EVENT NSF - Geosciences

The Current Changing Landscape at NSF with Focus on Geosciences

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 3:30-5 pm
Trustee Lounge
1 Silber Way, 9th Floor

The Geosciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (GEO) seeks to improve our understanding of the physical global environment and the processes that affect its behavior. The Directorate provides 64% of all federal funding for academic research in the atmospheric, earth, ocean, and polar sciences, helping deepen our knowledge of ecosystems and better prepare society to respond to disruptive natural disasters. GEO is also the lead directorate for Navigating the Arctic, one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, and is involved in several others.   
The Directorate is currently led by Dr. William E. Easterling, III, an internationally-renowned expert on climate change impacts on the global food chain and former dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. He has served on a number of governmental and international committees studying climate change, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Come hear Dr. Easterling discuss his vision for the Directorate. He will provide BU researchers with insight into GEO’s funding priorities, NSF’s new initiatives, the agency’s budget, and how faculty can best interact with program officers. A reception will follow the event.