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Fall 2023 Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee Meeting

About the series

The advisory committee for NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate meets twice yearly to provide advice, recommendations and oversight to the directorate concerning support for research, education and human resources. The meeting is open, and members of the public are welcome to attend as observers.

The fall 2023 meeting will be held online and in person on December 14 and 15. 

Registration is required to attend. The event will be held on Zoom and live captions will be available.

  • Zoom webinar registration
  • Real-time captions will be displayed in Zoom during the event. Click the "closed caption" button in Zoom if you do not see the captions.

If you require additional reasonable accommodations, please contact nsfsbemtgsupport@nsf.gov no later than December 7.

To attend in person: We encourage visitors to pre-register for the meeting by calling (703) 292-8700 or by contacting John Garneski at jgarnesk@nsf.gov. All visitors are asked to check in at the NSF visitor center on the first floor to receive a visitor pass. A government-issued photo ID will be required to gain admission to the meeting. Get more information on the visit NSF web page

To learn more about the role of SBE's advisory committee, visit the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Advisory Committee page.


Fall 2023 Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda  (All times ET)

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (NSF Room W 2210/W 2220 and Zoom)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Approval of Previous AC Meeting Summary, Preview of Agenda
Dr. Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, SBE AC Chair

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  SBE Directorate Update

  • Welcome Comments: Dr. Sylvia Butterfield, Acting Assistant Director (AD), SBE

  • Key Staffing and Other Updates: Dr. Sylvia Butterfield, Acting AD, SBE
  • Centers for Research and Innovation in Science, the Environment and Society Update: Tom Evans and Naomi Hall-Byers, Program Directors, SBE
  • Research Infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Update: Dr. Joseph Whitmeyer, Program Director, SBE
  • Braiding Indigenous Knowledge Science and Technology Center Update: Dr. Rebecca Ferrell, Program Director, SBE
  • National Secure Data Service Demonstration Project: National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) Leadership
  • SBE Partnerships Update: Dr. K. Andrew DeSoto, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Strategic Engagements and Partnerships, SBE
  • NSF and SBE Budget and Performance Update: Mr. John Garneski, Budget Officer, SBE

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Session Topic TBA
AC Members

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Fireside Chat: SBE Talks With Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Assistant Director Erwin Gianchandani
Dr. Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, SBE AC Chair
Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, AD, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Directorate (TIP)
Dr. Sylvia Butterfield, Acting AD, SBE
AC Members

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Prepare for Visit with NSF Leadership
SBE Staff
AC Members

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Meeting with NSF Leadership
Dr. Karen Marrongelle, Chief Operating Officer, NSF
Mr. Brian Stone, Chief of Staff, NSF

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Discussion of the Blueprint for the Use of Social and Behavioral Science to Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking
Dr. Steve Newell, Assistant Director for Innovation and Equity, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Advisor, SBE
Dr. Sylvia Butterfield, Acting AD, SBE
Dr. Jane Simoni, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health and SBE AC (ex officio)
Dr. William M. Klein, Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute
AC Members


Friday, December 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (NSF Room W 2210/W 2220 and Zoom)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Report
Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler, Office Head, NSF Office of Integrative Activities
AC Members

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Conversation about SBE’s Creating Opportunities Everywhere Portfolio
Dr. Lee Walker, Acting Deputy Division Director (DDD), SBE Social and Economic Sciences Division
AC Members

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Continued Conversation about AI and SBE
SBE Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division
AC Members

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  Research Presentation by Jennifer Cole
Dr. Jennifer Cole, Northwestern University, SBE AC

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Wrap-up, Assignments, Closing Remarks
Dr. Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin-Madison, SBE AC Chair
Dr. Sylvia Butterfield, AD, SBE

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