifth member and the chairman
of the Executive Committee."

The Executive Committee has the following responsibilities:

(1) exercises such powers

- Fulfills statutory functions:
and functions as may be delegated to it by the Board, and
(2) renders an annual report to the Board, and such other
reports as it may deem necessary, summarizing its
activities and making such recommendations as it may
deem appropriate. Minority views and recommendations,
if any, of members of the Executive Committee are included
in such reports.

- Acts on behalf of the Board between meetings on (1) grants,
contracts, or other arrangements; and (2) other instances
where immediate decision is required. (All such actions
are reported to the Board at its next meeting.)

Considers and approves affiliations of the Director,
Deputy Director, and Assistant Directors.

Coordinates and offers guidance on activities of the
Board and its committees.

Serves as agenda committee for the Board.

- Identifies subjects to be considered by task and ad hoc committees.


The standing committees of the Board are continuing committees with definite responsibilities to perform assigned tasks and to present recommendations to the Board. All Members who are not on the Executive Committee are assigned to one of the two standing committees, the Planning and Policy Committee and the Programs Committee.

1. The responsibilities of the Planning and Policy Committee (Dr. W. N. Hubbard, Jr., Chairman, and Dr. Raymond L. Bisplinghoff, Vice Chairman) are as follows:

Considers policy issues and prepares draft documents including "white papers" on principal planning and policy issues affecting research and science education for subsequent Board consideration.

Identifies and recommends actions for the Board with regard to policies and practices affecting research and science education in the Nation with particular attention to NSF.

- Develops and coordinates the long-range planning meetings of the Board, and all associated documentation through interaction with NSF staff.

Identifies national science policy issues and national needs and considers the proper roles of the Federal Government in general and NSF in particular.

Meets with the Committee on Budget to coordinate
planning, policy, and budget processes.

The Planning and Policy Committee has two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on International Science Activities, chaired by Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb; and the Subcommittee on Science and Society, chaired by Dr. Eugene H. Cota-Robles.

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