[Event Back On!] National Science Foundation Town Hall

Portrait of Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

When: October 13, 2023, 10:15 a.m.
Location: Molecular and Cellular Biology Building, Room 3-120 (New Venue)
Title: National Science Foundation Town Hall

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will host a town hall on October 13. (Note that this event was postponed but is now back on for October 13.) The US National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and US territories. Faculty and staff are invited to join Dr. Panchanathan and his team to learn more about NSF research activities and programs. 

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The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Panchanathan was nominated to this position by the President of the United States in 2019, and subsequently, unanimously confirmed by the US Senate on June 18, 2020. NSF is a $9.5 billion independent federal agency and the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and STEM education.

Panchanathan is a leader in science, engineering, and education with more than three decades of experience. He has a distinguished career in both higher education and government, where he has designed and built knowledge enterprises, which advance research innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global development, and economic growth.

As director, Panchanathan maintains leadership roles on several key interagency councils and committees, including as co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is a member of the White House CHIPS Implementation Steering Council and the White House Gender Policy Council. He is also chair of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and co-vice chair of the Council for Inclusive Innovation.

National Science Foundation

NSF was established in 1950 by Congress to:

  • Promote the progress of science
  • Advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare
  • Secure the national defense

NSF fulfills its mission chiefly by making grants. Its investments account for about 25% of federal support to America's colleges and universities for basic research: research driven by curiosity and discovery. NSF also supports solutions-oriented research with the potential to produce advancements for the American people.